Court Orders Interim Forfeiture Of N241m Diverted From Buhari’s SSA’s Office

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the interim forfeiture to the Federal Government of N241milion allegedly diverted from the office of the Senior Special Adviser (SSA) to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Justice Nicholas Oweibo, who made the order on Friday, also the forfeiture of a property linked to the diversion, identified as Real Tower Centre Shopping Complex at Plot 1121, Ekukinam Street, Utako District, Cadastral Zone, Abuja – to the Federal Government.

The judge made the order while ruling on an ex-parte application filed and argued by the counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Rotimi Oyedepo.

Oyedepo told the judge the N241m was warehoused in two banks in the sums of N65million, N61million, N50million and N65million.

According to him, EFCC’s intelligence showed that the Abuja property was purchased with funds diverted from SDG, office of the SSA to the President where Mr. Abdulsalam Bawa is a Principal Accountant.

The EFCC fingered Bawa, as the key suspect, adding that the diversion was perpetrated in grand conspiracy with some SDG staff.

Oyedepo also linked two firms, Kouchdim Unity Nigeria Ltd and Lankass Global Ventures, to the diversion.

Justice Oweibo adjourned the suit marked FHC/L/CS/90/2021 till September 6, 2021 for final forfeiture proceedings.

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