Skip to main content

Perm Sec corruptly enriched himself, EFCC tells court


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday told Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court, Lagos that the retiring Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Clement Illoh Onubuogo, corruptly enriched himself.

The anti-graft agency has consequently instituted a motion on notice before the court, wherein it is asking the Judge for a permanent forfeiture of the sums of N664, 475, 246.6, $137,680.11, alongside the property it recovered from the embattled permanent secretary to the Federal Government.

The EFCC had on August 17, this year, obtained an order of temporary forfeiture of the sum, a property described as “Clement Illoh’s Mansion,” located at Ikom Quarters, Issele-Azagba in Delta State, and a hotel at No. 19, Madue Nwafor Street, off Achala Ibuzo Road, Asaba, also in Delta State, to the Federal Government.

While granting the order prior to this time, Justice Abdul-Azeez Anka, had ordered the EFCC to notify the permanent secretary, in whose possession the property were found, to appear before the court and show cause, within two weeks, why they should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

Justice Anka had equally directed that the commission should publicise the interim orders in any national daily to allow any interested party to appear before him to show cause, within two weeks, why the order should not be made permanent.

But at the resumed hearing of the case before Justice Obiozor, counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, revealled that a motion that sought the final forfeiture of the money and property to the Federal Government had been instituted.

Oyedepo further maintained that the motion brought pursuant to Section 17 (4) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other fraud related offences Act has been served on the permanent secretary, whom he said was yet to file a counter-affidavit.

The EFCC counsel equally told the court that sequel to the directive issued by Justice Anka, the anti-graft agency had published the interim order on August 23, this year.

In response, counsel to the permanent secretary, T. S. Awhana, while acknowledging the receipt of the motion for final forfeiture, contended that he had already filed a counter-affidavit against it.

He said a notice of preliminary objection challenging the court’s jurisdiction to make the interim order had equally been instituted, adding: “It was improper for the commission to come before the Lagos court when all transactions leading to the suit were conducted in Abuja.”The matter has been adjourned until September 22, this year, to allow for exchange of processes between the parties.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Is Davido A Member Of The Black Axe Secret Cult? Check Out What His Manager Is Saying

Asa Asika, Davido’s country manager,  has rubbished a controversial report which went viral last week that one Tobi Adegoke, a 25-year-old suspected member of the Black Axe cult was lured into becoming a member of the group with promises that joining the group would grant him the rare opportunity of meeting Davido, Vanguard reports. According to the suspect, a budding musician who is currently in police custody after being arrested and paraded alongside 26-other suspected cultists by the Lagos State Police Command last week Wednesday; he fell for the cheap trick because he believed meeting Davido would boost his music career.  “I am an Aiye member (Black Axe). I have been in the cult for about two years. I was told that Davido was a member and if I joined, I will be able to meet him. It was the guy who initiated me that said so. He said he worked for Davido and that it will be easy access for me. But since I joined, I have not met Davido. They told me I’ll become a very popular musici…

Marriage: A school of learning, discovery

By Pastor Okokon Ating I have been enlightened that marriage is an insti-tution established by God which no student has gra-duated from. Once an in-dividual is able to obtain admission into this sch-ool, one keeps on learning till death. In the school of marriage every student is a novice. No matter how highly educated one is, he/she has a blank knowledge compared with the normal academic attainment.                                                   wedding ring
There are many mysteries embedded in marriage unknown to the unlearned heart. Couples do not know marriage but learn and study it. That is, cou-ples learn and study it when they come into the practical aspect of it. I came in contact with a young lady who was busy attending marriage semin-ars and reading several books on marriage. Atten-ding seminars and reading books on marriage are good, I told her; but where you can know and be pr-oud of living confidently in marriage is when you enter into the reality of marriage. This is w…

Save The Planet, Preserve The Ozone Layer

Everything you need to live well
The activities done by man to make life easier has depleted the ozone layer and endangered Planet earth due to pollution. Planet Earth has indicated through global warming the most visible sign of climate change. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), over the last century, sea levels have risen by between 10 and 25 centimeters, and carbon dioxide—the main cause of the greenhouse effect—is responsible for 85% of the increase in the Earth’s temperature over the last 10 years. To stop this negative effect and preserve the ozone layer, here are a few ways to check air pollution; Prevent bush burning In some rural areas bush burning is an easy way to prepare farmlands for cultivation. This is not only harmful to the soil but also the planet as well. Take precautions to avoid starting fires especially during the dry season. Buy organic products. Go for eco-friendly products that have no effec…