Legal/Judiciary

Diezani’s Lekki land finally forfeited to the Nigerian government

By Francis IWUCHUKWU

A vacant plot of land situated at Plot 13, Block I, Oniru Chieftaincy Family Private Estate, Lekki, Lagos, linked to Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former Petroleum Minister, has been forfeited finally to the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN).

The forfeiture order was made by a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, presided over by Justice Akintayo Aluko.

The order came sequel to the application for such order which was filed by Ansalem Ozioko, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Head of Legal Section, but moved and argued by Mr Abbas Mohammed, a Legal Officer in the Commission.

It would be recalled that Justice Babs Kuewuni had on May 15, 2018, granted an interim forfeiture of the said land.

In making the final forfeiture of the said land today, Justice Aluko held that: “This is an enrollment of order.

“Upon this Motion on Notice dated February 17, 2022, coming before this Honourable Court on the 25th day of March 2022, praying the Court for the following reliefs; a final Order forfeiting the properties /assets listed and described in the schedule herein to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

“And for such further orders as this Honourable Court may deem fit to make in the circumstance.

“Upon reading the affidavit in support of the motion paper sworn to by Babana Job of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of 15A Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos State.

“And the court having heard A.O.
Mohammed for the Plaintiff/Applicant moved the application praying the court to grant the reliefs sought as endorsed on the motion paper.

“It is hereby ordered as follows: “That a final order is hereby granted forfeiting the property/asset listed and described in the schedule herein to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The EFCC had listed the former Petroleum Minister, Mrs Diezani Alison Madueke, a Nigerian lawyer, Donald Chidi Amamgbo and MEZ Group LLC, as respondents in the suit numbered FHC/L/CS/811/2018.

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