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Court vacates Forfeiture Order on 40 Ekweremadu’s properties

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Federal High Court Abuja sitting in Abuja has vacated an interim forfeiture of 40 landed properties granted against the former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.

The presiding judge, Justice Iyang Ekwo who gave the order said the decision was following a discovery that the Forfeiture Order earlier granted was fraudulently obtained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against the properties.

Justice Ekwo held that the EFCC which obtained the order on behalf of the Federal Government concealed information that led to granting it.

He disclosed that the antigraft agency was fully aware that the Senator was in custody in the United Kingdom but failed to make the vital information available to court.

Channels reports that the Judge agreed with the counsel to Ekweremadu and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Adegboyega Awomolo that there was no way the former Deputy President of the Senate, would be opportuned to defend his ownership of the disputed properties.

Justice Ekwo had on November 4, 2022 issued the interim Forfeiture Order in favour of the Federal Government following an ex-parte application brought before him by EFCC.

The Judge had specifically directed that anyone who had interest in the forfeited properties should indicate within 14 days of the publication of the interim forfeiture order from the court.

The former Deputy Senate President and his wife are currently standing trial in the United Kingdom over an alleged organ harvest.

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