Corruption: Yobe government official confiscates 11 government properties

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Corruption: Yobe government official confiscates 11 government properties

Judge Fadima Murtala Aminu of the Federal High Court sitting in Damaturu, Yobe State, ordered the provisional confiscation of eleven land properties, in the metropolis of Damaturu, belonging to Alhaji Idris Yahaya, Auditor General of all areas of local government, LGA, of Yobe State.

She gave the order on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, following an ex parte request filed by the Maiduguri Area Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, requesting interim confiscation of assets.

EFCC lawyer Mukhtar Ali Ahmed told the court that Yahaya owned land holdings suspected to be proceeds of crime, due to alleged criminal misappropriation of public funds, abuse of power and money laundering reported to the Commission.

A petitioner alleged that the suspect enriched himself by putting ghost workers on the payroll of Yobe State LGAs and acquired land holdings with the proceeds of crime.

“The investigation conducted by the EFCC showed that the suspect embezzled huge sums of money from Yobe LGA coffers and illegally acquired the following properties:

Farsawa Plaza opposite First Bank of Nigeria Limited, along Gashua Road, Damaturu, a mega plaza opposite the Central Bank of Nigeria Complex, located along Gujba Road, Damaturu. The others are: 20 self-contained units, four self-contained single room units and two self-contained room and apartment units, located opposite the Central Bank of Nigeria complex along Gujba Road, Damaturu.

Also identified by the Commission are: four bedroom units and a self-contained apartment, a fenced plot, three bedroom apartments and a BB shopping complex, all located opposite the Central Bank of Nigeria complex along the road of Gujba, in Damaturu. The rest are properties located at plot number C300 at 440 Housing Estate, Gujba road and BB Lounge, next to Nishadi Kilishi, along Maiduguri road, Damaturu, Yobe State.

Ahmed prayed for the court to order interim forfeiture of assets from the federal government and also argued that the suspect was living beyond his means as a public servant.

Therefore, Judge Aminu granted the request and ordered the provisional confiscation of the eleven landholdings. She also ordered the publication of the order in any national newspaper, for the respondent or anyone with legal rights to the properties to appear in court, “to show cause within 14 days, why a final order confiscation should not be issued”.

Wilson Uwujaren
Head, Media and Publicity
September 22, 2022

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