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EFCC secures forfeiture of N755m, luxury assets from ex-AGF, former aide to NSA

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) yesterday said it had secured the final forfeiture of N775 million and three properties traced to a former Accountant General of the Federation, Jonah Otunla, and Colonel Bello Fadile, an aide to former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).

The final forfeiture order was granted by Justice D. U. Okorowo of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The affected assets are located at 8 Ajayi Crowther Street, Asokoro, Abuja; a plot of land at Plot 1960 Cadastral Zone A05, Maitama District, FCT, Abuja; a hotel, which is under construction with a generating set, located at Plot 621, Road 37, Gwarimpa, FCT, Abuja; and a twin four-bedroom duplex with guard quarters located at Plot 736, 7th Avenue Gwarimpa, FCT, Abuja.

A statement by EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, dscribed the money and properties as products of illicit activities of Otunla and Fadile.

The statement said: “Moving a motion for the final forfeiture of the assets today, counsel to the EFCC, Christopher Mshelia, informed the court that the assets recovered by the commission in the course of investigating contract fraud in the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) under Sambo Dasuki were proceeds of the unlawful activities Colonel Bello Fadile and Mr. Jonah Otunla.

“The N775 million was refunded by Otunla and Otunba Ade Adelakun (late) during investigation.

“The landed properties sought to be forfeited are ‘reasonably suspected to be proceeds of an unlawful activity received, retained, concealed and converted by the respondents from the Office of the National Security Adviser to the President’.

“The commission had, on July 20, 2020, secured an interim forfeiture order on the assets and also published the order of the court on August 11, 2022, in ThisDay Newspapers, for the respondent to show cause why the money and properties should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

“Justice Okorowo, in granting the final forfeiture, said the court was satisfied with the evidence before the court and ordered the final forfeiture of the assets to the Federal Government of Nigeria.”