Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has questioned the seizure of $40m worth of jewelries from her house by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
In an affidavit filed on her behalf by her counsel, Prof Awa Kalu (SAN), Diezani, who is currently in the United Kingdom, alleged that the EFCC violated her fundamental “right to own property and to appropriate them at her discretion,” under sections 43 and 44 of the constitution.
She also accused the anti-graft agency of entering her apartment illegally and taking the items without any court order. Speaking further Diezani also said that, EFCC did not charge her with any crime or serve her with any summons.
Hearing on the application was stalled yesterday due to Prof Kalu’s absence.
Recall on July 5, 2019, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC had secured an order of the court temporarily forfeiting the expensive jewelleries to the Federal Government.