A Judge from the Federal High Court in Lagos, Justice Nicholas Oweibo has ordered the forfeiture of 2,149 pieces of jewellery and a customised gold iPhone, valued at $40m, belonging to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke.
The judge ordered that the items should be temporarily forfeited to the Federal Government..
This order followed an ex parte application moved on Friday morning by a lawyer for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,Mr Rotimi Oyedepo.
The EFCC said in the application that it found and recovered the jewellery and the customised gold iPhone “on the premises of the respondent,” adding that it reasonably suspected that the former minister acquired them with “proceeds of unlawful activities.”
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.
Below are the list of forfeited jewellries: