INDEPENDENT Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, said it has traced the sum of $919,202.07 (N450million) to bank accounts belonging to officials of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, who disclosed this in Abuja, said that the commission acted on a petition instituted against some officials of the court for alleged corrupt practices.

According to Ogugua, investigators in the Rivers State office of the court traced the money that had been hidden in an interest-yielding account by the said officials since 2014.

She said that the commission has obtained an interim forfeiture order on the sum hidden in a bank account.

“On discovery of the hidden money, the ICPC through its lawyer, Dr. Agada Akogwu filed an ex-parte Motion for an Interim Order of Forfeiture of the money.

“In his ruling, Justice Mohammed Sani of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt granted the Commission’s prayers for interim forfeiture of the said sum pending the final hearing on the matter.

“(The judge further ruled that the) orders of the court directing the interim forfeiture shall be published in any daily newspaper within 14 working days for any person interested in the said property sought to be forfeited to appear before the court to show cause why the final forfeiture orders are not made in favor of the federal government of Nigeria.

“The matter was adjourned to December 14, 2020, for reports and final forfeiture hearing,” Ogugu said.