29 March 2013, Lagos – On March 28, 2013 – Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, says the commission has secured a restraining order on the United Kingdom, UK, accounts of fuel subsidy fraudsters.
He said the process is being formalized to get the funds forfeited to Nigeria.
Lamorde announced the development when the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Dr Andrew Pocock, paid a visit to the Commission in Abuja, descibing the restraining order secured by the Commission as a product of the “wonderful relationship” the commission enjoys from the UK.
“We want to use this opportunity to thank your staff for the wonderful relationship we have enjoyed. Recently, we have had support in respect of the fuel subsidy investigation.
“The UK-sponsored Justice 4 All, J4ALL, paid for forensic accountant that assisted the Commission on the investigation that nailed those accused in the fuel subsidy fraud. The UK authorities helped to restrain some funds belonging to the fuel subsidy suspects in the UK.
“We are formalizing ways to get the funds forfeited and repatriated to Nigeria. We want the support to continue”, Lamorde declared,” Larmode told his visitor.
He thanked the UK government for the support and cooperation that the country had extended to Nigeria since the inception of the commission.