Why former minister of petroleum was arrested

Nigeria's Minister of Petroleum, Dieziani Alison-Madueke

It is no longer news that the former petroleum minister in the Goodluck Jonathan's administration, Diezani Alison-Madueke was arrested in London on Friday, by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Reports say Diezani was arrested because she was trying to pay off her mortgage, which amounted to several millions, with cash.  An amount the British authorities say was more than her salary.

A source  said “The UK authorities became suspicious when they realised that the agreed monthly amount for the mortgage was too high for the income of a public official without other sources of income.”

The source also said “You know the (UK) people; they kept quiet when the whole arrangement was going on in 2013. They allowed the funds to go into their economy before they moved in against them with the intent to seize the properties.”

“This is a strictly UK investigation and it has to do with the procurement of a property in the UK for £12.5m through a mortgage arrangement in London,” the source said

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