Categories: Local

Court Orders NSCDC Commandant To Forfeit 60 Buildings, Land To FG

A file photo of a court gavel.

 

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the final forfeiture of 60 buildings illegally acquired by a former Deputy Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Adenike Ishola Bintu, to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

This is according to a statement on Friday by the spokesperson of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Mrs. Azuka Ogugua.

The ICPC in a forfeiture proceeding had approached Justice O. A. Egwuata, praying for an order for the final forfeiture of the 60 buildings and a 9.6-hectare plot of land, both located at Sabon-Lugbe South-West Extension, Airport Road, Abuja, alleged to have been acquired by Bintu through corrupt means.

READ ALSOBuhari’s Critic, Ortom Backs President’s Refusal To Sign Amended Electoral Bill

Counsel to ICPC, John-Paul Okwor, told the court that the Commission was relying on Section 48 (1) (2) and (3) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, which gives it power to approach the courts to forfeit properties corruptly acquired by individuals.

The Commission had argued before the court that the former NSCDC Deputy Commandant, set up a private company, Faith Winners Victory Properties Limited, through which she allegedly perpetrated the fraud by selling plots of land to unsuspecting members of the public.

The court heard that Bintu claimed that the land, which she used to dupe over 1000 people that subscribed into the estate business, was owned in partnership with NSCDC.

However, the subscribers, who had made several payments running into millions of naira, were never allocated plots of land nor had their funds returned to them by Bintu and her company.

Furthermore, ICPC proved before the court that Bintu, who had jumped bail and is now a fugitive, did not enter into any partnership with NSCDC to build estates for members of the public.

She told the court in her argument that ICPC had no powers to prosecute civil cases and that Sections 6 and 48 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, relied upon by the Commission have been repealed by the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2003. Therefore, the case should be struck out, she prayed.

Her arguments were dismissed by the court for lack of merit, and Justice Egwuata then ruled that all the 60 buildings and the 9.6 hectares of land situated at Sabon-Lugbe South-West Extension, Airport Road, Abuja, listed by ICPC be forfeited to the federal government.

Soonest Nathaniel

Disqus Comments Loading...
Share
Published by
Soonest Nathaniel
Tags: Court Land NSCDC

Recent Posts

  • World News

Large Israel Bird Flu Outbreak Kills 2,000 Wild Cranes

  A bird flu outbreak has killed more than 2,000 wild cranes on a reserve in northern Israel, an unusually…

35 mins ago
  • Sports

Iheanacho Scores As Leicester Lose To Rampant Man City

  Nigeria's Kelechi Iheanacho scored but Manchester City powered six points clear at the top of the Premier League after…

2 hours ago
  • Sports

EPL: Saka Stars In Ruthless Arsenal’s Mauling Of Norwich City

  Arsenal consolidated their position in fourth with a routine 5-0 win at rock bottom Norwich. Goals from Bukayo Saka…

3 hours ago
  • Entertainment

Nigerian Celebrities Flood The Internet With Christmas-Themed Photos

  As the excitement of festivities fills the air, Nigerian celebrities have flooded the internet with Christmas-themed photos. From matching…

4 hours ago
  • Africa

Obama Hails Archbishop Tutu As Mentor, ‘Moral Compass’

  Former US president Barack Obama, the nation's first Black leader, on Sunday hailed late Archbishop Desmond Tutu as a…

4 hours ago
  • Headlines

His Life Was A ‘Message On Love And Forgiveness’ – Buhari Mourns Tutu

  President Muhammadu Buhari has paid tribute to the late South African anti-apartheid hero, Desmond Tutu, describing him as one…

5 hours ago