Diezani Alison Madueke Escapes $2.5BN Fraud Trial, Becomes Citizen and Commissioner In Dominica Republic
New evidence confirming that Ms. Diezani Allison Madueke, a former Nigerian petroleum minister, had indeed obtained the citizenship of a foreign country and a political appointment to obtain immunity from prosecution had provoked reactions from a large proportion of Nigerians.
According to documents shared by Saturday Vanguard, the former minister carefully planned and obtained citizenship of the Commonwealth of the Dominican Republic, which subsequently appointed her as the country’s Trade and Investment Commissioner.
To prove that the appointment and the offer of citizenship were not a coincidence, Diezani’s offer and acceptance ended a few days before she left office on June 1, 2015, just two days before the end of her term.
According to the document, he had fine-tuned arrangements with the Prime Minister’s Office, the Commonwealth of Dominica, and was seeking the appointment of a Trade and Investment Commissioner effective 1 June 2015.
The lobby has been functioning. In a letter dated 29 May 2015, signed by Prime Minister Roosevelt Kerry, Diezani was offered not only citizenship of the Caribbean island of Dominica, but also the appointment of a Trade and Investment Commissioner.
The offer also included the issuance of a diplomatic passport on May 21, 2015, valid until May 20, 2020, for the formerly powerful and influential minister who is now cooling off in the United Kingdom.
Although the diplomatic visa expired on 20 May this year, it is said to be immune from arrest and prosecution by all law enforcement agencies, including Interpol.
This is because the 32-page diplomatic passport contains a restraining order against any arrest or prosecution.
The immunity order reads: “The President of the Commonwealth of Dominica, on behalf of the Government of Dominica, requests and requires all who may be concerned to allow the holder to pass freely and without hindrance and to afford him the necessary assistance and protection”.
Diezani’s diplomatic passport number is DP0000445.
In Prime Minister Kerry’s letter of appointment, Diezani was entrusted with the task of “directing the promotion and marketing of Dominica as a trade and investment destination and as an emerging and unique Caribbean destination”.
Kerry’s letter stated: “I imagine that you will play an active role in coordinating the travelling exhibitions and trade and investment exhibitions and in providing brokerage services to entrepreneurs interested in investing or doing business with the Caribbean region”. Dominica is ideally situated and equipped to serve as the perfect hub for such business activities in the region.
Diezani is believed to be working diligently for the Commonwealth of Dominica, strengthened by a diplomatic shield that no law enforcement agency in the world can ignore.
In addition, her British citizenship is another shield she uses to avoid repatriation to Nigeria in response to the overwhelming allegations of corruption against her.
Diezani is awaiting trial on several corruption charges, including the fraudulent possession of 76 properties in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt worth approximately Ngultrum 23 billion.
He also faces 14 charges that, according to current EFCC president Ibrahim Magu, border on theft and concealment of no less than US$2.5 billion.
When contacted, a senior EFCC official, who sought anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the matter, confirmed this development.
He added that the Commission would work within the law and ensure that Diezani was brought to justice.