The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has filed an application before the Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking the permanent forfeiture of funds in seven bank accounts linked to Moses Jitoboh, an ex-Aide-De-Camp to former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The EFCC, through its lawyer, Chris Mshelia, filed the application before Justice Emeka Nwite.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Jitoboh, currently a Deputy Inspector-General of Police in-charge of South-South Zone, was ADC to Jonathan when Jonathan was vice-president to the late President Umaru Yar’Adua between 2007 and 2010.
The anti-graft agency had on July 22, 2022 secured a court order for the interim forfeiture of the funds to the Federal Government.
After granting the order, Justice Nwite gave 14 days for anyone interested in the funds to appear before him to give reasons the funds should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.
Following the order, two firms allegedly owned by Jitoboh – Keniah Nigeria Ltd and Golie Investment Nigeria Ltd – sought to be joined as interested parties in the suit.
Counsel for the firms, Chief P.H. Ogbole (SAN), also filed an application for extension of time to file an affidavit to show cause why the temporary forfeiture order should not be made permanent.
The matter, which was scheduled for Monday and was number four on the cause list, could not hold as judges had proceeded on Easter vacation.
The case was consequently adjourned till June 6.
NAN reports that while the EFCC is the applicant, Jitoboh and Inspector Bernard Agada are first and and second respondents respectively.
The EFCC, in its affidavit, said the case was informed by an intelligence report it received from the Office of the National Security Adviser sometime in November 2015.
The commission said its investigation revealed that Jitoboh and Agada sometime in 2014, received the sum of N75m cash from the office of the NSA.
“The said sum was meant for the procurement of defence equipment for the Nigerian Armed Forces to help in the counter-insurgency effort of the Federal Government.
“Findings, however, revealed that the N75m was not expended for the purpose it was disbursed but was laundered through the suspects’ companies and other accounts,” the commission said.