Court Orders Forfeiture of N7.6b Traced to Former Minister, Diezani

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A Lagos High Court on Monday, ordered the forfeiture of N7.6b traced to former minister of petroleum, Diezani Alison Madueke.

The presiding judge, Justice Abdulaziz, gave the order following an application filed by the EFCC after the money was traced to Diezani.

The court orders comes shortly after a court ordered the interim forfeiture of 56 houses linked to Diezani valued at N3.3 billion.

The EFCC had prayed the court to permanently forfeit the funds to the federal government.

The anti-graft agency in its supporting affidavit stated that an investigation based on intelligence reports it received discovered that the N7.6 billion in the accounts of some banks were actually proceeds of unlawful activities held and laundered through Gbenga Komolafe, former Group Managing Director, Crude Oil Marketing Division of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation;

Haruna Momoh, former Group Managing Director, Petroleum Products Management Company; Umar Farouk

Ahmed, Group Managing Director of Nigerian Products Marketing Company (NPMC) on behalf of Mrs. Alison-Madueke.

Recall on August 7th, Justice Chuka Obiozor, had ordered the permanent forfeiture of $37.5 million property on Banana Island allegedly belonging to Mrs. Alison-Madueke.

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