Ex-permsec Onubuogo loses N664m to FG



    Clement Illoh Onubuogo: loses N664m to Nigerian authorities

    By Sandra Umeh

    A Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday ordered a former Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Labour, Clement Onubuogo, to forfeit the sums of N664 million and 137,000 to the Federal Government.

    Justice Saliu Seidu granted the order on the resumed listening to of a forfeiture swimsuit towards Onubuogo.

    When the case was known as, counsel to Onubuogo, Mr TS Awana, knowledgeable the court docket that his consumer had purposes difficult the jurisdiction of the court docket on one hand, and one other, looking for a discharge of an earlier interim order for forfeiture of his properties.

    Awana nevertheless added that owing to discussions between the accused and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the necessity to settle out of court docket, he could be withdrawing the 2 purposes.

    Counsel to the EFCC, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, in his submission confirmed the place on the transfer to settle out of court docket and acknowledged that he won’t be opposing the withdrawals of the 2 motions.

    He urged the court docket to strike out the motions for the coast to be clear for out of court docket settlement.

    Meanwhile, Oyedepo informed the court docket that primarily based on settlement reached between the events, EFCC could be making use of for the discharge of an earlier interim order of the court docket as regards two of the properties sought to be forfeited to the federal government.

    The properties are a mansion situated at Ikom Quarters, Issala Azegba, Delta, and the property mendacity and situates at quantity 19 Madue Nwafor Street off Achala Ibuzor Road, Asaba, Delta.

    He then urged the court docket to solely discharge the sooner orders as regards the 2 properties.

    Awana didn’t oppose the appliance which then paved means for the EFCC to maneuver its movement for a last forfeiture of the opposite properties stated to have been suspected to be proceeds of unlawful act.

    Oyedepo informed the court docket that for the reason that defendant has withdrawn their counter affidavit, the prosecution is left with no possibility than to maneuver the movement for last forfeiture of the remaining properties in its utility.

    He stated that the movement was introduced pursuant to Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and different Related Offences Act No 14, 2014.

    He supported his utility with a 9 paragraph affidavit and two reveals, in addition to a written handle.

    Oyedepo, due to this fact, urged the court docket to grant the appliance for last forfeiture of the properties as contained in prayers 1,2,three and four of the face of the movement papers.

    The utility was not opposed by the defence counsel.

    In his ruling, Justice Saliu Saidu consequently granted the appliance ordering the defendant to forfeit the sum of N437 million discovered by EFCC in his possession, and which sum within reason suspected to be proceeds of illegal exercise.

    The court docket additionally ordered the ultimate forfeiture of one other N97.three million discovered by the fee within the defendant’s account.

    In addition, the court docket ordered a forfeiture of one other sum of N129 million and 137,000 discovered by the fee.