A Federal Higher Court sitting in Lagos has ordered temporary forfeiture of N28,500,000 and quite a few homes allegedly belonging to a Director of Accounts beneath the Lagos State Ministry of Public Functions Corporation, Anifowoshe Mohammed Jamiu Alade, to the federal government.
The order was a sequel to an ex-parte application filed just before the court by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Commission (EFCC) in search of temporary forfeiture of the fund and home to the federal government, for allegedly becoming proceeds of unlawful activities.
Arguing the application, EFCC, legal officer Rotimi Oyedepo, mentioned the court is empowered to grant the reliefs sought by the commission.
He argued that the cash and house sought to be attached are reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities, stolen, diverted and retained by Alade from the Public operates Corporation, of Lagos State.
After listening to Oyedepo’s submissions, Justice Rilwan Aikawa ordered the temporary forfeiture of N28, 500, 000 recovered by the EFCC from Alade to the federal government.
The judge also directed the temporary forfeiture of quite a few homes suspected to have been acquired by the civil servant via proceeds of crime to the government.
The forfeited house is:
“Six flats of 3 bedrooms, six flats of two bedrooms and six flats of 1 bedroom at Adewale Osiyeku Street, Offin-Ile Igbogbo, Ikorodu, Lagos State.”
“Four flats of 3 bedroom duplex at No. six, Tunde Gabby Close, Dopemu Location, Pako Bus Stop Agege, Lagos State.”
“1 plot of land at Queen’s Garden Estate off Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and a semi-detached three bedroom flat and 1 unit of 3 bedroom Terrance at Cranbel Court, Citiview Estate Arepo, Ogun State”
The judge also directed the EFCC to notify the respondent in whose possession the home sought to be forfeited are discovered and to be recovered to appear before him and show bring about within 14 days why the property ought to not be permanently forfeited to the federal government.
In addition, Justice Aikawa also directed the anti-graft agency to publish the order in a national day-to-day to permit the respondent or any individual who is interested in the house sought to be forfeited to seem just before the court to show result in within 14 days why the final order of forfeiture of the house ought to not be produced in favor of the federal government.
In an affidavit in help of the application deposed to by an EFCC operative, Zayyanu Halliru, the deponent averred that as a Director of Account, the respondent (Alade), was custodian initiator, initial authorizer and final authorizer of the web banking program.
The deponent averred that the respondent while becoming a Director of Finance incorporated a firm named MAJ Anny International Limited. He was said to be a Director at the firm and the sole signatory to its account.