- The Federal High Court in Abuja has vacated the interim forfeiture order on some assets allegedly owned by ex-aviation minister, Stella Oduah
- The court ruled that the EFCC failed to establish a link between the assets and the former minister
- Subsequently, the EFCC's prayer to secure permanent forfeiture of the assets was rejected
A Federal High Court in Abuja has vacated the interim forfeiture order placed on some assets allegedly owned by ex-aviation minister, Senator Stella Oduah.
The Nation reports that Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a judgment on Monday, June 8, held that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) failed to establish a link between the assets and the former minister.
Legit.ng gathers that the EFCC had applied for the interim forfeiture order in furtherance of its investigation of an allegation that Oduah diverted part of the N9.5 billion fund meant for the provision security equipment in some airports during her tenure as aviation minister.
The EFCC had claimed that Oduah allegedly connived with banks officials to divert the fund and used it to procure broadcast equipment for Crystal Television Ltd., newspaper printing press, six dredgers and quarry.
Justice Ekwo ruled that Crystal Television Ltd and the other affected entities have established the fact of ownership of the assets and that they have no link with the former minister.
The judge consequently vacated the interim forfeiture order, ruling the EFCC's prayer for permanent forfeiture cannot be granted
“The interim order is set aside. The case of the applicant is dismissed,” Justice Ekwo held.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a prominent businessman in Nigeria, Matthew Edevbie, is on the verge of losing N827million to the federal government as the EFCC secured an interim forfeiture of the money from a Federal High Court in Lagos.
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.”
In another report, 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.
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.
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