The Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday ordered the final forfeiture of “vacant land” in the Lekki area of Lagos believed to be linked to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.
Judge Akintayo Aluko ordered the permanent forfeiture of the assets to the federal government following a request to that effect by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The Anti-Corruption Agency identified the property as Plot 13, Block II, Oniru Chieftaincy Family Private Estate, Lekki, Lagos, adding that it is worth N325.4 million.
Diezani, Mr. Donald Chidi Amamgbo and Mez Group LLC were listed as defendants in the forfeiture request.
Judge Aluko, in the certified copy of the forfeiture registration order seen by our correspondent, ruled: “After reading the affidavit in support of the motion document sworn by Babana Job of the Crimes Commission Economic and Financial Services of 15A Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos State; and the court having heard AO
Mohammed Esq, on behalf of the Plaintiff/Plaintiff, presented the Application requesting the Court to grant the relief sought as approved on the Application Document;
“It is hereby ordered as follows: That a final order be hereby granted for the confiscation of the property/assets listed and described in the attached schedule to the Federal Government of Nigeria.”
Judge Aluko is the latest in a long line of confiscation orders issued against Diezani since he left office in 2015 and flew to the UK.
The minister’s name has repeatedly featured in numerous corruption charges filed against different individuals by the EFCC since 2015.
Most notable among the forfeiture orders against Diezani is one issued by Judge Nicholas Oweibo in July 2019 relating to the ex-minister’s 2,149 jewels and a personalized gold iPhone, worth $40 million.
The jewels, classified in 33 sets, included “419 expensive bracelets; 315 expensive rings; 304 expensive earrings; 267 expensive necklaces; 189 expensive wristwatches; 174 expensive necklaces and earrings; 78 expensive bracelets; 77 expensive pins; and 74 expensive pendants.
The EFCC said: “The known and provable lawful income of the Respondent is far below the property sought to be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.”
In October 2017, Judge Abdulaziz Anka ordered the permanent confiscation of 58 houses linked to Diezani, while in December of the same year, Judge Mojisola Olatoregu (retired) ordered the confiscation of two Lagos properties valued at $4.76 million related to the ex-minister.
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