The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has obtained an interim forfeiture order from an Abuja High Court to take possession of the assets and properties of two suspects, Atiku Abubakar Kigo and Mrs. Uzoma Cyril Attang. Kigo and Attang are currently facing trial over their alleged involvement in the N32.8bn Police Pension scam.
Justice Sunday Aladetoyinbo also ordered the interim forfeiture of about 22 accounts in various banks that were used to launder the stolen funds.
Forty-six of the attached properties situated mostly in Lagos and Abuja belong to Attang while Kigo, whose properties had earlier been attached, had another of his plots of land at Gudu district attached.
Attang was an Assistant Director at the Police Pension Office between 2005 and 2008 while Kigo was the director of the Police Pension Office before he became a permanent secretary.
A statement by the EFCC's acting head of media and publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, yesterday, said the order was given on July 30, 2013, pursuant to section 29 (a) and (b) of the EFCC Establishment Act 2004. The order also covers the freezing of the accounts of the suspects pending the hearing and final determination of the corruption charges filed against them in court.
Kigo and Attang were first arraigned on March 29, 2012, on 16-count criminal charge of alleged involvement in conspiracy and criminal breach of trust before Justice Mohammed Talba of the FCT High Court in Gudu District, Abuja, alongside seven others.