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Court Discharges, Sets Aside Interim Order Of Forfeiture In Favour Of EFCC Of Twin Tower Plaza Allegedly Belonging To Former FCT Minister

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday had discharged and set aside the Interim Order of forfeiture made on May 17, 2016 in favour of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) attaching the properties of Sam’s Engineering Limited mistakenly as belonging to former FCT Minister Senator Bala Mohammed.

The EFCC had approached the court on May 17, 2016 seeking an order of forfeiture of a twin tower plaza, allegedly belonging to Bala Mohammed; located on Idimba street, beside Tamara Guest Inn, Wuse Zone 3, Abuja.

However, one of the properties allegedly forfeited by virtue of the Interim Order is a Twin Tower Plaza located at Wuse Zone 3 belonging to one Sam’s Engineering Ltd and not Bala Mohammed, as erroneously held by the EFCC.

In his ruling yesterday, (28th day of May, 2019), the presiding judge, Hon. Justice J.S. Tsoho granted an Order:

“A) discharging and setting aside the interim order of forfeiture made on the 17 May 2016 in favour of EFCC attaching the properties of Sam’s Engineering Ltd mistakenly as belonging to Sen. Bala Mohammed.

B) releasing the property/ properties to the Sam’s Engineering Ltd, which is the Rightful owner of the said Twin Tower Plaza located in Wuse 3, Abuja.

C) and restraining EFCC from disturbing the quiet possession of Sam’s Engineering Ltd over the Twin Tower Plaza in Wuse 3, Abuja”.

The court also ruled that “EFCC has not proved that the property belongs to Sen. Bala Mohammed and Sam’s Engineering Ltd has the constitutional right to own properties anywhere in Nigeria legitimately acquired as in this case”.

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