Court orders final forfeiture of Diezanni’s 56 houses


JUSTICE Abdulaziz Anka of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Wednesday, ordered the final forfeiture of a total of 56 houses belonging to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, to the Federal Government.
The properties valued at about $21,982,224 are located in Lagos and Port Harcourt, River State.
The order followed an exparte application filed by the EFCC.
The EFCC, in an affidavit in support of the application, stated that Alison-Madueke, who is currently in the United Kingdom where she is also being investigated for money laundering, had acquired the houses between 2011 and 2013 with proceeds of crime.
The Federal High Court in Lagos in July 19, ordered the temporary forfeiture of a property at Banana Island, Lagos.
The property, designated as Building 3, Block B, Bella Vista Plot 1, Zone N, Federal Government Layout, Banana Island Foreshore Estate, has 24 apartments, 18 flats and six penthouses, according to court papers presented on Wednesday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.