Diezani: Court sets date to rule on $40m jewellery case involving former petroleum minister

Diezani: Court sets date to rule on $40m jewellery case involving former petroleum minister

- The request for permanent forfeiture of the 2,149 pieces of jewellery and customised gold iPhone belonging to Diezani Alison-Madueke has been applied by EFCC

- The EFCC urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to order the permanent forfeiture of the 2,149 pieces of jewellery and customised gold iPhone belonging to Alison-Madueke.

- The anti-graft agency alleged that the items were acquired with proceed of crimes, and want them forfeited to the federal government

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to order the permanent forfeiture of the 2,149 pieces of jewellery and customised gold iPhone belonging to Diezani Alison-Madueke, to the federal government.

The items, valued at $40m, were recovered from the Abuja home of the former minister of petroleum resources.

According to the anti-graft agency, the items are beyond Diezani’s “known and provable lawful income.”

Legit.ng gathers that the EFCC said the former minister started acquiring the jewellery in 2012 from one Bukola Oyewumi of Trinket Box Bespoke Jewellery at Ikeja City Mall, Alausa.

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The anti-graft agency's investigator, Rufai Zaki, said: “The respondent did not utilise her salary or any part of her legitimate income to acquire the assets sought to be forfeited to the federal government of Nigeria."

Zaki said upon invitation by the EFCC, Oyewumi stated that she started selling jewellery to Diezani in 2012 and provided the anti-graft agency with the invoices issued in respect of the jewellery in which ‘Aunty D’ was written as the buyer.

One Minal Ratanani of Bella Vista Apartment, Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos, was also said to have admitted to selling jewellery worth of $865,300.00 to the former minister, for which she said Diezani paid in cash.

Diezani, through her counsel, Nnamdi Awa-Kalu, said seizing the items amounted to a violation of her constitutional right to own properties.

The presiding judge, Justice Nicholas Oweibo, adjourned ruling to Tuesday, September 10, 2019.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the date for the case related to the final forfeiture of the $40 million jewellery of the former minister of petroleum resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke, was fixed by the Federal High Court in Lagos as Monday, September 2.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo, who presided over the case on Thursday, August 28, adjourned the hearing following an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Rotimi Oyedepo, EFCC's lawyer, informed the court that he would need adequate time to respond to a counter-affidavit filed by the defense, a request which even Diezani's counsel agreed to.

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