Diezani Alison-Madueke Case: Court Gives EFCC Upper Hand

This is not a good time for the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke as a federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the temporary forfeiture of two penthouses, which are linked to Diezani Alison-Madueke, former powerful minister under former President Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan.

The properties, located in Lagos, are said to be valued at $4.760 million. At its sitting earlier today (Tuesday December 5, 2017), Mojisola Olatoregun, the presiding judge, ordered that the two properties be temporarily forfeited to the federal government pending investigations by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) led by Mr. Ibrahim Magu.

The forfeiture order is a follow up to an ex-parte motion filed by the EFCC, which told the court the properties are suspected to be proceeds of crime. Diezani Alison-Madueke is allegedly involved in all manners of high-profile deals that cost Nigeria billions if not trillions in the process.

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