A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to seize a university linked to former Federal Accounts Manager at the Federal Ministry of Health, Anthony Hassan.
The court ordered the seizure of NOK University, Kaduna and other properties linked to the former director.
Judge Zainab Abubakar, the presiding judge, issued the order, saying the proceeds of illegal activity had been traced back to its owner.
Hassan, who was DFA in the Ministry of Health between 2016 and 2019, allegedly built the university through fraudulent means.
The physical assets of the University confiscated include the Senate building, the ICT building, the Faculty of Medicine building, the Dean of Science building, two academic buildings, a faculty hall and other buildings.
“Other properties attributed to Hassan which are also confiscated in the meantime are Gwasmyen Water Factory, Gwasmyen Event Center and Gwasmyen International Hotel in Kaduna.
EFCC lawyer Ekele Iheanacho told the court that the EFCC had applied for the order “pursuant to Section 44(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended ) and Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offenses Act No. 14, 2006 and within the inherent jurisdiction of the Honorable Court”.
The Commission, through its Investigative Officer, Adaora Asabe Oragudosi, investigated verified information bordering on criminal conspiracy, theft, abuse of power and money laundering against certain staff members of the Federal Ministry of Health, where the assets ordered forfeited were traced back to the defendant.
In the decision, the court ordered that the provisional confiscation order be published in national dailies, alerting anyone interested in the properties to justify, within 14 days, why they should not be confiscated from the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Judge Abubakar adjourned until October 5, 2022, for mention of the case.