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BREAKING: Diezani Alison-Madueke Reportedly Arrested in London




Premium Times is reporting that former  Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, was on Friday arrested in London.

According to the report:

She was arrested Friday morning alongside four other people by the British law enforcement agency.

The identities of the four other people arrested along with her could not be immediately ascertained.

Premium Times learnt she was arrested for offences related to bribery and corruption being investigated by the UK National Crime Agency.

Two top British officials in London have however confirmed the development to this newspaper. They requested not to be named because they have no permission to speak on the issue.

The British High Commission in Nigeria confirmed that some arrests were made Friday but declined to disclose the identities of those involved.

Joseph Abuku, Press and Public Affairs Officer, said, “This morning, five people between the ages of 21 and 60 were arrested on suspicion of bribery and corruption offences. The crimes are being investigated by the National Crime Agency.

“The National Crime Agency does not confirm identity at arrest nor provide information that could be used to corroborate the identity of an arrested individual.”


  1. Sade

    October 2, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    The way my face lighted up after reading the heading, you would have thought i received a great surprise package.

    I guess Diezani is no more dining of terminal sickness. Slow but steady, the law and Karma will catch up with all the corrupt politicians (e.g Saraki, Diezani) who have been ruining our country – Nigeria. Thereby delaying my final move from the U.S back to Nigeria. Thieves!

    • Sade

      October 2, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      *****Dying of

    • nene+

      October 2, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      That Deziani is arrested is fine if for corruption allegations.

      But that
      1. Amaechi the man who couldn’t even hand over, stole even stools in govt kitchen with his cronies,
      2. Lai Muhammed the man who teaches satan to lie ,
      3.Fashola-400 million per pedestrian bridge ,
      4.Fayemi -50 million naira bed
      Audu Ogbe these names are awaiting screening to be crowned ministers is corruption upon corruption unbridled!!!!

      Suddenly Obj ,IBB,Atiku,Tinubu are saints, Halliburton &Siemens saga and other inventors of corruption and their ministers are free as the air???? Haba Buhari sparing corrupt people isnt coruuptionnnnn ??????even when your wife was mentioned in Halliburton?????

      I am not a fan of Deziani but will air my opinion on selective embarrassment!

    • FasholasLover

      October 2, 2015 at 8:17 pm

      I actually pity this woman. That Ministry is the devils workshop. Whoever is Minister of Petroleum in Nigeria can never win. Too many people’s daily bread is tied to that Ministry. All manner of portfolio wielding contractors without any traceable office address. What with the Northern cabal that felt short changed by her heading that Ministry. Head or tail, this woman can never win.

      If she is culpable, she should do her time. But why are we starting from London when we have more than enough thieves here to occupy the EFCC? Oh, l see everybody is watching Oga’s body language. When Oga travels to America with Amaechi in his entourage, pls. who is going to arrest Amaechi? When Tifnubu is the “big friend” of the President, who will arrest him?. Is it Fashola? Anybody who steals deserve jail term but selective persecution is anathema to the Law of natural justice

      Let the trials begin. It should be interestingto hear people sing. Buhari, should not be too comfortable o. The gist is that Diezani contributed to his campaign.


    • Bimpe

      October 2, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      I am quite sad about this actually. People are always fighting for women to hold a significant position in power but this woman really disappointed and made the struggle even harder. It’s really sad! She was in such a powerful, very powerful position. Very sad

    • nnenne

      October 2, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      Bimpe, are the men serving since day one innocent. There are good and bad women, just as men.

      BTW, in the midst of everything happening in Nigeria, people like me are simply asking for justice and fairness.
      What is good for one. is good for all.
      I don’t belong to any political party but I find myself defending GEJ, because of the way he was pushed out of office. It has never happened in our democratic history.
      He did not just loose the election but was pushed out of office and that was very unfair.
      People should be allowed to loose elections naturally.
      These days no one says a word when Boko Haram attacks.

      Fairness is the key, folks. My opinion and am entitled to it.

    • fair and square

      October 2, 2015 at 6:58 pm

      @Sade so only Saraki and Deziani are corrupt in Nigeria???

      You must have APC encripted on your brain

    • nene+

      October 3, 2015 at 1:06 am

      Buhari and Elrufai uses EFCC to initiate Dezianis arrest in UK! Elrufai well important to buhari than osibajo!
      Arrest her and arrest the entire Northern oil block owners who ownes 80 % of Nigeria oil well, Atiku, Theophilus etc.

      Arrest Deziani but also arrest Rilwan Lukmon’s family. Arrest the whole chain in petroleum sector, mid stream, downstream, all the huslers your inlaws or not.

      Deziani is not Buhari’s distant cousine like Amina Zakari so she should be butchered? Errrm Deziani will return unhurt simply because Elrufai is free, OBJ is free, Atiku is free, Tinubu is free, Amaechi is free, Fayemi is free, Theophilus Danjuma is free, Fashola is free,Sanusi is free, Rochas is free, George Akume is free, EFCC Chiarman Lamorde is free therefore arrest 1 arrest all! Otherwise spare one spare all!!!! None is superior to another.

      The fight against corruption is for all Nigerians, stop fighting southern PDP, look down your nose and it’s the right person to fight!
      Start with your family, start with your self, corruption is appointing lopsidedly, corruption gave birth to 97% vs 5% with the best in your favour in same country, corruption is accepting to be bank rolled with stolen monies during your election,, it is over promising during election and disassociating yourself with such promises thereby deceiving gullible people. Buhari if you read this, I do not hate you nor wish you tragedy, but to point out that you are a very self centered person who love power like housefly on rotten meat, you where ready to soak dog and baboon in blood to rule a second time?????

  2. Olayemi

    October 2, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Boo-hari!!! Lol

  3. charles

    October 2, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Long overdue, if true. . .

    • yoruba girl

      October 2, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      Obj the man who invented corruption is busy dancing shoki with the president.

      The lady a captain in corruption arrested while the field marshals like tinubu and co are now from Saul to Paul over night.

      I still support buhari but I smell foul play

    • charles

      October 2, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      Forget this your yarn. She was not arrested in Nigeria, neither by Nigerian authorities-EFCC,ICPC or the NPF. She was arrested by British authorities, on British soil. So calling Tinubu & Obasanjo’s name in this matter, makes no sense.


  4. KKS

    October 2, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Loading…………………………………na here i go dey – dey read una comments – with my popcorn!!!!!!

    • Ken

      October 2, 2015 at 6:20 pm

      Me too sipping my Tuwoo

    • ATL's finest

      October 2, 2015 at 11:16 pm

      @ Ken I want some Tawoo u just make me miss 9ja small 🙁

  5. ore

    October 2, 2015 at 5:50 pm


  6. Taiwo

    October 2, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Lets goooooooooo there!!!!!!

  7. ATL's finest

    October 2, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    KIA Okokobioko what a great way to take a step up into that prison 🙂 They always end up in London as if that’s a hidden ground for them not to be caught mtcheww.. Like they say if u can’t do the time, don’t do the crime..

  8. nunulicious

    October 2, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    my heart skipped a beat when I heard/read this news. I’m not sure if it was in jubilation, in anticipation, for retribution or satisfaction. But my heart skipped..drum roll…

  9. nunulicious

    October 2, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    A woman this fine should not be embroiled in a mess like this. But we all know she was a front for a certain former president. Will the real slim shady please stand up!?

  10. Me

    October 2, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Yepaaaaa, I pity the 21 year old person oh….. Chei diaris really God oh

    Sai Buhari

  11. Wale

    October 2, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Please they should do the trial in the UK so there is no wayo wayo. She has to cough up the money she stole plus some time behind bars, ehn, that her unique gele will go well with an orange prison jumpsuit. So who is next of the list, let me see, ah! yes, Mama Peace get your boubou and your bobo ready. No hiding place. Awon oloju kokoro>

  12. Pretty girl

    October 2, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Omo u need to see the smile on my face u go think say I win one better thing. Chia thank God for this news.

  13. tife

    October 2, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    I have been waiting for this day……even nature too been waiting, check out the downpour!

  14. Ephi's

    October 2, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    The chicken is coming home to roost

  15. Ephi's

    October 2, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    OCT 1: “…people should only fear the consequences of their actions.” – PMB

    OCT 2: Diezaini Arrested.

    Loooooool 🙂

  16. Smackdown

    October 2, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Yesss!!! President of life..Buhari. Keep up the good work

  17. sibo

    October 2, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Very very very good. Anoufia not satisfied with ogas theif theif Loot she just had to continue milking. People and GREED.

  18. Anon

    October 2, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Send her home, try her there and if guilty, put her in Kirikiri. She’s not welcome in HM Prison Holloway at the expense of taxpayers money.

    • Concerned nigerian

      October 2, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      We would beg to differ on that and plead with her majesty to accept deziani, she would never be put in prison in nigeria and the arm of the law can’t reach her more nigerian in her majesties prisons would not hurt tax payers especially after they confiscate her uk holdings.we appreciate the gesture wld hurt me to see her in her armoured S600 roaming free in lagos

  19. sade

    October 2, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Please don’t come for me if i didn’t send for you.

    I am not into the APC/PDP saga. I’m not even in the country so I could care less about who gets indicted or arrested for corruption.

    All i want is that ALL the corrupt politicians be brought before the Law, so that Nigeria can be better. But if this continues, people like me who really wants to move back home – Can’t. Because I know theres no future for my children. It really scares me.

    Only if all Nigerians can just do away with the political party bias and only go for who gets the Job done. Then Nigeria will be a better place for us and our generation.

    • sade

      October 2, 2015 at 7:19 pm

      This is in response to @Fair and square above

    • TheRealist

      October 4, 2015 at 2:55 am

      My dear, anything that’s NOT equitable is NOT justice.

  20. Ephi

    October 2, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    To all those saying Diezani is not the only corrupt official. What’s your point? So she shouldn’t be arrested AT ALL?
    Yes agreed she is not the only one but we MUST start somewhere. Enough of people thinking they can rob the country blind and get away scot-free. See the likes of Ibori buying £2.2 million flats in London – enough money to change the lives of millions of Nigerians.

    • TheRealist

      October 4, 2015 at 2:58 am

      If PMB “must start from somewhere”, he doesn’t have to look too far (certainly not as far away as London), as Tinubu is always Aso Rock these days.

  21. X

    October 2, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    @fair and square….reading is fundamental. take your time and read her comment again…don’t rush..OK?!

  22. tife

    October 2, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Nwanne nene, na wa for u o, so u expect buhari to jst bundle everyone up and throw them in prison, so that U most especially will cry that he is a dictator, Abeg carry ur bitter/biased sef commot

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      October 3, 2015 at 11:47 pm

      Actually, yes. That’s exactly what some of us have been expecting since he made certain campaign promises. With Deziani now arrested, we’re glad to see the prospect of retribution and possible return of stolen billions but in the same spirit, we’re also wondering if and when the other criminals-in-agbada will get similarly hauled in because those slimy bastards still owe us lots and lots of misappropriated Naira…..

  23. Jackie

    October 2, 2015 at 7:26 pm


  24. Lilo

    October 2, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Yes….change is in fact here.

  25. Fifi

    October 2, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    My prayer daily is all those who have destroyed this country should be uprooted and God is truly hearing my prayers,

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      October 4, 2015 at 12:09 am

      Amen. My own prayers are a whole lot more severe – as Abacha’s cup became full one day and he was struck down without warning, may that same fate visit every single cabal of power set up in Nigeria, which greedily holds on to the wealth of the land. May all that you’ve stolen become a cancer that will destroy you completely in no distant time and may the “renowned” name you’ve set up on the misery, pain & suffering of great masses become associated with shame and desolation even in generations to come..

      That’s simply the very least I can ask for, so let the guilty and their families continue living each day in false security before their overdue calamity strikes them…

    • Tee

      October 4, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      Hmmm….his stolen money is still being discovered all over the world and guess what his children are still living large..who’s gonna catch them?

  26. jide

    October 2, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    I hope they arrest her sons too. Filthy animals

  27. nene

    October 2, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Praise the Lord!!!

  28. Ada Nnewi

    October 2, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Shoki ahh shoki!…Sai Baba!

  29. chiadika

    October 2, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Stealing money like that …hian!?

  30. Concerned 9ja

    October 2, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Yeah some people can get silly in 9ja going on about GMB is only about probes no action..well he has to follow due process lest as someone said he be termed a Dictator.
    She’s not alone..many eloped to the US and UK but they easy to sniff out as they are noticeably extravagant.
    You should see this video circulating…one of those ex militants given the contract to protect the oil wells was having a party in Texas…to say it was raining $$$ is an understatement.
    I for one hope they all get the Ibori treatment..tried and prosecuted in the UK /USA…don’t trust the 9ja judicial system where money talks…

    • Reetah

      October 3, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      They are sniffing out the ones in the US and UK when amaechi and co are right under their noses. I hail o

  31. Isuji

    October 2, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Lord I thank you , Nigeria will be free of corruption very soon !!!!! One by one we are getting there! Pls don’t send her back to Nigeria let her face trial in the UK where there is sure to be true justice !!!

  32. nunulicious

    October 2, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    I hope the EFCC, ICPC and the likes have air tight cases against ALL these high profile cases! It would be very painful if after the euphoria, “they” walk away with only a slap on the hand or the case is dismissed on account of shody paperwork. What is the maximum punishment for financial crime, corruption and fraud in Nigeria sef?
    When you read press clippings of how even after the senate indicted her, she got ministerial appointments afterwards, it makes me shiver. Investigative journalists and media where una dey? this is your moment to take us down memory lane with the facts please!

  33. bruno

    October 2, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    I’m already imaging her in prison. orange is the new black thingz. LOL

    that’s why I love oyinbo people. dey no dey look face. They will come for u no matter who u are. u may not even know that they are secretly investigating u and out of the blue, they take u by surprise and arrest u and put u on trail.

    EFCC SHAME ON U PEOPLE. this is something u people didnt have the courage to do.
    the most useless organisation in Nigeria after NEPA is EFCC.

    The British government promised buhari that they will assist nigeria in fighting corruption. I’m so happy they are keeping their word.

    dear british government, pls I take God beg u people,do not send this woman back to nigeria to stand trail. Nigerian justice system is very weak and useless. if u people send her back to nigeria to stand trail she will be exonerated, they may even compensate her with a political post and name a street in her village after her or something.

    they can’t keep stealing our money and rubbing it in our faces.

    I saw pictures of the kind of life style her son is living, my mouth was open the whole time. I couldn’t believe my eyes.

  34. WA

    October 2, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    PMB, it’s beginning to look like you cut a deal… remove the tinubu, amaechi and rochas in your own eyes, before going for the Deziani in your neighbour’s eye. This exercise will fast be perceived as a witch-hunt, rather than a move against corruption, if you don’t.

  35. HerExcellence

    October 2, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    BREAKING : Nigeria’s former petroleum minister Diezani Alison-Madueke released on bail, to report at Charing Cross Police station on Mon.

  36. lala

    October 2, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    All of u getting excited, you know no serious punishment will come out of this.The rich will always get richer, don’t quit yall’s day job.

  37. jamila

    October 2, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    Ngwa! Os! Quick, quick!! Everybody go and read Chinua Achebe’s A MAN OF THE PEOPLE. Then, after that, go and read Chimamanda Adichie’s AMERICANAH.
    Achebe refused to be “honored” by the GEJ regime. I was so proud of him, not to follow the herd. How I wish he were still alive to see the beginning of what might truly be a new Nigeria.. As for Adichie, she speaks poignantly about the CHOICELESSNESS foisted on us by greed and corruption. Who defends these crooks??? Does it matter if they come from your ethnicity or not? In the old days didn’t our communities punish theft?. Look at us, dying trekking the Sahara from Burkina Faso trying to get to North Africa, trying to cross the Mediterranean, then drowning. We are mired in 419 and all manner of scams trying to ape the lavish lifestyles of those who steal from us. We are kidnappers, extorting money from families. We are armed robbers, we are ritualists…What else needs to be visited on us before??????????

  38. Smackdown

    October 2, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    This is a great start. It’s time to start standing up to all this corruption. The fact that elective officials made it so easy for people to loot the country’s money is abominable. What’s even more of a disgrace is that these people and their children blatently flaunted their ill gotten wealth in front of a nation of people who could even afford basic things. I’m looking at you governor Ibadan, you have the audacity to spend a hundred thousand dollars of your state’s money on a wedding gown for your daughter while most of your workers have not been paid for months. This nonsense has got to stop.

  39. Sass

    October 2, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    How many women are in political positions in naij but they are going after Deizani and Ngozi like they are the problems of Nigeria.
    Grown men proper pissed with both women cos they are women, why are they packing so much.
    Bubu should face his mates and that his wife abi daughter mentioned in Halliburton saga.

  40. DD

    October 2, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Sai Buhari! Sai Baba!!

  41. Hian

    October 3, 2015 at 4:59 am

    Nigerians are so corrupt. Look at the bias laden comments. Mostly from unemployed “graduates” who do not realize that whether Tinubu or Madueke…the arrest of any corrupt Nigerian is a step forward. Nenne you are crying about tribalism, how have any of these people helped you? Your governors? Your tribesmen in power? You are here shouting Buhari should arrest his own brothers. Then when a region is left unattended, you cry that you are marginalized. These people stole the money that could have built us 10 Niger bridges, cleaned up the PH-Aba road and other Federal roads killing people in the East and South South. Don’t like tribal sentiment rob us blind please, it is killing us already.
    Who said GEJ was unfairly pushed out? SERIOUSLY??? I tire for some of you honestly.

    • TheRealist

      October 4, 2015 at 3:15 am

      Actually, this “unemployed graduate” thinks that the arrest of only SELECTED corrupt (and I am even joining you in dispensing with the presumption of innocence) is a step BACKWARD – because it merely comes across as persecution (rather prosecution) and gravely undermines the struggle against corruption. By way of analogy that you might be able to understand, while giving even just a handful of “unemployed graduates” jobs might be a step forward it becomes a retrogressive step if all such lucky graduates are from one party, one state, one region or one religion. If we “unemployed graduates” actually desire (and deserve) a better future we have to push for real justice – the kind that’s not only being done but that is being SEEN by all and sundry as being done. Otherwise, we deserve the corrupt (and not just in material but in values) leadership class that we presently have.

    • Missme

      October 6, 2015 at 5:58 am

      I have to agree. One arrest means nothing if we know that Buhari dines with the very people that are the founders of corruption. We know he is not going to go after obj, tinubu, fashola, ibb, atiku, el-rufai, amechi and the rest because they are his allies so what is the point really when the very people we need to arrest are covered under the protection of the president. If we really want to mobe forward then we need to bring EVERY SINGLE PERSON to justice regardless of who they are and who they know. Until then this is just a fluke and i wouldnt get too excited

  42. M

    October 3, 2015 at 5:31 am

    Isuji what a fool! All of them are leading you. ALL.
    Nigerians the biggest mugus of all time.

  43. fightcorruptpoliticians

    October 3, 2015 at 6:16 am

    I am not a fan of Deziani but charity they say begins at home, Buhari clean your circle of corrupt politicians first. You can’t be using long broom to sweep veranda when your bedroom is DUSTBIN of corruption.
    We support your fight against corruption but don’t limit it to the opposition.
    EL-RUFAI (the snitch)
    And any one whose name has been linked with any corrupt practices.

    The fight against corruption should be wholesome.

  44. M

    October 3, 2015 at 6:30 am

    Isuji, what a fool. They are all leading you. ALL!
    Nigerians, the greatest mugus of all time. The greatest hypocrites of life. The destroyers of Nigeria are leading you and plotting your final doom. Go on cheer them on.

  45. Rayva

    October 3, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Her head gear/gele is very unique to her…………….How does she do it; who knows??

  46. fitim

    October 3, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Hmmm!!!! I think pple here forget dat Pres. Buhari only want to work on the ledger handed over to him by GEJ, so I don’t think dat he needs to probe obj or tinubu and co.
    Let us speak as Nigerians not on different tribe that’s d only way dis nation can move forward.
    God bless Nigeria
    God bless you all

  47. O.G.A

    October 6, 2015 at 8:38 am


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