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Diezani: Court orders forfeiture of N3 billion properties

*EFCC succeeds in securing the forfeiture order

Justice Abdulaziz Anka sitting in the Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the final forfeiture of assets worth about N3 billion purportedly belonging to Diezani Allison-Madueke, former Minister of Petroleum Resources.

Joined as respondents in the suit are one Donald Amamgbo, and four firms – Chapel Properties Limited; Blue Nile Estate Limited; Azinga Meadows Limited; and Vistapoint Property Development Limited.

Justice Anka delivered the judgement on Wednesday following an interim forfeiture order placed on the properties in August.

The assets comprised of 56 houses located in Lagos and Port-Harcourt which were allegedly acquired by Diezani Alison-Madueke using proxy companies between 2011 and 2013.

According to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), she alleged that the properties were purchased for $21,982,224 which is believed to be proceeds of crime.

The properties include 29 terraced houses comprising eight four-bedroomed penthouse apartments, six three-bedroomed apartments, two three-bedroomed maisonettes, two twin bedroomed apartments and one four-bedroomed apartment.

Others are 16 four-bedroomed terraced houses in Heritage Court Estate, Plot 2C, Omerelu Street, Diobu, Government Residential Area (GRA) Phase 1 extension, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.

Also forfeited are 16 four-bedroomed terraced houses in Heritage Court Estate, Plot 2C, Omerelu Street, Diobu, Government Residential Area (GRA) Phase 1 extension, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.

When the interim forfeiture order was granted by Justice Anka in August, he ordered the EFCC to appoint a firm to be managing the properties on a temporary basis.

The EFCC said that a total of N47.2 Billion and $487.5 Million in cash and properties have been traced to Diezani Allison-Madueke as at August 2017.

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