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Court orders forfeiture of Kogi govt properties in Lagos, Abuja, UAE

Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Wednesday, granted an interim forfeiture of 14 properties in Lagos, Abuja and the United Arab Emirates, UAE, linked to the Kogi State Government.

The judge also ordered the preservation of the sum of N400,000,000 recovered from one Aminu Falala.

The money “is reasonably suspected to have been derived from unlawful activity and intended to be used for the acquisition of Plot No. 1224 Bishop Oluwole Street, Victoria Island Lagos.”

Justice Oweibo granted the order following an ex parte application filed by the Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The application was supported by an affidavit deposed to by Adekunbi Mojibola, an investigating officer with the EFCC.

EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, SAN, said the properties, including “Hotel Apartment Community, Burj Khalifa at Plot 160 Municipality NO 345-7562, Sky View Building No 1, Property No 401, Floor 4, Dubai U.A.E.”, were reasonably suspected to have been derived from unlawful activity.

Justice Oweibo granted the application and directed the commission to publish the interim order within 14 days for any interested party to show cause why the forfeiture order should not be made in favour of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The case was adjourned till March 28, 2023.

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