Why UK by-passed EFCC, ICPC in Diezani’s probe

06 October 2015, Lagos – Details of why the United Kingdom’s National Crimes Agency (NCA) refused to involve Nigerian anti-graft agencies  ‎in its investigation of the alleged bribery and money laundering levied against the immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, emerged on Tuesday.

Diezani Alison-Madueke

Diezani Alison-Madueke

A source within the EFCC stated that NCA kept the investigation away from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) because it could not trust the Nigerian government.

‎ In an update on its website, the NCA had declared that the investigation commenced in 2013 under the Proceeds of Corruption Unit, and was transferred to the NCA earlier this year.

The source however disclosed that last Friday’s raid on Dizeani’s residence ‎by EFCC operatives had no connection with the investigation by the UK government.‎ He added that there was no specific mention of corrupt allegations against the former minister prior to her arrest in London last week.


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