I Want EFCC To Release My $40m Jewellery: Diezani

Diezani Alison-Madueke

Diezani Alison-Madueke, former Minister of Petroleum Resources,
had filed a request for the Federal High Court in Lagos to order the return of her 2,149 pieces of jewellery and a customised gold iPhone valued at $40 million.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had on July 5 secured the order for the temporary forfeiture of her property.

Mrs Alison-Madueke who filed the request in an application by her lawyer, Prof. Awa Kalu, accused the EFCC of entering her apartment illegally and taking the items without any court order.

She said the anti-graft agency violated her fundamental “right to own property and to appropriate them at her discretion,” under sections 43 and 44 of the Constitution.

The former minister, who is currently in the United Kingdom,
urged the court to reject EFCC’s prayer to permanently forfeit the jewellery and the gold iPhone to the Federal Government.

Diezani said the court lacked jurisdiction to have granted the interim forfeiture order in the first place, as she had not been charged with any crime or served with any summons by the EFCC.

Her lawyer’s absence in court stalled proceedings on Monday.

However, a lawyer from Kalu’s chambers, Chukwuka Obidike, told the court that he was engaged in election petitions.

Justice Nichola Oweibo adjourned the case till August 29.

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