SaharaReporters has learnt that Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has cut short her London trip to avoid further concerns about her condition of health. The minister who has remained in London where she is receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness as an out-patient will cut short her trip by one week and return to Nigeria by Monday morning.
After SaharaReporters reported that Mrs. Alison-Madueke was receiving medical treatment at a UK hospital, she used Facebook to issue a rebuttal, declaring herself healthy.
However, several sources have since confirmed that she had been making numerous trips to London for purposes of medical treatment.
A source at the Petroleum Ministry also told SaharaReporters that staff of the ministry as well as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had been flying to London with files that require the minister’s attention and signature. “Madam has been signing files in London for more than one week,” said the source, adding that nobody in the Ministry has a clue when Mrs. Alison-Madueke left Nigeria until SaharaReporters broke the news.
Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke is extremely close to President Goodluck Jonathan. Shielded by that closeness, she has carried out numerous scams and acts of corruption in the oil sector. In turn, the deals have enabled her to accumulate what one insider in the oil industry described as “a huge fortune at the detriment of Nigerians.”