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Detained Former Petroleum Minister, Deziani Alison-Madueke, Others Get Bail

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BEVERLY HILLS, October 02, (THEWILL) – Former Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Deziani Alison-Madueke and four other persons have been released on bail pending their arraignment on Monday in a London court on allegations of bribery and money laundering, according to sources in London familiar with the development.

The UK's National Crime Agency arrested the former powerful minister and four others yet to be identified on Friday morning in London and questioned them for several hours. The arrests were made in various locations in London, the agency said in a short statement on its website.

The UK crime agency, which is working with Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), opened investigations into her tenure as Minister at the request of Nigerian authorities.

Operatives of the EFCC sealed her Abuja residence on Friday night after searching it.