Immediate past petroleum minister, Deizani Alison-Madueke, was on Friday arrested in London by the United Kingdom National Crime Agency.
Investigations revealed that the UK Police picked up Allison-Maduekwe on Friday in relation with offences bordering on fraud and bribery.
The Spokesman for the UK High Commission in Abuja, Joe Abuku, confirmed to one of our correspondents that five persons were arrested by the agency.
He did not disclose their identities.
It was gathered that the Seizure Organised Crime Agency within the National Crimes Agency of the UK arrested Deziani and are probing the allegations against her.
It was further learnt that Deziani was picked up by operatives of the SOCA at the instance of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission which has been discretely probing her.
Investigations revealed that the SOCA has a working agreement with the EFCC in the area of investigation of allegations of financial crimes and proceeds of such crimes.
The source said, “It is true that the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Deziani has been arrested by the UK’s National Crimes Agency, not the Metropolitan Police.
“There is an agency within the National Crimes Agency called the Seizures Organised Crimes Agency. She was actually arrested by operatives of SOCA because the agency has a working agreement with the EFCC. We have been cooperating with SOCA on a number issues.
“I can tell you that Deziani is being quizzed over allegations of bribery and fraud by the UK police.”
Investigations further revealed that the EFCC dispatched a team of crack investigators to the residence of Allison-Maduekwe’s resident at Frederick Chiluba Avenue, Asokoro, moments after the commission was alerted that the investigation had commenced from the UK’s end.
It was further gathered that the EFCC operatives were still ransacking her residence as of the time of filing this report at 6.30pm.
A family relation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, confirmed the arrest of Allison-Maduekwe to our correspondent on Friday.