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Court Orders Interim Seizure Of $4.7m, N830m Multi-Billion Naira Assets Linked To Emefiele

Justice Yellim Bogoro of a Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, has ordered an interim forfeiture of the sums of $4,719,054, N830,875,611, and several properties linked to the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele.

The judge made the order consequent upon an ex-parte application instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) through its counsel, Bilkisu Buhari and C. C Chineye.

In his declaration after entertaining argument from the lawyers, Justice Bogoro held that “I have listened to the submission of the applicant’s counsel and also perused the motion just moved, together with the affidavit in support.

“I find merit in the application, and the same is hereby granted as prayed.

“The applicant should publish this order in any daily newspaper circulating all over the federation for anybody interested to show cause why the final order of forfeiture should not be made.

“Case adjourned until July 2, for motion for final forfeiture.”

The monies forfeited to the Federal Government (FG) in the interim were said to be warehoused in First Bank, Titan Bank and Zenith Bank, being operated by Omoile Anita Joy, Deep Blue Energy Service Limited, Exactquote Bureau De Change Ltd, Lipam Investment Services Limited, Tatler Services Limited, Rosajul Global Resources Ltd and TIL Communication Nigeria Ltd, and Emefiele’s properties forfeited to the FG include 94 Units of 11-floor building under construction at 2, Otunba Elegushi 2nd Avenue (Formerly Club) Road, iKoyi, Lagos, AM Plaza, 11-floor office space, situate on 1E, Otunba Adedoyin Crescent, Lekki Peninsula Scheme 1, Lagos, Imore Industrial Park 1, Esa Street, Imoore Land purchased with (Deep Bive Industrial Town, Oriade LCDA, Amuwo Odofin LGA, Lagos, Mitrewood and Tatler Warehouse (Furniture Plant at Bogije) near Elemoro Lagos, Owolomi Village, ibeju-Lekki LGA, Lagos and two properties purchased from Chevron Nigeria, Closed PFA Fund, Block B.Lot twin completed property in Lakes Estate. Lekki, Lagos.

Others include a plot measuring 1,038.069 sqm, at Lekki Foreshore Estate Scheme, Block A, Plot 4, Foreshore Estate, Eti-Osa, LGA, Estate located at 100, Cottonwood Coppel Texas Drive, Coppel, Texas, Owned by Lipam Investment Services, a Land at 1, Bunmi Owulude Street, (Maruwa), Lekki Phase 1, Lagos and a property situated on 8, Bayo Kuku Road, lkoyi Lagos.

It would be recalled that the EFCC had approached the court for an interim forfeiture of the monies and properties, under Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act. 14 2006, Section 44(2)(b) of the Constitution and under the inherent jurisdiction of the court.

The anti-graft agency specifically prayed to the court for “an interim order forfeiting to the Federal Government of Nigeria the funds warehoused in the accounts particularised in Schedule ‘A’ which funds are reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities.

“An Interim order forfeiting to the Federal Government of Nigeria properties provided in 2nd Schedule ‘B’ which are proceeds of unlawful activities.

“An order directing the publication In any National Newspaper, the interim order under reliefs 1-2 above, for anyone interested in the properties and funds sought to be forfeited to appear before this Honourable Court to show cause within 14 days why the final order of forfeiture of the said properties and funds should not be made in favour of the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

The Lagos Division of the Federal High Court on Friday, April 12, 2024, heard that the former CBN boss allegedly received millions of dollars in cash, in undocumented circumstances, through a proxy, Mr Monday Osazuwa.

The duo were arraigned by the EFCC on Monday, April 8, 2024, on an amended 26-count charge bordering on alleged $4.5bn and N2.8bn fraud.

Emefiele is being prosecuted before Justice Rahman Oshodi of the Lagos State Special Offences Court, Ikeja, over alleged abuse of office and accepting gratification to the tune of $4.5 billion and N2.8 billion.

He was arraigned on April 8, 2024, alongside his co-defendant, Henry Isioma-Omoile, on 26 counts bordering on abuse of office, accepting gratifications, corrupt demand, receiving property, and fraudulently obtaining and conferring corrupt advantage.

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