Efforts by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to obtain final forfeiture of assets said to belong to a former Minister, Senator Stella Oduah failed today.
A Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a judgment held that EFCC could not successfully establish a link between the assets in question, which the court had earlier granted interim forfeiture and Stella Oduah, alleged to have diverted funds while in office.
In an affidavit supporting its application for the said forfeiture order, the anti-corruption commission had alleged Oduah connived with banks officials to divert the fund and allegedly used the money to procure broadcast equipment for Crystal Television Limited, newspaper printing press, six dredgers and quarry.
But the presiding judge in his judgment struck out the counter- affidavit filed by EFCC’s lawyer, O. I. Uket, to rebut the companies’ claims, on the grounds that it was defective.
Justice Ekwo held that the respondents have shown cause why the prayer by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, that the order of interim forfeiture made on October 18, 2019 be made permanent, should not be granted.
The judge therefore ordered that the interim order is set aside while he case of the applicant is also dismissed.