Stella Oduah: EFCC to appeal vacation of interim asset forfeiture order

Stella Oduah: EFCC to appeal vacation of interim asset forfeiture order

- EFCC unhappy with the court's decision on Stella Odua

- As a result, the anti-graft agency has vowed to challenge the court's decision

- The case is over some assets traced to the former minister

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has expressed dissatisfaction with court’s vacation of an interim forfeiture order regarding some assets traced to a former Aviation Minister, Sen. Stella Oduah.

Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court, Abuja, had on Monday struck out EFCC’s affidavit in support of the forfeiture order on the grounds that it was “filed out of time without first seeking the court’s leave for an extension of time to file”.

In a statement on Monday, EFCC spokesman, Dele Oyewale, said that the commission would appeal the ruling.

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“The attention of the EFCC has been drawn to a ruling of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, delivered on Monday, on the vacation of an interim forfeiture order regarding some assets traced to former Aviation Minister, Sen. Stella Oduah.

“The EFCC is dissatisfied with the ruling and will file an appeal,” he said.

Recall that Legit.ng had reported that a Federal High Court in Abuja vacated the interim forfeiture order placed on some assets allegedly owned by Oduah.

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 gathered 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.

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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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