NSITF: Court orders forfeiture of Olejeme’s property for an alleged fraud

NSITF: Court orders forfeiture of Olejeme’s property for an alleged fraud

Following the war on corruption going on in the country, an Abuja Federal High Court, presided over by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, has ordered an interim forfeiture of property traced to the immediate past chairman of National Social Insurance Trust Fund, Ngozi Olejeme.

Justice Ojukwu granted the application attaching/forfeiting all assets and property set out in the schedule attached to the application, to the Federal Government of Nigeria, pending the hearing and determination of the trial in charge No. CR/365/17. Ngozi Olejeme

The order was made sequel to an ex-parte originating summons filed by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, through its counsel, Elizabeth Alabi, on December 12, 2018. In it, the anti-gratt agency prayed the court to grant: “An order of interim attachment/forfeiture of the asset attachment of the property set out in the schedule attached herein.

“An order stopping any disposal, conveyance, mortgage, lease, sale or alienation or otherwise of the property/assets described in the schedule attached herein.” The schedule of property referred to in the summons include parcels of lands, duplexes, a bank building, and hotel buildings, among others. Others are one-storey semi-detached residential building, located at house/flat 86, 11, Crescent, Kado Estate, Abuja; a fenced plot of land with C of O No. DTSR16326, located at plots 104, and 105, Block IV, Phase V, Core Area, Asaba, Delta state; Six units of one bedroom apartment; one unit of five bedroom bungalow; a block of six units of office space, all located at 196, Melford Okilo Road, Amarata-Epie, Yenegoa, Bayelsa State.

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Also included are one duplex and four-house residential building with swimming pool, gate house, fully furnished with state of the art facilities, located at No. 25 Kainji Crescent, off Maitama, Abuja. This same property is also known as plot No. 738 Cadastral zone AO5, Maitama, Abuja; A storey building; two bungalows; printing press with printing equipment; a fenced empty land measuring 1422.765 square meters, located at km.9 Asaba-Benin Express road, Asaba, Delta state. Another property is a twin duplex office building, located at Plot R/151 (No. 30A) Kingsway Road, Old GRA, Enugu State, registered at Enugu Land Registry.

The commission also sought the interim forfeiture of two duplexes with boys quarters, generator house, gym and car park, located at No. 3D Opolo, Old Commissioner’s Quarters, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State; ten plots of land located at plot 7, 8, 11, 12, 16, 20, 23, and 24 Phase IV, Block 111, Core Area, Asaba, Delta state, with C of O No. DSTR1194; a two bedroom bungalow, located at No. 3 Ogwa Godspower avenue, Oshimili South LGA, Asaba, Delta State; a two bedroom bungalow, located at No. 11 Chiweta Street, off Ezenie Avenue, Asaba, Delta State, measuring 527.141 square meters; A two bedroom bungalow, located at James Odittah Street, Oshimili LGA, Asaba, Delta State, amongst many others. Last month, chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, had told the media that the suspect, who uses multi visas, escaped from Nigeria, making it difficult for the agency to swoop on her.

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