The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ilorin Zonal Office has secured the final forfeiture of a building belonging to the immediate past Executive Director of Harmony Holdings Limited, an agency of the Kwara State Government.
Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of a Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin, the state capital, has granted the application filed by the counsel to the EFCC, Sesan Ola, after the respondent had failed to show up in court to challenge the legality of the proceedings.
Ola, while moving the application, told the Presiding Judge that: “My Lord, we have a motion dated 14th day of January 2020, it was brought pursuant to section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act No 14, 2006, section 44v(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under the inherent jurisdiction of this honourable Court.
“Our motion is praying this honourable Court for an order forfeiting to the Federal Government of Nigeria the landed property with appurtenances situated at 11, Catchment Road, GRA, Ilorin, Kwara State found and recovered by the Commission from the respondent which is believed to have been acquired through the proceeds of unlawful activity.”
The EFCC lawyer, therefore, urged the court to look at the merit of the application and all the exhibits attached in granting the request.
The applicant in a 35-paragraph affidavit deposed to by one Denis Nnachi, an investigative officer with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said: “Investigations revealed that the ex-Kwara Executive Director fraudulently sold five plots of land belonging to the Kwara State Government in Galadimawa area of Abuja and used it to construct the building in question.
“The Respondent used his position as Executive Director of Harmony Holdings Limited to influence the award of Contracts to several companies where he had interest.”