- A Federal High Court has ordered an interim forfeiture of N827m to the federal government
- The money was recovered from a businessman named Matthew Edevbie
- The EFCC had told the court that the money is suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities
A prominent businessman in Nigeria, Matthew Edevbie, is on the verge of losing N827million to the federal government.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) secured an interim forfeiture of the money which was recovered from Edevbie from a Federal High Court in Lagos, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Justice Chukwujeku Aneke gave the interim forfeiture order following an ex parte application by the EFCC.
EFCC’s counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo told the judge that the sum “is reasonably suspected to be part of proceeds of unlawful activities.”
Meanwhile, it was a big milestone in the fight against crimes as the EFCC announced that Interpol, an international police organisation, has extended its specialised intelligence platform to it.
The anti-graft commission made this known in a statement released on its social media page on Thursday, June 4.
According to the EFCC, the information platform codenamed 1P-247 was extended to the commission during a brief ceremony attended by its boss Ibrahim Magu, staff of the EFCC and key officers of Interpol.
Legit.ng gathers that the IP-24/7 is a global police intelligence system that connects law enforcing agencies in all the 194 member countries together.
The specialised platform also enables users to share sensitive and urgent police information with their counterparts around the globe, 24 hours a day, and 365 days a year.
The EFCC said with the extension, it will now have access to 18 databases through which information about criminal activities across the world can be obtained.
Magu thanked the Interpol for the honour and noted that the fight against corruption and crimes has now received a big boost.
In another report, EFCC boss Magu added another laurel to his honour closet after bagging an award of excellence from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).
The anti-corruption sheriff was handed the award on Tuesday, March 3, by the FBI legal attaché, Ahamdi Uche, who was on a visit to the agency's office in Jabi, Abuja.
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