Nigeria’s former Petroleum Resources Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke lobbied to become Trade and Investment Commissioner of the Dominican Republic from June 1. 2015 and carried a diplomatic passport to evade arrest.
Her appointment in the Caribbean Island means she’s tasked with direct promotion and marketing of Dominica as a trade and investment domicile.
She allegedly fled Nigeria immediately after ex President Goodluck Jonathan administration lost the 2015 election.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) confirmed she is still on trial for corruption in Nigeria.
One of the luxurious homes of Diezani Alison Madueke (Guardian)
EFCC source anonymously said: “With the diplomatic passport, she is immune to arrest by any law enforcement agency, including the Interpol. Before leaving office on May 28, 2015, she had perfected a script with the office of the Prime Minister, Commonwealth of Dominica”.
The alleged legwork paid off for Allison-Madueke as a a letter dated May 29, 2015, signed by Prime Minister Roosevelt Kerry confirmed she was not only offered the citizenship of Dominica but also an appointment as Trade and Investment Commissioner.
The diplomatic passport with number DP0000445 which expired on 20, 2020 contained 32 pages and in one of the pages there’s a restraining statement against arrest is made.
Some Jewelry seized from former minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke [EFCC]
The restraining order reads as follows: “The President of the Commonwealth of Dominica requests and requires in the Name of the Government of Dominica all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance and afford the bearer such assistance and protection as may be necessary.”
It was reported that she is buoyed by a diplomatic protection which no law enforcement agency around the world can ignore.
Additionally, she had a British citizenship which gives her another shield. All these have made taking her back to Nigeria for trial hard.
The story in public domain is that she is treating cancer in the UK but other sources claim the cancer-story is one of her machinations to evade arrest and prosecution.
The EFCC has not been able to extradite her to Nigeria since she fled. Allison-Maduake was accused of fraudulent ownership of 76 luxurious property in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt, valued at N23 billion, plus 14 charges bordering on theft and concealment to the tune of $153 million.