A Lagos Division of the Federal High Court has ordered that the ₦2.2 billion recovered from former Chief of Air Staff, Adesola Amosu be temporarily forfeited to the Nigerian government.
Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, ruling on an application filled by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) also directed that the sum of N190,828,978.15 belonging to former Nigeria Air Force Director of Finance and Budget, Air Commodore, Olugbenga Gbadebo, be also forfeited to the government.
The EFCC in its application say the funds are proceeds of crime.
“An interim order is made forfeiting to the Federal Government of Nigeria the total sum of N2,244,500,000 found and recovered by the Commission from the first respondent (Amosu) which sum is reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activity,” the judge said in her ruling.
Olatoregun also ordered temporary forfeiture of N101 million recovered from Solomon Enterprises, a company linked to Mr Amosu.
The EFCC has now been directed to publish the interim order in two newspapers, the Nation and Punch newspapers.
This is to allow the respondents or anyone interested to show cause why the final order of forfeiture should not be made in favour of the Federal Government.
The case has now been adjourned till June 29.