Court orders interim forfeiture of Diezani’s ewellery, gold iPhone worth $40m
Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court, sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, yesterday, ordered the interim forfeiture of some pieces of jewellery and a customised gold iPhone, all valued at $40m belonging to a former minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.
Justice Oweibo gave the order following an ex-parte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Alison-Madueke is the only defendant in the application filed by the EFCC pursuant to Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other related Offences Act No. 14, 2006.
The applicant, through its lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, stated in the application that the items were found and recovered from the premises of the respondent, which the applicant reasonably suspected to be acquired with proceeds of unlawful activities.
In granting the order, Justice Oweibo directed the applicant (EFCC) to publish the interim forfeiture order in any national newspaper within 14 days for the respondent or anyone interested in the items to show cause why they should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.
The items are Bangles (419); rings (315); earrings (304); necklace (267); wristwatches (189); necklace and earrings (174); bracelet (78); brooch (77); pendants (74); necklace (48); necklace, bracelet, earring and ring (44); necklace, earrings and rings (32); pendants and earrings (30) and necklace and bracelet (18).
Others are earrings and rings (15); earrings, rings and bracelet (12); cufflinks (11); pendants, earrings and rings (6); single earrings (5); bracelets and earrings (5); necklace and single earrings (3); necklace and rings (3); travel clocks (3); brooch and cufflinks (3); pendants and rings (2); bracelets, earrings and ring (1); bangle and earring (1); necklace, ring and bracelet (1); bangle, ring and brooch (1); necklace, earring and two bracelets (4); bangle and ring (1); brooch and earring (1); necklace and two pairs of earrings (3) and customised Gold iPhone (1).
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