UPDATE | Diezani Forfeits N4.8b Houses in Abuja to FG

Detectives have been deployed in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, in the ongoing probe of former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke. Of interest are five choice houses believed to have been acquired by Diezani with "looted" funds.

It is all part of the last leg of the investigation of the ex-minister in collaboration with the National Crime agency in the United Kingdom. With the Port Harcourt operation, more of her asset in Abuja, allegedly worth over N500million, has been confiscated.

Pending her trial, EFCC had earlier seized a mansion worth N3.58bn from the ex-minister, bringing the haul in Abuja to about N4.08billion of assets believed to be hers.

According to The Nation, the EFCC received intelligence report on the property allegedly acquired by Mrs. Alison-Madueke in Port Harcourt.

The tracking of the assets is said to be part of the probe of about $10billion allegedly looted in cash and assets by some former public officers. The properties under surveillance in Port Harcourt are said to be worth over N3billion

A top source in EFCC, who spoke in confidence, said: “Based on latest intelligence, we have been able to trace more choice assets to Mrs. Alison-Madueke in Port Harcourt. We have drafted more operatives in Rivers State.

“We have identified more than five of such assets but we need to verify the ownership by going through some documents before attaching the properties in line with our mandate.

“In the next one week, our team in Port Harcourt would have completed their assignment. We will then release the value of the assets. “We are also on the trail of some accomplices who were used for the property deals.”

Responding to a question, the source said: “We are still working in collaboration with NCA in the UK. I think we are getting closer to the final leg of the Mrs. Alison-Madueke probe.”

Another property, which is believed to be worth N500million, has been seized from the ex-minister. The source said the property is at Frederick Chiluba Close in Asokoro District of Abuja.