Ex-health ministry’s finance director forfeits Kaduna personal varsity, others to FG

Ex-health ministry’s finance director forfeits Kaduna personal varsity, others to FG
NOK University, in Kaduna State

NOK College, in Kaduna State.

Justice Joyce Abdulmalik, of the Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja, on Friday, issued an order of ultimate forfeiture of all property of a personal college, NOK College, in Kaduna State, to the Federal Authorities.

The bodily property of the college to be forfeited embrace the Senate constructing, ICT constructing, School of Medication constructing, Science Deanery constructing, two Tutorial buildings, a School Corridor and different buildings.

Justice Abdulmalik, made the pronouncement whereas delivering a judgment in a swimsuit introduced earlier than the courtroom by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, towards the defendant, Anthony Hassan.

EFCC had introduced the matter earlier than the courtroom for last forfeiture because the courtroom had in 2022 granted an interim forfeiture order on the property.

Justice Abdulmalik held that the EFCC, by way of its counsel, Ekele Iheanacho, was capable of persuade the courtroom past affordable doubt that the defendant acquired the property with proceeds of crime.

Hassan, the promoter of the college, alongside shedding the personal establishment to the Federal Authorities, may also forfeit three different investments – Gwasmyen Water Manufacturing unit, Gwasmyen Worldwide Lodge and Gwasmyen Occasion Centre all positioned in Kaduna.

Justice Abdulmalik in her judgment held that Hassan, a former Director of Finance and Accounts within the Federal Ministry of Well being, did not show or persuade the courtroom that the property weren’t acquired with proceeds of crime.

The courtroom refused to simply accept Hassan and his firm, KYC Inter-Venture Restricted”s claims that the property had been acquired with funds sourced from traders.

The choose additionally rejected the declare by one Victor Olisah that he owned the six plots of land on which Gwasmyen Worldwide Lodge was erected, on the grounds that he failed to ascertain his possession of the land with credible proof.

The choose held that Hassan and KYC failed woefully to point out with the cogent documentary of occasions and monetary trails, how they sourced funds to amass the property.

EFCC had dragged Hassan to courtroom and argued that from its investigation, Hassan, who has all the time been a civil servant, used its place to confer undue benefit on himself.

The EFCC acknowledged that Hassan, “who was a civil servant, rose by way of the ranks to develop into a Director within the Civil Service of the Federation.

“In the middle of his profession, he was posted to the Federal Ministry of Well being from 2001 to 2008; the Federal Ministry of Girls Affairs from 2009 to 2015; the Ministry of Niger Delta in 2015; the Ministry of Youth and Sports activities Growth from 2015 to 2016; Ministry of Well being from 2016 to 2019; and Ministry of Works and Housing from 2019 to 2020.”

It added that Hassan “was the Director of the Finance and Accounts Division within the Ministry of Well being between 2016 and 2019 and was in command of operating the day-to-day actions of the Finance & Accounts Division of the Ministry.

“The primary respondent (Hassan) is the proprietor of the NOK College Ltd (the college) Kachia, Kaduna State.

“The primary respondent can be the proprietor of Gwasmyen Worldwide Lodge Occasions & Leisure Centre Ltd and Gwasmyen Water and Juice Firm Nig. Ltd.

“The college was integrated on sixth October 2021 with the spouse and kids of the primary respondent as the administrators and guarantors of the college however with out the primary respondent’s title.

“Aside from the funds deposited to safe the financial institution assure of the college, the primary respondent funded the acquisition of the land on which the College was constructed in addition to the buildings and constructions on it.”

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