BREAKING: Court Orders Final Forfeiture Of Diezani’s $40m Worth Jewelries

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A Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos has granted a final forfeiture to the Federal Government, the $40m worth of jewelries seized from the premises of the former minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo ruled that the former Minister had failed to show cause why the jewelries should not be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The jewellery, categorised into 33 sets, include “419 expensive bangles and 315 expensive rings”.

The rest are 78 expensive bracelets, 77 expensive brooches and 74 expensive pendants.

An investigator with the Commission, Rufai Zaki, in an affidavit put before the court insisted that the jewelries were beyond the former Minister’s “known and provable lawful income.”

The investigator further said that findings by the EFCC showed that she started acquiring the jewellery in 2012, two years after she was appointed Minister.

The investigator also said that the EFCC was in possession of the details of the bank account through which Mrs Alison-Madueke received her salary as a minister.

“The respondent did not utilise her salary or any part of her legitimate income to acquire the assets sought to be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria,” Zaki said.

He said a “damning intelligence report” received by the Commission led to the search of former minister’s house at No. 10 Fredrick Chiluba Close, Asokoro, Abuja.

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