N32b Pension scam: EFCC seize choice Abuja properties

by Isi Esene

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)  has been granted an interim order from the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Justice Lawal H. Gumi, to take possession of all assets of the six people who allegedly defrauded the Police Pension Office of to the tune of N32.8 billion.

The order granted also gives the commission the rights to freeze the accounts of the individuals involved.

According to the Nation Newspapers, the suspects are Esai Dangabar, a suspended Permanent Secretary, Atiku Abubakar Kigo, Ahmed Inuwa Wada, John Yakubu Yusufu, Mrs. Veronica Ulonma Onyegbula and Sani Habila Zira.

They were arraigned at the High Court of the FCT before Justice Mohammed Talba. The charges slapped on the suspects border on conspiracy and breach of trust.

The EFCC gave the breakdown of the assets as follows: Dangabar (15), Mrs. Onyegbula (11),  Wada (6)  Kigo (5),  Yusuf (4), and Zira (4).

The EFCC statement said: “According to the order, all the bank accounts currently being operated and maintained by Inuwa Wada at Keystone and Zenith Bank totalling 11 in number, are hereby temporarily frozen until the determination of the charge Number FCT/Cr/64/2012”.

It appears that when Inuwa Wada was saving a substantial amount of his alleged loot in numerous banks, Esai Dangabar on the other hand opted to invest his in choice real estate scattered all over the FCT, Abuja.

The EFCC statement continued:

15 properties belonging to Esai are: Block of three bedroom flats at Gwarinpa (6 units), along EFAB Estate, Life camp; a Block of  three-bedroom flats (6 units) at Mabushi District, beside Ministry of Works; Estate of four-bedroom duplexes (16 units) behind Wuye Modern Market, Abuja; a mini estate at 19, Ukpabi Asika Street, Asokoro, Abuja; 12 units of two-bedroom flats at 1, Waziri Ibrahim Crescent, Gudu District, Abuja; five-bedroom duplexes at 1, Waziri Ibrahim Crescent, Gudu District, Abuja; four-bedroom bungalows at 1, Waziri Ibrahim Crescent, Gudu District, Abuja; two-bedroom flat at Zone C, Apo Resettlement Layout.

Others are: Five blocks of one-bedroom flats at Zone C, Apo Resettlement Layout, Abuja; twin duplex of five-bedroom & three rooms, 33, ML Wushishi  BQ 1 Crescent, Utako, Abuja; two blocks of three bedroom flats,  Area 3, former NYSC Office, Abuja; two-bedroom, Area 2, Abuja, behind Shopping  Complex , three-bedroom flats , 2 Goran village, along Adi Farms Ltd, Abuja-Keffi Road,  180,000 litres storage facility on a land of about  5,000sqm, with office building, workshop and 20 loading bay 1 Suleja,  Niger State.”

Determined not to be left out of the real estate acquisition spree, Mrs. Onyegbula was also found out to have been very busy with 11 properties associated with her.

The statement continued saying: “The 11 property belonging to Mrs. Onyegbula are four-bedroom duplex  at No.3, Andorra  Street, Sun City, Galadimawa, Abuja; Building Housing Ulover International Resources Ltd, Kechis Bottling Company, Plot 140 – 142 Ehinmiri Housing  Estate, Umuahia, Abia State; Building (six-bedroom duplex), Housing Somadok, 14, Ola Adeshile Street, Ajao Estate, Oshodi-Isolo, Lagos; large plot of land for International Primary & Secondary School, Ehinmiri Housing Estate, Phase 2, Umuahia, Abia State;  a mansion with a BQ at Umugbalu Village, Oboro, Ikwuano Local Government Area, Abia State”.

And there’s more: “Two-storey building with shops and flats at No. 103, Ozuitem, Street, Enugu Road, Amuziukwu, Umuahia, Abia State; One, two-storey building with shops and flats at No. 104, Ozuitem Street, Enugu Road, Amuziukwu, Umuahia, Abia State; two-storey building of six flats at Ukaegbu Street, Aba, Abia State; Student Hostels at Michael Okpara University of Agric, Umudike, Oboro, Ikwuano Local Government Area, Abia State; three bedroom duplex at No.1, Tola Adewumi Street, Off. Folarin Hospital, Maryland ; three-bedroom duplex at No.2, Tola Adewumi Street , Off Folarin Hospital, Maryland”.

The EFCC claims Wada, Kigo, Zira, and Yusuf all have 18 properties among them acquuired all over the country.

The judge ordered the freezing of the bank accounts of all the accused persons, pending the hearing and final determination of the corruption case against them.

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