EFCC gets court order to seize 46 properties from Ngozi Olojeme
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured a court order empowering it to seize 46 properties purportedly owned by Ngozi Olojeme, the Deputy Chairman, Finance Committee of the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation in the 2015 general election.
The order was issued by the Federal High Court, Abuja, The Punch reports.
The soon-to-be-confiscated properties consist of 27 buildings, including a bank, office buildings and houses, at various stages of development and several pieces of undeveloped land, all situated in various locations in Abuja, Delta, Enugu and Bayelsa States.
Olojeme, who is also the former chairman of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), has been charged by the EFCC for allegations of criminal conspiracy, abuse of oﬃce, diversion of public funds and money laundering.
She is alleged to have connived with Umar Munir Abubakar, the former NSITF Managing Director, to have diverted well over N69 billion of government funds into their personal accounts through the award of questionable contracts to proxy companies.
Olojeme’s travails began after received a petition alleging that she and Abubakar diverted over N50 billion from the Employee Compensation Scheme fund paid by Ministries Department and Agencies and private companies as well as another N18 billion being the contribution of the Federal Government as take-off grants.
The former NSITF chair, who reportedly fled the country after she was dismissed by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, reported herself on Monday to the anti-graft agency, who immediately detained her.