Federal High Court orders permanent forfeiture of N7.6bn linked to Diezani Alison-Madueke
- Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court has ordered that the sum of N7,646,700,000 linked to Diezani Alison-Madueke be permanently forfeited to the federal government
- The EFCC told the judge that the money was included in the $153,310,000 which was looted in 2014 from the coffers of the NNPC by the former minister
- Before granting this final order, the presiding judge had initially granted an interim order for the forfeiture of the funds
The sum of N7,646,700,000 illegally kept in Sterling Bank which was linked to a former minister of petroleum resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has been ordered to be permanently forfeited to the federal government, by a Federal High Court, The Cable reports.
The money had been linked to the former minister by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
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In an ex-parte application filed before Justice Chuka Obiozor, the EFCC stated that the money was included in the $153,310,000 which was looted in 2014 from the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) coffers, by the former minister.
Arguing its case before the judge, the commission stated that part of the money had been recovered last year by the federal government, via an order which was granted by another judge, Muslim Hassan.
According to the EFCC, the money was hidden in three banks.
The commission then appealed to the court to order Sterling Bank to release the remaining money to the government.
The presiding judge granted the request, issuing a permanent order for the funds to be seized by the federal government.
This latest development comes after Justice Obiozor initially granted an interim order for the forfeiture of the funds.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that ace musician, Charles Oputa, also known as Charly Boy, alongside his OurMumuDonDo protesters, stormed the headquarters of the EFCC in Abuja to demand the repatriation of a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke.
The former minister who served during the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, is undergoing investigations over alleged fraud committed while she was in office.
Watch this Legit.ng TV video of the former NNPC MD being arraigned for fraud: