Nigerians have taken to social media to react to the news that former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke has become a citizen of the Commonwealth of Dominica.
Reports say the nation’s hopes of extraditing the ex-minister to face charges may have dimmed with the status of Diezani, who is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in connection with an alleged N23.29billion poll bribery scam.
According to the anti-graft commission, the ex-minister is also wanted for N47.2 billion; $487.5million; N23,446,300,000 and $5milion (about N1.5billion) in various Nigerian banks.
She is also linked to many luxury properties in Nigeria and abroad, including a $37.5million Banana Island property.
But investigations show that Diezani got a diplomatic passport, DP0000445 from the Dominican Government on May 21, 2015, few days before the Goodluck Jonathan administration left office.
The Nation reported that her citizenship was confirmed by a May 29, 2015 approval letter by the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Roosevelt Kerry.
She was also appointed as a Trade and Investment Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Dominica.
Following widely-circulated reports of the ex-minister’s new status as a citizen of the Commonwealth of Dominica, which has reportedly shown no interest in returning her to Nigeria to face charges, Nigerians took to Twitter to vent their frustration.
However, many of the commentators mistook Dominica for the Dominican Republic, which is a different nation.
"@Ehix07: From minister in Nigeria to a commissioner in Dominican republic as full citizen, the possibility of extradition is now 0
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And there was a time we were told she is battling for her life with cancer, to God be the glory for healing
There was a country pic.twitter.com/9YshmRaDYT
— 𝔾𝕀𝔻𝕀𝕋ℝ𝔸𝔽𝔽𝕀ℂ (@Gidi_Traffic) June 7, 2020
So all the while the EFCC was making a show of prosecuting Allison Deziani Maduekwe, Aunty was already a citizen of the Dominican Republic, which by the way does not extradite any citizen.
— Ikenna Ronald Nzimora (@ronaldnzimora) June 6, 2020
While we're still watching how to get away with murder, our own Diezani madueke was busy planning on how to get away with looting. Man even became a commissioner in the Dominican republic. I just cannot can.
— uncle DEEN™💛 (@officialmrdeen) June 7, 2020
Diezani is the Commissioner of Trade for Dominican Republic.
She has full immunity. Hmmmmm
— the Morris Monye factor (@Morris_Monye) June 7, 2020
Diezani Alison-Madueke stole $2.5 B in Nigeria.
In Dominican Republic ,if you make an investment of $ 200 000,they grant you Citizenship.
Madueke gave them so much that she was not only granted citizenship but also a political appointment.
Fear Women o😩 pic.twitter.com/5kF7KxuKUp
— DR.PENKING™ (@drpenking) June 7, 2020
Diezani went on low and became a commissioner in the Dominican Republic
2020 comes with new surprises everyday pic.twitter.com/zn9Qnjal9d
— JAGS (@EtniesJags) June 7, 2020
They need to make a netflix special for diezani because how did this woman run away from efcc after stealing billions, is actively on their watch list, but yet was just granted a position as a trade and investment commissioner in DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
— folarin (@thankgodhimself) June 7, 2020