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Clement Illoh Court orders forfeiture of N437m linked to ex-permanent secretary

The forfeiture order also covers two buildings in Delta state that's also linked to the ex-permanent secretary.

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Dr. Clement Illoh

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A Federal High Court in Lagos state has approved the order of the interim forfeiture of the sum of N437,348,181 allegedly linked to Dr. Clement Illoh, a former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

The ruling was handed down by Justice Abdulaziz Anka after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) approached the court with the seizure order for the money that's suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities.

The EFCC also have the authority to temporarily forfeit another sum of N129,826,452 that was discovered in possession of members of staff of Illoh. The sum is believed to have been paid to them as bribes.

The forfeiture order also covers two buildings in Delta state that's also linked to the ex-permanent secretary.

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The EFCC argued that a mansion at Ikom Quarters, Issala-Azegba in Delta State and a hotel located at No. 19, Madue Nwafor Street, off Achala Ibuzo Road, Asaba, Delta State both belong to Illoh and suspected to also be proceeds of unlawful activity.

The anti-graft agency was directed by the court to inform Illoh of the forfeiture, to enable him appear before the court within 14 days and stake his claim to the funds and assets.

Any other interested party that might have a legitimate claim to the funds and assets are also invited by the court to appear within the same period and and show cause why the final order of forfeiture should not be made in favour of the Federal Government.

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