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N138m Fraud: Court Orders Interim Forfeiture Of Naval Officers’ Properties, Money




Justice Muslim Hassan of the Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday ordered the temporary forfeiture of two properties located in the Lekki area of the state, belonging to two Naval officers, Captain Olotu Olumuyiwa Morakinyo and Captain Ebony Emmanuel Aneke to the federal government.

Justice Hassan also granted another order, temporarily forfeiting to the government the sum of N11, 040,000 found in the account of a limited liability company, Lakewood Garden Ventures Limited suspected to be a proceed of unlawful activity.

The judge granted the order after entertaining an ex-parte application argued before him by a lawyer from the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Idris Abdullahi Mohammed.

The anti-graft agency had in an affidavit attached to the application and disposed to by one of its operatives, Idris Adamu, claimed that the EFCC received intelligence report for the case of conspiracy, stealing and money laundering against the two Naval officers, who were posted to Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) as Maritime Guard Commanders from September 2011 to September 2015.

The EFCC claimed that Lakewood Garden Ventures is a Company jointly owned by Captain Aneke and his sister Jimmie Aneke while the Committee of Antipiracy Logistics account was opened and maintain by the Maritime Guard Command of NIMASA.

Adamu maintained in the affidavit that Captain Morakinyo received monies from the people listed below : Yahaya Kanawa -N3,800,000; Maigai Intergrated Limited-N4,650,000; Capital Providers Limited -N8,000,000; Crescent Pillars Investment Limited; N18,000,000.

He alleged that the military officer converted the sum of N6,500,000 meant for the construction of a communication centre for Maritime Guard Command, and that monies totalling N40,950,000, property of NIMASA were received through his personal account domicile at Access Bank Plc.

Adamu also claimed that Captain Morakinyo used the proceeds of the crime highlighted above to acquire a three bedroom Terrace Duplex located at Lekki Gardens Limited Phase 4 Ajah -Lekki, while he also used the account of his wife Rhoda Olotu to launder part of the monies used in buying the property.

While Captain Aneke was alleged to have at various times received monies from Crescent Pillars Investment Limited, totalling N55,905,100 and through his Access Bank account and another N30milion from Seabulk Offshore Limited through his Diamond Bank account.

Captain Aneke was alleged to have used the proceeds of the fraud to acquire a 5-bedroom Duplex in Lekki, Lagos.

According to Adamu, many witnesses who were privy to the transactions were invited and they made voluntary statements to the EFCC. Captain Aneke’s sister Jumie Aneke refunded to the commission the total sum of N11,040,000.

In his ruling, Justice Hassan apart from granting the order of interim forfeiture, also ordered the anti-graft agency to publish the order of the court in any national daily for the respondents or anyone who is interested in the properties sought to be forfeited to appear before the court to show cause within 14 days why the final forfeiture of the properties should not be made in favour of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

He then adjourned the case till April 16 for further hearing.