Nigeria charges Diezani Alison-Madueke with money laundering

Alison-Madueke was a Dominican diplomat. Photo: AP

Former Nigerian oil minister and former Dominican diplomat, Diezani Alison-Madueke has been charged with money laundering, that country’s financial crimes agency said on Wednesday.

Alison-Madueke was described as “at large” on the charge sheet since she is living in the UK.

She was accused of bribing members of the National Electoral Commission (INEC) before the 2015 national election, according to a statement by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The charges were read in a Federal High Court in Lagos, Nigeria.

One charge stated that Alison-Madueke and the officials “conspired among yourselves to directly take possession of 264.9 million naira($867,813)” on or about March 27, 2015, contrary to money laundering laws.

She was arrested by the National Crime Agency (NCA) in the UK on October 10, 2015 for alleged bribery and corruption and money laundering.

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

Alison-Madueke received Dominican citizenship in May 29, 2015.

It has 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.”

Alison-Madueke is one of many former Dominican diplomats who has found themselves in hot water with the law in recent times.

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

    Some of you could allow yourselves to be deceived. In other words, who is really telling the truth? You also state, a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
    Once this has any affiliation to do with the PM, be it somewhat, you always believe. This shows how bias you are. If it were Linton, you would be defending him.

  2. Let The Truth Be Told - Original
    April 6, 2017

    Nigeria? You put your trust in these people? This is a corrupt country with corrupt government.
    People from Nigeria (whoever they are) telephone and send email (today text) that Canadians won money and also they inherited money from a relative, requesting that they are to send money in order to receive it later.
    A Canadian-Toronto woman just lost her condominium. She communicated with one of them on the internet who promised her marriage. He told her to sell her condominium and send the money to him to purchase a house for them in Nigeria when they get married. The gullible woman ended up losing every cent. There are more stories.
    I would not trust the Nigerian government.
    Dominicans, do not waste your time on this news. It could very well be fake news. Take this news about the Nigerian government of money laundering at face value and wait when and if the case is called. The woman has to defend herself.
    I am neutral on this matter until then.

  3. Marcus Hill
    April 6, 2017

    The net is closing in on all corrupt officials!!

  4. LifeandDeath
    April 6, 2017

    In any serious Democracy Skerrit would resign from government because his atrocities are damaging to the state..but in Dominica people close their heads and bows their eyes ..go figure!!..

    Let’s not forget that when the Monfared story broke, Skerrit said that Madueke was a free woman in England..

    Dominicans really slow to save Dominica!!

  5. April 6, 2017

    Is not she alone they should pick up

  6. Vex
    April 6, 2017

    Dominicans who honestly believe in God need o stand up and ask Mr. Skerrit to resign. Using money to manipulate the people is a very dangerous trend. Blaming Lennox and the UWP for dirtying Dominica’s name is so inaccurate when Mr. Skerrit knows that it is the granting of diplomatic passports to nefarious characters like Ms. Alison-Madueke , NG Lap Seng, Franceso Corollo, Monfared among others is the reason why the country’s name is sullied around the globe.

    Dominicans we need to do something about Mr. Skerrit quick. Labourites stop being bought for thirty pieces of silver by Mr, Skerrit. Let us not wait before it is too late. Mr. Skerrit needs to be asked to do the honorable thing and resign. Meantime Gid is watching us and he not watch forever

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

      Believing in God does not mean one is holy and live by God’s Ten Commandments as also the teachings of The New Testament.
      I have my reservation about some of you, if not all of you. Your comments do not project that you are godly people.
      God knows the hypocrites.. This is why Our Lord Jesus Christ said, “Judge not that you may not be judged two-fold.”

  7. Chief Jacco
    April 6, 2017

    At first I thought this was international news, but when I look again I saw that the origin of that news is straight from DNO. That news was constructed my Dominican(s)/DNO. So DNO please forward evidence with links to Documented evidence from the government/Judiciaries of both Britain and Nigeria. Please don’t come up with an article on the blogs of your hired hitmen.
    Nowadays, all I seeing is the same old fake news repeated over and over again from 2015. Who cares about Allison-Madueke? Only DNO and UWP. All connections to her has been cut since 2015, yet DNO and UWP cannot cut their ties to her, they keep blaming Skerrit for her alleged actions and Dominica the consequences

    ADMIN: Below are two links. One from Fox News and the other from Reuters. These are two reputable international news organziations.

  8. 767 for Progress
    April 6, 2017

    its funny how only some people can see the truth, and the others are blinded by handouts and promises. Let me break it down to my fellow citizens. Open your eyes and minds. Corruption breeds corruption. The Government is handing out money so the can justify where all the money went even though they only distributed “cwass”, then on average they distributed 6500EC which averages 541.67EC a month for 12 months which amounts to 18 EC dollars a day. People you are selling your voice for 18 dollars a day while the government continues to cripple the country. Wake up my people.
    A factory with long term employment will give you more than that. reviving the tourism industry will bring more than that enticing law abiding investors will bring more than that, and all these that i have mentioned will bring more than 18 dollars a day and will maintain for years. The biggest of all is voting out this corrupt government that will save you way more than the total amount handed out multiply by…

    • Man bite dogs
      April 6, 2017

      @767 open your eyes and stop talking crap ,once more most of us Dominicans are not your people please do not talk for us Dominicans talk to your pirates party.

  9. ye yep
    April 6, 2017

    Gosh! Why did Linton have to cause the Nigerian Government to charge her for money laundering ner?
    linton, Linton Linton Linton Linton, gasp, I tired…
    linton Linton Linton Linton

  10. Long Lost Dominica
    April 5, 2017

    TIC, tac, tic. TAC! time is running out…

  11. Hope
    April 5, 2017

    The Cabinet and President will again say its fake news, show the proof.
    Did Dominica inherited some of this money? If so trouble again for our Nation. I am indeed hurting.

  12. fedup
    April 5, 2017

    Maybe some new light can be shed on Dominica oil tankers in Greece. Corruption to the core, but so the people like it, they will vote that corrupt govt in again and again

  13. Doc. Love
    April 5, 2017

    Mr. Linton was right when he said Skeritt must go because of the international disgrace he has caused Dominica. According to media reports, he and his Government made a former Nigerian Minister Diazani Alison Madueke a citizen of Dominica and subsequently gave her a diplomatic passport. He appointed her Dominica Trade and Investment Commissioner. I was never aware, so too, were many other Dominicans. She was accused of money laundering. When she was arrested according to several reports, she was attempting to flee to Dominica. Don’t forget another money launderer Montfared by name, who was holding a diplomatic passport, resided in Dominica with the knowledge of the Prime Minister. Having known all that, how can Dominicans not asked for the Prime Minister’s resignation. According to a Bajan, Dominica is a very unique country, God blind you, man, this scandal could never ever happen in Bimshire, and for Prime Minister to still have a job, that is madness.

  14. Elephan
    April 5, 2017

    Man Lennox you tired tear down Dominica name yh

    • truth , shall set you free
      April 5, 2017

      lennox, why did you sell the diplomatic passport to this ? Lennox boy” Why you lying and say ,you do due diligence?, Lennox’ You do tired lie boy?

    • April 6, 2017

      For speaking de truth?it is duminicans like u who is tearing down Dominica,boy,boy ,boy for money u all will sell your souls,you are maybe one of them who enjoys the lavish lifestyle of corruption,so u are afraid of losing that luxury,bro its better u keep quiet,in other words it’s better not to speak than to speak and be thought of a fool,the person tearing this beloved land apart is Roosevelt skeritt not Lennox so dont get it twisted.

      • Ceci
        April 6, 2017

        learn to recognize sarcasm when you see it.

    • Tjebe fort
      April 7, 2017

      Is it Lennox that give diplomatic passports to this lady and to Monfared and to Corallo???

  15. April 5, 2017

    Be careful Dominica, all this sudden projects all over the place e could be something connected. Just saying

    • April 6, 2017

      I agree with u 100%

  16. truth , shall set you free
    April 5, 2017

    linton that do that, linton lie again, linton that even gave her the passport

  17. %
    April 5, 2017

    I DO NOT BELIEVE that ANY DUE DILIGENCE WAS CONDUCTED RE THIS LADY……Hope she speaks the truth when her day comes, then the chips will fall where it has to…It cannot be that this Dominica where I live, is so doggone backward, badly governed, poor and corrupt, that government officials are finding criminals in every nook and cranny around the world to help them commit crimes in and out of their country using our DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT…
    THE “I” “I” “I” MAN MUST GO NOW!!!

  18. CIA Agent
    April 5, 2017

    In order for Money to be Laundered, there must be a Laundry.

    It involves three steps:
    1- introducing cash into the financial system by some means (“placement”)
    2- carrying out complex financial transactions to camouflage the illegal source of the cash (“layering”)
    3- acquiring wealth generated from the transactions of the illicit funds (“integration”)

    Funds moving through the CBI (Laundry) program somehow appear to be following these three steps.

  19. Look It
    April 5, 2017

    So you telling me Due Diligence was conducted huh… she was issued her diplomatic passport in May 2015, when she was accused of money laundering in March 2015 and accused of bribing members of the National Electoral Commission (INEC) before the 2015 national election, in March.

    And you mean to tell me is only when she was arrested in October 2015, that the Gov realised….. and cut ties with her. Soooooo this woman was a holder of our Diplomatic Passport for 6 months whilst her all these accusations were amidst… and worse was issued one with all these allegations.

    yeah Due Diligence my A#@

    • Tjebe fort
      April 6, 2017

      Yes, pull the other one Roosevelt. And is it rue that your friend the Baroness may have played a role on securing that passport for the Nigerian Madame? Only asking you know.

  20. Fake News
    April 5, 2017

    If there is a dead stinking body expect to see poopoo flies; If it is dirty corruption expect to hear the name of Dominica. If they corrupt Skerrit will find them

  21. you serious man
    April 5, 2017

    SMH a million times. I mean, what is it? You mean to tell the nation that, well i guess we can say almost all the people that the government has given diplomatic passports and or sold our passports to, are turning out to be .. What does that say about the (our) government? SHOW ME YOUR FRIENDS AND I WILL TELL YOU WHO YOU ARE. As the saying goes. I MEAN, WOOOOOW!

  22. Erasmus B. Black
    April 5, 2017

    This is another one on the long list of former Ambassadors in “good standing” brought to the people of Dominica through the kind compliments of the Dear Leader and courtesy of the “due diligence” that was “in place.”

  23. mark
    April 5, 2017

    Negative news

    • mamzel
      April 5, 2017

      what happen? you can’t stand the truth. kee on bowing your eyes and closing your head”

    • knowledgeable
      April 5, 2017

      Yes idiot because this article is not glorifying Skeritt.

    • April 6, 2017

      Hmmm,the only place u can find the truth,i guess u are one of those clowns who cannot deal De New Offensive.,which is the truth.

  24. Jonathan Y St Jean
    April 5, 2017

    Birds of a feather flock together.Skerritt appointed these to be our country’s ambassadors,shame on him for even trying to defend them and talking about due diligence was done,then how come so many slipped through the cracks.You should fire and replace the company or companies you allege to have worked with.Since these are shadow and false companies then resign and be gone Skerritt.Again birds of a feather flock together

  25. Lougawoo Memm
    April 5, 2017

    She’s just one of many corrupt criminals who is attracted and assigned as diplomats by the most corrupt Prime Minister, Roosevelt M. Skerrit of the OECS. Yet his supporters and members of his cabinet see no wrong in such conduct that has portrayed Dominica as a rogue state controlled by a criminal enterprise.

    The only remedy to cure this cancer that Skerrit and his corrupt government brought on the Nature isle is to demand their immediate resignation, or peacefully demonstrate in the villages and city till they are forced out of office. How long can this continue while the country and people continue to suffer?

  26. Ceci
    April 5, 2017

    Linton why did you do that? Why did you have the Nigerian government charge the lady? :lol: you not tired of causing trouble Linton? most recently Monfared and now Alison? who next Linton? Tony tired talk to you . You need to stop it! :mrgreen:

    • JBaptiste
      April 5, 2017

      Yes we! Lennox tired talk bad about our country. Look he cause them to charge our diplomat. We all know she innocent.

  27. EnfantDiable
    April 5, 2017

    The Minister for External Affairs, Mrs. Francine Baron-Royer, will undoubtedly issue a proper and comprehensive statement on this and related diplomatic appointments and inform the people of Dominica why so many persons who receive our diplomatic passports are being arrested for such grave criminal conduct!
    Frank Baron must be turning constantly in his grave!

  28. April 5, 2017

    What a shame for our little island who is employing shady people before doing any CBI checks.

  29. Cee Bee Eye
    April 5, 2017

    Fake News?

  30. powerful woman of god
    April 5, 2017

    She do the crime she pay the time

  31. April 5, 2017

    Another bad news showing that our present gov’t is not doing any CBI check before employing foreigners in our little island Dominica.This is another bad name for this gov’t is a shady gov’t; in between time we need to shuffle politics in Dominica in order to get back the developing island that we had like in the 80’s.

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