The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission handed over a confiscated multimillion naira property owned by former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke, to the Lagos State government for use as isolation center for COVID-19 patients.
In a statement by its spokesman, Dele Oyewale, the EFCC said the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, thanked the anti-graft agency for the gesture; noting that it was a welcome collaboration between the federal and the state government.
The governor thanked the EFCC for paying attention to the efforts of the state government at containing COVID 19, saying that “part of the challenges we have been facing is getting isolation centers for COVID-19 patients.”
Speaking during the handover ceremony, the Lagos Zonal Head of the EFCC, Mohammed Rabo stated that the gesture was part of the commission’s social responsibility efforts towards combating the widespread of coronavirus.
“In addition to our mandate to fight economic and financial crimes, the commission is committed and ready to render essential services that may be required of it in the fight against COVID-19.
“Therefore, Lagos State should not hesitate to call on the commission anytime the need for such an essential service arises. he said”
Following an order by the Federal High Court in 2017, Allison-Madueke forfeited the property which consists of six flats of three bedrooms and a boys’ quarter.