05 October 2015, Lagos – Oil firms and major contractors with links to former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, have begun to cut links with her following her arrest on Friday in London for alleged money laundering.
Allison-Madueke, who was on Friday arrested by the International Corruption Unit of the United Kingdom (UK) National Crime Agency (NCA) in London and detained before being granted bail, will on Monday appear at a London Police station over allegation of bribery and money laundering.
It was gathered that two firms, which were alleged to have hitherto enjoyed preferential treatment during her time as petroleum minister, are ‘withholding and retrieving’ documents, as the case may be, that could show traces of any link with the embattled minister.
A top official of one indigenous firm that lost oil swap contracts, which its Joint Venture (JV) hitherto enjoyed during Alison-Madueke’s tenure, said her company had embarked on a secret mission to destroy any link with the ex-minister. She said: “The whole industry knew that some companies benefited from Allison-Madueke’s largesse and what we have now is that they have begun to hide vital documents that could show traces of relationship with the lady.
“My chairman organised an emergency conference call with top management staff where he ordered that any document that shows any link with the lady should be retrieved and burnt and destroyed immediately.
“It is now a case of everyone for himself, God for all of us. This issue borders on business and, my brother, morality has nothing to do with it at this stage.” A contractor who during Alison-Madueke’s time collected juicy contracts from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) corroborated her views,” a source revealed.
He also revealed that at the weekend, one of the companies had actually begun destroying all papers that could suggest that they once enjoyed ties with the ex-minister. “We are now living in denial of relationship with her,” he said. Alison-Madueke is facing 10-year jail term in Britain if she is convicted. She and four others were arrested in London on Friday and detained before being granted bail.