A federal court sitting in Lagos state has ordered former oil minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, to temporarily surrendered properties located in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja, valued at about N2.6 billion to the Federal Government.
This came barely two months after same court ordered that Alison-Madueke temporary forfeit a $37.5 million property on Banana Island, Lagos, and millions of naira and dollars linked to her.
The order of the court was sequel to an ex-parte application filed and argued before it by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), counsel, Anselm Ozioko.
Named as respondents in the suit are: Diezani Alison-Madueke; Donald Chidi Amamgbo; Chapel Properties Limited; Blue Nile Estate Limited; Azinga Meadows Limited and Vistapoints Property Development Limited.
In the ruling delivered by Justice Abdulaziz Anka on Tuesday, the court argued that the property were acquired with proceeds from unlawful activities.
Among the houses the ex-minister was asked to forfeit to the apex government include 21 mixed housing units of eight four bedroom with a penthouse apartment; six buildings of three bedroom apartments; two buildings of three bedrooms apartment and one building of four bedrooms apartment.
It was gathered that these property were located at 7 Thurnburn Street and 5 Raymond Street, Yaba, Lagos state and were valued at N937 million.
Also asked by Alison-Madueke to forfeit were 16-four bedrooms terrace buildings, located at Heritage Court Estate, Omerelu Street, Diobu GRA, Port-Harcourt, River State, valued at N928 million.
Aside these, another 13-three-bedroom with one room maid’s quarter situated at Mabushi Gardens Estate, Plot 1205, Cadastral Zone B06, Mabushi, Abuja, valued at N650 million; and six flats of three bedrooms and one boys quarter, located at Plot 808 (135) Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, valued at N805 million, were listed among property that should be forfeited.
While delivering his ruling, Anka ordered that the properties should in the interim be forfeited to the Federal government and that EFCC notify the respondents to appear before the court.
On why the respondent should appear before it in another 14 days, he argued that it was to allow her explain reasons the properties should not be permanently forfeited to the apex government.
Anka further directed EFCC to make publication of the interim order in a national newspaper for the respondents and anyone who is interested in the properties to appear before the court.
During hearing, the anti graft agency alleged that the properties were purchased by Alison-Madueke and others listed in the case.
In an affidavit attached with the ex-parte application, sworn to by Sambo Mayana, an investigator with the agency, he averred that last year, an intelligence report was received against both Diezani and Amamgbo, and upon analysing the intelligence report, a search warrant was executed at the office and premises of Amamgbo.
Mayana averred further that among the documents recovered from Amamgbo was an undated report tltled “Highly Confidential Attorney Work Product- August Report”.
The said ‘highly confidential report contained 18 companies and several properties located in United Kingdom (UK), Nigeria and United States of America (USA).
It was learned that Amamgbo, disclosed to EFCC that he registered the 18 companies to assist the former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke in holding title of the temporarily forfeited properties.
Mayana stated that investigation into ownership of the said Properties revealed that FBN Mortgage Limited was the last owner of the three property.
He also stated that payment for the properties were received by FBN Mortgage Limited at various times from 2011 to June 16, 2015.
According to him, First Bank of Nigeria Plc stated in a letter that the source of the money was Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke, and that the bank picked up United States Dollars from her house located at 10, Frederick Chiluba Close, off Jose Martins Street, Asokoro, Abuja.
Of the dollars picked up from Diezani’s house, $3,342,307 million was credited into FBN Mortgage Limited account number 2008133531.
Mayana also stated that First Bank of Nigeria Plc, in its extra judicial statement made by its Head of Public Sector Group, also confirmed that the sum of N840 million, equivalent of $5,540, 318, transferred to Skye Bank by one Adeyemi Edun, was picked up in 2011, from the ex-minister’s house in Asokoro, Abuja, and transferred on her instruction to Skye Bank in favour of Adeyemi Edun on the same day.