Court Orders Deziani To Permanently Forfeits N7.6B To FG
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos presided over by Justice Abdulazeez Anka, yesterday directed the permanent forfeiture of the sum of N7,646,700.000.00 suspected to belong to former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Deziani Alison Madueke to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Justice Anka gave the ruling sequel to an application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, seeking the final and permanent forfeiture of the said sum to the Federal Government.
The anti-graft agency in its supporting affidavit, averred that consequent upon the investigation carried out on the intelligent reports received by the commission, it discovered that the sum of N7,646,7000.00 kept in the accounts of some banks were actually proceeds of unlawful activities held and laundered through one Gbenga Olu Komolafe, former Group Managing Director, Crude Oil Marketing Division of , NNPC,, Prince Haruna Momoh, former Group Managing Director, Petroleum Products Management Company (PPMC) , Umar Farouk Ahmed , Group Managing Director of Nigerian Products Marketing Company (NPMC) on behalf of Mrs Deziani Alison-Madueke.
It would be recalled that the Federal High Court , Lagos presided over by Justice Chuka Obiozor had on August 7th this year ordered the temporary forfeiture of the sum of N7,646,700,000.00 allegedly hidden in banks by the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, to the Federal Government.
The order granted earlier by Justice Obiozor, followed an ex- parte application argued before him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The EFCC had in the application alleged that Mrs Alison-Madueke stashed the money in some banks.
The anti graft agency further alleged that the Federal Government had since February last year, through an order granted by another judge, Justice Muslim Hassan also of the Federal High Court, recovered part of the huge money stashed in banks across the country by the former minister.