Justice Muslim Hassan of the Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the temporary forfeiture of the sum of $153,310,000 allegedly siphoned by the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueze from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and stashed in three banks in the country.
The breakdown shows that a sum of N23,446, 300,000 was kept in Sterling Bank Plc, N9,080,000,000 in First Bank Plc and $5m in Access Bank Plc while others was shared by a former Managing Director of Fidelity Bank Plc, Nnamdi Okonkwo and other Bank officials.
After ordering the temporary forfeiture on Friday, Justice Hassan gave Sterling Bank and any other interested party 14 days to appear before him to prove the legitimacy of the monies, failing which the funds would be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.
The judge made the order in favour of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on an ex parte application seeking the temporary forfeiture of the funds.
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