Former Nigeria’s Petroleum Minister Diezani Allison Madueke has been ordered by a federal high court judge in Lagos to forfeit fifty six of her illegally acquired houses.
The properties are valued at $22 million and located in choice areas across Nigeria; including Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.
The order comes following the corruption allegations that have trailed the ex minister since the end of Goodluck Jonathan’s presidency.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has overtime sought the forfeiture of the properties by the ex minister, arguing that they are the direction proceeds of corruption.
The judge, while presiding over the suit, ruled in favour of the EFCC; especially since Mrs Diezani’s team had failed to respond to the final submissions for forfeiture by EFCC’s lawyers.
“I have gone through the affidavit attached to motion for final forfeiture as well as the submissions of the EFCC’s counsel, Mr Ozioko.
“The court has no option considering the incontrovertible evidence led by the EFCC than to grant the application.
“The motion for final forfeiture is accordingly granted as prayed. All parties have a right of appeal.”