BREAKING: Court orders final forfeiture of Diezani's $40million jewellries

By Editor on 10/09/2019

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 141


Diezani

A Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos has granted a final forfeiture to the Federal Government, the $40m worth of jewellries 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 jewellries should not be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

In his application for the final forfeiture order, Counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Rotimi Oyedepo had told the judge that the expensive jewellries comprising wristwatches, necklaces, bracelets, bangles, earrings, a customized gold phone and more were reasonably suspected to have being acquired with proceeds of unlawful activities of the former Minister.

An investigator with the Commission, Rufai Zaki, in an affidavit put before the court insisted that the jewellries 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.

The Former Minister on her part had challenged the seizure of the jewellries from her premises by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

In an affidavit filed on her behalf by her counsel, Prof Awa Kalu (SAN), Diezani, who is currently in the United Kingdom, alleged that the EFCC violated her fundamental “right to own property and to appropriate them at her discretion,” under sections 43 and 44 of the constitution.

She also accused the anti-graft agency of entering her apartment illegally and taking the items without any court order.

On July 5, 2019, The Economic and Financial Crime Commission EFCC  had secured an order of the court temporarily forfeiting the expensive jewelleries to the Federal Government.

According to the schedule attached to the application, the jewellery, categorised into 33 sets, include “419 expensive bangles; 315 expensive rings; 304 expensive earrings; 267 expensive necklaces; 189 expensive wristwatches; 174 expensive necklaces and earrings; 78 expensive bracelets; 77 expensive brooches; and 74 expensive pendants.”

 

 

 

Source Channels TV

Posted on September, 10 2019

Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


You may also like...
Senate kicks as Jega insists on using card...

Agbaje to Lagosians: Join me in liberating Lagos...

New war in Ekiti: Fayose is behind kidnap...

BREAKING: Rohr calls up fresh Eagles, other regulars...

BREAKING: How Buhari plans to cripple us financially...

US report tells of human horror in Nigeria...

Real, Bayern in UCL semis battle, Arsenal, Atletico...

Anambra FA sack Mike Umeh as Board Chairman...

Buhari's debt: We'll soon become tenants in Nigeria,...
Latest News Amotekun: Time to beef up security - Journalists task South-East Governors Your business secure here, Buhari tells investors, as MTN comes with N360billion Want to eradicate killings in Nigeria, enthrone justice - Atiku - Atiku How ladies can determine Mr. Right through the vagina – Princess Shyngle Video of slay queen beaten mercilessly after I refusing to sleep with seven of ciient's friends CIA agent who assassinated Iranian General, killed in Afghanistan, three weeks after Uzodinma gives up security votes, embarks on power generation, petrochemical plants Succour for Maina, as court slashes bail condition from N1billion to N500million My manhood has been restored, but, but can't perform, victim of stolen penis cries out Not even 'Gokada' is exempted in by okada ban - Lagos gvt

 

Most Read BREAKING: Atiku defects to APGA *Picks ticket for 2019 presidency *Runs with Soludo (58,688 views) BREAKING: Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar clinch final Ballon d'Or shortlist, Suarez snubbed (38,513 views) You must release Kanu, give us justice or we keep bombing – Gen. Ben (26,768 views) Seven 'killer' SARS officers arrested in Anambra for murder (24,289 views) I must redeem Ndigbo or die trying – Nwodo *We're quite uncomfortable in Nigeria (22,634 views) BREAKING: Upset, as Ugwuanyi appoints Queen of 419 into cabinet (16,163 views) Biafra: I’ll lead negotiation with agitators – Okorie *Warns against force (15,689 views) Okorie to Buhari: Your gvt can’t be killing Ndigbo and offering B’Haram amnesty (15,513 views) BREAKING: Again DSS shuns court order, hedges on Kanu's release (14,220 views) Catholic bishops to Mbaka: Your prophesies could be brain wave (13,793 views)

 

News Appointments (292) Business (317) Crime (1162) Economy (565) Education (235) Entertainment (288) Fashion and Style (90) General (534) Health (483) Inside Africa (456) Interviews (23) National (1436) Politics (3240) Press Releases (3) Religion (241) Security (1581) Sports (2354) Technology (28) World News (627)

 

CBN banner advert

Chelsea Outdoor

Veleta banner

FRSC Officials vs Woman Driver on highway

 

 

Newsletters Subscribe to Whirl Wind News newsletters today and get breaking news and updates delivered to your mailbox!

Sign up

 

Advertisement