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Nigeria court seizes ex-oil minister's USD 37.5 mn mansion

AP  |  Warri 

A Nigerian has ordered the permanent forfeiture of USD 37.5 million mansion belonging to a former minister facing corruption charges.

Authorities allege that Diezani Alison-Madueke bought the property in 2013 with the proceeds of unlawful activities. Judge Chuka Obiozor ordered today's forfeiture after nobody showed up in to prove ownership of the property.

This is the second major victory for Nigeria's anti- corruption body against the former minister. In February, a Nigerian ordered the seizure of more than $110 million from his accounts.

The commission is also investigating properties in and the United States allegedly purchased with stolen funds.

Alison-Madueke, who was a powerful member of former President Goodluck Jonathan's Cabinet from 2010 to May 2015, has consistently denied the allegations.

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First Published: Mon, August 07 2017. 23:02 IST