Court orders final forfeiture of Diezani’s Abuja homes, cars

Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon, of the Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday ordered the final forfeiture of two Abuja properties and two luxury cars belonging to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, 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 and are valued at $2,674,418 and N380 million respectively.

The luxury cars are a black BMW saloon and a black Jaguar saloon car both valued at N36 million.

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), asking for the final forfeiture of the assets.

The Commission had on November 29, 2021, secured the interim forfeiture of the assets in a ruling on a separate motion 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.

In granting the interim forfeiture order, Justice Olajuwon, had ordered the EFCC to publish a notice in a national newspaper, inviting anyone with interest in the assets to show cause why they should not be finally forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria. The court consequently adjourned till January 22, 2022.

In compliance with the Order of the Court, the Forfeiture Order was published in Thisday Newspaper of Wednesday, April 6, 2022. In the absence of any contestation of the Interim Order, the court, yesterday, forfeited the properties to the Federal Government.

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