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Perm Sec forfeits N664.475m, $137,680 looted Sure-P funds

Perm Sec forfeits N664.475m, $137,680 looted Sure-P funds

Justice Abdulazees Anka of Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday or­dered the serving Perma­nent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Em­ployment, Clement Onubuo­go, to temporarily forfeit to the Federal Government the sums of N664.475million and $137,680.11, which he allegedly diverted from the SURE-P Pro­gramme launched by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Apart from the funds, Onu­buogo was also ordered to for­feit two properties, which he allegedly acquired with funds diverted from the scheme.

One of the properties is his house known as Clement Illoh’s Mansion located at Ikom Quar­ters, Issala-Azegba, Delta State, while the other, a hotel, is said to be located at No. 19, Madue Nwofor Street, off Achala Ibuzo Road, Asaba, Delta State.

Justice Anka ordered the temporary forfeiture of the funds and the assets following an ex-parte application moved before him by a counsel for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo.

In the application, the EFCC said that the funds and the properties were reasona­bly suspected to be proceeds of stealing and bribery.

In an eight-paragraph affi­davit filed in support of the ex-parte application, an investiga­tor of the EFCC, Huleji Tukura, said the anti-graft agency un­covered how Onubuogo di­verted N876.9million out of the over N10billion released by the Jonathan administration for the scheme.

Tukura said the EFCC also discovered that Onubuogo, who was saddled with the re­sponsibility of supervising the SURE-P Technical and Voca­tional Educational Training, Community Service, Women and Youth Empowerment Pro­grammes, abused his office by collecting kickbacks from con­tractors.

He was also accused of fraudulently awarding con­tracts to himself using front companies and some workers serving under him.

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