Court Orders Interim Forfeiture of Diezani’s $40m Jewelry, Gold iphone

Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Friday, July 5, 2019, ordered the interim forfeiture of some pieces of jewelry and a customized gold iphone all valued at $40m belonging to Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former Minister of Petroleum Resources.

Justice Oweibo gave the order, following an ex parte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Alison-Madueke is the only defendant in the application filed by the EFCC pursuant to Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other related Offences Act No. 14, 2006.

The applicant, through its lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, stated in the application that the items were found and recovered from the premises of the respondent, Alison-Madueke.

The EFCC further stated that it reasonably suspected that the items were acquired with proceeds of unlawful activities.

In granting the order, Justice Oweibo directed the applicant, EFCC, to publish the interim forfeiture order in any national newspaper within 14 days for the respondent or anyone interested in the items to show cause why they should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

The items are: Bangles( 419); rings (315); earrings (304); necklace (267); wristwatches(189); necklace and earrings (174); bracelet (78); brooch (77); pendants( 74); necklace(48); necklace, bracelet, earring and ring (44); necklace, earrings and rings (32); pendants and earrings (30) and necklace and bracelet (18).

Others are: Earrings and rings (15); earrings, rings and bracelet (12); cufflinks (11); pendants, earrings and rings (6); single earrings (5); bracelets and earrings (5); necklace and single earrings (3); necklace and rings(3); travel clocks(3); brooch and cufflinks (3); pendants and rings (2); bracelets, earrings and ring (1); bangle and earring (1); necklace, ring and bracelet (1); bangle, ring and brooch(1); necklace, earring and two bracelets( 4); bangle and ring (1); brooch and earring (1) necklace and two pairs of earrings (3) and customized Gold iphone(1).

Tony Orilade
Ag. Head, Media & Publicity

Internet Fraudster Bags 10 Months

Justice I.M Sani of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Thursday, July 4, 2019 convicted and sentenced Louis Idehen Osahumen to 10 months imprisonment for internet- related offences.

Osahumen was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Port Harcourt’s Zonal Office, on one-count charge bordering on impersonation, contrary to Section 22(3) (a) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015 punishable under Section 22(4) of the same Act.

The count charge read: “That you, Louis Idehen Osahumen (A.K.A Cheng Louis), on or about December 2018, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court fraudulently impersonated one Cheng Louis, a United States of America Soldier, with intent to gain advantage for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(3) (a) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015 punishable under Section 22(4) of the same Act”.

He pleaded ‘guilty’ to the one- count charge.

In view of his plea, prosecuting counsel, S. Chime, prayed the court to convict and sentence him accordingly. However, defence counsel, D.E Ibiama, pleaded with the court for leniency.
Justice Sani convicted and sentenced Osahumen to ten (10) months imprisonment without an option of fine.

Osahumen’s journey to prison began when the EFCC received an intelligence report alleging a case of impersonation, possession of scam documents and obtaining money by false pretence against him.

Investigation showed that the convict scammed some Chinese women in 2018 with his Samsung GalaxyJ5 and Airtel Simcard number 09021045826 through Wechat with a username “chenlouis”.

The convict confessed impersonating a United States of American soldier whom he regularly used as a decoy to defraud his victims.

Tony Orilade
Ag. Head, Media & Publicity
July 5, 2019


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