Diezani Alison-Madueke is receiving treatment for cancer in the United Kingdom, the former minister of Petroleum Resources has cried out through her lawyer in London.
Her lawyer, Mr. Oscar Onwudiwe said in a statement to Sahara Reporters that the former Minister, who was arrested on corruption-related offences, began treatment for cancer in the UK while she was in office.
Although he did not say what form of cancer she was diagnosed with, he added, “The health crisis has unfortunately exacerbated in recent times.”
For most of her tenure as Minister of Petroleum, Diezani was the subject of unflattering investigations by the media, some of them reporting her lavish champagne-and-chartered jet lifestyle. She was also the subject of investigations in the federal legislature, but she continued to deny being involved in any corrupt deals. She was reportedly trying to be trying to buy a luxury mansion in one of Britain’s most exclusive locations last week when she was arrested.
Sahara Reporters exclusively reported in May that she somehow booked herself on the same London-bound flight of then President-elect Muhammadu Buhari. During the First Class flight, she repeatedly tried to strike up a conversation with Buhari, who ignored her, according to reliable sources in the cabin. She has not returned to Nigeria since fleeing the country only a few days before President Buhari’s inauguration.
In his statement, Mr. Onwudiwe said that her client underwent chemotherapy last week and is scheduled to undergo surgery next week. We could not independently confirm the surgery claims.
UPDATE: Her lawyer, Mr. Oscar Onwudiwe, later revealed that Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke has breast cancer and sheis undergoing treatment.