Diezani: Court orders forfeiture of properties worth $4.760million

Postado Dezembro 06, 2017

A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered that two penthouses linked to Diezani Alison-Madueke, the embattled former Minister of Petroleum, be temporarily forfeited to the Federal Government.

The court ordered that two properties: Penthouse 21 building 5, Block C, 11 floor (Bella Vista Estate) Banana Island, Ikoyi, and Penthouse 22, Block B (Admiralty Estate) also in Ikoyi, Lagos, be forfeited to the Nigerian government pending the conclusion of the investigation.

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun ordered that they be forfeited to the Federal Government.

The application was filed before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), through its lawyer, Anslem Ozioko.

EFCC said they are reasonably suspected to have been acquired with "proceeds or crime".

He further stated that Jide Omokore paid for the properties through his wife, Angela, and one of his companies, and directed the developers (seller) of the properties to sign the agreements with Schillenburg LLC and Sequoyah Properties Limited, both of which are linked to Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.

The Tuesday's temporary forfeiture order came about two months after the same Federal High Court ordered the permanent forfeiture of 58 houses linked to the ex-minister, who is now in the United Kingdom, where she is also being probed for alleged corruption.

In his arguments, Ozioko told the court that the motion was brought pursuant to Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other fraud related offences Act No. 14, 2006, and Section 44 (2)(b) and (k) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

The deponent said Basbous made a statement, where he stated that the two properties were sold at $3.570 million and $1.194 million and are owned by Sequoyah Properties Limited and Schillenburg LLC.

According to him, Mrs. Jide-Jone was married to Mrs. Alison-Madueke's associate, Jide Omokore, who registered and promoted Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept.

The deponent said Schillenburg LLC was registered in Hong Kong and was transferred on March 30, 2012, to Amamgbo as sole owner.

On August 7, a federal judge ordered the permanent forfeiture of a $37.5 million property on Banana Island, Lagos, allegedly belonging to Mrs. Alison-Madueke.

He added that Donald Chidi Amamgbo stated in his extra-judicial statement that he incorporated Schillenburg LLC and submitted same to Diezani Alison-Madueke for a transaction.