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Ex Navy Chief Dele Ezeoba Ordered to Temporarily Forfeit N1.8bn to FG

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Admiral Dele Ezeoba (Rtd)

Justice Muslim Hassan  of the Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the temporary forfeiture of the sum of N1.8 billion allegedly diverted from the coffers of the Nigerian Navy by a former Chief of Naval Staff (between 2012 and 2014), retired Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba.

Justice Hassan gave the forfeiture order following an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) pursuant to Section 17 of the Advanced Fee Fraud Act 2006.

Joined in the suit as defendants are Chukwuka Onwuchekwa and Aquila Leasing Ltd.

EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo said the money was traced to the account of Aquila Leasing Ltd, adding that Ezeoba had agreed in his statement to the EFCC to forfeit the money.

“The money is proceeds of crime fraudulently diverted from the Nigerian Navy under the leadership of Dele Joseph Ezeoba,” he alleged.

He said Ezeoba used the name “Chukwuka Onwuchekwa” to open a fraudulent account while laundering the money.

EFCC said the former Naval Chief said in his statement that the account was opened with Onwuchekwa’s consent while he (Ezeoba) managed it.

“Neither the signature nor the driver’s licence used in opening the account was his (Ezeoba),” Oyedepo added.

The commission said in a “desperate bid” to further disguise and conceal the illicit source of the funds, Ezeoba entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to buy Aquila’s shares from Onwuchekwa, who is the managing director.

The shares were worth N2.4 billion out of which N1.8 billion has been recovered in drafts in favour of the Federal Government.

The lawyer said that the order of the court was required to forfeit the sum of N1.8 billion to the Federal Government of Nigeria as the sum “is reasonably suspected to be proceeds of an unlawful activity.”

In granting the application, the judge directed the EFCC to notify the defendants in whose possession the money is to report in court and show cause within 14 days why the money should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

The case has been adjourned to March 29.

9 Comments

  1. #Proudnigerian

    March 16, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Wickedness in high places! I am tired of lamenting ??

  2. Tee

    March 16, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    I think say na only me tire o. The funny thing is how nobody on BN say anything about knowing these thieves or their children or is it that they’re not living in our world. Shame on you if your papa, Mama follow spoil we country. And if you think you can hide in obodo abroad, you can’t hide from karma. Integrity is rare these days o.

  3. Opeoluwa

    March 16, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    This is a fake story. Get your facts right because this is not in public record

  4. nene

    March 16, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    how can people be so wicked? using money that’s not meant for you, you didn’t work for the money. yet, people carry out jungle justice on thieves, while the people who have roobed us and probably our kids are being hailed and respected. No justice in this world!

  5. Temi

    March 17, 2017 at 1:54 am

    what a BASTARD!! he should be decapitated… these people don’t love NIGERIA!! COME ON LETS BE HONEST… STEALING FROM US.. I FEEL LIKE THROWING UP… NASTY OLD MAN

  6. Authentic Sunshine

    March 17, 2017 at 6:18 am

    Time to make their punishment more severe. Wicked souls. Prison sentence is no longer deterrent enough. They go there and start kinging. A ban on their frivolous lifestyle including their children.
    Listen !!! Steal if you must. But have a heart and do at least 70% of the job while you are at it then maybe we can look the other way.

  7. Chi

    March 17, 2017 at 11:31 am

    The death penalty should be introduced for all these thieves parading as “big men”. This is too much!!

  8. Obi

    March 17, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    To be very honest, if we recover all the money that has been stolen from us in this country and we channel it into capital projects that can lead to more jobs and improvement of amenities nobody would even think of leaving this country. I must admit corruption and terrible leadership has been the bane of our development. It is truly sad and im afraid Nigeria may never live up to its potential.

  9. dhoney

    March 17, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    ..we are so used to corruption/Stealing in this country that it moves nobody again, it`s become a way of life or part of our culture. Nna…we need crazy military man to come take these guys out. Dis democrazy no dey work abeg

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