SAN FRANCISCO, May 03, (THEWILL) – The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has traced and confiscated 61 Assets in Dubai to former Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Oceanic Bank, Mrs. Cecilia Ibru.
The assets include 41 shops, 16 mansions and four park towers but their sale is trailed by controversy because about $4,522,413.20 remain unaccounted for in the last seven years.
It was gathered that out of the over $7million purportedly realised from the disposal of the properties, the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) only received $3,278,238.69 from the proceeds.
The controversy over the sales led to the EFCC’s interrogation of four AMCON officials and former head of the transactions and more bankers have been invited for questioning over how the proceeds were wired from Dubai into some individual and companies’ accounts in Nigeria.
According to an EFCC document, the details of the assets seized from Mrs. Ibru emerged after a crack team of EFCC detectives visited Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to uncover alleged looted funds and assets bought with crime proceeds.
“About 61 assets were traced to Mrs. Ibru in Dubai (UAE). And from the information from AMCON, 41 of the assets were shops, 16 were other types of houses/mansions and four park towers. Some of the towers (A2005, A2008,A 2203) have been linked with two persons,” the document read.
“While one of the park towers was paid for, three others had not been fully paid for but they have been de registered. Due to non-payment of full purchase price, a Dubai firm, DAMAC, has refused to refund the deposits.
“A registered Nigerian company with one banker as alter ego, was engaged by AMCON in June 2011 to provide legal services for the sale of the assets.
“A UK-based lawyer was given the power of attorney which was notarised in Dubai.
“Findings indicated that the attorney engaged allegedly received over $7million but about $4,522,413.20 remained unaccounted for.
“The EFCC detectives discovered that AMCON only received $3,278,238.69 from the proceeds of the sale of the assets.
“Investigation showed that some of the proceeds of the sales were wired from Dubai into the accounts of some individuals and companies.
“The EFCC team has interacted with four officials of AMCON including a former staff, the ex-Head of the transactions, who is now with a bank.
“More officials of some banks have been invited to come and give us information on third party accounts where the proceeds were deposited.
“The banker was contacted via his Nigerian mobile line but he refused to honour the invitation. An invitation letter was served on his office but he has not responded.”