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We recovered $153m, 80 houses from Alison-Madueke -EFCC

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THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it recovered $153 million and 80 houses valued at $80 million from former Minister of Petroleum Diezani Alison-Madueke.

EFCC Chairman Abdulrasheed Bawa stated this in the April edition of the EFCC Alert, a monthly publication of the commission.

Bawa said the commission was still pursuing another case of $115 million INEC bribery by the fleeing minister who had been outside the shores of the country since leaving office in 2015.

He noted that efforts were ongoing to extradite Alison-Madueke to answer to her crimes in the country.

“There are several cases surrounding Diezani’s case. I was part of that investigation, and we have done quite a lot. In one of the cases, we recovered $153 million. We have secured the final forfeiture of over 80 properties in Nigeria valued at about $80 million. We have done quite a bit on that,” he said.

“The other case, as it relates to the $115 million INEC bribery, is also ongoing across the federation. We are looking forward to the time we will, maybe, have her in the country, and, of course, review things and see what will happen going forward. The case has certainly not been abandoned.’’

In 2019, a Federal High Court in Lagos had ordered the final forfeiture of the former minister’s jewellery estimated to be worth $40 million to the Nigerian government.

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The EFCC seized the jewellery sets during a raid on Alison-Madueke’s home located at 10 Fredrick Chiluba Close, Asokoro, Abuja, on the suspicion of being acquired with proceeds of unlawful activities.

The anti-graft agency alleged that she started acquiring the jewellery in 2012 while she was already a serving minister.

In challenging the seizure, Alison-Madueke said the EFCC violated her fundamental right to own property.

According to her, the search of her home that led to the seizure was conducted without any court order, hence making it illegal.

Jewellery forfeited included: 419 bangles, 315 rings, 304 earrings, 267 necklaces, 189 wristwatches, 174 necklaces and earrings, 78 bracelets, 77 brooches, and 74 pendants. A customised gold iPhone was also forfeited to the government.

In 2017, Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court, Lagos, ordered permanent forfeiture of N7.6 billion linked to Alison-Madueke.

Justice Obiozor, in a separate suit, also ordered the permanent forfeiture of $37.5 million Banana Island mansion linked to the former minister.

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In addition to the building, the court also ordered the permanent forfeiture of the sums of $2.740 million and N84.537 million realised as rents on the property.

Since 2015, Alison-Madueke has been holed up in the United Kingdom where she faces a separate probe for alleged bribery, corruption and money laundering.

Vincent Ufuoma is a reporter with The ICIR. He is a lover of God, truth, knowledge and justice.

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Vincent Ufuomahttp://icirnigeria.org
Vincent Ufuoma is a reporter with The ICIR. He is a lover of God, truth, knowledge and justice.

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