A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, has ordered that 13 landed properties among others belonging a suspected Fraudster, Haruna Isah, be temporary forfeited to the Federal government of Nigeria.
Justice AbdulAziz Anka, who presided over the court, made the order on wednesday, while granting a Motion Ex-parte brought before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The EFCC in the Ex-parte application marked FHC/L/CS/1264/17, filed and argued before the court by EFCC lawyer, G. C. Akaogu, stated that the 11 landed properties, 80 KVA Mikano generator, and three exotics cars, which scattered across Lagos and Ogun States, were purchased with the proceeds of fraud.
Other respondents in the suit who are immediate relations of the fraud suspect are: Asimawu H. Isah; Johnson A. Isaac and Damilola Taiba Isah.
The suspected fraudster’s properties ordered to be temporary forfeited to the FGN are: undeveloped land measuring 634.130sqm located at Niyi Ogunbameru Street, Ajao Estate, a Shopping Plaza, located on Shasha road, Akowonjo, undeveloped land measuring 407.062sqm, located at 38, Adeniyi Akibu Street, Jankara, Ijaiye-Ojokoro, a complete building located at 49, Segun Akinola Street, Mile 16, Lagos-Abeokuta Express road, Abule-Egba, another completed building located at 46, Yetunde Kuforiji Street, Megida Village, Alimosho LGA and undeveloped land measuring 288.068 sqm, located at Itele-Ota, Ogun State.
Others include: Harsmont Hotel Limited, at 14, Adeyemo Close, Mafoluku-Oshodi, Twin Duplex at 9, Philomena Street, off Murtune Avenue, River Valley Estate, Dopemu, one bungalow at 4, Olushola Prestige close, off Kilanko street, Abule-Egba, one Duplex at 5 Titilayo Balogun close, Ajao Estate, an uncompleted building and land located at 724, Moshalashi-Alagbado and uncompleted building and land located at 724, Bola Ahmed Tinubu Road, Ijaiye-Ojokoro.
Others also include: SP 80kva Mikano generator, Toyota Tacoma marked BDG 938 EE, Toyota Landcruiser with registration number FST 909 EG and Toyota Rav4 with registration number FST 186 E
The suspected Fraudster, Haruna Isah alongside three others namely; Adeyemi Oluwaseun, Sulaiman Yusuf Obhakume, who are staff of First Marina Trust Limited and one, Yusuf Imran Adekunle, are currently standing before Justice Ogunsanya of an Ikeja High Court of Lagos State, on two count charge bordering on conspiracy and stealing of the sum of $500, 000.
The EFCC in an affidavit sworn to by Afanda Emmanuel, an investigator with the anti-graft agency, stated that the Ex-parte application was sequel to a petition received from First Marina Trust Limited, where it was alleged that two of its employees, Oluwaseun Adeyemi and Sulaiman Yusuf Obhakume conspired to defraud it to the tune of over $500, 000.
The deponent also stated that the suspected fraudster, Haruna Isah, was arrested upon confession of the two suspects they they defrauded their employer of N500, 000, and also confessed that part of the money was given to the suspected fraudster, Isah.
The deponent also stated Sulaiman, who mastermind the crime at First Marina Trust Limited, in a bid to cover his crime, was introduced to Haruna by his colleague, Oluwaseun, as an Alfa (Islamic Cleric), to assist him for money ritual, and to pray for him with the use of ‘juju’, so that will make his (Sulaiman) employer will not to detect the fraud.
The EFCC’s investigator further stated that when Sulaiman met with Haruna, the said Haruna told him to bring various sum of money, where by Sulaiman first gave him N240, 000, as deposit,adding that thereafter, the said Haruna demanded for the sums of $540, 000, in two tranches of $250, 000, and $290, 000, respectively, for money ritual, which Sulaiman stole from his
The deponent also averred that the said Sulaiman also gave Haruna another 450, 000 British Pound Sterling, for another money ritual.
The deponent stated that the from the Investigation conducted, it was crystal clear the said Haruna Isah used the proceeds of crime to acquire all the properties sought to be temporary forfeited.
Consequently, the EFCC lawyer, Akaogu, urged the court to temporary forfeit the fraud suspect’s Properties, pending the determination of the criminal case against him and others at Ikeja High Court of Lagos State.
Upon listening the submission of Akaogu, the Presiding Judge, Justice Anka, ordered that all the properties listed above, belonging to the suspected fraudster, Haruna Isah, be temporary forfeited to the Federal government of Nigeria, pending the outcome of the criminal charge against him and others at an Ikeja High Court of Lagos