EFCC has secured forfeiture of some properties belonging to a Kwara civil servant, Abdul Ibrahim, to the federal government
– Kwara state high court gave the ruling on the forfeiture after the Ibrahim failed to show up in court to explain why the properties should not be forfeited
– Ibrahim forfeited a hotel, cars and houses to the federal government as the court also ruled that EFCC reasonably proved that the properties were acquired with proceeds of unlawful activity
Kwara state high court has ordered the final forfeiture of a hotel and cars belonging to a Kwara civil servant, Abdul Ibrahim, to the federal government.
According to a statement released by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday, September 25, the civil servant also forfeited to the federal government are a three-bedroom flat, two wings of two-bedroom flats and a room and parlour self-contained. Justice Sikiru Oyinloye, the presiding judge, said the EFCC proved its case against the defendant beyond reasonable doubt, noting that the pieces of evidence presented before the court were strong and reliable.
“The interim order of this honourable court was published in The Nation Newspaper, while the court’s processes were served alongside with the hearing notice to the defendant, but despite this, the defendant did not show up to explain why the said properties should not be forfeited to the federal government,” the judge said.
“The evidence of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was not controverted or challenged by the defendant or any interested parties to the suit. This honourable court is of the opinion that the defendant was fully informed about the proceedings. In view of the foregoing, this honourable court hereby orders that the said properties be forfeited to the federal government of Nigeria,” Justice Oyinloye ruled.
EFCC’s counsel, Nnemeka Omewa, had in a motion dated September 8, 2019 urged Justice Oyinloye to grant the prayers of the anti-graft agency which prayed the court for an order to forfeit to the federal government an unregistered Toyota Camry 2008 model, “found, traced and recovered by the commission from the respondent which property is reasonably suspected to have been acquired with proceeds of unlawful activity.”
The prosecuting counsel also asked for an order of the court for the forfeiting to the federal government a gold-coloured Porsche Cayanne vehicle also found to illegally acquired.
Relying on the motion and 13 exhibits, Justice Oyinloye ordered also the cars recovered from the respondent to be forfeited to the federal government.