Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday, has ordered the final forfeiture of highly exotic properties belonging to Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke,a former minister of petroleum resources,to the federal government.
The two properties are located at Plot 1854 Mohammed Mahashir Street, and No. 6, Aso Drive, in the highbrow Asokoro and Maitama Districts of Abuja are valued at $2,674,418USD and N380, 000,000 respectively.
A black BMW saloon with Chassis No B8CV54V66629 and registered number, RBC155 DH and a black Jaguar saloon car with Chassis No SAJAA.20 GRDMv43376
The judge gave the order forfeiting the assets to the Federal Government of Nigeria while ruling on the application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC in Suit No. 1122/2021 and Suit No 1123/2021, asking for the final forfeiture of the assets.
The Commission had on November 29, 202 secured the interim forfeiture on the assets in a ruling on separate motion ex-parte filed on September 27, 2021 which prayed the court to order the interim forfeiture of the assets on the grounds of reasonable suspicion that they were proceeds of unlawful activities.
Justice Olajuwon granted the interim forfeiture Order and commanded the EFCC to publish a notice in a national newspaper, inviting interested buyers. The court consequently adjourned till January 22, 2022 for report.
In compliance with the Order of Court, the Forfeiture Order was published in Thisday Newspaper of Wednesday April 6, 2022.
Since there was no contestation of the Interim Order, the Court, on monday, forfeited the properties to the Federal Government.