Court orders permanent forfeiture of consultant N1.4bn

Court orders permanent forfeiture of consultant N1.4bn

- EFCC accuses 3 firms of diverting N1.4bn Paris/London Club loan

- Minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, is restrained from publishing Prince Uche Secondus' name in alleged in list of alleged looter

The Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the permanent forfeiture of the sum of N1.4bn found in the bank accounts of three firms, which allegedly impersonated the consultants engaged by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum to analyse the Paris/London Club loan refunds due to the states.

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The Punch reports that listed as defendants in the final forfeiture application filed before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) were Melrose General Services Limited, WASP Networks Limited and Thebe Wellness Services.

The anti-graft commission accused the firms impersonating a consortium of consulting firms engaged by the governors’ forum for the verification, reconciliation and recovery of over-deductions on Paris and London Club Loans on the accounts of states and local governments between 1995 and 2002.

In a ruling on Friday, April 27, Justice Olatoregun dismissed claims by 2 defendants to the funds and ordered the permanent forfeiture of the N1.4bn to the federal government.‎

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Meanwhile, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has been restrained by a Rivers state high court in Port Harcourt from mentioning the name of Prince Uche Secondus, national chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the minster's looters list. Justice I. A.

Iyayi-Lamikanta, the trial Judge and chief judge of River state, granted the order for one of two prayers in a motion by Prince Secondus urging the court to restrain the defendants from further publishing the libelous content, Vanguard reports.

The PDP national chairman in Suit PHC/1013/2018, is suing Lai Mohammed along with Federal Government and Vintage Press, for N1.5Billion, as damages for alleged libel when his name was listed as a looter.

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