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DTA Fraud: EFCC secures interim forfeiture of N104m property belonging to FIRS staff

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday secured the interim forfeiture of two landed properties worth over N104m belonging to Aminu Side Garunbabba, a staff of Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS.

A statement on Thursday by the EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, granted the order while ruling on the application by counsel to the EFCC, Ekele Iheanacho.

The EFCC’s application was brought pursuant to Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.

The Court directed that the interim forfeiture Order be published in Thisday and Punch Newspapers, alerting anyone with interest in the properties to show cause why they should not be forfeited to the Federal Government.

The respondent, between 2017 and 2018, had allegedly received the sum of N341, 971,950 from the FIRS as Duty Tour Allowance, DTA, for travels that were not made and diverted the proceeds to acquire the forfeited properties.

The properties include a four-bedroom Terrace Maisonatte with BQ at Barumark Groove Estate, Plot 667 Cadastral Zone Bo3, Wuye District, Abuja purchased at the rate of N65,000,000.00.

The other property, bought for N39,000,000.00, is situated at No. 5 Lodge Road, Kano State.

Justice Egwatu adjourned till March 23, 2022 for consideration of the motion for final forfeiture of the properties.

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