Nigerian court orders forfeiture of 56 houses linked to former oil minister
APA – Lagos (Nigeria) - The Federal High Court in Lagos presided over by Justice Abdulaziz Anka on Wednesday ordered the permanent forfeiture of 56 houses linked to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.
The order followed the granting of an application by Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seeking permanent forfeiture of the property.
The EFCC argued that the property sought to be attached were bought by the former oil minister for $21,982,224 and that it believed that the funds were proceeds of crime.
Granting the application filed by counsel for the EFCC, Anselem Ozioko, Justice Anka noted that there was no response to the applicant’s motion on notice for final forfeiture by any of the respondents despite being served with hearing notice.
According to local media reports, the houses, located in Lagos and Port Harcourt, were said to have been acquired by the ex-minister between 2011 and 2013 using front companies.
The EFCC listed the properties to include 29 terraced houses comprising eight four-bedroomed penthouse apartments, six three-bedroomed apartments, two three-bedroomed maisonettes, two twin bedroomed apartments and one four-bedroom apartment.