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Court Orders Final Forfeiture Of Property, Cash Linked To Retired Air Force Chief Atwodi

Justice Emeka Anwuli Chikere of a Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the final forfeiture of property and cash, suspected proceeds of crime, linked to a retired Air Force Chief, Air Vice Marshal Saliu Atwodi, and his wife, Winnie.

The judge issued the order in a judgement on Wednesday.

The property measuring about 57933.69 square metres, controlled by Vector Integrated Services Limited, is located at No 3004 Cadastral Zone E05, Aviation Village District in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.

The cash recovered are $228,428 and N120, 546,042.02. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) prosecuted Atawodi.

The anti-graft agency had filed an application pursuant to Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, No14, 2006 seeking forfeiture of the said property and money, being proceeds of crime as defined by the Money Laundering Prohibition Act of 2011.

Justice Chikere held that the EFCC proved beyond reasonable doubt, ruling that in the absence of any objection to the notice of interim forfeiture published for interested parties to show cause why the assets should not be finally forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Atawodi was a former Chairman of the Presidential Implementation Committee on Maritime Safety and Security (PICOMSS).

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