Nigeria's Oil Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke attends the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos in this January 23, 2013 file photo.

Court orders final forfeiture of N3 billion assets linked to Diezani

A federal judge, Abdulaziz Anka, has granted an order of permanent forfeiture of 56 properties belonging to former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke. The court had previously okayed the temporary seizure of the said properties, which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission claimed were acquired with proceeds of crime.

The EFCC claimed some companies fronted for the former minister in the acquisition of the

houses, located in Lagos and Port Harcourt, and bought between 2011 and 2013.

The anti-graft commission further claimed Diezani paid $21,982,224 for the properties, including 29 terraced houses, eight four-bedroomed penthouse apartments, six three-bedroom apartments, two three-bedroom maisonettes, two twin bedroom apartments and one four-bedroom apartment.

Alison-Madueke, who is currently ailed by cancer, is in the United Kingdom. She is also being investigated by the British Government for corrupt acts.

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