Court orders freezing of Ozekhome’s account in GTB

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A Lagos Federal High Court has ordered temporary forfeiture of the sum of N75millionn discovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Mr. Mike Ozekhome’s Guaranty Trust Bank account.

The court presided by Justice AbdulAziz Anka gave the order while delivering ruling in a motion ex-parte filed by EFCC seeking that Ozakhome’s account be temporarily frozen on the grounds that the N75 million deposited in it on December 15, 2016 was suspected to be the proceed of crime.

Arguing the application filed before the court by Rotimi Oyedepo, the EFCC lawyer, Mr. Idris Abdulahi Mohammed, informed the court that the application was brought to court pursuant to section 29 of EFCC Act.

Idris also informed the court that three exhibits marked exhibit 01, 02 and 03 were attached with the motion ex-parte.

He added that an affidavit of urgency sworn to by an investigator of the agency, Tosin Owobo was also attached with the application.

He urged the court to grant motion ex-parte order and temporary forfeiture of the account for 120 days.

Justice Anka while ruling on the motion ex-parte, ordered that Ozekhome’s account with the sum of N75 million be forfeited for 120 days.

The judge however ordered that any party that was not satisfied with the ruling should appeal.

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