Court Rules Dieziani Alison-Madueke Forfeits $153m To Federal Government
Former Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke will be forfeiting a total sum of $153m to the Federal government.
A federal high court sitting in Lagos has ordered that banks holding the sum of $153,310,000 belonging to Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueze should be forfeited to the Federal Government.
According to reports, Justice Muslim Hassam on Friday, January 6, ordered that the funds allegedly stolen by Mrs. Diezani from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) be forfeited to the Federal government.
The order was in favour of an exparte motion presented to the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday seeking the temporary forfeiture of the funds.
According to the presiding judge, the forfeiture is temporary.
Diezani Alison-Madueke Forfeits $153m (N74b) To FG
However, it could become permanent if representatives of the three banks do not appear before the court to prove the legitimacies of the funds in their keep within 14 days.
Reports also say that in the exparte application, an EFCC investigator Moses Awolusi claimed that it was discovered that sometime in December 2014, Diezani invited an ex-managing director of a bank to her office where they hatched the plan of how a cash sum of $153,310,000 would be moved from NNPC to be saved for Diezani.
Awolusi said Diezani instructed the banker to make sure that the money was “neither credited into any known account nor captured in any transaction platforms” of the bank.
Meanwhile, a recent report by some Italian prosecutors have indicted Mrs. ALison-Madueke alongside former president Goodluck Jonathan and many others in the report.
The report was published on Thursday by a popular online international media outfit.