The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has issued an order of interim forfeiture of 40 properties allegedly traced to former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
Trial Justice Inyang Ekwo granted the order, after he heard an ex-parte application that was brought before the court by the EFCC, on Friday.
Attached to the ex-parte application marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1242/2022, which was moved by a prosecutor at the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Buba, was an affidavitthat identified the properties as subject of an ongoing investigation.
EFCC told the court that the landed properties, 10 of which are situated at Enugu, three in the United States of America, USA, two in the United Kingdom, UK, one in Lagos, nine in Dubai, and 15 located in the Federal Capital Territory, are suspected to have been acquired with proceeds of crime.
In his ruling, Justice Ekwo ordered the anti-graft agency to within the seven days, publish the interim forfeiture order of the properties in a national daily.
The court subsequently adjourned the matter till December 5 for a report on objections from any member of the public that has interest in any of the properties.