Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has allegedly seized a mansion and other properties belonging to one George Turnah, a close associate of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Turnah is facing trial on an alleged N3billion fraud charge.
Seven bank accounts belonging to Turnah were also frozen by the anti-graft agency.
EFCC said through his spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed in a statement that “The EFCC has taken over some bank accounts and properties traced to a former Special Adviser to Dan Abia, erstwhile managing director of Niger Delta Development Commission, Mr. George Turnah.
“The confiscation was done on Thursday sequel to an interim forfeiture order granted the commission by a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
“One of the properties covered by the forfeiture order and which had been attached by the EFCC ‘is a massive complete building known as Kolo Villa’ in Kolo Town, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. Other properties will soon be attached.” Uwujaren said.
An interim seizure warrant has been issued by Justice Ibrahim Watilat in response to an application filed before the court by the EFCC’s counsel, Adebola Olatunji.
Turnah, alongside seven companies, was sued for a 12-count charge of obtaining money by false pretense, money laundering and abuse of office, amounting to N3, 094, 268, 235.69.
Report has it that the following companies were sued alongside Turnah: El Godmas Global Services Limited; Yenagoa Mall, Adaka Boro Marine Services Limited; Kolo Creek Petroleum Development Limited; Celtic Pride Consult and Events; Sugarland Integrated farms Nigeria Limited and Turnoil and Gas Nigeria Limited.