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Appeal Court Okays Forfeiture Of N1.4b Paris Club Refund Diverted By Governors

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Court of Appeal in Lagos on Friday okayed the request of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for the final forfeiture of N1.4billion which a firm, Melrose General Services Limited, obtained from the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, through false claims.

Melrose is allegedly linked to outgoing Senate President, Bukola Saraki, whose two aides — Gbenga Makanjuola and Kolawole Shittu — are being prosecuted by the EFCC in respect of the matter.

Justice Cecilia Olatoregun of the Federal High Court in Lagos had on April 27, 2018 ordered the final forfeiture of the said N1.4billion to the Federal Government.

on Friday, the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal of Melrose (the appellant) and resolved the four contentious issues in favour of the EFCC (the first respondent.

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