Nigeria’s former Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke has forfeited 40 million dollars’ worth of jewellery, which was discovered in her home by anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).
The 58-year-old ex-minister is currently facing a series of corruption allegations by the EFCC.
The final forfeiture of the treasure was ordered by the Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday, 10 September 2019, following the application filed by EFCC. The EFCC had, in July 2019, secured a court order for a temporary seizure of the jewellery.
Rufai Zaki, an agent of the EFCC, had deposed to an affidavit declaring that the property could not have been acquired with lawful income.
The Presiding Judge, Justice Nicholas Oweibo, said the court took the decision because Alison-Madueke did not show reasons why she would not surrender the jewellery to the government.
The jewellery, which was recovered from her premises early this year, included gold phones, wrist watches, bracelets, and bangles and necklaces all valued at over 40 million dollars.
With the judgement, the ex-minister’s suit against the EFCC, filed by on her behalf by Awa Kalu, failed.
In the suit, the ex-minister said that the seizure of her property violated her rights as guaranteed by sections 43 and 44 of the constitution.