N32.8Bn Police Pension Scam: Court Freezes Assets of Attang, Kigo
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has received an interim order from Justice Sunday E. Aladetoyinbo of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja to take possession of the assets and properties of Atiku Abubakar Kigo and Mrs. Uzoma Cyril Attang, the 2nd and 6th Accused persons respectively in the N32.8 billion Police Pension scam.
The order given July 30, 2013 pursuant to section 29 (a) and (b) of the EFCC Establishment Act 2004, also covers the freezing of the accounts of the suspects pending the hearing and final determination of the corruption case filed against them.
Both Mrs. Attang who was an Assistant Director at the Police Pension Office between 2005 and 2008 and Kigo who was the Director of the Police Pension Office before being made Permanent Secretary, were first arraigned on March 29, 2012, on 16-count criminal charge bordering on conspiracy and criminal breach of trust before Justice Mohammed Talba of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Gudu, Abuja alongside seven others.
Because of her absence during the first arraignment, Attang was later arraigned.
Forty Six ( 46) 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 plot of land at Gudu district attached.
Among properties belonging to Attang covered by the interim order are : a block of 4 flats at 3 Mama Ada Street, Alasia, Ajah, Lagos; a block of 4 flats at 33 Pamona Street, Sun City Estate, Abuja; Blocks of Flats at 71 Pamona Street, Sun City, Abuja; a Piece of Land and 3 Bedroom Duplex along Ajah- Epe Express Way, Alasia - Lagos; 2 blocks of 3 bedroom Duplex at 13 & 15 Adele Road, Apapa, Lagos; 2 Units of 2 bedroom Bungalow at Plot E148, Prince and Princess Estate, Abuja; 3 bedroom bungalow at 44 Main Street, Sun City, Abuja; 3 bedroom bungalow, 8 pomona Street, Sun City, Abuja and 5 bedroom House, at 12 Olushola Agbaje Street, Lekki Phase 1,Lagos.
Other properties include: 5 bedroom House at Ikot- Nseten,Ikono, AkwaIbom State; 4 bedroom house at Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State; Shops 1,2 & 3 at Garki 2 Ultra Modern Market, Abuja; Shops/Office B74 & B76,Effab Mall, Area 11,Gark- Abuja; Shops E1 to E5, F6 & F7 at Oba Elegushi Market, Jakande Estate, Lekki-Lagos; Shops D11,C03,C04,C07,C08 & D02 at Effab Mall, Area 11,Garki-Abuja; Shops 174,176,185,186 &187 at Ikota Shopping Complex, Ajah, Lagos; a Warehouse at 3, Nwanyinkwo Street, Ajah, Lekki, Lagos and a Water Factory at Industrial Estate, Idi Iroko Road, Otta, Ogun State.
Also attached are some companies allegedly operated and used as conduits by Attang to siphon public funds. These are Anifon Nigeria Limited; Enyiuzo Ventures Limited; Quill Ponte Nigeria Limited; Royal Diadem Business Logistics Limited; Status Symbols Rental Limited; Status Symbols Fashion Limited and Status Travel & Tours Limited.
In addition, 22 accounts in various banks purportedly used to launder the stolen funds are frozen.