There was apprehension in Abuja on Wednesday morning as some soldiers prevented operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from marking some properties belonging to the Director of Finance in the Office of the National Security Adviser, Brig.-Gen. Jafaru Mohammed.
Naija News reports that Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, had, on March 9, 2021, granted an ex-parte application brought by the EFCC for an interim order of forfeiture of some identified property linked to the senior military officer.
However, there was a stand-off between EFCC operatives and military men in plain cloth and uniform at one of the assets located at No 52, Main Street, also in Sun City Estate.
It was gathered that stern-looking soldiers stationed at one of the houses located at No 25, Osaka Street, upon sighting the anti-graft operatives at about 10am, became furious and ensured that the house was not marked with red inscription “EFCC: Keep off”.
While the two sides were exchanging words, over 20 uniformed and plain-clothed soldiers arrived at the scene, resisting the attempt to mark the house.
“They came in an unmarked white Hilux and black jeep, then others came in a small car and more again in a bus,” a source explained.
It was, however, observed that the property was marked by the commission, but hours later, the EFCC red inscription was covered off from the walls and the gate.
The properties linked to the Brigadier General include: House on Plot 7, God’s Own Estate, Road 1, Wamna District, Abuja; a fencer plot at No 1 Jubril Aminu Crescent, Katampe Extension, Abuja and plot at Kubwa Express, Directly opposite Abuja Model City Gate, Abuja;
Others are A house on Block SD 22 House 2, Road 5, Kabusa Garden Estate, Abuja; No 15, 21 Crescent, 2nd Avenue, Gwarinpa Estate, Abuja; No 3 Liverpool Close, Sun City Estate, Abuja; No 52 Main Street, Sun City Estate, Abuja; and No 25 Osaka Street, Sun City Estate, Abuja.