Diezani stripped of $40m jewellery, gold-plated iPhone to Nigerian government

Diezani Alison-Madueke

Former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke’s jewellery and a customised golden iPhone have been temporarily forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Friday, gave the the interim forfeiture order in Lagos today, following an ex parte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Alison-Madueke is the only defendant in the application filed by the EFCC pursuant to Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other related Offences Act No. 14, 2006.

EFCC lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, stated in the application that the items were found and recovered from the premises of the respondent, Alison-Madueke.

The EFCC further stated that it reasonably suspected that the items were acquired with proceeds of unlawful activities.

In granting the order, Justice Oweibo directed the applicant, EFCC, to publish the interim forfeiture order in any national newspaper within 14 days for the respondent or anyone interested in the items to show cause why they should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

The items are: 419 bangles; 315 rings; 304 earrings; 267 necklaces; 189 wristwatches; 174 necklace and earrings; 78 bracelet; 77 brooch; 74 pendants; 48 necklaces; 44 other necklaces, bracelet, earring and ring; 32 other types of necklaces, earrings and rings; 30 other types of pendants and earrings and a8 additional necklaces and bracelets.

Others are earrings and rings (15); earrings, rings and bracelet (12); cufflinks (11); pendants, earrings and rings (6); single earrings (5); bracelets and earrings (5); necklace and single earrings (3); necklace and rings (3); travel clocks (3); brooch and cufflinks (3); pendants and rings (2); bracelets, earrings and ring (1); bangle and earring (1); necklace, ring and bracelet (1); bangle, ring and brooch (1); necklace, earring and two bracelets( 4); bangle and ring (1); brooch and earring (1) necklace and two pairs of earrings (3) and customized Gold iphone (1).