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The Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal filed by former military chief, Air Vice Marshall, Jacob Adigun, challenging the final forfeiture order by a Federal High Court in Lagos, of the aggregate sum of N2, 536,328,978 billion discovered in his account; that of a firm linked to him, Solomon Enterprises and former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The court upheld the lower court’s decision on the matter and declared that the appellant failed to prove that the monies were not proceeds of unlawful activities.

The EFCC had filed an action against the appellant at the Federal High Court in Lagos, under Section 17 of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences (AFFRO) Act 2006, praying the court to order the final forfeiture of the funds to the federal government for being proceeds of crime.

The EFCC premised the application on reasonable suspicion that the monies sought to be attached were proceeds from an unlawful activity diverted from the federal government.

The application was supported by a 12-paragraph affidavit and some exhibits.

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