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Diezani Dominica suspends relationship with former minister over fraud case

This was disclosed by the Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit via a statement released on Monday, December 21, 2015.

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Dominica has suspended all relations with former Nigerian petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke due to recent allegations of fraud levelled against her.

This was disclosed by the Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit via a statement released on Monday, December 21, 2015.

The statement reads:

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs moved with dispatch to suspend all relations with Mrs. Alison-Madueke immediately following her arrest in October, 2015, pending the outcome of the investigations.”

“This suspension took place in the month of October. Our position is that the relationship with Mrs. Alison-Madueke and all that flows from this will remain completely suspended until such time as the probe into her conduct as a minister of government is concluded and a determination made by the relevant authorities.”

“She served as an Executive Official and Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company in Nigeria. In my budget address to the people of Dominica two years ago, I outlined the intention and policy of my government to recruit persons of experience, influence and integrity to serve and represent Dominica in various capacities abroad.”

“As a small nation with very limited resources, we do not have the capacity to establish consular or other offices in many regions of the world. In this case, who is better to speak for and on behalf of Dominica in parts of the African continent than a former President of OPEC and former Chairman of the West African Gas Pipeline Authority?”

“The arrangement of Mrs. Alison-Madueke serving in an honorary capacity, with no direct remuneration from Dominica and Dominica facilitating her travels across Europe and Africa with the issuance of a diplomatic passport, was entirely in accordance with existing convention, protocol and practice, until the very recent and unexpected development of the investigations by the UK and Nigerian authorities.”

“This development was not foreseen nor anticipated by the due diligence undertaken on behalf of the government, and could not have been and was not foreseen by me or the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica.”

Skerrit also denied that Diezani had been granted citizenship of Dominica adding that the issue of her relocating to the country had never been discussed.

Recent reports had it that the former minister had been appointed as Dominica’s Trade and Investment Commissioner and that she was making plans to flee the United Kingdom for the Caribbean country to escape money laundering investigations.

Diezani has been in the eye of the storm since she was detained by security officials in London on money laundering charges on October 2, 2015.

READ MORE: Diezani Alison-Madueke arrested in London

Alison-Madueke’s home in Maitama, Abuja was also raided by members of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) hours after the UK operation.

READ MORE: EFCC seals Diezani Alison-Madueke's Abuja home

Unconfirmed reports have it that the former minister is being investigated for allegedly laundering about £13billion from the Nigeria’s coffers.

Nigeria’s oil sector, which Diezani was  in charge of, has been plagued with massive corruption for many years leading new President, Muhammadu Buhari to take the decision to head the industry himself in order to sanitize it.

Diezani, who is currently battling cancer, has however denied the allegations saying repeatedly that she didn't steal Nigeria's money.

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