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Emefiele Forfeits N6.9 Billion, Multi-Billion Naira Properties

Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) former Governor, Godwin Emefiele is in serious trouble.

A Federal High Court sitting at Ikoyi, Lagos, has ordered an interim forfeiture of the sums of $4,719,054, N830,875,611 and several properties linked to him.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had approached the court for an interim forfeiture of the monies and properties, pursuant to Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offence Act. 14 2006, Section 44(2)(b) of the Constitution and under the inherent jurisdiction of the court.

Following an ex-parte argued by the EFCC Counsel, Bilkisu Buhari and C.C Chineye, Justice Yellim Bogoro ordered the ex-CBN governor to relinquish his properties on Thursday.

Emefiele’s properties forfeited to the Federal Government include; 94 Units of 11 Storey building under construction at 2, Otunba Elegushi 2nd Avenue (Formerly Club) Road, Ikoyi, Lagos; AM Plaza, 11-story office space situated on 1E, Otunba Adedoyin Crescent, Lekki Peninsula Scheme 1, Lagos; Imore Industrial Park 1, Esa Street, Imoore Land purchased with Deep Bive Industrial Town, Oriade LCDA, Amuwo Odofin LGA, Lagos; Mitrewood and Tatler Warehouse (Furniture Plant at Bogije) near Elemoro Lagos, Owolomi Village, Ibeju-Lekki LGA, Lagos; and two properties purchased from Chevron Nigeria, Closed PFA Fund, Block B.Lot.twin completed property Lakes Estate, Lekki, Lagos.

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Others include one plot measuring 1,038.069 sqm, at Lekki Foreshore Estate Scheme, Block A, Plot 4, Foreshore Estate, Eti-Osa, LGA; Estate located at 100, Cottonwood Coppel Texas Drive, Coppel, Texas, Owned by Lipam Investment Services; a land at 1, Bunmi Owulude Street, (Maruwa), Lekki Phase 1, Lagos; and a property situated on 8, Bayo Kuku Road, lkoyi Lagos.

The EFCC also asked the court for the following; “an Interim Order forfeiting to the Federal Government of Nigeria the funds warehoused in the accounts particularized in Schedule ‘A’ which funds are reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities.”

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“An Interim order forfeiting to the Federal Government of Nigeria Properties provided in 2nd Schedule ‘B’ which are proceeds of unlawful activities.”

“An Order directing the publication In any National Newspaper, the interim order under reliefs 1-2 above, for anyone who Is interested in the properties and funds sought to be forfeited to appear before this Honourable Court to show cause within 14 days why the final order of forfeiture of the said properties and funds should not be made in favour of the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

In granting the ex-parte motion, Justice Bogoro said;

“I have listened to the submission of the applicant’s counsel and also perused the motion just moved, together with the affidavit in support.”