$ 350,000 Fraud: Court Freezes Governor Abiodun Aid Bank Accounts and Seizes Property | The Guardian Nigeria News

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Abidemi Rufai

Federal High Court Judge Tijjani Garba Ringim sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, ordered the provisional confiscation of funds and property attributed to the suspended assistant to Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, Abidemi Rufai.

Judge Ringim issued the order following an ex parte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Rufai’s company, Omo Mayodele Global Investment and Sterling Bank Plc also joined as respondents as second and third respondents in the lawsuit.

EFCC Wilson Uwujaren in a statement on Wednesday said the order covered Rufai’s property located at 11 Omodayo Awotuga Street, Bera Estate, Chevy View, Lekki, Lagos, and funds from its accounts domiciled in Sterling and Zenith banks.

The investigation revealed that Rufai, who was arrested for alleged fraud of $ 350,000 in the United States of America, in the United States, had dissipated the sum of N 29.37 million in the accounts, in installments of 5,000,000 N, 5,000,000 N, 2,730,000 N, N1 100,000, 2,040,000 N, 2,000,000 N, 2,000,000 N and 5,000,000 N.

The funds, according to the investigation, were hosted in his accounts at three different banks.

Moving the claim on Tuesday, Commission counsel Emeka Okongwu urged the court to grant the claimant’s prayers to prevent further dissipation of funds in the bank.

Judge Ringim acceded to the EFCC’s prayers and also said that “I am satisfied with the assertion in the affidavit filed by Usman Abdulhamid and the legal argument of the lawyer that this request should be successful and the same is therefore granted as requested ”.

The judge also ordered the EFCC to issue the order within 14 days from today so that any interested party can justify why the funds and properties should not be permanently confiscated to the benefit of the federal government of Nigeria.

The judge adjourned the rest of the hearing until December 1, 2021.


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