Court orders seizure of 56 houses linked to Alison-Madueke

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A Nigerian court has ordered the seizure of 56 properties linked to the country’s former oil minister, who is facing corruption allegations, Sky News reports.

Local media and agency reports said the houses, penthouses and flats in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt were worth between £5.5m and £17m. The properties, bought through front companies, were linked to Diezani Alison-Madueke and her cousin, Donald Chidi Amamgbo.

Alison-Madueke was arrested and bailed in London in October 2015 as part of a British police investigation into corruption. Last month, a court in south London ordered a freeze on five upmarket properties in the British capital linked to Alison-Madueke and a number of her associates.

In August, another Nigerian judge ordered the confiscation of Ms Alison-Madueke’s £28m luxury apartment complex in the upmarket Banana Island area of Lagos. Also, the previous month, US authorities announced they had started proceedings to seize £110m of assets belonging to associates of the former minister.