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Former Nigerian Minister Diezani Defends Ownership of $40 Million Jewellery

Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former minister of petroleum resources, has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of violating her privacy by entering her apartment without a court order.

Premium Times reports that Alison-Madueke, who is still at large, said in an application through her lawyer that the action of the EFCC operatives was illegal.

We gathered that the EFCC at a federal court in Lagos on July 5, secured an interim forfeiture of hundreds of jewellery valued at $40 million allegedly belonging to Alison-Madueke.

Former minister Diezani defends ownership of $40 million jewellery

© Provided by Genesis Media Former minister Diezani defends ownership of $40 million jewelleryThe jewellery, comprising bangles, earrings, and wristwatches were recovered from homes traced to the former minister.

According to the EFCC, the items are “reasonably suspected to have been acquired with and or represent proceeds of the respondent’s unlawful activities.”

The former minister is facing multiple charges of money laundering before federal courts in Lagos and Abuja.

She is believed to be in the United Kingdom where she is also being investigated for money laundering.

In her filings before the court in Lagos, she said the EFCC violated her fundamental rights to own property and to appropriate them at her discretion under sections 43 and 44 of the Nigerian constitution.

The application was filed by Awa Kalu, a professor of law, on behalf of the former minister.

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