A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the temporary forfeiture of N28.5million (Twenty-eight Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira) and several houses allegedly belonging to a Director of Accounts, Lagos State Ministry of Public Works Corporation, Anifowoshe Alade, to the Federal Government.
The properties include: Six flats of three- bedroom, six flats of two- bedroom and six flats of one- bedroom at Adewale Osiyeku Street, Offin-Ile Igbogbo, Ikorodu, Lagos State.
Others are: Four flats of three- bedroom duplex at 6, Tunde Gabby Close, Dopemu Area, Pako Bus Stop Agege, Lagos State; one plot of land at Queen’s Garden Estate, Off Lagos-Ibadan Expressway; a semi-detached three-bedroom flat and one unit of three- bedroom Terrance at Cranbel Court, Citiview Estate Arepo, Ogun State.
Justice Rilwan M. Aikawa, the presiding judge, gave the order on Thursday following an ex-parte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The filed application was pursuant to Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act No. 14, 2006 and Section 44 (2)(b) of the Constitution.
An EFCC investigator, Zayyanu Halliru, who presented an affidavit in support of the application, stated that Alade incorporated a company called MAJ Anny International Limited, while in office.
Halliru further stated that Alade, who is a director in the company and the sole signatory to its account, used his position and company’s account to divert public funds meant for Public Work Corporation, Lagos State.
“I know, as a fact, that we traced to the respondent the sum of N106, 095,960.00 (One Hundred and Six Million, Ninety Five Thousand, Nine Hundred and Sixty Naira) which sums he fraudulently stole from Public Works Corporation, Lagos State to his personal account No. 0015893001 domiciled in Guaranty Trust Bank and converted same to his personal use.
“I know as a fact that we traced to the respondent the sum of N223,373,475.00 (Two Hundred and Twenty Three Million, Three Hundred and Seventy Three Thousand, Four Hundred and Seventy Five Naira) which sums he fraudulently stole from Public Works Corporation, Lagos State to Maj Anny International Limited, being his company account domicile in Zenith Bank,” he added.
The EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, said the money as well as the properties sought to be attached were suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities.
“They are stolen, diverted and retained by him from the Lagos State Public Works Corporation,” he said.
It was however, stated that the sum of N28.5 million had so far been recovered from the director.
In his ruling, the judge ordered the temporary forfeiture of the money as well as the properties.
Aikawa also directed the EFCC to notify the respondent or anyone to appear before the court within 14 days why the property should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.
The case was adjourned for further hearing till January 16, 2018.