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Court Orders Ozekhome To Forfeit N75m To EFCC

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Ganiyat Ganiyu

Lagos, (AN24) – A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Tuesday, February 7, ordered Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, temporarily forfeit the N75m in his Guaranty Trust Bank account to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for 120 days.

The court today gave the order after listening to a motion ex-parte filed by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC.

The anti-graft agency dragged Ozekhome to court after finding N75 million domiciled with GT Bank.

Counsel to EFCC claimed that the money which was deposited in the account on December 15th 2016 was suspected to be a proceed from money laundering.

The application was filed before the court by Rotimi Oyedepo.

Arguing the motion, an EFCC lawyer, Idris Mohammed, informed the court that the application was brought before the court pursuant to section 29 of EFCC Act.

Idris said that three exhibit marked exhibit 01, 02 and 03 are attached with the Motion Ex-parte in addition to an affidavit of urgency sworn to by an investigator of the agency, Tosin Owobo.

He urged the court to grant the application ordering temporary forfeiture of the account for 120 days.

Acceding to the request of EFCC, Justice Anka ordered that Ozekhome’s account with the sum of N75 million domicile with Guaranty Trust bank

The judge also ordered that any party not satisfied with the ruling could appeal.

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