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(1996) JELR 87177 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  SC.113/90  •  20 Dec 1996  •  Nigeria

ABUBAKAR BASHIR WALI..... Justice, Supreme Court MICHAEL EKUNDAYO OGUNDARE..... Justice, Supreme Court EMMANUEL OBIOMA OGWUEGBU..... Justice, Supreme Court UTHMAN MOHAMMED..... Justice, Supreme Court ANTHONY IKECHUKWU IGUH..... Justice, Supreme Court


MOHAMMED, J.S.C. (Delivering the Lead Judgment):

Chief Babatunji Olowofoyeku was, between January 1963, and January, 1966, the Attorney-General of former Western Region of Nigeria. After the 1966 Military Coup, the then Military Government of the former Western State of Nigeria set up Somolu Assets Tribunal and empowered it to probe the assets of some key public officers, who were alleged to have committed unlawful enrichment during the course of their public duties.

In July, 1969, following the release of Somolu Report, certain properties of Chief Olowofoyeku, the appellant, in this appeal, were forfeited to the former Western State of Nigeria, by virtue of the Public Officers and (Other Persons Forfeiture of Assets) Order, 1969 - WSLN, 65 of 1969. The properties are:

(a) A piece of land at Commercial Reservation, Ibadan

(b) A house at No.9 Queen Elizabeth II Road, Ibadan

(c) A piece of land at Ojo Road, near Apapa, off Badagry Road, Lagos State.

(d) A house known as No. 101 Awolowo Road…

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