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Graft: ICPC recovers N350m from Federal High Court staff

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 INDEPENDENT Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has secured the final forfeiture of N350,367,772 fraudulently acquired by some staff of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

  This was contained in a statement signed by ICPC Spokesperson, Mrs Azuka Ogogua, stating that the money was fraudulently kept in an interest yielding bank account by three respondents including the Chief Registrar and the Deputy Registrar of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt.

  ICPC maintained that  in the course of investigating a petition written against some officials of the court, the commission’s special investigation team uncovered the money, “being the sum of confiscated, value and sold vessel hidden in a bank account.”

  “To allow any interested persons show cause why the money should not be forfeited finally to the federal government, ICPC immediately filed an ex-parte motion for an Interim Order of Forfeiture in November 2020

  “While ruling on the Interim Order of Forfeiture, Justice Mohammed Sani of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, granted the commission’s prayers for interim forfeiture of the sum pending the final hearing of the case.

  “In his ruling on the Motion on Notice for the final forfeiture of the money, Justice Sani, held that he was satisfied that ICPC had placed sufficient evidence before the Court to justify a final forfeiture of the contentious money.

  “He, therefore, ordered Union Bank, Station Road Branch, Port-Harcourt, to immediately pay the money into the Federal Government’s Treasury Single Account as the money in question rightly belonged to the Federal Government of Nigeria,” the statement read in part.

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