Court orders forfeiture of Diezian’s jewellery, iPhone valued at $40m

A federal high court in Lagos on Friday ordered the forfeiture of jewellery and a customised gold iPhone, belonging to Diezani Alison-Madueke, former minister of petroleum resources to the federal government.

The presiding Judge, Nicholas Oweibo, ordered the temporary seizure of the items valued at $40m following an ex parte application moved by Rotimi Oyedepo, lawyer for the EFCC.

According to Oyedepo, the application was filed in pursuant to section 17 of the advance fee fraud and other related offences act no. 14, 2006.

Attached in the schedule of the application were some of the 1,897 pieces of jewellery, categorised into 33 sets, are “419 bangles; 315 rings; 304 earrings; 267 necklaces; 189 wristwatches; 174 necklaces and earrings; 78 bracelets; 77 brooches; and 74 pendants,” which EFCC said were recovered from the premises of Alison-Madueke.

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After listening to Oyedepo, the trial judge ordered the ant-graft agency to publish the forfeiture order in a national newspaper “for the respondent or anyone who is interested in the property sought to be forfeited to appear before this honourable court to show cause within 14 days why a final forfeiture order of the said properties should not be made in favour of the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

The matter was subsequently adjourned till August 23, 2019 by the Judge.

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