The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the temporary forfeiture of 23 properties linked to the former Chairman of Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina.
The judge, Folashade Ogunbanjo, gave the order on Tuesday while ruling on a motion filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The EFCC, in the suit, had urged the court to order the temporary forfeiture of the properties linked to Maina in choice locations in Abuja and other parts of the country.
The anti-graft agency also sought an order of the court to publish an advert on the properties in a national daily, to enable anyone who has any reason why they should not be finally forfeited to the Federal Government come forward with proof.
The EFCC supported its motion with a 30-paragraph affidavit which it brought pursuant to Section 17 of the Money Laundering Act.
Delivering her ruling on the motion, Mrs. Ogunbanjo-Giwa granted the prayers of the anti-graft agency.
She directed the applicant to publish the order in a national newspaper to enable interested parties to show cause why the properties should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.
She also ordered the EFCC to return to the court on November 19 for the mentioning of the case.
According to the EFCC, the temporarily forfeited properties are situated in Kaduna, Borno, Sokoto and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The houses include a two-bed-roomed semi-detached located at Life Camp, Abuja and a plot of land in Cadastral Zone, Utako, both acquired in Maina’s wife’s name.
They also include a duplex located in Kaduna acquired in his son’s name and a plot of land in Cadastral Zone acquired in his mother’s name.
There is also a duplex in Kubwa, Abuja, acquired in Maina’s name; a three-bedroomed bungalow acquired in the name of a company where his relations are directors, and a farm in Karshi, Nasarawa State, acquired in the son’s name.