Deziani Alison Madueke has been ordered by the Federal High Court in Lagos State to forfeit 2,149 pieces of jewelry and a customized gold iPhone, all valued at $40m. The items are to be forfeited to the federal government.
The forfeiture order was followed by an ex parte application moved on Friday morning by a lawyer for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo.
The application, titled action in rem, had Deziani as the only defendant and it was filed in pursuant to Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Related Offences Act No. 14, 2006.
The EFCC said in the application that it found and recovered the jewelry and the customized gold iPhone “on the premises of the respondent,” adding that it reasonably suspected that the former minister acquired them with “proceeds of unlawful activities.”
According to the schedule attached to the application, the jewelry, categorized into 33 sets, include “419 expensive bangles; 315 expensive rings; 304 expensive earrings; 267 expensive necklaces; 189 expensive wristwatches; 174 expensive necklaces and earrings; 78 expensive bracelets; 77 expensive brooches; and 74 expensive pendants.”
The judge ordered the anti-graft agency to publish the forfeiture order in a national newspaper “for the respondent or anyone who is interested in the property sought to be forfeited to appear before this honourable court to show cause within 14 days why a final forfeiture order of the said properties should not be made in favor of the Federal Government of Nigeria.”
Source: Punch News