Diezani Madueke, a former petroleum minister under former President Goodluck Jonathan who fled to the United Kingdom owing to worries of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, has appealed to the Nigerian government led by President Bola Tinubu for mercy.
Diezani, who is said to be in the second stage of cancer, pleaded with Tinubu to allow her to return to Nigeria and confess to her financial misdeeds during her term.

The ex-Petroleum Minister, accused of stealing billions of dollars from Nigeria, spoke to the press in London after a medical visit.

The ex-Petroleum Minister, who is suspected of stealing billions of dollars from Nigeria, has stated her willingness to reveal information on the funds she allegedly plundered while in office.
“I am now a born-again Christian and currently grappling with the second stage of cancer, for which my United Kingdom-based physician has advised me to continue medication for the rest of my life. Yes, no one is flawless, but sometimes, God Almighty permits such occurrences.

“I’ve been accused of financial misconduct during my tenure as the petroleum minister, and it’s true. However, I would like President Bola Tinubu and Nigerians to forgive me, allow me to return home, and contribute because life is transient.”

She went on to discuss her relationship with Dauda Lawal Dare, the current governor of Zamfara State, to whom she put almost $9 billion in safekeeping while he was the Executive Director of First Bank Nigeria PLC.
She stated;

“My husband and my entire family members including my Nigeria lawyer based in the United Kingdom knew my relationship with Dauda Lawal Dare, the current Zamfara State governor whom I entrusted over 9 billion dollars for safe keeping while he was the Executive Director of the First Bank Nigeria PLC .

“Unfortunately, it has now come to a point that Mr Dauda Lawal is no longer picking my phone calls and even worked in Collaboration with UK police to put me under Surveillance, may be to claim the money I entrusted to him when I die.”

In October it was reported that a court in UK is trying Alison-Madueke over bribery allegations.

The case against Alison-Madueke for allegedly taking a £100,000 bribe was delayed by the Westminster Magistrates Court.
In August 2023, the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) claimed that they suspected Alison-Madueke of receiving bribes in exchange for multi-million pound oil and gas contracts.

The NCA stated on its website that Alison-Madueke “is alleged to have benefited from at least £100,000 in cash, chauffeur-driven cars, private jet flights, luxury vacations for her family, and the use of multiple London properties.”

Meanwhile, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, submitted a warrant of arrest and request to the Crown Prosecution Services of the United Kingdom for the urgent extradition of Allison-Madueke.

On October 2, the EFCC announced that it has begun extraditing Mrs Alison-Madueke from the United Kingdom back to Nigeria on 13-count money laundering accusations levelled against her by the anti-graft agency.