Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, today September 10, 2019 ordered the permanent forfeiture of the 2,149 pieces of jewellery and a customised gold iPhone belonging to Diezani Alison-Madueke
The items valued at $40 million, were recovered from the Abuja home of embattled former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
Upon delivering judgement in a petition filed by Diezani challenging the EFCC’s authority to seize her jewelries, Justice Oweibo held that the former Minister through her counsel, Awa Kalu (SAN), failed to show cause why the items should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had in July 2019, seized the luxury items which it believes were proceeds from ”unlawful activities” by the former Minister.
The anti-graft agency however, told the court that the items were beyond Madueke’s legitimate means.