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Diezani Loses Oniru Land To Nigerian Govt After Multiple Seizures

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Justice Akintayo Aluko of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, has ordered the final forfeiture of a land belonging to ex-Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

The vacant plot is situated at Plot 13, Block I, Oniru Chieftaincy Family Private Estate in Lagos.

Justice Babs Kuewuni had in 2018 granted an interim forfeiture of the land.

He gave the ruling following an ex-parte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The respondents in the suit numbered FHC/L/ CS/811/2018 were Diezani, a lawyer Donald Chidi Amamgbo and MEZ Group LLC.

Justice Kuewumi then ordered the EFCC to, through newspaper, notify anyone or persons associated with the property to show cause against a final forfeiture.

In 2017, Diezani lost properties in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja, worth billions of naira, to the Nigerian government.

Justice Abdulaziz Anka of the Federal High Court in Lagos gave a forfeiture order against a 21-mixed housing units at 7 Thurnburn Street and 5 Raymond Street, Yaba worth N937million.

Also affected were 16 four-bedroom terrace buildings at Heritage Court Estate, Omerelu Street, Diobu GRA, Port-Harcourt valued at N928million.

The court also forfeited 13 three-bedroom with one room maid’s quarter at Mabushi Gardens Estate, Plot 1205, Cadastral Zone B06, Mabushi worth N650million.

Furthermore, six flats of three bedrooms and one boys quarter at Plot 808 (135) Awolowo Road, Ikoyi valued at N805million.

EFCC stated that the properties were purchased by the respondents Diezani, Amamgbo, Chapel Properties Limited, Blue Nile Estate Limited, Azinga Meadows Nigeria Limited, and Vistapoint Property Development Limited.

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In an affidavit sworn to by Sambo Muazu Mayana, the investigator revealed that a search warrant was executed at the office and premises of Amamgbo after an intelligence report.

Among documents recovered was one titled “Highly Confidential Attorney Work Product – August Report” containing 18 companies and properties located in Nigeria, United Kingdom Nigeria and United States.

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