23.1 C
Abuja

Federal Government confiscates ex-JTF Commander, Atewe’s properties over N8.5 billion fraud

Advertisement

Related

Advertisement
Advertisement

THE Federal High Court sitting in Lagos ordered the temporary forfeiture of N293 million and assets belonging to Emmanuel Atewe, former commander of Military Joint Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield, in the Niger Delta.

Atewe is facing prosecution instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a 22-count charge of money laundering, stealing and conspiracy.

Others facing the same charges include Patrick Akpobolokemi, a former Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Kime Enzogu and Josephine Otuaga.

The order of interim forfeiture follows an ex-parte application by the EFCC alleging that the assets were part of the proceeds of N8.5 billion for the military Operation Pulo Shield in the Niger Delta, which he is accused of diverting from the military between September 5, 2014, and May 20, 2015.

The presiding judge, Justice Mohammed Liman stated that alongside the N293 million temporarily confiscated by the Federal Government, six parcels of land and 30,000 MTN shares were also recovered.

Counsel for the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, argued that it would be in the interest of justice for the court to order the temporary forfeiture of the assets.

Justice Mohammed adjourned the trial until April 20, 2020, for anyone interested in the assets to appear before the court to show reasons why they should not be forfeited permanently to the Federal Government.

- Advertisement -

The landed properties identified include 50 hectares of farmland at Plot No. FL746B Gaube Farmland Extension II Layout, Kuje, Abuja; a piece of land located at Commercial Layout, Yenagoa Gardens, Bayelsa State; one hectare of land in Kuje District, Abuja; Plot No. CP10, Sector Centre B Layout, Kuje, Abuja; Plot MF62 Outer Northern Expressway Cadastral Zone, Abuja; Plot No. 1228 Jahi, Abuja; four hectares of land designated as Plot No.CP6386 and Plot No.CP6387, Sabon Lugbe, Abuja.

Author profile

Amos Abba is a journalist with the International Center for Investigative Reporting, ICIR, who believes that courageous investigative reporting is the key to social justice and accountability in the society.

Support the ICIR

We invite you to support us to continue the work we do.

Your support will strengthen journalism in Nigeria and help sustain our democracy.

[molongui_author_box]

If you or someone you know has a lead, tip or personal experience about this report, our WhatsApp line is open and confidential for a conversation

Advertisement

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Support the ICIR

We need your support to produce excellent journalism at all times.

Advertisement

Recent

Train attack: How FG met terrorists’ demands for release of abducted passengers

SENIOR Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu has said...

NNPCLtd. signs contract extension with oil majors, targets $500bn investments

THE Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCLtd) has signed a contract extension with five...

Bandits kill two vigilantes in Abuja

TWO vigilante members have been reported dead following an encounter with bandits at Gasakpa...

Wike to Atiku: People around you may cost you 2023 presidential election

RIVERS State governor Nyesom Wike has advised candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)...

Aero Contractors eyes return to commercial operations

Aero Contractors is eyeing a return to commercial operations after the temporary suspension of...
Advertisement

Most Read

Advertisement

Subscribe to our newsletter

Advertisement