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Friday, 16 August 2019

Senator Nwaoboshi begs court to release 11 forfeited houses

On Wednesday, The Senator representing Delta North, Peter Nwaoboshi, asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to set aside the interim forfeiture order placed on some of his assets.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo, on July 2, 2019, ordered the interim forfeiture of 11 houses and 22 bank accounts said to have been linked to him.

This followed an ex parte application by the Special Presidential Investigative Panel for the Recovery of Public Property.

The ex parte application was moved by the panel’s lawyer, Celsus Ukpong, who described the assets as suspicious or suspected to be far beyond the legitimate income of Nwaoboshi.

Nwaoboshi, Zenith Bank, Access Bank, United Bank of Africa and Sterling Bank were joined as the 1st to the 5th respondents, respectively, in the ex parte application.

Although, Ukpong had applied for the interim forfeiture of 14 landed assets, the judge only granted the request in respect of 11, as he exempted three of them that were without addresses from the order.

But Nwaoboshi’s lawyer, Robert Clarke (SAN), on Wednesday, informed the judge of his client’s application filed on July 11, 2019.

The application challenged the court’s jurisdiction to grant the interim order of forfeiture.

The senator contended that the SPIP made false claim in obtaining the orders.

Another lawyer, Sylvanus Maliki, on Wednesday appeared in court for an interested party, Mrs Ngozi Aniezu.

The judge directed the panel’s lawyer, Oluwatosin Ojaomo, to respond to the applications filed by Nwaoboshi and other interested parties on or before Friday.

The judge fixed hearing for Friday.

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