Director accused of corruption forfeits N329 million, 24 houses to Nigerian govt

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A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the interim forfeiture of N329 million belonging to Anifowoshe Jamiu, Director in the state Ministry of Public Works Corporation.

Justice Mohammed Aikawa gave the order following an ex-parte application filed by the EFCC, through its counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo.

Justice Aikawa also ordered a forfeiture to the federal government, six flats of three bedroom, six flats of two bedroom, six flats of one bedroom, and four flats of three bedroom duplex, belonging to the director.

The court also ordered the interim forfeiture to the federal government, of a semi-detached three bedroom flat, one unit of three bedroom terraces and a plot of land also belonging to the director.

The court ordered the EFCC to publish the orders in a national newspaper for the respondent to appear before the court and show cause within 14 days why the properties should not be permanently forfeited.

In an affidavit deposed to by one of its investigators, the EFCC said that as a director of finance, the respondent Incorporated and used a company known as Maj Anny International Ltd, in which he is one of the directors, to divert public funds.

The deponent further stated that his agency traced N106.1 million, and N223 million to the respondent, which he allegedly fraudulently diverted to his company.

The deponent stated that the respondent used part of the proceeds of crime allegedly stolen, to purchase and acquire the said properties.

The EFCC’s counsel urged the court to grant the application as prayed.

After listening to the submission of counsel, Justice Aikawa granted the orders as prayed.

He adjourned the case until January 16, 2018 for hearing.



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  • T-Rex

    Why should properties gotten from monies probably embezzled from a state government be forfeited to the Federal Govt?

    • Anieke Emeka

      That’s the confusion in this administration.

      • Bitacrim

        I think it is you guys who are ignorant of how these things work. All forfeitures are retained by the EFCC (FG) on behalf of the state or individuals for whom they act by law. After the case is closed, the money or properties are returned to the owners whether states or individuals. It happened in Ibori and late Alams cases.

        • Absolutely Sane

          The only thing that full their brains and minds is hate not knowledge. So, you don’t expect them to know. God bless you for enlighten them but don’t be too disturbed if you find them still trying to argue your well and meaningfully stated facts.

  • Ezekiel. J.

    More of this Buhari till 2023.

  • Lagos Watch

    Premium Times Editor,

    Stealing inside Lagos state government is genocide by another name

    have been talking about. The stealing in Lagos state government is beyond compare in the history of
    Nigeria. The state pubic accounts show a missing 800 billion Naira under Raji Fashola which EFCC
    saw but has failed to act on, despite that the counterpart anti-corruption agency, ICPC, declared
    RAJI FASHOLA wanted on September 3rd, 2015. Lagos state government debt is close to one
    trillion Naira as at today, after the new governor – a crook – Akin Ambode borrowed another
    one billion dollars as World Bank. There’s no functioning public primary school in Lagos
    to show for a state that earns over 450 billion Naira a month from local taxes and from
    federal allocation. When Lagosians wake up from sleep it would be too late. As at now,
    the mostly illiterate and moronic populace are waving brooms to serenade those who
    rob them into becoming the smelliest creatures on the face of the earth.