Soldiers Chase EFCC Operatives from ONSA Director’s Forfeited Property, Say Commission Lacks Right to Investigate Serving Military Officers

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Soldiers Chase EFCC Operatives from ONSA Director’s Forfeited Property, Say Commission Lacks Right to Investigate Serving Military Officers

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) were on Wednesday prevented from marking some of the property belonging to the Director of Finance in the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Brig-Gen Jafaru Mohammed by soldiers.

A lawyer to the Director said EFCC was going beyond its limit, and that the soldiers’ actions were justified.

Omokayode Adebayo Dada, Esq who is Brig.-Gen. Jafaru Mohammed’s legal counsel was quoted by Daily Trust to have said the EFCC, according to the law of the land, has no power to investigate a serving military officer.

According to the daily, the lawyer argued that the military officer was right to have prevented himself from harassment of the operatives, stressing that if there was any petition against him, the EFCC should formally write to the authorities of Nigerian Army who will then look at the case.

“Anything that has to do with a serving military officer, you dare not go by EFCC and say you have powers. Everything EFCC did was premised on the foundation of illegality. The man is a graduate and learned person, he knows the law that governs him.

“If he had not spoken all these while and he now woke up from slumber, then he has the right to repel them. He didn’t repel them illegally. They constituted illegality in his premises and he took steps to defend himself,” he was quoted to have said.

The property in question are under interim forfeiture order.

Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, had, on March 9, 2021, granted an ex-parte application brought by the EFCC for an interim order of forfeiture of some identified property linked to the senior military officer.

The court also ordered the EFCC to publicise the interim forfeiture of the assets and invite people “who may have interest in the assets and properties listed in the schedule to show cause, within 14 days of such publication, why a final order of forfeiture to the Federal Government of Nigeria of the said assets and properties should not be made.”

The assets traced to the proxies and associates of the Brigadier General, according to the court papers, include: House on Plot 7, God’s Own Estate, Road 1, Wamna District, Abuja; a fencer plot at No 1 Jubril Aminu Crescent, Katampe Extension, Abuja and plot at Kubwa Express, Directly opposite Abuja Model City Gate, Abuja;

Others are: A house on Block SD 22 House 2, Road 5, Kabusa Garden Estate, Abuja; No 15, 21 Crescent, 2nd Avenue, Gwarinpa Estate, Abuja; No 3 Liverpool Close, Sun City Estate, Abuja; No 52 Main Street, Sun City Estate, Abuja; and No 25 Osaka Street, Sun City Estate, Abuja.

 

 

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