Former Minister of Petroleum Resources in Nigeria, Deziani Allison Madueke, who was previously facing corruption charges from the authorities of the West African Countries, has entered the minds of the people once more.
This time, some local media and also individuals on social media has started circulating the news that the former minister who is currently in the united kingdom, is now a citizen of the Dominican Republic Of the Caribbean.
But investigations by different news media show that the story isn’t new as investigation by one foreign media Al Jazeera reveals that last year the minister had collected a diplomatic passport in the Caribbean country.
The investigation connected the Prime Minister of the Dominican Republic Roosevelt Skerrit and Allison Madueke to one apartment in the New York City which costs a whooping sum of $2.2 million.
They suggested that the Former Nigerian Minister buy the big apartment and also that the apartment is payment for the diplomatic passport.
This report has been out since November 2019 and Madam Deziani Allison Madueke had been denying the report long ago.
WHAT IS A DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT?
A diplomatic passport is an international document which wealthy and rich people can obtain from countries alongside the benefits that comes along with it.
A lot of countries in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean has taken a lot of criticism that are selling diplomatic passports that can protect rich people from prosecution and checks by the police and armed forces.
Individuals who acquire diplomatic passports most times are not necessarily citizens of the countries they obtain the passports from as in the case of Allison Madueke and the Dominican Diplomatic passport, one expert said.
Diplomatic passports have their benefits, in cases where they protect fraudulent people from sanction and they can do anything and everything they like in their host country and anywhere in the world.
The passport will also allow them carry what they call diplomatic bag, which prohibits security personnel from checking or searching through them and also it can’t be confiscated or seized by any authority whatsoever.
This also means that the airport or border security cannot and will not search the bag, thereby giving the owner ample space to smuggle in illegal things.
They also enjoy tax waivers in many things which they purchase with their diplomatic passports.
DEZIANI IS STILL FACING CORRUPTION CASES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.
Madam Deziani who has been in the United Kingdom since the year 2015, is under investigation for money laundering there, while The Nigerian Corruption Police- Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has named her for different corruption trials.
“This year we must get her because they have no reason whatsoever to keep her over there anymore. They have not taken her to the court and we are in the fifth year, why are we still going to be investigating one matter for five good years?” EFCC Boss Ibrahim Magu said in January 2020.
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WHAT WERE THE ACCUSATIONS GIVEN TO DEZIANI BY THE EFCC?
This matter initially started in 2014, when the Nigerian central bank Governor at that time, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi aggravated saying $20 Billion of oil money was missing when madam Deziani was still the oil minister, but she denied all the accusations held up against her at that time.
Later, the former minister appeared among the three defendants that the EFCC dragged to court based on three charges.
The accusation stated that they deployed over ₦362 million derived from one $115 million slush fund to influence the result of the 2015 presidential elections in order to favor the candidate of the ruling party of that year, which is the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
Since then the EFCC has secured a court order to seize some of Madam Deziani’s property including her jewelry worth over $40 million and convict the others who benefited from the $115 million slush fund.
IS NIGERIA THE ONLY COUNTRY DEZIANI HAS PENDING COURT CASES AND CHARGES?
Madam Deziani Allison Madueke is currently facing another matter of money laundering and acquisition of properties which Is against her in the United Kingdom’s Court.
In October 2015, the United Kingdom National Crime Agency arrested her as part of their investigation on bribery and money laundering cases.
Authorities in America is also glaring looks at her based on Multi-Billion Dollar frauds and money laundering offences which is been accused for.
In July 2017, The United States made a move to seize assets worth over $144 million, including one 200-foot yacht and a big mansion in Manhattan; saying that they are fruits of international bribery schemes which she is involved in.
They said two Nigerian Oil Men, Kolawole Aluko and Olajide Omokore, joined others to bribe Mrs. Allison Madueke to win Oil Contracts
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