Court Orders Forfeiture Of N 510m Linked To Former Presidential Fleet Commander’s Account
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Monday, granted an order of interim forfeiture of N510m allegedly owned by a former Commander, Presidential Air Fleet, Air Vice Marshall Uko Ebong.
Ebong served as the commander of PAF between 2013 and July 2015.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed granted the interim forfeiture order of the fund linked to Ebong in a ruling on an ex-parte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The anti-graft agency, through its counsel, Mr Ekele Iheanacho, alleged that the sum of N510m was part of proceeds of illegal acts.
The commission also alleged that the sum of N510m was found in an account belonging to a company owned by Ebong, Elionenai International College.
It was also alleged that “AVM Ebong, while being a public officer managed and used private companies to carry out financial transactions while concealing his identity”.
The companies, according to the commission, include Magnificent 5 Ventures Ltd, Tripple Kay Company Nigeria Ltd and Elionenai International College Ltd.
It stated that the directors of Magnificent 5 Ventures Ltd registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission were Ebong’s wife, Mrs Ebong Mercy Uko, and her brother, Ekpo Ubong Asuquo.
It stated that Ebong controlled the financial dealings of the company.
The commission also claimed, “Without any contractual agreement, a total sum of N731, 000, 000.00 was paid to Magnificent 5 Ventures Limited between May, 2014 and October, 2014 by the ONSA under the guise of payment for renovation of PAF barracks, PAF staff quarters.
“There is no proof of any work carried out by Magnificent 5 Ventures Ltd based on which the above payments were made to it.