- Diezani Alison-Madueke, the former petroleum minister, is to forfeit a property allegedly belonging to her to the federal government
- The order was given by the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Tuesday, July 9
- The said property is a plot of land situated along Azikiwe Road, Old GRA (UAC Property on Forces Avenue), Port Harcourt
The federal government was on Tuesday, July 9, ordered by the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos to take over a plot of land in Port Harcourt, Rivers state which allegedly belongs to Diezani Alison-Madueke, the former petroleum minister.
The land, said to be part of the proceeds of unlawful activities, is situated along Azikiwe Road, Old GRA (UAC Property on Forces Avenue), Port Harcourt, Premium Times reports.
The order issued by Justice Chuka Obiozor, came after an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
In the suit, the EFCC mentioned Alison-Madueke, Donald Amangbo, and Sequoyah Property Limited as respondents, adding that the latter was used to transfer and keep custody of the said property.
Revealing that the firm was registered in 2011 in the fictitious name of Chukwudinma Nwako and Olisa Eloka Nwaku as shareholders and directors, the anti-graft agency prayed the court for permission "to appoint a competent person or firm to manage the asset/property.”
The EFCC, through its lawyer, Ebuka Okongwu, asked the court to prevent “any disposal, conveyance, mortgage, lease, sale or alienation or otherwise of the asset/property.”
Okongwu stated that going by Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences of Act 2006, Justice Obiozor had the power to give the order.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the interim forfeiture of jewelries worth about $40 million allegedly owned by Alison-Madueke had been ordered by the same court.
The order was made by the judge, Nicholas Oweibo, after granting an ex parte motion application brought before him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo.
Legit.ng gathered that the anti-graft agency said that the jewelries were reasonably suspected to have been acquired with proceeds of unlawful activities of the ex-minister.
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