October 21, 2021

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Assets’ forfeiture: ONSA Director petitions Malami

The Director of Finance and Administration in the Office of the National Security Adviser, Jafaru Mohammed, has petitioned the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, over alleged ownership of eight properties in Abuja.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had on March 9 obtained an interim forfeiture order from a Federal High Court in Abuja to seize the properties for 14 days within which parties with interest should show cause why a final order of forfeiture to the Federal Government should not be made.

In the petition dated May 6, 2021, Mohammed accused the EFCC team led by CSP Sanusi Aliyu Mohammed of violating “the rights of my family during the unauthorized search of my residence and the release of inconclusive and false reports to the media.”

He asked Malami to ensure that the pending proceedings in court be allowed to take its full course and to review the investigation of the case to answer the question of ownership of the properties.

“Notwithstanding the sensitive nature of my office, I presented myself for two consecutive days before the EFCC and was interrogated by a five-man team of operatives for more than 13 hours on each day.

“Unable to substantiate their claim against me and in order to find justification to embarrass and harass me, CSP Sanusi Aliyu Mohammed and his team conducted an unauthorized search of my residence and in the process violated my right to privacy and dignity,” Mohammed stated.

When contacted, the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, promised to cross check and get back to our reporter, but he did not do so as of the time of filing this report.