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Nigeria’s former Petroleum minister, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, currently facing corruption and money laundering charges in London, is fighting cancer.
The former minister who was arrested and granted bail by the police, is set for a surgery in the UK.
She is being probed by UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) and by Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for corruption.
Her lawyer, Mr Oscar Onwudiwe, said in a statement on Friday that his client was undergoing cancer treatment in London where she was arrested.
“The Madueke family, like most other families, has its own challenges. For instance, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke has been receiving treatment for cancer in the UK which started while she was in office.
“She completed months of chemotherapy just last week and she is scheduled to undergo surgery next week in London,” he said.
“The family has been bearing this challenge with prayers and as much grace and fortitude as possible, and would plead with all reasonable Nigerians to pray for her recovery so that she can face these allegations and give account of her stewardship.”
Hyde Park
Mr Onwudiwe accused the Nigerian media of reporting “laughable claims” of the former minister’s purchase of an apartment at Hyde Park with an “amount which embarrassingly ranges from £12.5 million sterling to £13 billion sterling (N3.9tr).
“This claim is utterly false and laughable, for the amounts mentioned are only in the imagination of the reporters. This property is quite popular. It belongs to a well-known eminently successful Nigerian entrepreneur who would also find this allegation embarrassing as the intention to sell the property has neither been contemplated nor disclosed to any person,” the lawyer said.
The former minister is also being probed in Nigeria as the EFCC last week sealed up her opulent apartment in Apo, Abuja.
The government had earlier refused to accept the $500 million she offered to return to the treasury.
President Muhammadu Buhari had insisted that she returns more that $20 billion allegedly stolen from the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
A series of financial allegations have been levied against her.