Embattled Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, Representing Delta North senatorial zone has declared that the Federal High Court in Abuja lacks jurisdiction to order an interim forfeiture of his assets.
The Senator who is swimming in troubled waters over his alleged non-declaration of assets made the declaration while speaking through his Kaduna-based lawyer, Mr. Muhammad Katu, on Saturday.
Senator Nwaoboshi who is battling for his political life amid a deepening probe of his wealth argued that the court’s order of interim forfeiture of his assets and several bank accounts, constituted an abuse of court process.
Nwaoboshi’s counsel, Muhammad Katu, in a motion on notice filed on July 5, 2019 also described the Senator’s trial as the handiwork of his political opponents who were bent on tarnishing his rising political profile especially in his Delta North.
The Abuja High Court on Friday had made an initial order for the confiscation of 14 of his properties and 22 bank accounts linked to the Senator and traced to Zenith Bank, UBA, Access Bank and Sterling Bank which were all joined in the suit.
Nwaoboshi was also given 30 days to justify how he acquired the properties and convince the court not to grant a permanent forfeiture of the assets to the Nigerian government.
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