56 houses linked to former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, have been taken over by the Federal Government.

This was after Justice Abdulaziz Anka of the Federal High Court, Lagos ordered the permanent forfeiture of the properties.

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The houses, located in Lagos and Port Harcourt, were said to have been acquired by the ex-minister between 2011 and 2013 using front companies.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission claimed that Diezani paid  $21,982,224 for the properties, adding that it believed that the funds were proceeds of crime.

The anti-graft agency listed the properties to include 29 terraced houses comprising eight four-bedroomed penthouse apartments, six three-bedroomed apartments, two three-bedroomed maisonettes, two twin bedroomed apartments and one four-bedroom apartment.