The Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the temporary forfeiture of the sum of N329,469,435 found in the bank accounts of the Director of Accounts, Ministry of Public Works Corporation, Lagos State, Anifowoshe Alade. Justice Rilwan Aikawa made the temporary forfeiture order on Wednesday based on an ex parte application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Counsel for the anti-graft agency, Rotimi Oyedepo, told the judge that Alade was being investigated for alleged diversion of funds belonging to the Ministry of Public Works Corporation. The anti-graft agency claimed that Anifowoshe diverted the money into the account of a company, MAJ Anny International Limited, where he is a director. In an affidavit filed in support of the ex parte application, an operative of the EFCC, Zayyanu Halliru, said Anifowoshe is the sole signatory to the company’s account.
He added that Anifowoshe abused his position as “the final authoriser of the Internet banking system of the Public Work Corporation, Lagos State.”