Legal Nigeria

Court freezes Ozekhome’s account over suspicious N75m lodgment

The Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday ordered a temporary forfeiture of N75million found in the account of an activist-lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN).The account is domiciled in Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB).The order followed an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).Justice Abdulaziz Anka gave the order based on motion ex-parte filed by the commission.EFCC prayed the court to freeze Ozakhome’s account temporarily on the ground that the N75 million was suspected to be proceed of crime.

The commission said the lawyer deposited the money last December 15.EFCC’s lawyer Mohammed Idris moved the application.An EFCC investigator, Tosin Owobo, who swore to an affidavit of urgency, prayed the court to grant the application.The commission asked that the account be temporary frozen for 120 days pending conclusion of investigation.Justice Anka granted the prayer, adding that any party not satisfied with the ruling could appeal.Source: The Nation