A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday ordered the interim forfeiture of N664,475,246.6 and $137,680.11 recovered from a serving Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Clement Onubuogo.
The court also ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to seize a property described as “Clement Illoh’s Mansion” located at Ikom Quarters, Issala-Azegba in Delta State and a hotel at No. 19 Madue Nwafor Street, off Achala Ibuzo Road, Asaba, Delta State.
Justice Abdulaziz Anka, made the order following an application filed by the EFCC.
The EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, told the court that both buildings belong to the Permanent Secretary and were reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activity.
The EFCC told the court that both buildings are reasonably suspected to be “proceeds of unlawful activity.”
After granting the interim forfeiture order, Justice Anka directed the EFCC to notify the Permanent Secretary, in whose possession the properties were found, to appear before the court and show cause within 14 days why the properties should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The court also directed the publication of the interim orders in any national newspaper for anyone who is interested in the cash sums and the properties to appear before the judge to show cause within 14 days why the final order of forfeiture of the properties should not be made in favour of the Federal Government of Nigeria.