If politics is a game of chess, then some are to be named grandmasters. One of such people is the former minister for petroleum resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke who fled Nigeria for the U.K as soon as Jonathan lost the 2015 election to Muhammadu Buhari. The recent discovery of her 2015 appointment as Trade and Investment Commissioner of the Dominican Republic has taken the Intelligence community and the Nigerian press by storm.
Diezani, who is still on trial for corruption in Nigeria, reportedly lobbied to become Trade and Investment Commissioner of the Dominican Republic in 2015. It is believed that the appointment was made before she left office on the 28th of May 2015. The Prime Minister of the Island country, Roosevelt Kerry approved not just her appointment but her citizenship of the country and she secured a diplomatic passport from the government to seal the deal. Using her British Citizenship and unconfirmed reports of cancer treatment in the UK, EFCC sources believe that she was able to buy more time and evade arrest/extradition before her successful diplomatic appointment.
EFCC Operatives report that with the diplomatic passport, she is immune to arrest by any law enforcement agency, including the Interpol. Moreso, the documents contain a restraining order which demands that by the authority of the President of the Commonwealth of Dominica and in the Name of the Government of Dominica, the bearer is allowed to pass freely without let or hindrance and is to be provided with necessary assistance and protection.
Among other acts of corruption, the former minister has been accused of fraudulent ownership of 76 luxurious property worth about N23 billion in choice areas of Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. She is also charged with 14 counts bordering on theft and concealment to the tune of $153 million filed against her by the EFCC. Furthermore, raids on some of her homes in Nigeria have revealed gold jewellery and wristwatches worth millions of dollars.