EFCC takes over Diezani’s Lagos and Port Harcourt properties.
The embattled former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison Madueke, has forfeited her properties to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, following money laundering allegations and misappropriation of government funds during her tenure as minister.
The commission took over the properties after receiving an order from the Federal High Court, Lagos, for interim forfeiture of some of the properties traced to Diezani in choice locations around the country.
Tony Orilade, while speaking on behalf of the commission, confirmed the forfeiture.
He said: “A Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos, presided over by Justice Chuka Obiozor, granted the order for interim forfeiture of the property traced to Diezani.
“The property is located at Plot 9, Azikiwe Road, Old GRA, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The order was pursuant to a motion ex-parte dated March 4, 2019 brought by the EFCC.
Orilade further said: “Ruling on the motion ex-parte, Justice Obiozor held that: An interim forfeiture order of this honorable court is hereby granted, forfeiting to the Federal Government of Nigeria the properties which are reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activity.
“The court further 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,” Tony stated.
May 9, 2019, has been fixed for further ruling.