Court Freezes Ogun Governor’s Aide Account, Forfeit Properties

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Abidemi Rufai, suspended aide to Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State was charged of $350,000 fraud in the United States of America, USA. 

Following an ex parte order granted by Justice Tijjani Garba Ringim of Lagos High court, properties of the respondant was forfeited and his bank account freezed. The property was located at 11, Omodayo Awotuga Street, Bera Estate, Chevy View, Lekki, Lagos, and funds in his accounts domiciled in Sterling and Zenith Banks.

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, applied to the court through its counsel Emeka Okongwu, counsel to the commission, who moved for the court to grant the applicant’s prayers in order to prevent further dissipation of funds in the bank.

Giving the order Justice Ringim said “am satisfied by the averment in the affidavit deposed to by Usman Abdulhamid and the legal submission of the counsel that this application should succeed and the same is accordingly granted as prayed.”

The hearing was adjourned to 1st December 2021 for continuation and EFCC was urged to publish the order for any interested party  to see why the property should not be permanently forfeited. 

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