Court Orders Forfeiture of N250m Illegally Diverted from NDDC

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SWITZERLAND, JUNE 25 – A Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Wednesday ordered for the interim forfeiture of a sum of N250 million illegally diverted from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) through a contractor.

The court presided over by Justice Rilwan Aikawa gave the order, following an ex parte application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The Head of Media and Publicity at the EFCC, Dele Oyewale, said in a statement on Thursday that Justice Aikawa granted the prayers in the ex parte application following argument by the commission’s counsel, Usman Buhari.

“Buhari, in the application, stated that the money had been illegally diverted from the NDDC, through a contract awarded by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

“Buhari also prayed for an order of the court directing the publication of the interim forfeiture order in a national newspaper for anyone interested in the funds to show cause within 14 days why a final order of forfeiture should not be made in favour of the Federal Government.

“Justice Aikawa, in a short ruling, granted all the reliefs sought by the EFCC and ordered the forfeiture of the money,” the statement said.

The matter was adjourned till July 9, 2020.

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