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UK’s Crime Agency Gets Order To Confiscate Cash Seized From Deziani

Posted: Oct 5, 2015 at 8:37 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) on Monday, October 5, 2015 sought the approval of a London court to legally confiscate 27,000 GBP seized from Nigeria’s former Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Deziani Alison-Madueke, who was briefly detained on Friday by the agency on allegations of bribery and money laundering.

An online news media, TheWill, reports that the NCA filed the application at the Westminster Magistrates Court and was approved under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

An administrative officer at the court said no formal charges have been filed against Deziani and four others whose identities remained unclear as at press time, though we gathered that two females amongst them were in court on Monday.

The officer added that the NCA had applied to the court for an order to seize various sums of money in relation to Alison-Madueke and the two women for up to six months.

But a freelance journalist covering the story for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Sam Piranty, listed three persons briefly detained with the former Minister as Beatrice Agama (mother); Ugonna Madueke (Stepson); and a Swiss, Melanie Spencer. The identity of the fourth person remained unknown.

Deziani, a former senior staff at Shell in Nigeria, had served as Petroleum Minister from 2011-2015 under President Goodluck Jonathan. Before then, she had served as Minister in the Transport and Solid Minerals Ministries.

Source: TheWill