From Godwin Tsa, Abuja
Federal High Court Abuja Division Justice Evelyn Maha ruled that Brig. General Jafaru Mohammed is not on trial in his court in an alleged money laundering confiscation case brought against three companies by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The judge ruled by ordering the confiscation of 28 properties linked to Marhaba Event Place Limited, Aflac Plastics Limited and Atlasfield Integrated Limited.
The EFCC had, in an ex parte request marked FHC/ABJ/CS/468/2022, dated May 13, 2020, requested interim forfeiture of the assets for allegedly being the proceeds of an unlawful act.
Judge Nkeonye Maha said in her decision that:
“From the records available to me, I see that the Respondent (i.e. the EFCC) has filed an exparte claim, alleging that a General Aminu Kano (retired) and his agents/associates have acquired assets and properties located in different parts of Nigeria and that these assets are the proceeds of illegal activities.
“I observed that General Jafaru Mohammed’s name was never mentioned in the original ex parte application. The Respondent did not dispute this fact.
The judge said that the EFCC only mentioned General Jafaru in its exhibit in the counter affidavit to the respondent.
The parties concerned have since appealed the judgment of the High Court and filed a stay of execution dated February 28, 2022.
It should be noted that the companies are not only owned by Brig. General Aminun-Kano Maude, but with two other partners who are respected business tycoons from Kano and Nasarawa.