Perm. Sec. accused of corruption forfeits N660 million, $137,000, two buildings to Nigerian govt
The Lagos Division of the Federal High Court on Thursday ordered the temporary forfeiture of N664,475,246 and $137,680 allegedly diverted from the previous administration’s Sure-P funds to the Nigerian government.
The suspect, Clement Onubuogo, a serving Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, was also ordered to temporarily forfeit two buildings, which he allegedly acquired with funds diverted from the youth empowerment scheme.
One of the property is his house, known as Clement Illoh’s Mansion, located at Ikom Quarters, Issala-Azegba, Delta State, while the other, a hotel, is said to be located at No. 19, Madue Nwofor Street, off Achala Ibuzo Road, Asaba, Delta State.
Justice Abdulaziz Anka ordered the temporary forfeiture of the funds and the asset following an ex-parte application by counsel for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Rotimi Oyedepo.
In the ex-parte application, the EFCC said the funds and the properties were reasonably suspected to be proceeds of theft and bribery.