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Court Orders Interim Forfeiture Of More Assets Linked To Diezani

23 Août 2017

A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the interim forfeiture of 56 houses allegedly owned by former minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

The buildings located in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos and Rivers States and valued at N3.320 billion, were alleged to be proceeds of corruption.

The application, brought pursuant to Sections 17 of the Advanced Fee Fraud and other Fraud related offences Act 2006 and Section 44 (2)(k) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) sought and obtained a temporary transfer of the property to the federal government.

The houses located in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja, were said to have been acquired by the ex-minister between 2011 and 2013 using front companies.

Listed as respondents in the suit include Mrs. Alison-Madueke, Donald Amamgbo and three firms, Chapel Properties Limited, Blue Nile Estate Limited, Azinga Meadows Limited and Vistapoint Property Development Limited.

Mr. Ozioko said the Commission had discovered 14 other firms incorporated for the former minister for the objective of holding the titles to those properties, adding that the properties were purchased from proceeds of suspected unlawful activities when she was in government.

Alison-Madueke has however maintained her innocence amid these allegations by the EFCC.

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Mr Mayana averred further that among the documents recovered from Amamgbo was an undated report tltled "Highly Confidential Attorney Work Product- August Report".

Mayana stated that investigation into the ownership of the said Properties revealed that FBN Mortgage Limited was the last owner of three of the properties.

The judge directed EFCC to notify the respondents in whose possession the assets/properties were kept, to appear before the court and show cause within 14 days why the properties should not be forfeited to the federal government.

The deponent also stated that payments for the properties were received by FBN Mortgages at various times from 2011 to June 16, 2015.

The EFCC said, while Dieziani was serving as a minister, she allegedly paid the sum of $16,441,906 in cash for the property from the proceeds of suspected unlawful activity.

"First Bank of Nigeria Plc...stated that the source of the money was from Mrs Diezani Alison Madueke and that the bank picked up United States dollars from her house at 10, Frederick Chiluba Close off Jose Marti Street, Asokoro, Abuja", Mr. Mayana added.

Mayana also stated that First Bank of Nigeria Plc, in its extra judicial statement made by its Head of Public Sector Group, also confirmed that the sum of N840 million, equivalent of $5,540, 318, transferred to Skye Bank by one Adeyemi Edun, was picked up on May 23, 2011, from Mrs. Diezani's house in Asokoro, Abuja, and same was transferred on Diezani's instruction to Skye Bank in favour of Adeyemi Edun on the same day.

Court Orders Interim Forfeiture Of More Assets Linked To Diezani