‎Court orders permanent forfeiture of N7.6 billion linked to Diezani Alison-Madueke

Diezani Allison-Madueke, Nigeria's Minister of Petroleum. [Photo: ynaija.com]
Diezani Allison-Madueke, Nigeria's Minister of Petroleum. [Photo: ynaija.com]

A Lagos Division of the Federal High Court on Monday ordered the permanent forfeiture of N7.6 billion to the Nigerian government, money suspected to belong to former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

Justice Abdulaziz Anka gave the order sequel to an application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, seeking the final and permanent forfeiture of the funds to the federal government.

The anti-graft agency in its supporting affidavit stated that an investigation based on intelligence reports it received discovered that the N7.6 billion in the accounts of some banks were actually proceeds of unlawful activities held and laundered through Gbenga Komolafe, former Group Managing Director, Crude Oil Marketing Division of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation; Haruna Momoh, former Group Managing Director, Petroleum Products Management Company; Umar Farouk Ahmed, Group Managing Director of Nigerian Products Marketing Company (NPMC) on behalf of Mrs. Alison-Madueke.

The judge’s decision came days after he also ordered an interim forfeiture of 56 houses linked to the former minister valued at N3.3 billion.

It would be recalled that the federal court presided over by Justice Chuka Obiozor had on August 7 ordered the temporary forfeiture of the money to the federal government following an ex-parte application argued before him by the EFCC.

Mr. Obiozor had earlier ordered the permanent forfeiture of a $37.5 million property on Banana Island allegedly belonging to Mrs. Alison-Madueke.

The EFCC had in the application alleged that Mrs. Alison-Madueke stashed the money in some banks.

The anti-graft agency further alleged that the federal government had since February last year, through an order granted by another judge of the federal high court, Muslim Hassan, recovered part of the money stashed in banks across the country by the former minister.


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  • John Ukpon

    This approach of attacking and securing suspected stolen assets first, is indeed paying. Thereafter, these isolated forfeitures could be used to prosecute the suspected offenders. Progress is certainly being made in the fight against corruption. Kudos to the EFCC.

    • Sam

      Kudos to the President.

      • oyoko

        Kudos to these judges also!

        • Julius

          Yes, it seems like they are now doing their jobs. Kudos indeed to them.

        • 0tile

          Kudos to the judges for listening to Buhari to look the other way about bigger loots stashed in Panana City. Clap for yourselves sycophants.

          • oyoko

            yes, we have clapped for ourselves, and three gbosa! gbosa!! gbosa!!! to Buhari and all the good people of Nigeria that still believe in the turn around of this nation, and also appreciating every good thing our Leaders are doing; no matter how minute it can be. Shame to all them, who have lost faith in themselves, because all avenue of stealing, kidnapping, 419, corruption, jibiti etc is being close in.

      • 0tile

        Kudos for recovering no money from Buratai and hajiya Turai.

        • Sam

          For the purpose of argument, Buratai did declare his assets in the the dubai ones.
          As for Turai , what was Jonathan doing when he was president? Looting instead of fighting corruption…

  • chinedu

    Interesting forfeitures by Mrs. Madueke. But I seem to appreciate better why the Charly boy movement is calling for the extradition of the lady from the UK. She should face these charges here and be punished adequately if found guilty. Forfeiture of money and property is good but not sufficient for such humongous stealing.

  • FreeNigeria

    How much did this woman steal? she’s gonna beat Abacha and IBB record put together.

    • FineBoy

      Add Abdulsalam

      • 0tile

        Add Turai

  • Something is definitely wrong with this woman. What on earth will anyone do with all these properties and money. this woman have no conscience no matter how small it is. Mama Piss will be like “oh my goodness, i only got fraction of what this lady looted” Dieziani is a devil, period

  • … please save Nigeria from Nigerians

  • Julius

    The woman is not even fighting it in court to at least clear her name. Na wa oo

    • The facts

      Why would she fight for something that doesn’t belong to her. She has said several times that the only property she has is the one in Abuja but people have refused to listen. By the way, all these properties according to the report are ‘linked’ to her. No one has shown any document to show that she owns them.

      • tundemash

        Even the cl0wns whose destiny were looted are denying the looting took place. Are u this cursed ?

      • Julius

        So her lawyers, Bankers and the business associate sshe used for those houses transactions were all lying on her ? That woman will pee on you and you will be telling people it was raining . Shame on you. You need to check yaself biko. Something ain’t right about you.

  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    Those who are blinded by hate cannot see PMB’s loot recovery efforts working for NIGERIA in these permanent forfeitures. Haters will never prevail!

  • 0tile

    Awo omo odua, dinner is ready. Who’s who among you will feature prominently here because the matter concerns one from your hated zone. We have been waiting for your input today in a very important article were Buhari rejoices that he is please with Nigeria’s current economic status. Gbogbo awon omo odua nibo e? Come and defend your master being battered for his gaffe. Oya, zo mana.