Court orders permanent forfeiture of Diezani’s houses

Diezani Alison-Madueke- mansionJustice Abdulaziz Anka of the Federal High Court, Lagos on Wednesday ordered the permanent forfeiture of 56 houses linked to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

The houses, located in Port Harcourt and Lagos, were said to have been acquired by the ex-minister between 2011 and 2013 using front companies.

According to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Diezani allegedly paid $21,982,224 for the properties, adding that it believed that the funds were proceeds of crime.

The anti-graft agency 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.

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