The Lagos Division Court of Appeal on Friday dismissed an appeal by former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, seeking to recover her $40million worth of jewelry to the Federal Government.
The appellate court gave its judgment in an appeal filed by Alison-Madueke marked as Appeal No CA/L/1263/19 between DIEZANI ALISON MADUEKE the EFCC) and held that there was no substance in Alison-Madueke’s bid to overturn the lower court’s order.
The court confirmed the 2019 judgment of Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court which forfeited the jewelry following an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
On July 5, 2019, the EFCC secured an order of the high court temporarily forfeiting the expensive items to the Federal Government.
According to the schedule attached to the application, the jewellery, categorised into 33 sets, include “419 expensive bangles; 315 expensive rings; 304 expensive earrings; 267 expensive necklaces; 189 expensive wristwatches; 174 expensive necklaces and earrings; 78 expensive bracelets; 77 expensive brooches; and 74 expensive pendants.”
The items were seized from Diezani’s premises, at No. 10 Fredrick Chiluba Close, Asokoro in Abuja.
On July 19, 2019, Justice Oweibo granted the EFCC’s motion for final forfeiture of the jewelry.