A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, on Tuesday, ordered that a land belonging to the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, in Port Harcourt, River State, should be forfeited to the federal government.
Justice Chuka Obiozor made the order, following an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The anti-graft agency told the court that the property, “measuring 7,903.71 – 8,029.585 square metres” on Plot 9, Azikiwe Road, Old GRA (UAC Property on Forces Avenue), is suspected to be part of proceeds of illegal activities.
The EFCC prayed the court for an order to allow it “to appoint a competent person or firm to manage the asset/property.”
It also urged the court not to disapprove “any disposal, conveyance, mortgage, lease, sale or alienation or otherwise of the asset/property.”
Ebuka Okongwu, counsel to the EFCC, argued that the judge had the prerogative, according to Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006, to make the forfeiture order.
Obiozor, after listening to the plea, granted the forfeiture order.
The same court had last Friday, ordered that Diezani also forfeit 2,149 pieces of jewellery and a customised gold iPhone, valued at $40 million to the government of Nigeria.