However, Justice Obiozor could not hear the case before he was transfered to the Benin division of the court.
At the resumed hearing of the matter today, EFCC counsel, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, told Justice Ringim how far the matter had gone.
Oyedepo said: “This matter is a suit instituted before your learned brother, Justice Olatoregun now retired, where we prayed for the final forfeiture of the sum of $5,781,173.55, warehoused in Skye Bank Plc and N2,421,953,502.78, property of LA Wari Furniture and Bathes in Ecobank Plc.
An interim order was granted on April 24, 2017, upon which appeal was initiated up to Supreme Court and an application for its final forfeiture was moved but the trial judge didn’t deliver the judgment before retiring.
Oyedepo opposed the application, praying the court not to grant it, because, according to him, there is a procedure enshrined in section 17 of the Advanced Fee Fraud and other related offences Act, which the EFCC had compiled with except the last step which is a motion for final forfeiture.
He urged the judge to look at the proceedings of February 17, 2021 where the former judge adjourned the hearing of the motion for final forfeiture till April 13, which could not hold because of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) strike.
He urged the Judge that should the court be inclined to grant an adjournment, it should be for the motion for final forfeiture.
In his ruling, Justice Ringim declared that a proceeding of this nature is a special one and cannot be truncated by any application.