Former Minister of Petroleum in Nigeria, Mrs Diezani Allison Madueke, who is on the wanted list of Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Nigeria’s anti-graft agency for alleged money laundering, was after many attempts to arrest or extradite her, appointed as Commissioner for Trade and Investment by Roosevelt Skerrit, the Prime Minister of Commonwealth of Dominican Republic.
While many wondered why the Dominican Republic will appoint her when she is mostly wanted for a crime-related issue in Nigeria, Duchy TV News (DTN) gathered that before this appointment, Dominican Republic had earlier granted Mrs Diezani Madueke citizenship of Dominica, a Caribbean Island.
Going with the citizenship, Madueke now enjoys every right and privileged Dominican enjoy including that of appointment as a commissioner.
The former minister was issued a diplomatic passport with passport number: DP0000445 by the Dominican Government on 21st May 2015 shortly before the handover to President Muhammadu Buhari by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
Diezani’s citizenship was thereafter confirmed by Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Roosevelt Kerry, via approval letter dated 29th May 2015.
Premised on the confirmation of citizenship, Diezani was appointed as a Trade and Investment Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Dominica.
The appointment letter reads in part “I am pleased to confirm your appointment as Trade and Investment Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Dominica.
“Please note that this posting does not attract a remunerative package. In that respect, I am particularly encouraged by your willingness to serve.
“The appointment of a Trade and Investment Commissioner is consistent with my Government’s declared intention to have a permanent and active presence in the global business and financial sector operations.
“We believe that Dominica can benefit immeasurably from your illustrious record and profession, success, and knowledge of investments and business operations.
“As Trade and Investment Commissioner, your scope of operation would revolve around the direct promotion and marketing of Dominica as a trade and investment domicile, as well as an emerging and unique tourist destination in the Caribbean.
“I encourage you playing an active role in the coordination of roadshows and trade and investment expositions, as well as providing facilitator services to businessmen interested in investing or doing business with the Caribbean region.
“Dominica is ideally placed and equipped to serve as the perfect hub for such commercial activities in this region.
“Additionally, we would wish for you also to avail yourself and be of assistance to any Dominican citizen who may be keen on exploring business, trading or investment relations with the region or who may otherwise need assistance in the event of any distress.”
The extradition of the former Minister of petroleum becomes practically impossible premised on the new development.