Some 46 houses and lands belonging to a former chairperson of the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Mrs Ngozi Juliet Olojeme, located in Abuja, Bayelsa and Delta states, were on Wednesday, July 1, ordered to be seized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
View pictures in App save up to 80% data.Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, granted the order of interim forfeiture in relation to the 46 houses and parcels of land in a ruling on a motion ex-parte brought by the anti graft agency.
In the suit number: FHC/ABJ/CS/538/2020 argued by the EFCC’s counsel, Ekele Iheanacho, on Wednesday, Justice Taiwo ordered the commission to publish the order in a national daily.
This is to enable anyone who is interested in the affected property to show cause within 14 days why the assets should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.
The judge then fixed July 27 as the return date.
According to a statement by the EFCC on Wednesday, Olejeme was said to have acquired the said properties with public funds she allegedly diverted while serving in the NSITF between 2009 and 2015.
Among the said properties, according to EFCC, was a house at 2, Kainji Crescent, off Lake Chad Crescent, Maitama, Abuja (also known as Plot 738 Cadatral Zone AO5, Maitama, Abuja), which the EFCC claimed she acquired in 2012 at N1.3 billion.
The EFCC alleged that Olejeme acquired the property using funds received as kickbacks from contractors through third parties.
Some of the other properties are: one storey semi-detached residential building, located at house/flat 86, 11 Crescent, Kado estate, Abuja; a fenced plot of land with C of O No. DTSR16326, located at plots 104 and 105, Block IV, Phase V, Core Area, Asaba, Delta State.
Six units of one bedroom apartment; one unit of five bedroom bungalow; a block of six units of office space, all located at 196, Melford Okilo Road, Amarata-Epie, Yenegoa, Bayelsa State.
Others include: two duplexes with Boys Quarters, Generator House, Gym and Car Park, located at No. 3D, Opolo, Old Commissioner’s Quarters, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State; Ten plots of land, located at plots 7, 8, 11, 12, 16, 20, 23, and 24 Phase IV, Block 111, Core Area, Asaba, Delta State, with C of O No. DSTR1194.
A two bedroom bungalow, located at No. 3 Ogwa Godspower avenue, Oshimili South LGA, Asaba, Delta State; A two bedroom bungalow, located at No. 11 Chiweta Street, off Ezenie Avenue, Asaba, Delta State, measuring 527.141 square meters; A two bedroom bungalow, located at James Odittah Street, Oshimili LGA, Asaba, Delta State.
Others are a storey building; two bungalows; printing press with printing equipment; a fenced empty land measuring 1422.765 square meters, located at km.9 Asaba-Benin Express road, Asaba, Delta state. Another property is a twin duplex office building, located at Plot R/151 (No. 30A) Kingsway Road, Old GRA, Enugu State, registered at Enugu Land Registry.
Court Order, seizes 46 houses, and lands linked to ex-NSITF boss Olejeme.