Former Nigerian oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke has been charged with money laundering, the country’s financial crimes agency said on Wednesday.
Three members of the National Electoral Commission (INEC) “allegedly received bribes from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, ahead of the 2015 general election”, said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a statement.
One charge read at the Federal High Court in Lagos stated that Alison-Madueke and the officials “conspired among yourselves to directly take possession of 264.9 million naira ($867,813)” on or about March 27, 2015, contrary to money laundering laws.
The EFCC said one of the INEC officials, Christian Nwosu, pleaded guilty to receiving 30 million naira. The two others pleaded not guilty to money laundering offences.
The former petroleum minister, who served under former President Goodluck Jonathan, was not in court to enter a plea.
Jonathan lost the 2015 election to President Muhammadu Buhari.