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Court orders AVM Ebong to forfeit N510m to FG [update]

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Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has on Monday granted an order of interim forfeiture of N510 million against former Commander of the Presidential Air Fleet (PAF), Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Uko Etim Ebong.

Justice Mohammed granted the order while ruling on an ex-parte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The said amount was contained in an account belonging to a company – Elioenai International College, allegedly owned by Air Vice Marshal Ebong.

According to EFCC lawyer, Mr. Ekele Iheanacho, the money is part of the N731 million allegedly paid to AVM Ebong, through a company he is believed to be linked to – Magnificent 5 Ventures Limited.

Mr. Iheanacho who said that the money was paid from the office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) without any contractual agreement, noted that AVM Ebong was the Commander PAF between 2013 and July 2015.

Ruling, Justice Mohammed said: “An order is hereby made for the interim forfeiture of the sum of N510,000,000 in Sterling Bank account No: 0029581583 recovered by the applicant, which funds are reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities.”

The judge also ordered the EFCC to publicise the said order and for anyone who is interested in the funds in respect of which the order was made, to appear before the court and show cause, within 14 days, why the money should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

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