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Civil Servant Forfeits Hotel, Building to Government


Kwara State High Court has ordered the final forfeiture of a hotel belonging to a Kwara civil servant to the federal government.

Justice Sikiru Oyinloye  in a judgement delivered on Tuesday at the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin made the pronouncement

Also forfeited to the federal government is a landed property which comprised three bedroom flat, two wing of two bedroom flats and a room and parlour self-contain.

In a judgment delivered Tuesday, Justice Oyinloye said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had been able to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt.

He stressed that the evidence presented before the court were strong and reliable.

“The interim order of this honourable court was published in The Nation Newspaper while the court’s processes were served alongside with the hearing notice to the defendant,  but despite this,  the defendant did not show up to explain why the said properties should not be forfeited to the federal government.

“The evidence of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was not controverted or challenged by the defendant or any interested parties to the suit, this honourable court is of the opinion that the defendant was fully informed about the proceedings. In view of the forgoing,  this honourable court hereby order that the said properties be forfeited to the federal government of Nigeria,” the judge said.

Earlier, the prosecuting counsel,  Nnemeka Omewa, in moving the motion dated 8th of September, 2019, urged Justice Oyinloye to grant the prayers of the  EFCC.

Justice Oyinloye, relying on the motion and 13 exhibits attached, also ordered the cars recovered from the respondent should be forfeited to the federal government.

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