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Court Orders Temporary Forfeiture Of N200m Linked To Military Officers, 3 Firms



Justice Sule Hassan of the Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday ordered that the sum of N200 million, allegedly warehoused in some commercial banks by two military officers, and their three companies be temporarily forfeited to the federal government.
Justice Hassan, who gave the directive while ruling on an exparte application to that effect filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), held that the money should be in the possession of the government pending the outcome of investigation by the anti-graft agency on it.
The EFCC, through one of its counsels, Nkereuwem Anana, had claimed in its exparte motion that the N200 million was fraudulently withdrawn from the Defence Headquarters Over-head expenses accounts by the two officers, Adamu Bello Argungu and John Onimisi Ozigi and their companies
The commission further stated that the companies are: Falsal & Co Global Services Nigeria Limited; Diamond Head Ventures & Development Company Limited; and Sweetex Bureau De Change Limited.
In an 18-paragraph affidavit attached to the application, deposed to by one of its operatives, Clever Ibrahim, the EFCC averred that the two military officers, Adamu Bello Argungu and John Onimisi Ozigi are of the Nigerian Army and Air Force respectively, who made several unauthorised withdrawals from the Defence Headquarters Overhead Expenses Account.
Ibrahim also stated that the money was deposited not in their salary accounts, nor the accounts belonging to the Defence headquarters, but in corporate accounts and other accounts belonging to their companies.
He further stated that the accounts where the said money warehoused are domiciled in are Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) account number 0142893798; 0229980366; 0023038546; 0023038553; 00223038539; 0052260716 and 0023673121, belonging to Adamu Bello Argungu and Falsal & Co Gloval Services Limited. And Skye Bank Plc with account numbers: 1060118510 and 4010007344, belonging to John Onimisi Ozigi and his company, Diamond Head Ventures & Development Limited.
He also stated that parts of the money was kept in First City Monument Bank (FCMB) account numbers 3584478019 and 3584478026 belonging to Sweetex Bureau De Change Limited. And Zenith Bank Plc, accounts with numbers 1010260044, 1010399694 and 1000468142 belonging to Diamond Head Ventures.
Furthermore, the deponent stated that John Onimisi Ozigi and his company, Diamond Head Ventures & Development Company Limited kept parts of the money in Skye Bank Plc’s account numbers: 1060118510 and 4010007344 respectively.