Court Orders Forfeiture Of 17 Vehicles Belonging To Ex-Customs Boss

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Justice S.M Shuaibu of the Federal High Court, Kaduna has ordered the interim forfeiture of the 17 vehicles found in a warehouse belonging to former Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Abdullahi Dikko-Inde, to the Federal Government.

According to spokesman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Wilson Uwajuren, the interim injunction followed an ex parte application filed by the commission seeking among others, the forfeiture of the vehicles to the Nigerian Government, pending the conclusion of investigation and determination of the case.

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In his ruling, Justice Shuaibu held that “the seventeen (17) vehicles which are now in the custody of the applicant (EFCC) and as properly described and listed in the schedule marked exhibit EFCC 2 attached to the affidavit in support of the application are hereby forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria in the interim pending conclusion of the investigation.”

EFCC operatives had on Monday, February 20, raided the warehouse of the former Customs boss located on Nnamdi Azikwe Street, in Kaduna State, where they discovered 17 exotic vehicles worth Hundreds of millions of Naira, suspected to be proceeds of crime.

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Uwajuren, stated that the discovery was based on an intelligence report received by the commission.

He also stated that two suspects, Dantala Mohammed and Ahmed Balarabe, who were arrested at the warehouse, are still in custody assisting the EFCC in its investigation.

There have been a number of interesting discoveries of alleged corruptly acquired wealth since the federal government announced a new policy that promises to reward individuals with between 2.5 and 5 percent of any amount recovered from corrupt officials they exposed.

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Only a few weeks ago, the EFCC, acting on intelligence, recovered $ 9.77 million and £74,000 from former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Andrew Yakubu.

Days later, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said that the new whistle-blower policy had led to the recovery of $151 million and N8 billion, excluding the amount recovered from Yakubu.