Diezani Alison-Madueke, former minister of petroleum resources, has asked a federal high court in Lagos to order the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to return her seized jewellery and a customised gold iPhone. In an application filed by Awa Kalu, her legal counsel, Diezani accused the EFCC of entering her apartment illegally and taking the items without any court order. The court had on July 5 ordered the forfeiture of the jewellery and a customised gold iPhone belonging to the former minister following an ex parte application moved by Rotimi Oyedepo, lawyer for the EFCC. According to the schedule attached to the application, some of the pieces of jewellery categorised into 33 sets, were “419 bangles; 315 rings; 304 earrings; 267 necklaces; 189 wristwatches; 174 necklaces and earrings; 78 bracelets; 77 brooches; and 74 pendants.” The anti-graft commission said the items were recovered from the premises of Alison-Madueke, adding that it suspected that the former minister acquired them with “proceeds of unlawful activities.” But in the application, Kalu contended that the court lacked jurisdiction to have granted the interim forfeiture order as the former minister ...