– President Buhari says he can’t prosecute the former minister of petroleum over lack of evidence
– The president threatens to prosecute all those who dipped their hand into the nation’s wealth
– Buhari is unwilling to give up on his search for evidence
Former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke was arrested in London on suspicion of bribery and money laundering
President Muhammadu Buhari, has said that he is unable to prosecute the former minister of petroleum resources, Deizani Alison-Madueke and other petroleum workers over what he called lack of evidence, Break Times reports.
The president stated this in an exclusive interview with Peter Okwoche of the BBC, after attending a conference on the ongoing Syrian crisis.
Okwoche in a series of tweets quoted the president to have said: “To prosecute corruption successfully we need evidence. That’s not easy especially in petroleum sector.”
President Buhari had earlier threatened to prosecute all those who dipped their hand into the nation’s wealth for private use and among those brandished and suspected to be prosecuted is Alison-Madueke.
The president unwilling to give up on his search for evidence has unwittingly admitted that there was no form of evidence privy to his government against the former minister and as such vindicated her from diverse alleged corrupt malpractices leveled against her by Nigerians.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit has denied that Nigeria’s former petroleum minister was ever offered or encouraged by his government to take Dominican citizenship.
Skerrit’s denial comes as Alison-Madueke faces serious corruption investigations in both Nigeria and the UK.