Posted by News Express | 23 October 2019 | 400 times
Justice Mohammed Liman of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, ordered the temporary forfeiture of some landed properties valued at N6.42billion belonging to Kola Aluko, an ally of a former Minister of Petroleum Recources, Diezani Allison-Madueke.
Justice Liman gave the order following an application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) through its counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo.
The properties, according to the affidavit deposed to by Sambo Mayana, an operative of the EFCC, are located on Plots 3389 and 3390, House 2, Margaret Thatcher Close, Asokoro Cadastral Zone, Abuja as well as Avenue Towers, Plot 1391, Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The applicant averred that Plots 3389 and 3390 in Abuja were allegedly purchased for N350 million and $18 million respectively, while the Lagos property was bought for $55 million.
Moving the application, Oyedepo told the court that “the properties sought to be attached are reasonably suspected to be proceeds of an unlawful diversion from the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“The respondent’s known and provable lawful income is far less than the properties sought to be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria,” he stated.
The applicant, in the affidavit, further stated that the investigation leading to the identification of the properties commenced following receipt of intelligence reports and a petition from Debo Adeniran, the then Executive Chairman, Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, alleging “fraud, lack of transparency and unethical conduct in the transfer of production rights in the oil mining leases against the respondent and his cronies.” (Daily Independent)
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