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Court orders N437m, properties linked to Permanent Secretary Clement Illoh Onubuogu to be temporarily forfeited
On Thursday, Justice Abdulaziz Anka of the Lagos Federal High Court ordered a temporal forfeiture of the sum of N437,348,181 linked to a Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Clement Illoh Onubuogu.
The judge granted the order, after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) made a submission by saying it suspects that the money was proceeds of unlawful activity.
Justice Anka also granted the interim forfeiture of the sum of N129,826,452.00 found by the Commission in possession of various staff who worked with Onubuogu which is believed to be kickbacks.
A building described as a mansion situated and located at Ikom Quarters, Issala-Azegba in Delta State and a hotel located at No. 19 Madue Nwafor Street, off Achala Ibuzo Road, Asaba, Delta State were also affected by the forfeiture.
The anti-graft agency had informed the court that both buildings belong to the permanent secretary and are suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activity.
The judge ruling on the matter, directed that EFCC should notify the Permanent Secretary to appear before the court and show cause within 14 days why the properties should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.
The presiding judge, Justice Anka ruled that his orders should be published in any national newspaper for anyone who is interested in the cash sums and the properties to appear before him to show cause within 14 days why the final order of forfeiture of the properties should not be made to favor the Federal Government .