FG auctions Diezani’s bras, other property

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Diezani Alison Madueke
Diezani Alison Madueke

The Federal Government of Nigeria has put up Diezani Alison-Madueke’s bras for sale.

They are arguably the world’s most expensive bras as they are valued at $12.5-million (£8.5-million) Heavenly Star Bra, by sapphires and as its centerpiece a 90-carat emerald cut diamond that was worth $10.6 million (£7.28 million).

The bras are among a long list of seized assets put up for sale by the Federal Government.

Earlier this year, in May, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, told the House of Representatives that the value of jewellery seized from Diezani was over N14bn.

Diezani's Heavenly Star Bra is estimated to be worth over $10 million
Diezani’s Heavenly Star Bra is estimated to be worth over $10 million

The former Minister of Petroleum Resources had over 1,600 assets seized including a property located in highbrow Banana Island Foreshore Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Also seized was a house with 18 flats and six penthouses located at Building 3, Block B, Bella Vista, Plot 1, Zone N, Federal Government Layout.

Other prized property listed include those belonging to the late Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, whose houses in the Wuse 2 and Maitama high-end neighbourhoods of Abuja were seized.

They include No. 14 Adzope Crescent, off Kumasi Crescent; 19 Kumasi Crescent, Wuse 2; and 6 Umme Street, Wuse 2.

Diezani's Heavenly Star Bra

Other recovered items listed are 125 pieces of wedding gowns, 13 pieces of small gowns, 41 pieces of waist trainers, 73 pieces of hard flower, 11 pieces of suit, 11 pieces of invisible bra, 73 pieces of veils, 30 pieces of braziers, two pieces of standing fan, 17 pieces of magic skits, six packets of blankets, one table blanket and 64 pairs of shoes.

It was gathered that the Federal Government has hired the services of 613 independent valuers who are expected to manage the sale of the assets alleged to have been illegally acquired.

Reports say that the assets are in 25 locations across the country.

The total number of property marked for auction across the country is put at 1,620, including cars, houses, phones, laptops, vessels and other assets.

The majority of the property are located in Lagos, including 31 houses and 589 vehicles.

Since her crimes were brought to limelight in 2015, Diezani, who was minister under former President Goodluck Jonathan, has been in the United Kingdom and has refused to return to Nigeria.