The Special Presidential Investigation Panel on the Recovery of Public Property on Saturday sealed some properties linked to Delta-North Senator, Peter Nwaoboshi, in Lagos and Delta states.
Chairman of the panel, Okoi Obono-Obla, disclosed this on Sunday, by sharing with journalists, some 12 pictures he captioned as “Sealing up of Senator Peter Nwaoboshi’s suspicious assets carried out by operatives of SPIP this weekend in Warri, Asaba and Lagos.”
This was said to have followed the July 2, 2019 ruling of Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja, ordering the interim forfeiture of 11 properties and 22 bank accounts linked to the senator.
Justice Taiwo had issued the order of interim forfeiture order following an ex parte application by the panel, which described the assets as suspicious or suspected to be far beyond the senator’s legitimate income.
Although, the panel’s lawyer, Celsus Ukpong, had applied for interim forfeiture of 14 landed assets, the judge only granted the request in respect of 11, as he exempted three of them that were without addresses from the order.
The affected properties include, Suiming Electrical Company (RC 1090069) located at Asaba, along Asaba Airport Road, Asaba, Delta State; PON Filling Station, along Asaba Airport Road, Asaba, Delta State and a multi-billion naira estate under construction at Maryam Babangida Road, Asaba, Delta State.
The also include, Cartage Cinema located at Okpanan Road, beside Rain Oil Petrol Station, Asaba, Delta State; Newbridge Filing Station, along Airport Road, Warri, Delta State; and house at No. 8, Monu Olarewaju Crescent, GRA, Asaba, Delta State.
The rest are, a multi-million building located at 41, Buma Road, Apapa, Lagos; Guinea House, No. 27, Marina Road, Apapa, Lagos; Plot 3011B, Kuranah Close, Maitama, FCT, Abuja, and Ceedeez School Hall Airport Road, Asaba Delta State.
Those exempted are Plot on C of O No. 16800, Plot on C of O No. 16711 and Plot on C of O 13988.
The judge also ordered the interim forfeiture of 22 bank accounts with Zenith Bank, Access Bank and Sterling Bank linked to Nwaoboshi.
Some of the bank accounts are held in the name Hon. (Barr) Peter Nwaoboshi, Nwaobosh Peter, and Senator Peter Nwaoboshi.