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EFCC update: Late General Aminu Maude’s ill-gotten properties in pictures

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Properties seized from General Aminu-Kano Maude

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in an update of the ill-gotten assets seized from Late General Aminu Maude gave an extended list of the assets.

EFCC said they are worth N10.9billion, higher than the N3.07 billion stated on Monday.

Although the EFCC did not release the name of the military officer in its update, its earlier statement said the forfeited assets belonged to late General Aminu-Kano Maude.

An office block seized from General Aminu  Maude
An office block seized from General Aminu Maude
A petrol station owned by Maude
A petrol station owned by Maude

Justice N.E. Maha of the Federal High Court on Monday February 14, ordered the final forfeiture of 24 properties held by fronts and proxies of the top military officer, to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The Order was pursuant to a forfeiture application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, which had in May 2020 secured the forfeiture of the properties on interim basis.

The court had ordered the publication of notices in national newspapers, inviting persons with interest in the properties to show cause why they should not be finally forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

With no such interest shown by any entity, Justice Maha on Monday, February 14, 2022, ordered the final forfeiture of the properties to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The 24 properties scattered across Kano, Kaduna, Borno and Cross River States, comprise land, shopping complex, gas station and fuel stations cumulatively valued at N10.935 billion.

The properties are:

A 16 Pump filling Station located at Rijiyar Lemo, Kano.

A Filling Station with 41 pumps located opposite Federal Secretariat, Kano.

A Filling Station with 39 pumps located along BUK Road, Kano.

A Filling Station with 31 pumps located along Zaria Bypass, Kano.

A Filling Station with 31 pumps located along Maiduguri Bypass, Kano.

A Filling Station with 29 pumps located along Maiduguri Bypass, Kano.

A Filling Station with 23 pumps located along Naibawa , Kano.

A Filling Station with 39 pumps located along Bachirawa, Kano.

A Filling Station with 51 pumps and a one-storey building with 35 shops attached to the Filling Station located along Shiek Ja’afar Road Dorayi, Kano.

An LPG plant with 30 shops attached to it located along Zaria Road, Kano.

Marhaba Event Centre, Guda Abdullahi Road, Farm Centre, Kano.

A three storey building (Plaza) With 28 shops located on Hadeja Road, next to Sheshe Supermarket , Kano.

A three-storey building (Plaza) with 126 shops located on Audu Bako Way, Opposite Nation Plaza, Kano.

Classic Block Industry at Maiduguri Road, Kano.

Atlasfield Corporate Headquarters, No. L6 Ahmadu Bello Way, Kaduna.

Undeveloped plot located at Sharada, Adjacent A.A. Rano Filling Station, Kano.

Undeveloped plot located at Yan Rake, Adjacent Dala Orthopedic Hospital, Kano.

Undeveloped plot located along Kano-Gwarzo Road, Adjacent Kedco Regional Office, Kano North/Opposite Silver Spoon Restaurant, Kano.

Undeveloped plot located along Kano-Gwarzo Road, opposite Markaz Mosque, Kano.

Undeveloped plot located on Sani Marshal Road, Opposite Nissan Automobile, Kano.

11.7 hectares located Adjacent TINAPA Resort, Adiabo, Calabar. 22. Truck Assembly Plant, Easter Bypass, Kano.

Event Center located in Calabar, Cross River State.

Aflac Plastics Limited located behind National Eye Center, Kaduna.

The undeveloped land adjacent to Dara Orthopedic Hospital, Kano is valued at N300 million; 11.7 hectares located at Adiabo, Oduapani LG in Calabar, Cross River State, is valued at N386 million.

EFCC also said the truck assembly at Ring Road, adjacent to AA Affa Filling Station, Kano, is valued at N206 million, while the Marhaba Event Centre, Guda Abdulahi Road Farm Centre, Kano valued is valued at N250 million.

Who was General Maude?:

General Aminu-Kano Maude, originally from Kano, died in Abuja on 8 November 2019, after a protracted illness.

He had spent before then about 18 months in Dubai, seeking a medical miracle, which didn’t come.

He was nurtured by a foster dad in Zaria, who enrolled him in a primary school in Tudun Wada, Zaria.

He later went to Nigerian Military School (NMS), Zaria, for his secondary education.

He graduated in 1976.

He then went to the School of Basic Studies (SBS) of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, despite his admission into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA).

He later got a BSc in accountancy, and was later commissioned into the Army Finance Corps.

In the army, he was once court martialled and convicted.

But this was set aside by the Supreme Court. He was reinstated in the army.

His case: “Brig. Gen. Aminu-Kano vs Nigerian Army”, has become a reference in Nigerian Law Reports.

Not long after his deployment into the finance corps, he enrolled for and obtained an MSc in Accounting and Finance from ABU, and further capped it with a PhD in the same field and from the same institution.

Upon retirement, he became a senior lecturer in accounting in NDA, ABU and the Kaduna State University (KASU).

He was also among others a director in Keystone Bank transition management team and a member of the Presidential Arms Probe Committee, where he might have run into trouble.

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