Mr Amaechina Alison Madueke, husband of Nigeria’s former Petroleum resources minister may have been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday.
According to online newspaper, Sahara Reporters, insider sources within EFCC disclosed that Mr Madueke was arrested for alleged money laundering.
Mr Madueke was reportedly arrested Wednesday morning by EFCC agents in Abuja for illegally laundering more than $600,000 through his personal accounts.
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One EFCC source indicated that Mr Madueke was released on administrative bail. The EFCC however seized his passport and placed him under caution.
This is the latest development in an ongoing global investigation into the financial activity of the former Minister of Petroleum Resources Diezani Maduke, who was arrested last year in London for financial crimes.
Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke who is reportedly battling cancer in London, United Kingdom, headed the petroleum industry in Nigeria at a time oil prices steadied at above $100 but barely reflected in the nation’s fortunes.
There have been series of corruption allegations linked to the period Diezani was in office and supervised by former President Goodluck Jonathan who many accuse of allowing corruption fester in the oil sector in an unprecedented fashion.
On Tuesday, a former group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Austin Oniwon, told a legislative inquiry panel at the National Assembly that Diezani authorized crude oil swap worth $24bn without due process.