The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) have provided further information on the dramatic arrests of former oil minister Diezani Madueke and four others yesterday.
A statement on their website said: “On Friday 2nd October, the National Crime Agency’s recently formed International Corruption Unit arrested five people across London as part of an investigation into suspected bribery and money laundering offences.
All five people arrested were released on conditional police bail later that evening, pending further investigation both in the UK and overseas.
The investigation commenced in 2013 under the Proceeds of Corruption Unit, and transferred to the NCA earlier this year.”
This confirms initial suspicions that the arrest had little to do with the Muhammadu Buhari regime.
“The International Corruption Unit (ICU) investigates:
Bribery of foreign public officials by individuals or companies from the UK; and
Money laundering by corrupt foreign officials and their associates.
The ICU will also:
Trace and recover the proceeds of international corruption;
Support foreign law enforcement agencies with international anti-corruption investigations;
Engage with government and business to reduce the UK’s exposure to the proceeds of corruption; and
Work with business to support increased compliance with the Bribery Act 2010
The ICU draws on the specialist support available to it within the NCA, and works closely with other UK law enforcement agencies and overseas partners.
In line with the UK Anti-Corruption Plan, the ICU replaces the MPS [Metropolitan Police Service] Proceeds of Corruption Unit and the City of London Police Overseas Anti-Corruption Unit.”