Court Orders Interim Forfeiture of Property Traced to Diezani, Others

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Davidson Iriekpen

A Federal High Court in Lagos has granted an order of interim forfeiture of a property linked to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, Donald Chidi Amangbo and Sequoyah Properties Limited.

Justice Chuka Obiozor granted the order sequel to a motion filed and argued by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).

The property is located at Plot 9, Azikiwe Road, Old GRA, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The order was pursuant to a motion ex-parte, dated March 4, 2019 brought by the EFCC.

Ruling on the motion, Justice Obiozor held: “An interim forfeiture order of this honourable court is hereby granted, forfeiting to the Federal Government of Nigeria the properties which are reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activity.”

The court further ordered the EFCC to publish the order in any national daily in Nigeria “and particularly in circulation in Port Harcourt and Lagos, and all persons interested in the said property are further put on notice to show cause why the final order of forfeiture of the affected property ought not to be made by this court.”

The court is expected to give  further ruling on May 9, 2019.