Court Orders Temporary Forfeiture Of N28,500,00 Properties Traced To Lagos State Public Operates.

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.

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Harvest Of Arms ~ News in Nigeria – 27/01/2018

The amnesty programme of the Ondo State Government has started yielding good final results as restive youths in the coastal portion of the state are surrendering their arms. The programme was stated to be a stick to up to the Federal Government’s programme organised for militants in the Niger Delta region to avoid breakdown of law and order like oil bunkering.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu had set up a committee chaired by his deputy, Mr Agboola Ajayi, with members such as Commissioner for Housing and Urban Improvement, Mr. Donald Ojogo to initiate measures at acquiring a lasting option to militancy in the state. These affected by the amnesty programme are youths from Ese-Odo and Ilaje nearby government places in Ondo South Senatorial District, the two local government places that fall below the Niger Delta area.
The governor who gave a 21-day ultimatum to the youths to surrender their arms and ammunition, also tasked the committee to assure that the youths who surrender their arms are compensated adequately, even though stipends are provided to ex-militants.
To facilitate fast response to the request, government also directed the committee to open office in Akure, the state capital, with 5 centres in the two affected LGs. The committee had considering the fact that its inauguration been functioning with the office of the Unique Adviser to the president on Niger Delta Affairs and chairman of the Federal Government’s amnesty programme.
The governor had urged standard rulers to help the programme, just as he named on the militants to embrace the programme in the interest of peace and improvement. No fewer than one hundred militants openly surrendered their arms throughout the very first meeting of the committee held at Igbokoda in Ilaje LG.
Akeredolu warned that, “government will henceforth take harsh actions to curtail militancy. Our country can’t continue to be in crisis. It is time we embrace peace and shun crisis.” He assured them that government would provide jobs for militants who willingly surrendered their arms, adding that the government would organise trainings for them to make them relevant in the society.
He urged standard rulers whose neighborhood falls below the Niger Delta region to encourage militants to surrender their arms and embrace the amnesty programme, stressing that the programme was particularly made for militants from the area.
In what seems as a fast response to the governor’s request, one more set of 300 militants surrendered their arms, growing the quantity to over 400 in significantly less than two weeks. The ex-militants trooped out in large numbers to the five centres located at Igbekebo, Arogbo, Igbonla, Ajapa and Igbokoda.
Males of the Nigeria Army, the Navy, Police and those of the Nigeria Safety and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), as properly as representatives of every single of the militant camps have been mentioned to be present at the collection centers to make certain only genuine militants benefitted from the programme.
Ajayi mentioned the amnesty programme was element of the requests produced by the suspected kidnappers of the six students of Igbonla Model School, Epe, Lagos State, who have been arrested in Ondo State: “Already, the repentant militants are constantly submitting their arms, which included pump action, dane guns, live ammunition and locally made artillery weapons.”
He said he had toured all the collection points and was delighted with the level of turnout of the repentant armed youths who he stated came out from creeks to submit their weapons to embrace the amnesty programme.
He called on these in the hideout to make use of the opportunity provided by the government: “Whoever fails to utilise the opportunity would be dealt with by the Federal Government and the Ondo State Government at the finish of the day.”
Commanding Officer of the Nigeria Navy Forward Operation Base, lgbokoda, Chindo Usman Yahaya, described the turnout as impressive: “It would be hard to ascertain the number of weapons submitted because the commencement of the exercising, but the turnout is impressive and I implore other individuals who are nonetheless in their hideouts to come out and surrender their arms.”
A single of the repentant commanders of the armed youths, Osipapa Take Lion, lauded the federal and Ondo state governments for the privilege provided to them to lay down their arms. He urged his colleagues to embrace the workout by coming out to submit their weapons, assuring them that he would do everything within his capacity to guarantee that members of the different militant groups surrender their arms.
Also speaking Jato Fortunate who claimed to be a leader of one particular of the militant groups expressed gratitude to Akeredolu, saying the amnesty would guarantee peace and tranquility: “We had been left with no option at that time to team up with other individuals to kind the militant group. It was not simple but we enjoyed carrying out it simply because we believed we have been fighting for the rights of our individuals.”
He stated the alleged marginalization by previous administrations led them to militancy: “We were marginalized and we felt the only way by which we could defend our rights was to type a formidable group to fight for the rights of our individuals.
“We went via series of turbulence at that time since many instances the safety agents have been on our necks looking for us. A lot of of us died in the approach, though some of us survived the hard times.” He named on the individuals, particularly youths to support the programme and make it operate in the interest of peace in the region.
The Olugbo of Ugbo kingdom, Oba Fredrick Akinruntan, advised government to assure that only genuine militants benefit from the amnesty programme. He stressed the have to have for government to appoint only indigenes of the oil making regions as officials of the amnesty programme: “The programme is a welcome development and this will help in guaranteeing security in each the state and the country.”

Army Urges Civilian To Cease Encroaching On Barracks’ Lands >> Latest Naija News > 27/01/2018

The Basic Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu, Maj.-Gen. Adamu Abubakar, has urged civilian neighbours to stop encroaching on Nigerian Army barracks’ lands in the division.

Abubakar gave the warning on Thursday though inspecting some ongoing renovation performs in 146 Battalion Barracks, Calabar, aimed at improving soldiers’ and officers’ accommodation.