Court orders EFCC to seize hotel in ikorodu for 21 days


The Federal High Court in Lagos has
ordered the temporary forfeiture of
Victoria East Park Hotel and Suites
located along Igbogbo - Mayegun Road ,
Ikorodu , Lagos, over an alleged fraud
of N 53 . 7 m .

Justice Chuka Obiozor ordered the
Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission to take over the hotel for
21 days to enable it to conclude its
investigation of the alleged fraud .

The EFCC had , in an ex parte
application on Tuesday , told the court
that it believed that the hotel was
acquired with proceeds of fraud by
one Ebiesuwa Fredrick , who is
believed to be the ring leader of
alleged syndicate of fraudsters based
in Ibadan and with accomplices in

Counsel for the EFCC , Ayanfeoluwa
Ogunsina, told Justice Obiozor that the
anti- graft agency sought to take over
the hotel so as to prevent the
fraudsters from disposing of it while
investigation was still ongoing, thereby
“ defeating the end of justice.”
Ogunsina said the EFCC was
investigating Fredrick and members of
his syndicate who were still at large ,
based on a petition it received from
one Dunni Olagbegi , who claimed to
have been duped to the tune of
N53 . 7 m by the suspects .

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An investigating officer with the EFCC ,
Chris Odofin , who deposed to an
affidavit filed in support of the ex
parte application , stated that, “ The
antics of these fraudsters include
luring people into their criminal den
where they present one of them as a
pastor , hypnotise their victim , make
the victim take an oath never to reveal
what they say or do and then use all
sorts of deceitful methods to collect
money from the victim .

“ Preliminary investigation revealed
that the respondent (Fredrick ) is a
member of the syndicate of fraudsters
that specialise in duping unsuspecting
members of the society and have
duped several people through this
means and are still on the prowl,
seeking more people to devour .

“ The respondent and some members of
his syndicate are based in Ibadan,
while they also have accomplices in

“ They launder the proceeds of their
criminal activities through acquisition
of landed properties within and
outside Ibadan , with a view to
legitimising and integrating their ill -
gotten wealth into the mainstream
economy , despite the fact that they
have no legitimate sources of income.”
After entertaining arguments by the
EFCC lawyer , Ogunsina, Justice
Obiozor, in a short ruling , granted the
application, empowering the anti - graft
agency to take over Victoria East Park
Hotel and Suites for 21 days .

The judge directed the anti - graft
agency to paste the court order in a
conspicuous place on the premises of
the hotel .

He adjourned further proceedings in

  • the case till August 9 , 2017.


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