Justice Folasade Giwa-Ogunbanjo of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Thursday ordered the final forfeiture of N601million linked with the former head of service of the federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita.
The money in two accounts at Zenith Bank was held in trust in the name of Titus Okunrinboye Thompson.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, convinced the court that the money in two accounts was a proceed of fraud and on Monday October 7 made a final forfeiture application before Justice Giwa.
The trio of Titus Okunrinboye, Vincent Odafen and Muara Muhammed Gambo were being prosecuted by the EFCC for running and operating companies, which were alleged to have been used to siphon public funds under the façade of contracts or consultancy.
The EFCC on June 28, 2019, applied for interim forfeiture before Justice Giwa, who granted the application and stipulated that the Commission should place the application in a national newspaper.
On October 7, 2019, prosecution counsel, M.S. Abubakar, told the court that the Commission had complied with the judge’s stipulation by advertising the interim forfeiture application in The Nation Newspaper.