EFCC auctions 160 confiscated houses, lands worth billions of Naira

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has concluded plans to conduct sales of properties that are subjects of Final Forfeiture Orders.

 

According to the commission, interested persons or organisations have until 12:00 noon Monday, January 9, 2023, to submit their bids.

 

The EFCC’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, revealed in a statement obtained by our correspondent on Wednesday.

 

Uwujaren said, “The properties consisting of 61 units of luxury apartments, plots of lands and apartments across the country are being offered for sale in accordance with the EFCC (Establishment) Act, 2004, Public Procurement Act, 2007 and the Proceeds of Crime (Recovery and Management) Act, 2022.”

 

The EFCC would auction 144 forfeited houses and lands across the country, with Lagos, Abuja, and Rivers State taking the lead.

 

The EFCC spokesperson noted that the distribution of the properties were 24 units of luxurious block of flats at Banana Island, Lagos; 21 units of Luxury Terrace and Block of Flats at Thornburn, Yaba, Lagos; 16 units of four bedrooms terrace duplex at Heritage Court Estate, Port Harcourt.

 

He said, “Others are apartments and plots of land in Lagos State; apartments and plots of land within Abuja Metropolis; plots of land and apartment in Anambra, Ebonyi and Gombe States; apartments and plot of land in Kaduna, Delta and Edo States; hotel, plaza and apartments in Kwara State and apartments and Plots of land in Cross River, Osun and Oyo States.”

 

The auction is open to members of the public with the exception of individuals and corporate entities that have been or are being prosecuted by the EFCC; directors of such companies and employees of the EFCC.

Uwujaren noted that a competitive bidding process was being adopted for the disposal of the properties.

 

He added, “The bid forms which can be downloaded from the EFCC website www.efcc.gov.ng must be submitted alongside 10 per cent of the bid amount in Certified Bank Drafts payable to the EFCC. If the sum exceeds N10million, multiple Certified Bank Drafts must be provided; drafts of unsuccessful bidders will be returned once the bidding process is concluded.

 

“A successful bidder will be required to pay the 90 per cent outstanding balance of the bid price within 15 working days of the bid submission deadline, failing which the 10 per cent deposit becomes non-refundable and the properties can be offered to other buyers. Payments shall be made to the EFCC through the Remita platform.”

 

He added that individuals occupying any of the properties listed may be given the Right of First Refusal provided they have a valid tenancy agreement; have paid rent up to date and must complete an Expression of Interest Form which can be downloaded from the EFCC website: www.efcc.gov.ng

 

He said, “Bids for properties must be sealed and submitted in the designated box at the following address: Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Plot 301/302 Institutions and Research District, Jabi, Abuja.

 

“The deadline for the submission of all bids is 12:00 noon Monday, 9th January, 2023. All bidders and/or their representatives are welcome to be present at the bid opening which will take place at the Convocation Ground, National Open University of Nigeria, opposite the EFCC Headquarters, Jabi, Abuja from Monday, January 9, 2023 to Friday, January 13, 2023.

 

“The highest bid for each property will emerge the winner subject to the highest bid being equal to or above the reserve price.

 

“In the event of a tied bid at the bid opening or where none of the bids match or exceed the reserve price, bidders will be required to submit fresh bids at the opening. The outcome of the fresh bid submissions will be announced at the bid opening.”

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