Court Orders Interim Forfeiture Of 11 Houses And 22 Bank Accounts Linked To Senator Nwaoboshi

The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the interim forfeiture of
11 houses and 22 bank accounts linked to Delta-North Senator, Peter
Nwaoboshi.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo made the order on July 2 but a certified true
copy of the order was only issued on July 5 (Friday). The judge issued
the order following an ex parte application by the Special Presidential
Investigative Panel for the Recovery of Public Property.

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The ex parte application was moved by the panel’s lawyer, Celsus
Ukpong, who described the assets as suspicious or suspected to be far
beyond the legitimate income of Nwaoboshi.

Although, Ukpong had applied for interim forfeiture of 14 landed
assets, the judge only granted the request in respect of 11, as he
exempted three of them that were without addresses from the order.

The affected properties include, Suiming Electrical Company (RC
1090069) located along Asaba Airport Road, Asaba, Delta State; PON
Filling Station, along Asaba Airport Road, Asaba, Delta State and a
multi-billion naira estate under construction at Maryam Babangida Road,
Asaba, Delta State.

They also include, Cartage Cinema located at Okpanan Road, beside
Rain Oil Petrol Station, Asaba, Delta State; Newbridge Filing Station,
along Airport Road, Warri, Delta State; and a house at No. 8, Monu
Olarewaju Crescent, GRA, Asaba, Delta State.

The rest are, a multi-million building located at 41, Buma Road,
Apapa, Lagos; Guinea House, No. 27, Marina Road, Apapa, Lagos; Plot
3011B, Kuranah Close, Maitama, FCT, Abuja, and Ceedeez School Hall
Airport Road, Asaba Delta State.

Those exempted are Plot on C of O No. 16800, Plot on C of O No. 16711
and Plot on C of O 13988. The judge also ordered the interim forfeiture
of 22 bank accounts with Zenith Bank, Access Bank and Sterling Bank
linked to Nwaoboshi.

Some of the bank accounts are held in the name Hon. (Barr) Peter
Nwaoboshi, and Nwaobosh Peter, Sen Peter Nwaoboshi. The rest are held in
the name of firms linked to the senator, which are Suiming Electrical
Ltd PVC Account, Bilderberg Enterprises Limited and Obi Francis
Nwaoboshi Foundation.

The judge’s order read in part, “It is hereby ordered as follows:

“That interim order is hereby made forfeiting all the property
alleged to belong to the 1st respondent being suspicions assets or
assets far beyond the legitimate income of the 1st respondent
particularly those on the amended schedule to this application pending
the investigation

“That an order is hereby made restraining the 2nd to the 5th
respondents from posting any debt or making any withdrawals on all the
accounts belonging to the 1st respondent (Nwaoboshi) particularly those
on the amended schedule attached to this application. That the
properties listed in the schedule attached in this order that carry no
address i.e items 6, 7 and 8 are exempted from this order.”

The court also ordered that the respondents be put on notice of the
court order and that a publication be made in a widely read newspaper in
Nigeria. He directed that “any person with interest or third party
interest in the listed properties shall within 30 days of the
publication show cause why the propertie(s) shall not be forfeited to
the Federal Government of Nigeria permanently.”

He said such interested applicant showing cause “shall file an
affidavit in the registry of this court with copies of documents
attached showing ownership of the properties”.

The judge adjourned till October 8.

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