Corruption: EFCC secures forfeiture of Diezani's property

Corruption: EFCC secures forfeiture of Diezani's property

- A property linked to Alison-Madueke has been ordered to be forfeited by a court

- Justice Chuka Obiozor granted the interim forfeiture after a request by the EFCC

- The court asked that the forfeiture be published in newspapers

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the interim forfeiture of a property linked to Diezani Alison-Madueke, Donald Chidi Amangbo and Sequoyah Properties Limited.

The former minister of petroleum resources has reportedly been hiding in the UK since the commencement of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Daily Trust reports that court which was presided over by Justice Chuka Obiozor granted the interim forfeiture of the property which is located at Plot 9, Azikiwe Road, Old GRA, Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

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The judge said: “An interim forfeiture order of this honourable court is hereby granted, forfeiting to the Federal Government of Nigeria the property which are reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activity."

The court also ordered the EFCC “to publish the order in any national daily in circulation in Nigeria and particularly in circulation in Port Harcourt and Lagos, and all persons interested in the said property are further put on notice to show cause why the final order of forfeiture of the affected property ought not to be made by this court.” had reported that the anti-graft agency is currently seeking her extradition to the country over alleged corruption.

The EFCC said on February 25, 2019, it informed Justice Valentine Ashi of a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) high court sitting in Apo that it has written the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, seeking the extradition of the former minister.

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Diezani is currently said to be in the United Kingdom.

The EFCC alleged that Diezani and Jide Omokore, a former chairman of an oil drilling company, were supposed to be arraigned by the commission on February 25, 2019, for offences bordering on conspiracy and illegal act of accepting and giving gratifications. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better.

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