A Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin, on Thursday, ordered the
final forfeiture of a plaza valued at N150 million belonging to a civil
servant in Kwara State, Rasaq Momonu to the Federal Government.

The
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC), Ilorin Zonal Office
had approached the Court to give an order of final forfeiture of Asmau
Plaza situated in University Road, Tanke Area of Ilorin after a
reasonable suspicion that the said property was acquired with proceeds
of unlawful activity.

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Delivering the Judgment in the case of
Thursday, Justice Sikiru Oyinloye held that the EFCC had fulfilled all
the requirements of the law in the suit and thereby ordered that the
said property should be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

“I
have gone through the application brought by the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, I also sighted the hearing notice issued to the
respondent in the suit, Rasaq Momonu. This Honourable Court is persuaded
that he had been served with the Court Processes.

The
application brought by the EFCC is meritorious and granted. This
Honourable Court hereby order the final forfeiture of the Landed
property known as Asmau Plaza, Tanke Road, Ilorin, Kwara State to the
Federal Government of Nigeria”

In the affidavit deposed to by
Musa Gidado, an investigating officer with the EFCC, he urged the judge
to order the final forfeiture of the Plaza which is suspected to be a
proceed of unlawful activity.

“Investigations revealed that
Rasaq Momonu used his influence as an Accountant with Kwara State
Government to inflate and award contracts for the construction of two
classrooms at Ogbondoroko and Obanisuwa Community In Kwara State.

“Investigations
further revealed that the respondent who is a Civil Servant that earns
less than N100,000 in a month cannot afford to build the house known as
Asmau Plaza between 2010 -2012m.

“That I know as a fact that
the respondent was confronted with the above findings by the applicant
which he did not dispute and has agreed to forfeit the property known as
Asmau Plaza to the Federal Government of Nigeria”, he said.

Moving
the application for final forfeiture on Thursday, Counsel to the
Applicant, Nnaemeka Omewa, urged the court to grant the order based on
the provisions of Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud
Related Offences Act, 2006.

“My Lord, We have a motion on notice
dated 19th July 2019 and filed on the same day, the motion is brought
pursuant to section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other fraud-related
Offences, I urged the Court to grant the motion.

Justice Oyinloye, however, granted the application and resolved all the issues raised in favour of the EFCC.

Source:- Tribuneonlineng

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