I Regret Creating SARS In 1984 — Former CP Fulani Kwafaja

A retired Commissioner of Police, Fulani Kwajafa, has expressed regrets for establishing the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force. . . Kwajafa while speaking in an interview with BBC Hausa said the unit had completey derailed from its founding objectives. . . “I entered the Nigeria Police Force in 1984. Then robbery was prevalent. Buhari, the then Head of State, got a lot of complaint. He told me and Mr Inyang, the then IGP, that we must do something about it or be fired. . . Mr Inyang called me and told me to come up with a plan to save the country from thieves, so I said okay. . . After four months of creating SARS, there was peace, those who were not caught ran, and those who were caught were sent to prison. . . This thing frustrates me, there is no reason why because someone commits a crime that the person should be killed. There are laws and no one will give an order that if you see armed robbers kill the person. . . I’ve been hearing disheartening news, to the extent that…

Court Orders Permanent Forfeiture Of N1.8bn

The Federal High Court Lagos has ordered the permanent forfeiture of the sum of N1.83 billion linked to a former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba.
The court made the order for permanent forfeiture of the sum, following an application by the EFCC prosecutor, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, pursuant to section 17 of the Advanced fee fraud Act 2006.
Defendants are Chukwuka Onwuchekwa and....
Aquila Leasing Ltd.
The trial judge, Justice Hassan had, on March 15, issued an interim order for forfeiture of the said sum.
The judge had then ordered the EFCC to make a publication of same in a national newspaper, for the knowledge of interested parties.
Delivering judgment, on Thursday,  Justice Hassan ordered a final forfeiture of the total sum of N1.825 billion to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The court held that the EFCC having complied with the provisions of section 17 of the Advanced Fee fraud Act, as well the EFCC Act, and the fact that the property is unclaimed, it was appropriate to make the orders.
“Having satisfied that such property is an unclaimed property, and also satisfying the provisions of the law, the court shall order the final forfeiture of the said property.
“In this view, there is no other proof required to enable the court make an order of final forfeiture; this application is meritorious and hereby granted.
“An order is hereby made for final forfeiture of the total sum of N1.825 billion to the federal government of Nigeria,” the court held.
EFCC had said that the money was traced to the account of Aquila Leasing Ltd, adding that Ezeoba had agreed in his statement to the EFCC to forfeit the money.
The commission  said that the money was proceed of crime fraudulently diverted from the Nigerian Navy under the leadership of Ezeoba.
It said Ezeoba used the name of “Chukwuka Onwuchekwa” to open a fraudulent account in disguise, while he was the one who truly laundered the money.
EFCC said that the former Naval Chief stated in his statement that the account was opened with Onwuchekwa’s consent while he (Ezeoba) managed it.
The commission said that in a “desperate bid” to further disguise and conceal the illicit source of the funds, Ezeoba entered into a memorandum of understanding to buy Aquila’s shares from Onwucheka, who is its managing director.
It said that the shares were worth N2.4 billion out of which about N1.83 billion has been recovered in drafts in favour of the government.
The EFCC had therefore, sought for an order of the court, to forfeit the entire sum of N1.825 billion to the government.
Meanwhile, the respondent in its processes, did not oppose the application for final forfeiture of the sums.
Counsel to the respondent, Mr. Pascal Madu, had said that his clients were not opposed to the permanent forfeiture of the money.
He had, however, said that his clients were not involved in any fraud, adding that Admiral Ezeoba gave them the money to buy shares for him, as part of savings over the years.

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