Following an application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), a High Court in Lagos has ordered that the sum of N200 million which was reportedly stolen by two military operatives, Adamu Bello Argungu and John Onimisi Ozigi, be forfeited to the federal government pending conclusion of investigation on the development.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday, July 11, seized N200 million allegedly kept in several commercial banks by two military officers and their firms.
The order for the seizure was given by Justice Sule Hassan, who also ruled that the sum be forfeited to the federal government until investigations as to the origin of the funds are completed, The Nation reports.
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The military officers in questions are Adamu Bello Argungu and John Onimisi Ozigi, while their companies are Falsal & Co Global Services Nigeria Ltd; Diamond Head Ventures & Development Company Ltd; and Sweetex Bureau De Change Ltd.
The anti-graft body informed the Hassan in its ex parte application that the accused fraudulently withdrew the sum from the defence headquarters overhead expenses accounts. Nkereuwem Mark Anana, EFCC's counsel, alleged that the sums were deposited in five banks.
The application, which was marked FHC/L/CS/1094/18, was attached to an 18-paragraph affidavit deposed to by an official of the commission, Clever Ibrahim, two exhibits and a written address.
Ibrahim declared that Argungu and Ozigi are of the Nigerian Army and Air Force respectively, adding that they both made many unauthorised withdrawals from the force's overhead expenses account.
Ibrahim also alleged that the money was neither deposited in their salary accounts, nor accounts belonging to the defence headquarters, but in corporate accounts and other accounts serviced by afore-mentioned firms.
He further claimed that although a post-no-debit order was placed on the accounts in compliance with section 6(5) of the money laundering and prohibition Act, 2011, it expired after 72 hours.
Following this, the order of the temporary forfeiture was sought to prevent the respondents from making further withdrawals from the sum.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the Nigerian Army on Thursday, May 3 handed over a tugboat and a barge, allegedly seized from oil thieves, to the EFCC in Delta state.
Spokesman of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja. He did not, however, say whether the suspects were arrested. Uwujaren stated that the tugboat (MV Omar Success) and the barge (EBIs 1) were allegedly being used for illegal oil bunkering when they were seized.
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