Court Freezes Assets of Suspects – Pension Fraud

Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory, Justice Lawal H. Gumi, has granted an interim order to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to attach and take possession of the assets of all the six accused persons who allegedly defrauded the Police Pension Office to the tune of N32.8 billion.

The commission in a statement said the judge further ordered the freezing of the bank accounts of all the accused persons pending the
hearing and final determination of the corruption case against them.

The six suspects who were arraigned on March 29, 2012, on a 16 count-charge of conspiracy and criminal breach of trust before Justice Mohammed Talba of Abuja High Court sitting at Gudu, Abuja, were Esai Dangabar, Atiku Abubakar Kigo, Ahmed Inuwa Wada, John Yakubu Yusufu, Mrs. Veronica Ulonma Onyegbula and Sani Habila Zira.

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Kigo was the director of the Police Pension Office, before he was made permanent secretary.

Fifteen of the 45 properties which were ordered forfeited on interim basis, belonged to Dangabar, 11 to Mrs. Onyegbula, six to Wada, five belongd to Kigo while Yusuf and Zira had  four each.

According to the order, “all the bank accounts currently being operated and maintained by Inuwa wada at keystone and Zenith Bank, all totalling 11 in number are hereby temporarily frozen until the determination of the charge Number FCT/Cr/64/2012.

Similarly, all the bank accounts presently being operated and maintained by Esai Dangabar, Atiku A. Kigo and Veronica Onyegbula in the following banks: EcoBank, FCMB, Access Bank, Sky Bank, Fortis Micro Finance Bank, Aso Savings, GTB, Mainstreet Bank and Wema Bank are hereby temporarily frozen pending the hearing and determination of all the said criminal charge No. FCT/64/2012 presently pending before this court.”
The 15 properties belonging to Esai are: Block of three Bedrooms flats at Gwarinpa (six units), along EFAB Estate, Life camp; a Block of  three Bedrooms flats (six units) at Mabushi District, beside Ministry of Works; Estate of 4 Bedroom Duplexes (16 units) Behind Wuye Modern Market, Abuja.

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