June 27, 2022

A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday, ordered a temporary forfeiture of a N90 million worth property linked to Abubakar Dasuki, son of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, to the Federal Government.

 

Justice Emeka Nwite gave the order after counsel for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Olanrewaju Adeola, and moved an ex-parte motion to effect.

Earlier while moving the motion, Adeola informed that the ex-parte, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/589/2022 dated April 26, was filed on April 29.

 

He said the ex-parte originating summon motion was brought pursuant to Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and the inherent powers of the court.

 

According to the four grounds given by the EFCC why the reliefs should be granted, the commission said: “The property as contained in the schedule in respect of which the reliefs are sought is the subject of investigation and is reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activity.

 

“The person under investigation and in whose possession the property was found had agreed to forfeit it to the Federal Government of Nigeria,” among others.

In the course of the investigation, the EFCC averred that a copy of the letter of provisional allocation of the property in the name of Abubarkar Atiku Dasuki was recovered.

 

It prayed the court to grant the relief in the interest of justice.

 

In his rulings, the trial judge granted the request and directed the EFCC to give a 14-day notice in a national daily and on its website for any interested person(s) to show cause why the property should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

 

Thereafter, he adjourned the matter until July 14 for a hearing.

 

NAN

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