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MR. OLUKOYA OGUNGBEJE ESQ v. ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION

(2018) JELR 38595 (CA)

Court of Appeal  •  CA/L/1408/2017  •  18 Jul 2018  •  Nigeria

Coram
TIJJANI ABUBAKAR JCA; BIOBELE ABRAHAM GEORGEWILL JCA; ABIMBOLA OSARUGUE OBASEKI-ADEJUMO JCA;

Judgement

TIJJANI ABUBAKAR, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This is an appeal against the Judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in the Ikoyi Division, delivered by M. S. Hassan J. on the 5th day of June, 2017 in Suit No: FHC/L/CS/600/2017. The Judgment is found at pages 13 - 24 of the records of appeal wherein the Respondent's Application for Final Forfeiture to the Federal Government of Nigeria of the huge sums found at Flat 7B, Osborne Towers, No. 16 lkoyi Lagos on the 12th day of April, 2017 which were suspected to be unclaimed proceeds of crime was granted by the Lower Court.

It is proper to briefly state the facts grounding this appeal. On the 11th day of April, 2017, operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission following intelligence report discovered huge sums of money in foreign and local currencies in Flat 78 Osborne Towers located at 16 Osborne Road Ikoyi Lagos. On the following day 12th April 2017, the operatives of the Commission obtained search warrant a…

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