The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has prayed the Federal High Court in Lagos to order Brig Gen John Ozigi to permanently forfeit to the Federal Government a total of N426.704,820.88 found in the accounts of a firm, Diamond Head Ventures and Development Company Limited, linked to him.
Counsel for the EFCC, Mark Anana, told Justice Muslim Hassan that the funds were found in the firm’s Zenith Bank and Polaris Bank accounts, adding that they were reasonably suspected to be the proceeds of unlawful activities.
In an affidavit deposed to by one of its operatives, Clever Ibrahim, the EFCC said the funds were not commensurate with Ozigi’s earnings in the Nigerian Army.
According to him, Ozigi’s salary is N750,000.
Ibrahim claimed that Ozigi had been confronted with the EFCC’s investigative findings and that he had expressed his willingness to return the money to the Federal Government.
Anana urged Justice Hassan to make an order permanently forfeiting the N426m to the FG, pursuant to the provisions of Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 14 2006.
Justice Hassan directed that Ozigi be put on notice to enable him to come to court to give reasons, if he had any, why the money should not be permanently forfeited to the FG.
The judge adjourned the case till April 10, 2019