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Former Nigeria Minister Diezani Forfits Over N14 Bn Jewelry– EFCC Boss

Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa has disclosed that the jewelry forfeited by the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke
was worth N14.4 billion.

The EFCC chairman stated this on Friday when he appeared before the House of Representatives ad-hoc committee investigating the assessment and status of recovered loot.

He said the “jewelry forfeited from the former minister has been valued by relevant government agencies and the estimated value of the jewellery is 14.4 billion naira.”

Bawa also noted that the estimated value of the houses seized and forfeited from Diezani were worth $80 million. The anti-graft boss stated that the assets are in the custody of the commission and have not been sold.

The House of Reps committee is assessing the status of all recovered loot moveable and immovable assets from 2002-2020 by agencies of government.

The Reporters recalls that a Federal High Court in Lagos had in September 2019 granted a final forfeiture of the jewellery to the federal government.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo ruled that the former minister had failed to show cause why the jewellery should not be forfeited to the Nigerian government.

In his application for the final forfeiture order, the Counsel to the commission, Rotimi Oyedepo, had told the judge that the expensive jewelry comprised wristwatches, necklaces, bracelets, bangles, earrings, a customized gold phone, and more.

He said they were reasonably suspected to have been acquired with proceeds of unlawful activities of the former minister.

Earlier this year, the EFCC handed a property forfeited from the former minister to the Lagos Government for use as an isolation centre for COVID-19 patients.

The six flats of three bedrooms and a boys’ quarter had been forfeited to the Federal Government, following an order of a Federal High Court in Lagos in 2017.

 

 

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