Conflicting reports trail Alison-Madueke ‘s court appearance

There are conflicting reports about the appearance of Nigeria’s former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, at the Westminster Magistrate Court in London on Monday.

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At the Charing Cross Police Station, in London on Monday, reporters who waited outside the court did not see any sign of Mrs Alison-Madueke early in the morning.

They waited for several hours before also visiting the magistrate court without any trace of the former minister.

This afternoon, however, BBC correspondent, Sam Eiranty, tweeted that he sighted the former minister and her mother at the magistrate court early in the morning.

No detail was given as to whether she has been charged and when she is due to return to court.

Mrs Allison-Madueke was arrested on Friday morning but was granted bail and asked to return to court on Monday.

She was arrested by the National Crime Agency along with four other people and is being investigated for alleged bribery, corruption and money laundering.

She denied any wrong doing when accused by the then Central Bank Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, who is now the Emir of Kano, of alleged misappropriation of $20 billion oil money.

Mrs Alison-Madueke was Petroleum Minister between 2010 and 2015.

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