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Friday 18 October 2019

Court to seize $40m of jewellery and gold iPhone from ex-minister

 

Former petroleum minister Diezani Alison-Madueke. Photo: Reuters
Former petroleum minister Diezani Alison-Madueke. Photo: Reuters

Felix Onuah

A Nigerian court has ordered the imminent seizure of $40m (€35.6m) worth of jewellery and a customised gold iPhone belonging to former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, the country's anti-graft agency said yesterday.

The items, including hundreds of bangles, rings, earrings, necklaces and watches, were found at a property owned by Ms Alison-Madueke, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said in a statement.

Ms Alison-Madueke, who ran the petroleum ministry from 2011 to 2015, was charged by the EFCC in absentia with money laundering in 2017. Her whereabouts are unknown, and a London-based lawyer who has represented her did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The order gives the EFCC 14 days to print the charges in any national newspaper and allow for her or "anyone interested in the items" to show why they should not be permanently forfeited to the federal government.

Irish Independent

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