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N32.8 billion Pension Fraud: Court freezes assets of Atiku, 5 others

17 Jul

Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory , Justice Lawal H. Gumi has granted an interim order to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to attach and take possession of the asset of all the six accused persons who allegedly defrauded the Police Pension Office to the tune of N32.8 billion naira.

The Judge further ordered the freezing of the bank accounts of all the accused persons pending the hearing and final determination of the corruption case against them.

The six suspects who were arraigned on March 29, 2012, on a 16 count criminal charge bordering on conspiracy and criminal breach of trust before Justice Mohammed Talba of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory , Gudu, Abuja , were Esai Dangabar, Atiku Abubakar Kigo, Ahmed Inuwa Wada, John Yakubu Yusufu, Mrs. Veronica Ulonma Onyegbula and Sani Habila Zira. Kigo was the director of the Police Pension Office, before he was made permanent secretary.

Fifteen of the 45 properties which were ordered forfeited on interim basis, belongs to Dangabar, 11 to Mrs. Onyegbula, six to Wada, five belongs to Kigo and four each to Yusuf and Zira.

According to the order, “all the bank accounts currently being operated and maintained by Inuwa Wada at keystone and Zenith Bank, all totalling 11 in number are hereby temporarily frozen until the determination of the charge Number FCT/Cr/64/2012.

Similarly, all the bank accounts presently being operated and maintained by Esai Dangabar, Atiku A. Kigo and Veronica Onyegbula in the following banks: EcoBank, FCMB, Access Bank, Sky Bank, Fortis Micro Finance Bank, Aso Savings, GTB, Mainstreet Bank and Wema Bank are herby temporarily frozen pending the hearing and determination of all the said criminal charge No. FCT/64/2012 presently pending before this court”, the Judge ruled.

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