ustice Emeka Anwuli Chikere of a Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the final forfeiture of property and $228,428, suspected proceeds of crime, linked to a retired Air Force Chief, Air Vice Marshal Saliu Atawodi and his wife, Winnie.
In a judgment on Wednesday, the judge held that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) proved beyond reasonable doubt that the property and said amount are proceeds of crime as defined by the Money Laundering Prohibition Act of 2011.
The judge noted that, in the absence of any objection to the notice of interim forfeiture published for interested parties to show cause why the assets should not be finally forfeited, the property and cash now belong to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The property measuring about 57933.69 square metres, controlled by Vector Integrated Services Limited, is located at No 3004 Cadastral Zone E05, Aviation Village District in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.
The cash recovered are $228,428 and N120, 546,042.02. The anti-graft agency had filed an application pursuant to Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, No14, 2006.
Atawodi was a former Chairman of the Presidential Implementation Committee on Maritime Safety and Security (PICOMSS).