- An emerging report indicates that the federal government has recorded successes in the anti-corruption war
- A committee on the disposal of forfeited assets disclosed how its members confirmed the existence of the properties
- A member of the committee, Dayo Apata, said the team is working within a stipulated timeframe
The Nigerian government has commenced the process of selling final forfeited assets in 25 locations across the country.
The inter-ministerial committee on the disposal of assets forfeited to the federal government, which spearheads the process, made the disclosure on Tuesday, February 2, The Cable reported.
Dayo Apata, chairman of the committee, stated that assets recovery and disposal process were part of the administration of criminal justice.
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Some of the properties prepared for sale included those recovered from Diezani Alison-Madueke, former minister of petroleum resources, and Alex Badeh, a former chief of defence staff among others.
According to Vanguard, Apata said the committee had embarked on onsite verification/auditing of the forfeited assets to confirm their existence and to ascertain their current state.
He disclosed that the assets to be sold included
1. Landed properties
4. Motor vehicles
5. Electronics furniture and equipment
6. Water vessels
7. Jewelry, ornaments, as well as clothing materials.
He said the committee is working towards completing its assignment within six months as spelt out in the presidential directive.
In another report, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to stop the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from retrying him.
In an ex parte order filed by his lawyer, Awa Kalu, the senator appealed to the court to prohibit any anti-graft agency from prosecuting him.
He based his plea on the ground that no extant judgment and ruling of a competent court in the country has ordered his retrial, The Nation reported.
Meanwhile, Honourable Uzoma Nkem-Abonta, the lawmaker representing Ukwa East and Ukwa West federal constituency of Abia state, has raised allegations of corruption regarding COVID-19 funds.
Channels TV reported that the lawmaker claimed that funds earmarked to address the coronavirus pandemic are being misappropriated.
Abonta's allegation comes amid House of Reps' decision to probe how the billions of naira budgeted for the COVID-19 response was spent.