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Court Orders Forfeiture of Assets, Cash of Retired Air Force General

A federal high court in Abuja, has ordered the final forfeiture of assets and cash linked to a retired air vice marshal, Saliu Atawodi and his wife, Winnie.

Atawodi was the former chairman of the presidential implementation committee on maritime safety and security.

The forfeited cash included $228,428 and 120.54 million naira.

The seized property controlled by vector integrated services limited, is located at No. 3004, Cadastral zone e05, Aviation village district in Abuja.

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Justice Emeka Anwuli Chikere, gave the forfeiture order while ruling on an application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against the former air force chief and his wife.

Justice Chikere ruled that the EFCC had proved that the property and said amount are proceeds of crime.

The judge noted that in the absence of any objection to the notice of interim forfeiture published for interested parties to show causes why the assets should not be finally forfeited, the property and cash now belong to the federal government of Nigeria.

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