Court Stops Diezani From Leaving UK Till Next April



Former Minister of Petroleum Resources Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke
will not be able to leave the United Kingdom (UK) until April, next year,
The Nation learnt yesterday.
That is when the investigations into allegations against her are expected
to have been concluded, Judiciary sources said.
She is expected to be arraigned before the magistrate for alleged money
laundering and bribery,
Mrs Alison-Madueke was arrested last week along with four others by
the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA).She was granted
bail. Her international passport was, however, seized.
On Monday, the London Westminster Magistrate’s Court on Marylebone
Road approved the holding of the £27,000 cash seized from her,
following an application brought by the NCA under the Proceeds of
Crime Act in the UK.
The court also ruled that the cash can be held for six months – till April,
next year when she is expected to be arraigned after investigations.
It was learnt yesterday that the court also granted the order that she
should remain in London while investigations last.
Mrs Alison-Madueke will only be able to travel after an application has
been brought before the court and approved.
She had previously denied any wrongdoing when it was alleged that $20b
of oil money had gone missing when she was in office between 2010 and
2015
The NCA, which leads the UK law enforcement’s fight to cut serious and
organised crime, is working in league with the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the probe of the former minister.
Last Friday when Mrs Alison-Madueke was arrested in London, her
Abuja home was raided by the EFCC.
The NCA has national and international reach and the mandate and
powers to work in partnership with other law enforcement organisations
to bring the full weight of the law to bear on serious and organised
criminals.
The Proceeds of Crime Act says: “The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
(“POCA”) sets out the legislative scheme for the recovery of criminal
assets with criminal confiscation being the most commonly used power.
“Confiscation occurs after a conviction has taken place. Other means of
recovering the proceeds of crime, which do not require a conviction, are
provided for in the Act, namely civil recovery, cash seizure and taxation
powers.
“The aim of the asset recovery schemes in POCA is to deny criminals the
use of their assets, recover the proceeds of crime and disrupt and deter
criminality.”
Source: TheNation

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