Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke, has asked for prayers over the multi-million pounds allegations and charges of bribery and corruption instituted against her by the United Kingdom National Crime Agency (NCA). Allison-Madueke, who together with Doye Agame and Olatimbo Ayinde, appeared before a Southwark Crown Court judge is “anxious for the case to be heard, and then move on with her life, her lawyer told the court during the Plea and Trial Preparation hearing in Courtroom 14. After the hearing on the fifth floor courtroom, a prominent member of the Nigerian community in the United Kingdom, who is an acquaintance of the former minister, spoke with The Guardian after having a conversation with her. I feel sorry for her. Heres a powerful woman who will say come and you come. She told me I need prayers and to please pray for me’ he revealed. Meanwhile, a top lawyer who flew over from Nigeria to represent his client, Benedict Peters, told The Guardian after the hearing that the case is weak, and “wont fly.” Speaking in front of the court, Emeka Ozoani (SAN), argued that, theyNCAhave spent five to six years investigating the case and are trying to justify what theyve done with taxpayers money. l came to represent one of those linked to the case, he added. Asked if he flew from Nigeria just for the hearing. He replied: Yes. I came because of my client. Allison-Madueke, whos next due in court in February next year, is alleged by the NCA to have benefitted in cash and kind for the awards of multi-million pounds worth of oil and gas contracts while serving in former president Goodluck Jonathans administration between 2010 and 2015. During Mondays hearing, both sides of the bench argued that the trial was expected to last between seven to 10 weeks; beginning not earlier than November 2025. However, they reasoned that they wouldnt want the Christmas break to halt the proceedings when the trial eventually begins. When the crown prosecutor told the judge that its either January 19, 2026, and that November 3, 2025, is the second date that the court can accommodate the case, judge Baumgartner said: l think January 19, 2026, will be more suited to the case.”The post Alleged bribery: “Please pray for me” – Diezani Allison-Madueke asks for prayers appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.