A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city, has ordered that the total sum of N88.4million, belonging to three suspected fraudsters, be temporarily forfeited to the federal government of Nigeria.
Concise News reports that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), dragged the three suspected fraudsters, Osanyinbi Oluwaseun Temitope, Olawoye Oluwamuyiwa Abolade and Kaseem Oluwatosin Emmanuel, before the court
The said sums were deposited in First Bank Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTB) and Ecobank Plc.
In a motion ex parte, the EFCC argued by its lawyer, George Chi-Yakua, urged the court to freeze the monies pending the conclusion of an investigation and possible prosecution of the suspected fraudsters.
The anti-graft agency in an affidavit deposed to by Oghare Ogbole, a female investigation officer, attached with the Special Task Force (STF) of the agency, said her agency is currently investigating a case of suspicious transaction received through an intelligence report against the suspected fraudsters.
The deponent said the respondents were arrested in 2015 of the offence of identity theft and wire fraud committed in the United State of America (USA), between 2013 and 2015 and during which period maintained accounts with the banks stated above.
According to the deponent, the investigation revealed that the first respondent, Osanyinibi Oluwaseun laundered part of the monies through his mother’s account numbers domiciled in GTB.
Justice Saliu Saidu, the presiding judge, after listening to the submission of the EFCC, granted the prayers.