A report has shown how the Commonwealth of Dominican Republic is aiding Diezani Alison-Maduekwe to escape prosecution in Nigeria.
Saturday Vanguard says the former minister of petroleum resources secured Dominican Republic citizenship and political appointment thereby securing immunity for herself against prosecution.
She was appointed Trade and Investment Commissioner in the country. Her appointment and citizenship were completed two days before her tenure as minister expired in May, 2015.
In a letter dated and signed by Prime Minister Roosevelt Kerry, May 29, 2015, her appointment as well as issuance of a diplomatic passport with May 20, 2020, expiry was confirmed.
The 32-page diplomatic passport contains a restraining order against any arrest or prosecution even from the Interpol.
Diezani is believed to be busy working for the Commonwealth of Dominica, strengthened by a diplomatic shield which no law enforcement agency around the world can ignore. Besides, her British citizenship is another protective hedge she has been using against repatriation to Nigeria to answer charges of corruption against her.
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The former minister is awaiting trial for allegations of corruption, including fraudulent ownership of 76 properties in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt, valued at about N23 billion. She also has a 14-count charge bordering on stealing and concealment of $153 million.
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