In a written statement to Nigerian online news platform, Sahara Reporters, Mr. Oscar Onwudiwe, Mrs Dezani Alison-Madueke’s Lawyer said  that the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, who was arrested last week in London on corruption-related offences, began the treatment for cancer in the UK while she was in office.
Mr. Onwudiwe, who did not confirm the form of cancer she was diagnosed with, simply added, “The health crisis has unfortunately exacerbated in recent time.
For most of her tenure in Petroleum, Mrs. Alison-Madueke 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 National Assembly, but she continued to deny being involved in any shady deal.  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.
It will be recalled that SaharaReporters exclusively reported in May that Mrs. Alison-Madueke 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 President 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 his client underwent chemotherapy last week and is scheduled to undergo surgery next week.
Alison-Madueke was arrested along with four other people on Friday October 2nd by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) for bribery and money laundering. 

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