Nigeria Court Seizes 56 Houses Linked to Former Oil Minister

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A Nigerian court ordered the seizure of 56 houses with their ownership allegedly linked to former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, according to a lawyer for the anti-graft agency.

Judge Abdulaziz Anka said in a ruling in Lagos, the commercial capital, on Wednesday that the authorities will take permanent possession of the buildings spread across three major Nigerian cities, Anselm Ozioko, a lawyer for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, said by phone. This follows an interim order given by the court on Aug. 22.

There was no legal representation at the court for Alison-Madueke, who is currently in the U.K., acording to Ozioko. Calls to one of her lawyers, Oscar Onwudiwe, did not connect.

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