The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to make an order of final forfeiture of the over N13bn cash found in an apartment on Osborne Road, Ikoyi Lagos, to the Federal Government.
Justice Muslim Hassan, while ordering a temporary forfeiture of the money on April 13, had directed the EFCC to advertise the order in a newspaper so that anybody who owns the money can claim it within 14 days.
However, EFCC’s lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, said no one has come forward to claim the money and therefore prayed the court to permanently forfeit the money.
The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) had reportedly claimed ownership of the money, following which the Federal Government launched a probe and suspended NIA Director-General, Ayodele Oke.
EFCC, in an affidavit said Oke’s wife, Folasade, allegedly owns the apartment in which the huge money was found.
The anti-graft agency, which tendered the receipt of payment, said Mrs. Oke paid for the apartment in cash without going through a financial institution.
This, Oyedepo said, violates the Money Laundering Act.