Court orders permanent forfeiture of Diezani’s ‘$37.5 million Lagos property’

Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke
Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke

Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court Monday ordered the permanent forfeiture of a $37.5 million property on Banana Island, Lagos, allegedly belonging to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke.

Mr. Obiozor gave the order to the Federal Government after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, argued a motion on notice before the court.

The property, known as Building 3, Block B, Bella Vista Plot 1, Banana Island Foreshore Estate, has 24 apartments, 18 flats, and six penthouses, according to prosecutors.

Mr. Obiozor had on July 19 ordered the temporary forfeiture of the property after listening to an exparte application brought by the EFCC’s Head of Legal, Anselm Ozioko.

The judge also directed the EFCC to publish the order in the newspapers so that any interested party who does not want the property to be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government could appear in court within 14 days.

He then adjourned proceedings till August 7.

At the resumed hearing Monday, Mr. Ozioko informed the court that the EFCC had published the order in the papers as directed, but the respondents did not show up to contest the order.

Mrs. Alison-Madueke is currently in the UK where she is under probe for alleged money laundering.

Apart from several corruption allegations against her in Nigeria, she has also been named in corruption charges against two of her associates, Jide Omokore and Kola Aluko, in the United States.


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  • Bulletpoints

    DEAR EDITOR,

    Diezani Allison-Madueke was possibly born to steal if nothing else but theft

    defines her in the numerous criminal allegations published in the public domain.

    • Victoria

      This woman has no conscience. please seize/collect and sell all her Billions of property worldwide and give the money back to poor Nigerian people and put her in jail for life.

    • Tommy Soto

      She probably had good intentions before starting her professional and public career but the potent corrupting influence that Royal Dutch Shell has on the entire political and economic landscape in Nigeria is a tough battle to win. Great to read about the nation making strides to diversify the economy.

  • Kay

    Stealing appears to be a gene codes thing for an average Nigerian.

    • Tunde

      Racist bastard!

      • Tunji Olarewaju

        His comment is bitter, but true

        • Tunde

          I beg to disagree, it is really a question between nurture and nature. The issue of corruption in Nigeria is systemic and not pathological . My dear friend, you should never let anyone make you feel inferior because you are of a different race, ethnicity or colour. I hope you are not teaching your children that they ate natural thieves. You are better than that.

          • Tunde

            sic: are

  • AryLoyds

    I no be thief , you thief , i no be robber , you WOMAN arm robber.

  • Holy truth

    Ozekhome u 4get to go represent d kleptomaniac frog eyes thief? I know say na ur area of specialty.

  • tundemash

    So Wike no show up ?????

  • Spoken word

    ole

  • Moses Stone

    No wonder Kola Aluko put his mouth and lick all the smelly fluid in her cancer-infested cunt. Now we know better