Four property belonging to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, were on Monday finally forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Diezani Alison-Madueke’s Abuja Homes, Cars Finally Forfeited To FG
Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon of the Federal High Court, Abuja gave the order for the final forfeiture of the property, which are two Abuja property and two luxury cars.
The two property are located at Plot 1854 Mohammed Mahashir Street, and No. 6, Aso Drive, in the highbrow Asokoro and Maitama Districts of Abuja and are valued at $2,674,418USD and N380, 000,000 respectively.
The luxury cars are a black BMW saloon with Chassis No B8CV54V66629 and registered number, RBC155 DH and a black Jaguar saloon car with Chassis No SAJAA.20 GRDMv43376, valued at N36,000,000
The judge gave the order forfeiting the assets to the Federal Government of Nigeria while ruling on the application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC in Suit No. 1122/2021 and Suit No 1123/2021, asking for the final forfeiture of the assets.
The commission had on November 29, 2021, secured the interim forfeiture of the assets in a ruling on a separate motion ex-parte filed on September 27, 2021, which prayed the court to order the interim forfeiture of the assets on the grounds of reasonable suspicion that they were proceeds of unlawful activities.
In granting the interim forfeiture Order, Justice Olajuwon had ordered the EFCC to publish a notice in a national newspaper, inviting anyone with interest in the assets to show cause why they should not be finally forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria. The court consequently adjourned till January 22, 2022, for the report.
In compliance with the Order of the Court, the Forfeiture Order was published in Thisday Newspaper on Wednesday, April 6, 2022.
In the absence of any contestation of the Interim Order, the court, today, forfeited the properties to the Federal Government.
Meanwhile, Kanyi Daily reported that the EFCC had recovered $153 million, 80 property from Diezani Alison-Madueke.