Court orders final forfeiture of Diezani’s N14.4bn jewellery to FG

The Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the permanent forfeiture of the 2,149 pieces of jewellery and a customised gold iPhone, valued at $40million, recovered from the Abuja home of a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.

In a ruling on Tuesday, Justice Nicholas Oweibo held that Diezani, through her lawyer, Awa Kalu (SAN), failed to show cause why the items should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal government of Nigeria.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had told the judge that the jewellery and iPhone were reasonably suspected to be acquired with fraud proceeds.

The anti-graft agency said the items were beyond Diezani’s legitimate earnings, and thus sought the court’s order to have the items confiscated and transferred to the goveernment.

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