- The President Muhammadu Buhari-led government is truly all-out against corruption in Nigeria
- For example, a former commander of the presidential air fleet, Uko Etim Ebong, has been punished by a Federal High Court in Abuja
- Based on charges bordering on money laundering, the court ordered Ebong to forfeit the sum of N510 million to the federal government
A former commander of the Presidential Air Fleet (PAF), Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Uko Etim Ebong, has been ordered by a Federal High Court in Abuja to forfeit the sum of N510 million.
Delivering the judgment on Monday, May 11, Justice Ahmed Mohammed disclosed that the said money is contained in an account belonging to an institution, Elioenai International College.
The verdict read by Justice Mohammed ordered that Ebong should forfeit the money to the federal government of Nigeria.
This ruling came after an expert application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), The Nation reports.
The EFCC had alleged that the sum was part of the N731 million believed to have been paid to Ebong, through a firm, Magnificent 5 Ventures Limited, from the office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) without any documented agreement.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that after spending five months in prison, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu was reportedly set to resume his position as a member of the ninth Senate on Tuesday, May 12.
Senator Kalu was representing Abia North in the Senate before his historic conviction. Recall that Kalu was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment in December 2019 by the Federal High Court in Lagos over allegations bordering on corruption while he served as the governor of Abia state.
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However, he got a favourable judgement at the Supreme Court on Friday, May 8, when the apex court nullified the judgement of the lower court that convicted him and ordered a retrial.
According to the court, the judge who convicted Kalu had been elevated to the Court of Appeal and had no constitutional power to hear a case at the Federal High Court.
Despite being in jail for five months, Kalu continued to enjoy all his entitlements as a senator, even without performing any legislative duty.
The Senate explained then that Kalu remained a serving lawmaker until he had exhausted all legal options available to prove his innocence of the case.
A source close to Kalu said the lawmaker was most likely to resume at the Senate on Tuesday, “since he has been released from prison.”
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