It would be recalled that Justice Oweibo had in July 5, ordered temporary forfeiture of the jewelry, following an exparte application brought before the court by the EFCC through its lawyers Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo and U. U. Buhari.
In the application, the EFCC had alleged that the $40 USD jewelry and other items are product of unlawful activities.
These items include over 419 bangles, 315 rings, 304 earrings, 189 wristwatches, 267 necklaces, and a customised gold iPhone.
On September 2, Mrs. Allison-Madueke’s lawyer, Nnamdi Awa-Kalu, argued an application challenging court’s jurisdiction for making interim forfeiture order and urged the court to set aside the interim order.
He urges the court to refuse the EFCC’s temptation and discharge the interim order place on his client’s items.
But lawyer to the EFCC, Oyedepo urged court to discountenance Diezani’s application to set aside the interim order, as the former Nigeria’s Minister of petroleum had failed to show cause while the items should not finally forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
He added that the objections raised by Diezani’s was not an issue, as a case of this nature has been settled in an Appeal court decision in a case between Federal Republic of Nigeria and Patience Jonathan and LA Warri Furniture Limited and some other cases of its nature.
He therefore urged the court to dismiss the respondent’s application and also make an order for final forfeiture of the said items.
At the resumed hearing of the natter today, Justice Oweibo after citing several authorities of appellant court, held that instead of the respondent (Mrs. Allison-Madueke) showing cause while the properties should not be finally forfeited, she only filed a motion to set aside the interim order.