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Published On: Fri, Sep 11th, 2020

Arms Deal: You have access to me, you can’t declare me wanted – Businessman to EFCC

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By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja

A citizen of Niger Republic and businessman, Mr. Hima Aboubakar, has written to the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial, (EFCC), saying that he cannot be declared wanted because officials of government and the commission have access to him.
He told the commission to stay away from his properties in Nigeria.
Between June 2016 and November 2018, there were exchanges of letters between the company, the EFCC and the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.
About two months ago, the EFCC declared Aboubakar wanted for a case of criminal conspiracy, contract scam, misappropriation of public fund and money laundering.
But Aboubakar, through his lawyer, Dr. Kayode Ajulo, in a later dated September 3, 2020 and addressed to the Acting Chairman of the commission said the court order the commission relied upon to carry out the forfeiture of the properties cannot be executed.
According to him, the EFCC claimed that they secured an order authorising them to seize the property but Dr. Ajulo said the order was obtained without the court having jurisdiction.
He also told the Acting Chairman that his client had already filed a notice of stay of execution of the order of the court.
He said the commission secured the order without giving any notice of the pendency of the action to his client.
He said in paragraph 2.I to 2.3 of the letter, ‘’That the property known as Plot. No. I506, Cadastral Zone, A06, Maitama has been finally ordered to be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria by virtue of the judgment issued by the Federal High Court, Abuja dated 13 July, 2020.
‘’That the occupants are by your Letter, requested to explain the circumstances of their presence in the property on or before 14m August, 2020 to the Directorate of Asset Forfeiture & Recovery Management, 5 Floor Left Wing, Head office Complex, Plot 301/302 Instute and Research District, Jabi- Abuja-Airport Road, Abuja.
‘’That if the said occupants fail to comply with your directives, they would be treated as illegal occupants’’.
But Aboubakar, through his lawyer said, ‘’Sometime in early August 2020, he received a call from an anonymous caller that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had sealed his properties and frozen his monies in the bank.
He said he was not served any order of the court for him to show cause why the properties and monies in the accounts should not be forfeited to the Federal Government Of Nigeria.

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