Former Dominican diplomat to be tried in UK for alleged corruption

Alison-Madueke was a Dominican diplomat. Photo: AP

Former Nigerian Minister of Petroleum Resources Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former Dominican diplomat, will be tried in the UK for alleged corrupt practices, according to media reports.

The trial has been fixed for June with new evidence from the proceedings of a Federal High Court in respect of the order of final forfeiture of $153-million allegedly traced to the ex minister, the report states.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) in the UK arrested Alison-Madueke on October 10, 2015 and four others for alleged bribery and corruption and money laundering.

The former minister, whose movement has been restricted to the UK, remains under investigation.

It has been reported that Alison-Madueke’s received Dominican citizenship in a May 29, 2015 via an approval letter by Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit.

It has also been reported that the ex-Minister was appointed Dominica’s Trade and Investment Commissioner and given a diplomatic passport, with the number DP0000445.

When she was arrested, several media reports said that the former minister was attempting to flee to Dominica because of her citizenship.

However, the government said there was no truth to the “rumor” and said all ties with Alison-Madueke were severed in October, 2015.

It also said she was appointed Trade and Investment Commissioner for Dominica after “due diligence.”

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66 Comments

  1. Let The Truth Be Told - Original
    March 6, 2017

    Some of you love to make a mountain out of a molehill.
    Diezani Alison-Madueke, has done nothing against Dominica and nationals. She has not stolen money from Dominica. She will be tried for a matter which has absolutely nothing to do with Dominica. What has Dominica lost? So what is your problem?
    You are only showing the world your ignorance, bias, wickedness and hatred against the current government. Stop wasting your time.
    I feel sorry for you who are UWP supporters, commencing with the UWP leader. What you sow you shall surely reap and soon enough. Mark my words.

  2. Big Bannan
    March 2, 2017

    I had rather be a walmart greeter in the United States than a diploma under Skerrit.

  3. Thomian
    March 2, 2017

    wonder what his supporters are saying after they read this statement by the Honourable?

  4. Anthony P. Ismael
    March 2, 2017

    The same Ambassador who apparently did not exist and who never had a Dominican Diplomatic Passport. This is so funny, if it wasn’t sad.

  5. The Eel
    March 2, 2017

    IT IS PROVEN Dominica is a peace loving country, the world waited patiently for a result and they got it right with blessings too. The lady is beautiful and with money I will hide her any time. The Carnival prove you wrong about every thing.

  6. Sigh
    March 2, 2017

    The Lowest Rank the woman have is an ambassador for Dominica..lol.. but all you making that like that is the most important thing in the world. Due Diligence is all u illiterate new word but make sure all u actually understand what it means. The woman was head of ministries that was grossing a BILLIONS of dollars..Held Jobs only past presidents had.

    I would have hired her in any investment firm. I want all you to tell me how many people in the world have held jobs like this lady. So what if she wanted to come down Dominica. Nigeria is part of the Common Wealth isn’t it?

    • Hahahhahahahahhahahahhaaaaaa….this attempt to justify the labour party’s negligence on selling ms. Diezani a passport is hilarious. Haaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaa , Keep the jokes coming coming oye…woye, mwe vlé kaka.

  7. Sigh
    March 2, 2017

    DNO U need to give the News Unbiasly. why did you put “due dilegence” in quotes. This type of news is very misleading. All you making like is a lady that was on street doing crime de PM just pickup.

    This is one of the most powerful women in Africa at the time. Stop being simple. How many of you will reach the level of education and success of Diezani. I have read alot of reports on this issue and there is no credible report that Diezani was ever thinking of moving to Dominica. The lady have been struggling with Cancer in England for months now. They found 27000 British Pounds at her resident and 5000 British pounds at her mother house. Both were seized. Stop putting bad news out dere. Most of the crimes she is accused of committing Dominica have nothing to do with.
    The lady was the Leader of OPEC…come’on.

    Her Credentials:
    Federal Minister of Transportation
    Federal Minister of Mines & Steel
    Federal Minister of Petroleum Resources
    President of OPEC

    i would have…

    • lmckoy
      March 2, 2017

      Yep, all that but is she honest? She is not being tried for the positions that she has occupied.

  8. Between 2 of us
    March 2, 2017

    Did you commit a crime anywhere and you know you will be arrested at some point? Are you very, very, very rich day like Allison Madueke, Alireza Monfared etc. ? Do you want to escape justice? Would you like to buy a diplomatic passport that will allow you to evade immigration? Well, if the answer to any above is yes, no worries because I will introduce you to pm Roosevelt Skerrit who has a very good reputation in finding and facilitating people like you. Oh wow, that’s very good news. Am how much will that cost? OK for this let me pass u onto pm Skerrit to answer this question. Skerrit: it’s between two of us. Deal cut just like that

  9. Let The Truth Be Told - Original
    March 2, 2017

    DNO, everyone knows that you are a UWP supporter. Did you have to state “Former Dominican Diplomat?” This will incite non-DLP supporters to make their usual derogatory comments, some of which is not true.
    I see why President Trump or the White House denied CNN and some other reporters to his meeting. He calls some of their reporting “fake news” which is what they are. When they get hold of a story they never let it go. They go so far to make out of the way comments which have no bearing on their story and the one they are reporting about.
    There is a God above. One day they will pay for it.

    ADMIN: Then why are you here commenting on every single article?

    • Let The Truth Be Told
      March 2, 2017

      DNO, I am human and a D/can, eager to read of our News. Ever since I commenced accessing your Website and commenting, I was aware of that. I am not the only one who made that comment about you being a UWP supporter. It is glaring. Other D/cans who support DLP have stated the same.
      We all learn from each other. Some good and some bad. What did you state about freedom of speech?
      I noted your headline and thought, it projects as if the PM knew about her and still gave her a Diplomat Passport. The message your headline portrayed is evident. It is unfair to the PM. I also note how soon or not my comments are moderated. Free to agree or disagree. No sweat, as T & T nationals would say. :lol: :lol: :lol:
      Guess what DNO? I love your Website otherwise I would not as much as continue to access it. Furthermore, I can keep abreast of Dominica News. Let this be a feather in your cap. You must be doing something good. :lol: :lol: :lol:
      God bless DNO!

      • The Darkness
        March 3, 2017

        You got owned by the Admin.

        I dying dere laughing you. :lol:

        Was in a bad mood, but i saw the response to your diligent commentary.

        Admin… advice is to remain un-biased.

        Those who chose sides openly, in the business world ALL fall at some point. Basil always gets his bounty.

        Just becareful and try remaining neutral business wise.

        (Your response still made my day) pfft… lol

      • Let The Truth Be Told - Original
        March 5, 2017

        @ The Darkness, I wrote an article on this about being unbiased and remaining in business. I saved it, hopefully for later use.
        In business or in public/society we must always be fair. It is noticeable some people do not possess this trait.

    • only time will tell
      March 3, 2017

      If I had any more sorry I would feel sorry for you I just don’t know what to say about people like you but can I also ask what day that is not part of the 12 months in a years that we the right THINKING PEOPLE KNOW OF DID YOU WENT TO SCHOOL ? and can you give us a count of how much more people like you that is calling them self DOMINICANS living in or out of our sweeeeeeet commonwealth of Dominica please please let us know soon

      • Let The Truth Be Told - Original
        March 5, 2017

        We the right thinking people . . . You are presumptuous. Who are you? Try learning to be unbiased. Even though you think you are right, this does not mean you are right. Pride will make you feel that way and pride comes before the fall. You are not more educated than I. Utilize the little common sense you have, if you have any and learn to respect the opinion of others. You have much to learn.

    • Me
      March 4, 2017

      Check mate, properly snookered by your own action Truth! I love it.

    • Haaaaaaahaaaaaaa haaaaaaahaaaaaaa…..woye, look the truth come out oye….laybar. haaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaa….don’t defend Ms. Diezani here, go and defend her in court. Haaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaa….. woye mi mwe ka pissay la. Haaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaa. Woooosh, mi uh mal pissa.

  10. Let The Truth Be Told - Original
    March 1, 2017

    Be broadminded. Use your common sense if you have any. Some of you never give the benefit of the doubt. Instead, you attack, harass, judge and condemn. As there is a God above, you will pay for it even while you are alive.
    People are very good at hiding their lifestyle and posing as well-to-do people. Did Sanford who resided in Antigua not do this? He did a good job of deceiving the PM and investors of that country.
    I have no doubt if this woman is accused of this, she obviously would not divulge it to anyone, except those who were her partners while hoping others will never find out.
    I have confidence in the PM of Dominica that if what is stated about her is correct, he was not aware of it nor would he have encouraged her. As you know everything comes to light sooner or later.
    Therefore, you UWP supporters, put on your thinking cap and stop causing more divisions and animosity in D/ca. You have already done much harm to your country and nationals.

    • Bold Like Us (BLU)
      March 2, 2017

      You comparing Allen Stanford with Diezani-Alison Madueke??

      At least when Stanford lived in Antigua, the country was hopping and everybody was making money….but Madueke never come and share her wealth in Dominica with us, so have confidence in Skerritt still.

      I hope if the PM is ever imprisoned, that you will be his frequent visitor.

      • Let The Truth Be Told - Original
        March 6, 2017

        Face the facts. You do not think straight. This is how stupid some of you are who think you know more than others who are more intelligent than you.
        It goes to show your type of mentality. It does not matter how much money Antiguans made. They invested their money and they lost it when Stanford’s deceit was found out. How much are they presently benefiting? He is in jail.
        The bottom line is, he deceived the government and the people while living a lavish life. From what I read he would eventually have gone to D/ca. God protected D/ca from him. You should be thankful.
        Dominicans were not deceived by that woman. Dominica has lost nothing. Even though she had a D/ca passport, she would have taken nothing from D/ca. It did not stand to lose anything.
        In fact D/ca stood to gain if she paid a certain amount of money for the diplomat passport. If she asked for the money to be returned to her, D/ca would lose.
        You UWP supporters are not smart.

    • visions
      March 3, 2017

      keep defending evil hope it justifies you. I am so glad I wont be facing judgement for you

      • Let The Truth Be Told - Original
        March 6, 2017

        I do not know who you are. I know who I am. I was taught to stand up for good, to do good. to defend all what is good and to be fair.
        UWP supporters have projected that they do not. You are bringing down the wrath of God on Dominica. Sad some of you call yourselves Christians with Bible in hand and church-going. Do you not think you will receive a greater punishment? You do not see yourself for what you are.
        Evil? You are the evil one. You defend Lennox who has created much trouble in D/ca and who was trying to oust the PM with also his false accusations against the P.M.
        You uphold and defend the riot which occurred on February 7. You are the one who uphold evil. You are the pot calling the kettle black.
        Speak for yourself and for your judgment. You have much to be concerned about. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

  11. %
    March 1, 2017

    Once you are filthy rich,irrespective of the source of the funds,seem like you can have a Dominica diplomatic passport…Is the money the attraction?Too me it seem so!

  12. "Go to hell"
    March 1, 2017

    “The trial has been fixed for June with ‘NEW EVIDENCE’ from the proceedings of a Federal High Court.”
    Oh boy, eyes in Dominica must be rolling and I do hope the Baroness is comfortable too.

    But DNO I don’t understand that “former Dominican diplomat” thing you know. I mean was her passport cancelled before the new evidence came out or not? Better yet, was her passport cancelled before she was arrested or after? The fact is, she was made a Dominican when the world knew her name was mentioned in questionable thing. So to give her a passport to do her crookedness and after she is caught to pretend it passport was taken and then address her as former diplomat? Hogwash man! Are you telling me if I was given a driver’s license to drive a truck and I committed a crime while I was still in possession of a drivers license, I immediately become a former driver because they took my license after the accident?

  13. ye yep
    March 1, 2017

    Lennox dat do dat.

  14. The UK Contingent
    March 1, 2017

    Bwavo

  15. The Eel
    March 1, 2017

    Criminal is caught and being tried in London what that got to do with us down here.If its our criminal we try them here.Most of you apply for jobs and failed because you lie on the application forms and when it comes to the interview you failed. The diplomats tried the same and they get caught. You people do it all the time and when you get caught, you blame others. We were just to advance for them, now they can prove our PM IS NO PUSH OVER. He is the best. We don’t need your love ‘ just respect please for his chair

  16. Just Me
    March 1, 2017

    DNO is there any way we can see the approval letter please? Not that I don’t believe

  17. Is that so? Well, well, maybe we should wait for Anthony W. Astaphan to help us dummy-ni-cans to understand all this. After all, Mr. Astaphan is our guru…he knows EVERYTHING!

  18. March 1, 2017

    The rubber is now meeting the road and our passport is once again on the hot seat in the UK , Dominica we love you and we will rise again don’t give up, but we have to stand firm for what is right for Dominica and Dominicans.

    • Let The Truth Be Told - Original
      March 6, 2017

      Your passport is not powerful enough to get you to the US and Canada of all. You need a Visa. Who caused it? You should know. You people forget quickly.

  19. Passport-For-Cash scandal
    March 1, 2017

    It is no coincidence. Too many PASSPORTS-FOR-CASH scandals. How many foreigners have been given our DIPLOMATIC PASSPORTS and appointed as diplomats? Most of those foreigners who are in possession of our sacred, collective properties, CARICOM and OECS passports as well, are involved in serious problems with the Law, either in the UK, US, Italy, France, Iran, Nigeria. Money-lAUNDERING, FRAUD, CORRUPTION OF ALL SORTS,International crimes, that is what interests some of the elite class here. So they rubbing shoulders with millionaires and billionaires, not knowing that it\’s 99 times for the THIEF and 1 time for the POLICE.

    Those foreigners, with our passports are being arrested one-by-one. Then Skerritt and his DLP Gov\’t come up with excuses after excuses, lies after lies. Dominicans have never been informed by Skerritt, nor his Gov\’t about those things. Dominicans know because of the PATRIOTS and Q95, which inform us about those crooks and criminals for Years.

    • Let The Truth Be Told - Original
      March 2, 2017

      The PM did not invite them. He did not go after them; did not run after them. They showed themselves where he was and, he happened to meet them.
      They knew what they up to. He did not. Therefore, do not blame him. Furthermore, there is a screening process prior to granting them a passport and/or diplomat passport.
      You UWP supporters are too narrow-minded and troublemakers. Whenever something as this occurs, you are too quick to pounce on the PM and play the blame game which is what it is. I wonder when will you cease?
      Just be careful with your mouths. You do not own and govern the world; not Dominica; not even yourselves.
      Some of you who consistently blame the PM, you, yourselves are no saints. You act as if you did nothing wrong to no one. None of you are perfect; by no means.
      As the Lord said which is a message for us all, “Let he who is without sin caste the first stone.”

      • March 3, 2017

        @Let The Truth Be Told.You are in a Class by yourself, not even the Teacher ?‍? there with you. :lol:

      • Let The Truth Be Told - Original
        March 6, 2017

        @ trinman2003 – You too are in a class by yourself; not a teacher whatsoever.
        Those who know me know that I stand up for the truth and always will.
        The problem with some of you is, you do not think. Because you support one Party, namely UWP, nothing else matters. You are incapable of thinking and projecting the truth.

  20. knowledgeable
    March 1, 2017

    Eric Torner another hidden ambassador of Skeritt to Monaco,and France,is still on the run from being arrested.Fello Dominicans when will that bulls… stop. Torner may well be hiding in Dominicana unknowing to us,just as Monfared was.We need a massive protest, NOT a meeting this time to get this man out of office.Skeritt should be out before this month end.Is it too shameful for him to leave?Well at any cost he must go,and he must do so now.

  21. LifeandDeath
    March 1, 2017

    Recently Dominica PM said Madueke is walking as a free woman in the UK..How many more lies are Dominicans to support from this man?
    He now “regrets” ..regrets being caught red handed yes..These ppl are bad for the image of Dominica. Skerrit has taken too much Liberty with the people of Dominica and it is high time he does the honorable thing and leaves office ..

    • Anonymous
      March 1, 2017

      Another lie. Alison Madueke can not leave the U.K. at present.

  22. rasta
    March 1, 2017

    ” Due deligence” our new vocab! 5 months? alot of things could have happened!

  23. %
    March 1, 2017

    Why so many people with vast of stollth hapto
    sumsstolenwealth be Dominicas diplomats?Its very difficult to convince anyone with just half a brain that these were mistakes…I smell something dirty was happening in the background…Hope she does not decide to go down alone.SELL THEM OUT MADUEKE!!Dominicas CBI programme is a polluted scheme.

    • NUWP
      March 1, 2017

      So is she a DIPLOMAT OR FORMER DIPLOMAT? If she wasn’t involved in anything while she was a holder of the diplomatic passport I am not seeing a issur dre. Is just like if former prime minister Edison James is arrested for money laundering in st Kitts I cannot blame Dominica for dat. The word FORMER SAYS IT ALL. Like some of the police officers that are being charged for things I cannot blame the commissioner for giving them a job. They was know to be ok before and fit for the job after DUE DELIGENCE WAS DONE. But while they are police they entangle them self in crap. PLEASE NOTE DAT DUE DELEGENCE IS NOT WAT U WILL BE DOING UNO. ITS WAT U HAVE DONE.

  24. Dalit
    March 1, 2017

    One thing. DNO and its owners try hard to play this silent UWP third wheel.

    • mamzel
      March 1, 2017

      when are you going to take your foolish head out of the sand and think for yourself. Why are you so blind? why do you do like Skerrit and blame everyone one else for exposing the truth ? i understand that it is hard right now to accept that your god Skerrit has bullshitted you and many like you and now it is difficult to accept so you join him in blaming everyone else. But the truth shall set you free. BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT!!!!

      • NUWP
        March 2, 2017

        But look u blaming the PM for ur ignorance and foolishness u talking right now. And I not seeing ur point as to where ur comment is fitting in.

  25. Badbaje
    March 1, 2017

    I find this very interesting indeed.

  26. Mouche miel
    March 1, 2017

    No one is posting ? Everyone’s resting post ashes this morning? Some may have been unable to wake up till 3 :00 Pm is ashes offering over & they missed the boat?
    So in their absence the blog is mine. Joke is I’ll be placed on awaiting moderation until tomorrow and who knows if it won’t be sent to the bin. That reminds me of the Bin Borbol, $5k salary millions in assets. Villas vs crab sales. The Neo DLP crooks graduated to diplomatic passport scheme with crooks known internationally.
    “So we come” Gross National Income( UNKNOWN) CHIEF EXPORT PRODUCE of the Commonwealth
    passports where are they grown/produced? The RED CLINIC / PM and top LTts office.
    Now back against the wall upon arriving at a political cul de sac Medard regrets error.
    Cont’d

  27. Jon Jones
    March 1, 2017

    I wonder if there will be cries of it being Lennox’s fault when the trial of this lady puts the Dominica Gov’t in a shady light?
    There is a saying that you are judged by the company you keep and it says a lot regarding Skerritt’s secretly appointed band of criminal diplomats.

    Only a foolish electorate could put up with this nonsense and celebrate such ignorance in the face of clear facts with pride. Too many Dumbinicans are drinking Skerritt’s Kool Aid – Jim Jones must wish he came here instead.

    • Joe
      March 2, 2017

      The lady is Nigerian how the hell is she going to put Dominica in a “SHADY LIGHT”??? are you ediots born foolish or just the blue cool-aid acting up?

  28. A Den of Wolves & Vacabonds
    March 1, 2017

    During his 5pm address on Friday Skerrit made it very clear to us and the world that holders of DOMINICA diplomatic passport were not vetted. Why were they not vetted is a question that is left to be answered and therefore anyone can come to their own conclusion. My conclusion is that he knew very well what he was doing and what he was getting in return, so he didn’t want to have them vetted so his soup would not get ispoilt and for that Skerrit must go. If he did it simply because he did not know, although no one believes that, he again Must Go! If and since this embarrassment has become a habit, then he must go. Now if it was a business deal which h seems like a practice, Carbon must arrest Skerrit and have him to declare where the money is, and then he must be brought to justice

    • Joe
      March 2, 2017

      Lennox the lip ton will go wherever you sending Skerrit soon and very soon SO HOLD STRONG!!!!!! The only place Skerrit will go is on vacation with his lovely family, then return here to continue the good works he started, and we in Dominica will continue to ENDORSE HIM!!!!!

  29. lightbulb
    March 1, 2017

    It also said she was appointed Trade and Investment Commissioner for Dominica after “due diligence.”

    shameful

  30. Pioneer
    March 1, 2017

    How much more Dominicans before all you take out the ‘larssy ‘ in all you eyes. There are few things in life that I love more than my country; that’s my mother.
    Do you know how much it hurts when I hear people refer to Dominica as a corrupt renegade country?
    Wake up Dominicans, how can we pick personalities over our mother and reputation?

  31. Is that so? Well, well, maybe we should wait for Anthony W. Astaphan to help us dummy-ni-cans to understand all this. After all, Mr. Astaphan is our guru…he knows EVERYTHING!

  32. FORKIT
    March 1, 2017

    tony and skerrit said she was not under arrest

  33. papa
    March 1, 2017

    What else pm here we go again

  34. Honw many Rivers
    March 1, 2017

    How many Rivers does Dominicans have to Cross Lord, before they are convinced that they do not owe this man running this country a dime!!!

  35. Gina Joseph
    March 1, 2017

    Amen!!!
    Let the crumbling continue.
    Every rope has an end!!!

  36. NigerDom
    March 1, 2017

    Dats inaccurate news. She has been reported to have judicially forfeited N $153 Million by a Federal Court in lagos Nigeria and not in UK. Google The Cable. She is unarrested in the UK. DNO whats your sources ? please be credible. Protect yourself from lawsuits. Retract.

  37. Moii
    March 1, 2017

    Yes I

  38. Air Dominica
    March 1, 2017

    Air Dominica keeps flying Corrupt Diplomats First class ONLY. Monfared landed in Dominica and was able to hide for six months, while another First Class passenger by the name of Diezani Alison-Madueke, was attempting to flee to Dominica according to several media reports, but I guess the flight developed engine problems and unfortunately, she was not able to land here. NOTICE: AIR DOMINICA only flies FAKE DIPLOMATS that are either arrested or wanted by international Interpol for corruption or money laundering. We MUST give PM Skerrit credit for FINDING them wherever they are and bless them with a diplomatic passport.

  39. March 1, 2017

    Mr. Skerrit in light of these revelationons and facts please do yourself and the nation a favor, please do the right and honorable thing please step down be honorable step down.

    • lightbulb
      March 2, 2017

      will better be done?
      i dont think so…
      that is the sad reality we leave in.

  40. jerry sinclair
    March 1, 2017

    Due diligence, mmmmm who gets the blame for the diligence report Bishops by the look of it, but me thinks Bishops may have something to say about that unless they are willing to accept full resonsibility which I doubt, that is of course if they performed any diligence at all. and if they did not then who is responsible, a simple question one that I see nothing wrong in asking if not was it Kroll, or maybe Nestman, one thing for sure is the courts of Britain are a different kettle of fish to the norms of Dominica, by that I refer to some the rather extrordinary judgements of late, no need to list them they are already well reported

    • Joe
      March 2, 2017

      Jerry i do not get it, was she ever arrested and tried in a Court in Dominica? How do you tie the lady being tried in the UK with your statement below??? SMDFH!!!!

      “one thing for sure is the courts of Britain are a different kettle of fish to the norms of Dominica, by that I refer to some the rather extrordinary judgements of late, no need to list them they are already well reported”

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