A columnist with the Sun of London, Kelvin Mackenzie, has alleged that Nigeria’s former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Deziani Alison-Madueke, stole £13 billion from the coffers of the country.

Mackenzie said this was the reason Alison-Madueke was arrested in London by the United Kingdom National Crime Agency.

He wrote in the column published on Sunday: “MS DIEZANI Alison-Madueke, Nigeria’s former oil minister, has just been nicked in London over allegations that £13billion (yes, £13billion) has gone walkabout from her country’s coffers.”

On what Alison-Madueke was going to do with the money, Mackenzie said it was to buy a house in Hyde Park in London.

He wrote: “Apparently she was looking at buying a massively expensive apartment at One Hyde Park. With £13bn I’m surprised she didn’t buy the whole of Hyde Park.

“One thing’s for sure, she can’t be the woman from Nigeria who keeps sending me those emails seeking an advancement on her cousin’s will.”

Source: The Eagle Online - www.theeagleonline.com.ng