The Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday the temporary forfeiture of the sum of N449,750,000 found in an abandoned Bureau de store in Victoria Island by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The forfeiture order was made by Justice Rilawan Aikawa adhering to an ex parte application taken prior to him by the anti-graft agency.
A detective with the EFCC, Moses Awolusi, said in the affidavit filed before the judge that the shop numbered LS64, located on at Legico Shopping Plaza, at Victoria island, Lagos had not been opened for 2 years.
Awolusi stated the money was discovered on April 7, 2017 in several “Ghana Must Go” sacks, including that the EFCC recovered the cash after investigating information received on one Mohammed Tauheed.
Inning accordance with the investigator, Tauheed allegedly conspired with the owner of the abandoned shop to the cash.
Awolusi stated Tauheed had previously been offered the EFCC office by the Chairman and also Vice-Chairman of Legico shopping Plaza, Mr. Sulaiman Daba and Alhaji Ishaq Ayandiran, .
He said during the go to, Tauheed told the anti-graft that he got the cash in cash from an offering government authorities, whose name was not disclosed for security reasons.
He said Tauheed, in the existence of his lawyer, later on consented to return the money to the Federal Government, which is the rightful of the funds highly suspected to the earnings of criminal activities of the unnamed serving government authorities.
The EFCC stated it would certainly remain in the of justice for the court to order the temporary forfeiture of the cash to the Federal Government.
After the application on Wednesday, Justice Aikawa that the N449,750,000 should be temporarily surrendered to the Federal Government.
He the EFCC to advertise the order in a national newspaper and gave 2 Week for any type of interested party to show up in court to give the cash need to not be forfeited to the Federal Government.
The court adjourned the matter till May 19, 2017.