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ICPC Seizes 350 Million From Nigerian Court Staff

The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) has confiscated $919,202 – equivalent to N350 million from Rivers State High Court staff.

The ICPC found the money in the savings accounts of three people working for the court, including the Chief Registrar, the Deputy Registrar of the Federal High Court and the Station Road, Port-Harcourt Branch of Union Bank of Nigeria.

In a statement posted on its social media page, the Anti-Corruption Commission revealed that the money was fraudulently kept in an interest yielding bank account by the staff of the high court.

The ICPC has been seeking a court order since November 2020 to allow it to recover the money.

The statement from ICPC stated that: “In the course of investigating a petition written against some officials of the court for alleged violation of ICPC Act 2000, the commission’s special investigation team uncovered the money, ‘being the sum of confiscated, value and sold vessel hidden in a bank account’

“To allow any interested persons show cause why the money should not be forfeited finally to the federal government, ICPC immediately filed an ex-parte motion for an Interim Order of Forfeiture in November 2020.

“While ruling on the Interim Order of Forfeiture, Justice Mohammed Sani of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt granted the Commission’s prayers for interim forfeiture of the sum pending the final hearing of the case.”

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