Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke, facing multi-million-pound bribery and corruption charges in the United Kingdom, has reached out to Nigerians for their prayers and support.
“I need prayers. Please pray for me,” she expressed to members of the Nigerian community in the UK after a recent court hearing on the fifth-floor courtroom.
Accompanied by her legal representative, Benedict Peters, a prominent lawyer who flew in from Nigeria to defend his client, Allison-Madueke remains steadfast in her stance. Peters, addressing journalists outside the court, dismissed the case’s strength, stating firmly, “the case is weak” and emphasized that it “won’t fly.”
Speaking on behalf of his client, Emeka Ozoani (SAN), another legal expert who flew in from Nigeria to represent a party connected to the case, criticized the lengthy investigation carried out by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA). Ozoani argued, “they, NCA, have spent five to six years investigating the case and are trying to justify what they’ve done with taxpayers’ money.”
When questioned about his presence at the hearing, Ozoani affirmed, “Yes. I came because of my client.”
Allison-Madueke’s plea for prayers and the staunch defense from her legal representatives reflect the ongoing legal battle and public scrutiny surrounding the high-profile case. The former minister continues to face scrutiny while seeking public support amidst the allegations.