Alleged corruption: Retired Army general forfeits N426.7m to FG

Alleged corruption: Retired Army general forfeits N426.7m to FG

- A retired Army general, John Onimisi Ozigi, has forfeited a sum of N426.7m to the FG

- Justice Muslim Hassan of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos made the order while ruling on ex parte application by the EFCC

- The retired Army general is being prosecuted by the EFCC over alleged corruption

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The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, on Friday, May 8, ordered the final forfeiture of the sum of N426.7m belonging to a retired Army general, Brig.-Gen. John Onimisi Ozigi to the federal government.

Legit.ng reports that the presiding judge, Justice Muslim Hassan, had earlier ordered the interim forfeiture of the money following an ex parte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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In granting the interim forfeiture order, the judge directed interested parties to show cause why the sum of money should not be permanently forfeited to the government.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a former governor of Abia state, Orji Kalu, who was jailed for allegedly stealing public funds, was released from custody.

It was reported that two sources familiar with the development confirmed that Kalu, a serving senator, was freed from the Nigerian correctional facility in Kuje, Abuja, on Friday, May 8.

He later now moved to his residence off Queen Amina street within the perimeter of Aso Rock Presidential Villa, according to the report.

Kalu’s release came moments after the Supreme Court voided his conviction in December 2019 in a multi-billion naira corruption trial.

Kalu had been accused of pilfering and mismanaging funds belonging to Abia state during his days as governor between 1999 and 2007. He pleaded not guilty and appealed his conviction by the Lagos division of the Federal High Court.

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The Supreme Court had quashed the judgement that convicted and sentenced Kalu to 12 years imprisonment.

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In a related report, the Supreme Court nullified the court judgment that sentenced Uzor-Kalu, to 12 years imprisonment over alleged corruption.

The apex court nullified Kalu’s conviction in a unanimous decision by a seven-man panel of Justices led by Justice Amina Augie on Friday, May 8.

The panel faulted the conviction of the former governor on the grounds that the Federal High Court in Lagos acted without jurisdiction when it convicted Kalu.

The Supreme Court ruled that the trial Justice Mohammed Liman was no longer a judge of the Federal High Court as at the time he sat and delivered the judgement that convicted the defendants for allegedly stealing about N7.1billion from Abia state treasury.

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