Soni Daniel, Abuja
Three officials of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs are to lose property worth N264 million to the Federal Government, according to records released to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission.
The ICPC, which has already interrogated the three men, who occupy strategic posts in the ministry, suspects that they used their positions to acquire the wealth, which it says is far above their earned income.
The three officials-Poloma Kabiru Nuhu, Mangset Longyl Dickson and Daniel Obah, jointly own 19 plots of land, 10 hectares of farm land and two duplexes, spread around Abuja and three towns in Rivers State.
A statement made available to Vanguard by the Spokeswoman for the ICPC, Mrs Rasheedat A. Okoduwa, said that the 10 hectares of farm land located in Kuje, Abuja, was allegedly acquired through corrupt acts by Nuhu, a Principal Accountant with the ministry.
The commission said: “The move to seize the properties follows an investigation by the ICPC of the assets of Nuhu, Dickson and Obah, all staff of the Niger Delta Affairs Ministry, which has established that the trio allegedly have assets whose values are well above their legitimate earnings and incomes.
“The ICPC, relying on Section 48 (2) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000, which gives it the power of seizure of assets obtained by individuals through corrupt means will seize 15 plots of land, all located in Gwagwalada, Abuja from Nuhu.
“Nuhu will also temporarily lose ownership of 10 hectares of farm land valued at N50 million and an uncompleted duplex, valued at N90 million, at Apo Estate, Abuja, to the Commission.
“On his part, Obah, a Principal Accountant in the Finance and Account Department of the same Ministry will also lose temporary ownership of a N60 million-valued four-bedroom duplex located in Karsana, Abuja, and three plots of land with a collective value of N64.5 million located in Abe Ndoni, Obio-Akpor and Port Harcourt, River State.
“The third suspect, Dickson, will lose ownership of a plot of land valued at N7 million, located at Kubwa, a suburb of Abuja,” the commission said.