A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt has refused to vacate the interim
forfeiture order granted on December 28, 2018 in respect of $2.8
million, seized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
Enugu Zonal Office.
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EFCC, on December 20, seized the money from two persons at Akanu Ibiam
International Airport, Enugu.
The carriers were Ighoh Augustine and Ezekwe Emmanuel who were suspected to be money launderers.
filing application for interim forfeiture on December 24, 2018, the
Commission also filed an affidavit of urgency for the matter to be heard
before a vacation Judge sitting in Port Harcourt. Justice A.T.
on December 28, ruled in favour of the Commission, as the court granted
the order of interim forfeiture, pending the determination of the case.
the resumed hearing of the case on Friday, January 4, 2019, Charles
Ajuya, SAN, appeared for the Respondents and prayed the Court to vacate
the interim order.
But the EFCC counsel, Anasoh Onyedikachi
Henry, who filed eight paragraphs Affidavit of Facts stated the progress
made by the Commission in the investigation. He also presented before
the court, the newspaper publication in respect of the court order.