Some assets, including cash, said to be proceeds of unlawful activities, belonging to retired Air Vice Marshal (AVM), Salu Atawodi, Atawodi Winnie and Vector Integrated Services Ltd, were on Thursday ordered to be forfeited in the interim by Justice Chikere of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
The assets include the sum of $228,428.16( Two Hundred and Twenty Eight Thousand, Four Hundred and Twenty Eight United States Dollars, Sixteen Cents) and N120, 546,042.02( One Hundred and Twenty Million, Five Hundred and Forty Six and Forty Two Naira, Two Kobo), and a property located at Plot No. 3004 Cadastral Zone E05, Aviation Village, District Abuja, recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
According to an EFCC statement issued on Thursday, the monies and property were traced to AVM Atawodi, Atawodi Winnie and Vector Integrated Services Ltd in an application brought by the anti-graft agency.
The application, the statement said, sought an interim forfeiture order of the sum and the property recovered by the commission.
“Justice Chidere gave the order following an ex-parte application filed by the EFCC, in pursuant to section 44 (2) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14, 2006, and under the inherent jurisdiction of the court,” the statement reads.
“Prosecution counsel, Ekele Iheanacho, in the application, asked the court to direct a publication of the interim order, in the name of the persons in whose possession the property and funds sought to be forfeited, in any national newspaper, and cause them to appear before the court to show cause within 14 days, why the final order of forfeiture of the property and monies mentioned should not be made in favour of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“Justice Chidere after granting all the prayers adjourned the case to June 30, 2020, for continuation of the case.”