Breaking: Court orders N28.5 million, properties unlawfully acquired by Lagos director forfeited to FG

Breaking: Court orders N28.5 million, properties unlawfully acquired by Lagos director forfeited to FG

- Justice Rilwan Aikawa of a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the final forfeiture of N28.5 million and properties illegally acquired by a Lagos civil servant to the federal government

- The civil servant, Alade Anifowoshe is a director in the public works corporation of the Lagos state government

- The properties acquired by Anifowoshe include landed properties in Lagos and Ogun states

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, on Wednesday, January 31, ordered the final forfeiture of N28.5 million, houses, and a plot of land allegedly acquired by corrupt means by Alade Anifowoshe, a civil servant in the state.

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Anifowoshe, a director in the public works corporation of the Lagos state government, was arraigned before Justice Rilwan Aikawa for using his position to unlawfully enrich himself, Premium Times reports.

NAIJ.com gathered that in his ruling, the judge held that the applicant, the EFCC, showed reasonable cause that the fund and properties were proceeds of unlawful activity.

The judge said: “The ground for forfeiture is reasonable suspicion and not beyond reasonable doubt."

According to the EFCC, the properties Anifowoshe acquired include six flats of three-bedroom apartments, six flats of two-bedroom apartments, and six flats of one-bedroom apartments on Adewale Osiyeku street, Offin-Ile Igbogbo, Ikorodu, Lagos state.

Others are four sets of three-bedroom duplexes at 6, Tunde Gabby Close, Dopemu Area, Pako bus stop, Agege, Lagos state; as well as a semi-detached three bedroom flat and a unit of three-bedroom terrace at Cranbel Court, Citiview Estate Arepo Ogun state.

Also included is a plot of land at Queen’s Garden Estate off Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

It was learnt that in December, both the federal and Lagos state governments had laid claim to the properties, with the latter stating that Anifowoshe was its employee.

The judge also ruled that the federal government should take administrative steps to ensure that the funds and properties are transmitted to the Lagos state government in view of the evidence before him.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday, December 7, 2017, ordered temporary forfeiture of the sum of N28.5 million and several houses allegedly belonging to Anifowoshe Alade, a director of accounts in Lagos state ministry of public works corporation.

Justice Rilwan M. Aikawa of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi gave the order following an ex-parte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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Source: Naija.ng

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