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Court orders final forfeiture of N775m, houses linked to ex-AGF, Dasuki’s aide

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday ordered the final forfeiture of the sum of N775m and some property linked to a former Accountant-General…

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday ordered the final forfeiture of the sum of N775m and some property linked to a former Accountant-General of the Federation, Jonah Otunla and Col. Bello Fadile, an aide to the former National Security Adviser, Sambo  Dasuki, to the Federal Government.

The property, according to a statement by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission last night, include a building located at No. 8 Ajayi Crowther Street, Asokoro, Abuja and a Plot of land at Plot 1960 Cadastral Zone A05 Maitama District, FCT, Abuja.

Others are: a hotel that is under construction with generating set, located at Plot 621, Road 37, Gwarimpa, FCT, Abuja and a twin 4-bedroom duplex with guard quarters located at Plot 736, 7th Avenue Gwarimpa, FCT, Abuja.

The statement signed by the commission’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said the money and properties were the product of illicit activities of Otunla and Col. Fadile.

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He said the N775m was refunded by Otunla and Otunba Ade Adelakun (late) during the investigation; while the landed properties sought to be forfeited are “reasonably suspected to be proceeds of an unlawful activity received, retained, concealed and converted by the respondents from the office of the National Security Adviser to the President”.

Uwujaren said Justice Okorowo, in granting the final forfeiture, stated that the court was satisfied with the evidence before it and ordered the final forfeiture of the assets to the Federal Government of Nigeria.