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Court orders interim forfeiture of Saraki’s property

by CredibleNews

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured an interim forfeiture of two properties belonging to the immediate past Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, located at Ikoyi area of Lagos State.
The order was made by a Federal High Court in Lagos after an ex-parte application filed by EFCC lawyer, Nnaemeka Omewa, seeking an order of interim forfeiture of the properties, alleging that they were acquired through proceeds of unlawful activities.
Justice Mohammed Liman, who ordered the interim forfeiture of the two properties, said the EFCC should publish the order in a national daily within 14 days.
The commission had sought for four orders before Justice Liman in respect of the controversial property. Part of the relief sought by the EFCC included “An order of this honourable court forfeiting to the Federal Government of Nigeria, landed property with appurtenances situate, lying and known as No. 17A McDonald Road, Ikoyi, Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State found and recovered from the respondent which property is reasonably suspected to have been acquired with proceeds of unlawful activity.”
Justice Liman, relying on the documents attached to the matter, resolved all the issues raised in favour of the EFCC.
The EFCC alleged that Saraki, while serving as Governor of Kwara State, withdrew over N12 billion cash from government’s account and paid it directly into his account domiciled in Access and Zenith Banks through one of his personal assistants, Abdul Adama at different intervals.

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