Return Seized Assets To Me, Diezani Tells Nigerian Government

The former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke has initiated a process at the Federal High Court Abuja to have the forfeiture orders of the Federal Government on Properties Allegedly linked to her vacated.

The Federal Government had last year secured orders for final forfeiture of properties in Nigeria and abroad allegedly linked to the former Minister of Petroleum Resources.

In a fresh motion filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja by her lawyer and senior advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, Alison-Madueke wants among others, an order extending the time within which to seek leave to apply to the court for an order, setting aside the public notice issued by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to conduct the public sale on her property.

She said the motion is intended against the notice recently issued by the EFCC for disposal of forfeited assets, some of which included those belonging to her.

In a supporting affidavit also, the former minister noted that the EFCC planned to conduct a public sale of all forfeited, beginning from January 9 as contained in its public notice following various court judgments/orders issued in favour of the commission as final forfeiture orders against property and personal effects linked to her.

Seeking five reliefs, Alison-Madueke argued among others that she was not heard before the orders for forfeiture were issued, thereby denying her the rights.

She added that the forfeiture orders made in respect of assets linked with her were issued by the various courts without jurisdiction.

Alison-Madueke added, “The various court orders issued in favour of the EFCC and upon which they issued the public notice to conduct public sale of items contained in the public notice, most of which affect her interest, were issued in breach of the right to fair hearing as guaranteed by Section 36 (1) of the 1999 Constitution, as altered, and other similar constitutional provisions.”

She further stated that she was neither served with the charge sheet and proof of evidence in any of the charges nor any other summons howsoever and whatsoever in respect of the criminal charges pending against her before the court.

The ex-minister added further that the courts were misled into making several of the final forfeiture orders against her assets through suppression or non-disclosure of material facts.


About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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