Discovered 86 Exotic Vehicles: Brothers Want Out of Court Settlement

Ibrahim Tumsah, a Director of Finance and Account in the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, who was arraigned over his alleged failure to declare his ownership of 86 exotic cars, alongside his brother, Tijani Tumsah, Wednesday, told the court that he wanted out of court settlement.
When proceedings resumed before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of a Federal High Court, Abuja,, Wednesday, the two brothers pleaded with the court to give them time to sort out settlement terms with the prosecution.
Counsel to the first defendant, Abdul Mohammed, told the court that the process to settle out of court has started but not completed. He thus sought for a short adjournment to enable parties to the case sort out outstanding issues.
“Last adjourned date in March the first defendant indicated interest to settle out of court, we want a short adjournment to allow us complete the process”, Mohammed said.
Prosecution counsel, Festus Keyamo (SAN), said the defendants have approached the prosecution team for assets declaration form to complete the process.
“Since the charge borders on failure to declare assets, we have obliged them, to complete the process,” Keyamo said.
Meanwhile, the first defendant applied for leave of the court to travel abroad for medical attention. He pleaded for the release of his international passport to enable him make the journey. The court obliged.
The prosecution also withdrew the assets forfeiture application before the court filed against the defendants. The court consequently struck out the charge.
The court adjourned till April 17 for continuation of hearing.
The duo were arraigned on February 8 on two-count charge, to which they pleaded not guilty.
The charge was filed against them by the Chief Okoi Obono-Obla-led Special Presidential Investigation Panel on the Recovery of Public Property.
The charge disclosed that out of the 86 vehicles that were seized from the defendants, 23 of them were amoured and brand new.
Equally seized from the defedants were four houses and a quarry plant in Abuja.
Recall that Justice Muawiyah Idris of an Abuja High Court at Apo had on December 6, 2017, ordered that the 86 luxurious vehicles, as well as the four houses and quarry plant in Kuje, Abuja, should in the interim, be forfeited to the government.
The forfeiture order equally affected four houses, two of which were located in Wuse II, one in Wuse Zone 7, and the other in Jabi, all in Abuja.
Eight containers with household items also seized by the panel from the 2nd defendant were also affected by the court order.
The 86 vehicles, the landed assets, and the other items were said to have been found on November 17, 2017, in a warehouse located at No 22 Igbani Street, Jabi, Abuja.
The presidential panel said it had received a petiton that accused the defendant of complicity in acts of corruption and abuse of office.
The panel alleged that Tumsah, from whom the multi-million naira assets were seized, was on a monthly salary of less than N500,000, and yet acquired all the assets between 2016 and 2017.
Some of the seized assets were allegedly bought in the name of two companies- Integrated Service Insurance Ltd and Integrated Bureau De-Change Ltd- belonging to the defendants.
According to the charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/4/2018, the defendants were accused of failing to declare their assets without reasonable excuse and upon a notice to declare them before the panel.
They were said to have committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 3(3)(1)(a) of the Recovery of Public Property (Special Provision) Act 2004.

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