The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has moved to seize plots of land and duplexes worth N264 million from three civil servants working in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.
Spokesperson for ICPC, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa, said in a statement that the property, said to be under investigation by the commission, were owned by Poloma Nuhu, Mangset Dickson and Daniel Obah.
The property under investigation include 19 plots of land, 10 hectares of farm land and two duplexes, spread around Abuja and three towns in Rivers State.
The statement said that the 10 hectares of farm land located in Kuje, Abuja, was allegedly acquired through corrupt acts by Nuhu, a Principal Accountant with the ministry.
According to ICPC, the move to seize the property follows an investigation established by the Commission that the trio allegedly have assets whose values are well above their legitimate earnings and incomes.
The commission said that it relied on Section 48 (2) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000, which gives it the power of seizure of assets obtained by individuals through corrupt means.
The ICPC addede in the statement that it would seize another 15 plots of land, all located in Gwagwalada, Abuja from Nuhu.
It said that Nuhu will also temporarily lose ownership of 10 hectares of farm land valued at N50 million and an uncompleted duplex, valued at N90 million, at Apo Estate, Abuja, to the Commission.
The commission also said that Obah, a Principal Accountant in the Finance and Account Department of the Ministry, would also lose temporary ownership of a N60 million four-bedroom duplex located in Karsana, Abuja.
It said that Obah would lose another three plots of land with a collective value of N64.5 million located in Abe Ndoni, Obio-Akpor in Port Harcourt, River State.
It added that, the third suspect, Dickson, would lose ownership of a plot of land valued at N7 million, located at Kubwa, a suburb of Abuja.