The Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday ordered the temporary forfeiture of a 12-storey building at 27 Marine Road, Apapa, belonging to Senator Peter Nwaoboshi (PDP-Delta North Senatorial District), until the conclusion of investigations.
The order followed an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and argued by its counsel, George Chia-yakua, against Senator Nwaoboshi and his two companies: Golden Touch Construction Project Limited, and Bilderberg Enterprises Limited. Urging the court to grant the application, the EFCC counsel told the court that the application was pursuant to section 44(2)(k) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), and Sections 28 and 29 of the EFCC (Establishment) Act 2004.
He further told the court that the commission had received a petition from the anti-corruption group, ‘Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum’, against the senator and his companies, alleging money-laundering against the Senator, who is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs.
In an affidavit in support of the application, Garuba Yusuf Abubakar stated that upon receiving the petition, several investigations were commenced with a view to tracing the movement of funds suspected to be proceeds of illegal activities, the source of funds, and the beneficiaries.
Included in the inquiry were the Code of Conduct Bureau, banks, the Delta State Governor’s office, the Delta State Tenders Board, the Nigeria Customs Service, the Lagos State Ministry of Lands, the Federal Inland Revenue Service, and the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
The deponent also averred that further investigation revealed that the Senator’s Bank Verification Number (BVN) 22300559079, has 20 Bank accounts he operates in Nigeria, while his private companies through BVN 22244303840, have 23 Bank accounts. Mr. Abubakar also further that he was informed on April 6, 2017, by E. E. Iheanancho, an EFCC lawyer, on that an order of the court attaching the said 12-storey building to the Commission to prevent its disposal pending the conclusion of the investigation and when a criminal charge will be filed against Senator Nwaoboshi and his companies.
Justice Abdulaziz Anka, after listening to the EFCC counsel, ordered that the property at 27 Marine Road, Apapa, belonging to Senator Nwaoboshi, be temporarily forfeited to the federal government.
Source: Sahara reporters