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N19.3bn saga: Kogi govt alleges EFCC doing hatchet job, issues 48-hour ultimatum

The Kogi State government on Sunday accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of implementing a hatchet job allegedly conceived by unnamed politicians with its latest statement that the government has returned N19.3 billion bail-out funds allegedly “hidden” by the state to the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The government gave the EFCC 48 hours ultimatum to retract the statement or be prepared for a court action.

The state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo, made the state government’s position known at a press conference in Lagos.

Fanwo claimed that the plan is to tarnish what he described as the rising political image of state governor, Yahaya Bello, adding describing it as “a hatchet job conceived by politicians and implemented by an irresponsible EFCC headed by Abdulrasheed Bawa.”

He said, “Let it be known that the Kogi State government refutes every bit of these false allegations being peddled by the EFCC.

“The Kogi State government had disbursed its bailout loans for the purpose of which it was granted as of October 2019.

“There is therefore no ‘hidden bailout funds/loan’ belonging to Kogi State that is capable of being returned to the CBN or frozen by an order of court.

“The EFCC knows this. The fear of exposure of its lies in court and the attendant sanctions informed its decision to hurriedly withdraw the sham suit it filed in court.

“Consequently, the Kogi State government demands a retraction of this most malicious press release and of all allegations of crimes levied against the government and its governor.

“We further demand an apology published within 48 hours from today in one national daily and on all EFCC official and social media platforms addressed to His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the Executive Governor of Kogi State and the entire government and people of Kogi State.” Punchng


EFCC declares 24-year-old man wanted for N935m investment scam

Adewale Daniel Jayeoba has been declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over an alleged investment scam.

The EFCC said Jayeoba, a native of Ori-Ade Local Government in Osun State, used to live at Suit 1004, Providence Centre, MKO Abiola Way, by NNPC Mega Station, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

“The public is hereby notified that Adewale Daniel Jayeoba of Wales Kingdom Capital is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the alleged case of an investment scam,” the anti-graft agency’s Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, said on Monday.

DAILY POST reports that the commission had in June arrested Jayeoba’s parents, Emmanuel and Victoria Jayeoba for allegedly defrauding people in a N935million Ponzi scheme.

At the time, Uwujaren said the couple, in complicity with their son (still at large), “operated the scheme in the guise of forex trading.”

The couple was said to have been arrested at their residence in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

“They are parents to Adewale Daniel, Marketing Director, Wales Kingdom Capital Limited,” it was said at the time.

The father, Emmanuel, was described as a Director in Wales Kingdom Capital; operating about five bank accounts with which he had allegedly received N18,397,913 before he was arrested.

The mother, Victoria, had six bank accounts through which she reportedly received up to N916,607,715.

The EFCC urged anybody with useful information about the wanted man’s whereabouts to contact any of its offices across the nation.



Gov Ganduje’s Son Drags His Own Mother And Kano First Lady To EFCC Over Fraud

Peace seems far from the home of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State as reports have emerged that his wife, Hafsat Ganduje, has been dragged before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, by her son Abdulazeez.

It was gathered that the governor’s wife had refused to honour the invitation of the anti-graft agency.

According to Premium Times, Mrs Ganduje was invited to report last Thursday to the Abuja headquarters of the EFCC.

The governor’s son had dragged his mother to the EFCC, sources had revealed.

It was gathered that Abdulazeez reported to the anti-graft agency that he was approached by a property developer to help facilitate the acquisition of some plots of land in Kano with some hundreds of thousands of US dollars and at least N35million as “facilitation commission.”

Abdulazeez had alleged that he had given the money, which was in dollars, to the Kano first lady.

“But three months later, (the property developer) discovered that the plots of land he wanted and had paid the first family for had been allocated to other buyers and he then requested to be refunded,” a source had said.

Asked to comment on the matter, a spokesperson for Kano State Government, Mohammed Garba, denied knowledge of the invitation.

Recall that Governor Ganduje had in 2018 got himself entangled in a bribery scandal.

Daily Nigerian had released videos of Ganduje stuffing his babariga with dollars which were allegedly kickbacks from contractors. Naijanews

EFCC urges Nigeria banks to ‘query’ customers’ sources of income

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has urged banks in the country to investigate the sources of income of their potential customers before opening an account for them.

Bawa gave the advice on Tuesday when the Association of Chief Audit Executives of Banks in Nigeria, (ACAEBIN), led by the Chairman, Yinka Tiamiyu paid him a courtesy visit at the Commission`s headquarters, Abuja.

The EFCC implored the bank auditors to take issues of transparency in banking operations seriously, adding that starting from September 1, 2021 it will no longer be business as usual as the commission will hold banks liable where there are established cases of institutional complicity in fraud in the sector.

He however, affirmed the commission’s willingness to partner with the association in tackling financial crimes and related challenges in the banking sector.

“I will like to urge you to know your customers, know the kind of businesses they do before opening an account for them because some customers will open an account within a space of two months a huge sum of money is found in the account, So there is need for you to try and query these information including their linked accounts,” Bawa said.

Tiamiyu in his remarks, said they were in the Commission to seek improved partnership between banks and the EFCC in tacking economic and financial crimes.

He reiterated the commitment of banks as lead actors in the nation’s financial system to sanitising the system, noting that it was not in the interest of the organizations to incubate or suppress financial malfeasance.

Amplifying this point, Uduak Udoh, Vice Chairman of the Association said, “Some customers are conniving with bank staff to loot funds. We want you to look into that area, not only the banks as we are ready to give you all the cooperation you need; we want you to trust bank auditors with information sharing because we cannot support fraudulent staff as they are a threat to the organization.”

They used the opportunity of the visit to highlight issues of concern to them and their organizations, including fast-tracking the consideration of petitions from banks by the EFCC. Theguardianng 


EFCC arrests juju scam kingpin over alleged N250m fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it has arrested the leader of a deadly syndicate of juju scammers, Abayomi Kamaldeen Alaka (a.k.a Awise) over alleged N250million fraud.

The EFCC said the leader and members of his syndicate have been operating from a shrine in Ashipa Town, near Abeokuta in Ogun State.

A statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of the commission, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said the suspected syndicate allegedly tricked a woman to part with the N250million.

The statement said: “Awise’s arrest followed a petition by a victim, Bright Juliet who lost N250m to the syndicate after she was tricked to provide money for sacrifices and invocations to heal her of an ailment.

“She was introduced to Alaka by Akinola Bukola Augustina (a.ka. Iya Osun) whom she met on Facebook in the course of her search for solutions to her health challenge.

“What drew her to Augustina was the latter’s post under the name, Osunbukola Olamitutu Spriritual Healing Centre.

“Once she contacted Augustina, the latter promised to heal her only if she pays N16million. The victim paid the money through an Access Bank account belonging to Mohammed Sani, who later turned out to be a Bureau De Change Operator.

“After paying the money without receiving healing, Augustina passed the victim on to other members of the syndicate, notably Awise.

“Juliet revealed that she met Awise at his shrines in Ashipa Town and was hypnotised and subsequently transferred various sum through bank accounts and in cash to the suspect and his syndicate members, until she lost N250million to them.

”Despite all the monies collected from her, her health conditions never improved. She consequently petitioned the EFCC.”

The EFCC explained how its operatives intercepted members of the syndicate.
The statement added:” A team from the Foreign Exchange Malpractices Section (FEMS) at EFCC headquarters, on May 21, 2021 arrested both Sani Mohammed and Akinola Bukola Augustina at Egbeda and Abule Egba respectively, in a sting operation Lagos.

“Augustina, who is currently on administrative bail, later led operatives to the Ashipa Town Shrine of Awise but the latter escaped arrest having got wind of the presence of the commission’s operatives. He was later apprehended.

“Following his arrest, the commission has traced and marked a number of assets linked to Awise, believed to be proceeds of his criminal activities.

“The assets include vast land located at Ashipa Town, Abeokuta, Ogun State used as shrine to deceive the complainant to part with her hard-earned resources; a newly renovated filling station named Alaka Oil and Gas located at No.2, Adeneye Street, Oke-Oriya, Ikorodu, Lagos; an uncompleted Event Centre named Alaka Event Centre located at No.2, Adeneye Street, Oke-Oriya, Ikorodu, Lagos; uncompleted blocks of flats located at No.2, Adeneye Street, Oke-Oriya, Ikorodu, Lagos and a newly renovated storey building with boys’ quarters situated at No. 22, PSSDC Road, Magodo Phase 2, Magodo Estate, Lagos.

“The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.” Thenationonlineng


Investment firm MD, ten others in EFCC net over N11.5m fraud, cybercrimes

Operatives of the Uyo zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have arrested one Stacy-Dan Ekpenyong, aka Daniel Ekpenyong, who is the Managing Director of Stewardship Rural Investment Limited, for allegedly obtaining the sum of N11.5m by false pretences.

According to a statement on Tuesday by the Head, Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, the suspect tricked his victim into investing in his company, but allegedly absconded after receiving payment, adding that petitioner was not his first victim.

The statement read in part, “Ekpenyong was arrested at Keystone Bank, University of Uyo branch, Akwa Ibom State, following a petition by one Titilayo Malgwi, who alleged that the 36-year-old suspect tricked her into investing in his microfinance company. She claimed that she paid the sum of N11m into the suspect company’s account after he convinced her that she would get 10 per cent interest on any amount invested after a period of three months.

“When it was time for her to start reaping from her investment, the complainant severed communication with her and efforts made to get her money back proved abortive.”

“However, the commission had been on the trail of the suspect since December 18, 2020, when it first received a petition against him from one Amasi Ignatus, whom the suspect allegedly defrauded of the sum of N500,000 through the same scheme.”

In a related development, operatives of the Enugu zonal office of the anti-graft agency, on Friday, arrested 10 suspected Internet fraudsters for various offences bordering on cybercrime in Enugu.

The suspects include Ben-Ihedi Lucky, Akam Odinaka, Kanu Chinemerem, Ben-Ihedi Victor, Okechukwu Kelvin and Ben Victor.

Others are Emenike Michael, Godswill Nkemjika, Emmanuel Samuel and Ethasor Emmanuel

The statement by Uwujaren said, “Their arrest on Monarch Avenue, Maryland, Enugu, was sequel to actionable intelligence obtained by the commission on their alleged fraudulent activities. At the point of arrest, two Lexus RX 350 cars with number plates BDG736GX and BDG146GX were recovered from the suspects. Other incriminating materials recovered from them are various mobile phones and a laptop computer.”

The agency said the suspects would be charged as soon as investigations were concluded. Punch

Lawyer Writes National Assembly, AGF, Accuses Abdulrasheed Bawa-led EFCC Of Illegally Detaining Client

An Abuja-based legal practitioner, Christopher Emeka-Izima, has said that the Abdulrasheed Bawa-led Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is conniving with one Chief Ezeani Okoye to detain his client, Mr. Ifeanyi Israel. 

It was disclosed that Israel had been detained for two weeks.

Israel is a 45-year-old Estate and Property Manager said to have been detained on the order of Okoye, an 83-year old businessman. 

The detention was said to be over allegation of non-remittance of rents paid through him by the tenants occupying Okoye's properties, which he (Israel) was managing.

In a four-page petition submitted to the EFCC headquarters, on behalf of the detained client on Tuesday, Emeka-Izima also copied the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN); the Senate Committee on Human Rights and the National Human Rights Commission.

He alleged that despite meeting bail conditions, the EFCC refused to grant administrative bail to Israel, whom the anti-graft agency is allegedly planning to keep in custody till April 25, when he is likely to be arraigned at Gudu High Court on one count, without a detention warrant.

Emeka-Izima also added that, his client was first arrested in March 2019 on the same allegation and kept for days without arraignment, even after he had met all bail conditions.

He said he was later granted bail and asked to be reporting to the agency every two days, which he had complied with for over 2 years.

He said his client was invited again by one Mr. Bakare on March 15, 2021, claiming to be the new officer assigned to the case by the new leadership of Bawa.

"Our client is being detained at the instance and pleasure of Chief (Dr.) Ezeani J.K. Okoye who had vowed to use the Commission to keep our client perpetually 'out of circulation' in this town after his failed attempt at this with the Navy and DIA sometime in 2018.

"Chief (Dr.) Ezeani J.K. Okoye has filed a civil suit at the FCT High Court in Suit No. FCT/CV/2050/2019. Dr. Joseph K. Okoye vs Ifeanyi Israel & Anor, where he is claiming the same money for which our client is now detained, but he has abandoned the said civil matter since May 2020 after our client presented before the court all the evidence of the remittance of all the money being claimed. 

"For fear of our client defeating him in the process of prosecution of this case, he has made sure that our client would not be granted bail again by this 'new officers' led by one Mr. Gudu Modibo", the petition reads in part.

The lawyer, while praying the relevant authorities to intervene and release his client, added that his health was deteriorating and that the medical team of EFCC was currently administering drugs to him, even as he said that was not sufficient enough.

He called on the EFCC boss, Bawa, to grant his client administrative bail, reminding him of his duties to the good people of Nigeria, especially the young, to uphold and respect the rule of law, as no society would grow in the absence of the rule of law.

When contacted, Hajia Aisha Larai Musa of the Public Relations Unit of EFCC said she was far away and could not comment on the issue at the time. She, however, promised to get back later.  Saharareporters


EFCC Busts Another Internet Fraud Training Centre In Abuja

Operatives of the Abuja zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have uncovered another training centre allegedly set up for the grooming of internet fraudsters.

The ‘academy’ located in the Arab Contractors Area of Mpape Hills, a suburb of Abuja, was discovered when operatives, acting on intelligence, stormed the base on Thursday and arrested 27 internet fraud suspects.

This development comes few weeks after the anti-graft agency discovered an internet fraud academy in the Bwari axis of Abuja, where 10 suspects said to be learning the trade of cyber trickery were nabbed.

A statement by the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said the coordinator of the Mpape centre is one 30-year-old Emmanuel Clement.

It added that Clement's students are mostly young school leavers, including ladies between the ages of 18 and 25.

The statement titled, ‘EFCC uncovers another internet fraud training centre in Abuja,’ said, “Items recovered from the suspects include a Toyota Venza car, 30 mobile phones and one laptop.

“They will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.” Saharareporters

Bye-election: EFCC arrests former Head of Service chieftain with undisclosed sum of money

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Saturday arrested a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Abdon Dala Gin, during the ongoing bye-election in Dass state constituency.

The anti-corruption commission, according to sources, arrested the PDP chieftain, who is a former Head of Service in the state, for having undisclosed sum of money in his car during election.

Dalla Gin, who is also the Senior Special Adviser on Civil Service to Governor Bala Mohammed, was said to have been apprehended shortly after granting interview to a team of journalists at Bundot ward of Dass Local Government Area.

Speaking on the development, the chairman of Dass LGA, Alhaji Mohammed Sulaiman, stated that he was yet to confirm the arrest, adding that what he heard was that the governor’s aide was arrested after he granted interview to some journalists and went back to his car to take something.

The state Commissioner of Police, Tanko Lawal Jimeta, who visited the local government area to monitor the election, confirmed to journalists that he received a report that someone was apprehended by EFCC, though he did not mention the person, adding that he was yet to get full details.

CP Jimeta stated that going by the Electoral Act, both EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) are stakeholders in elections.

“There is a report that somebody was arrested by either EFCC or ICPC but I am yet to confirm. What we have to know is that every security agency, especially EFCC and ICPC if you read the Electoral Act, you will see their role,” he said.

He informed that the state police command deployed over 600 policemen in Dass LGA, where the bye-election is holding, with a view to ensuring that law and order are maintained throughout the election.

Meanwhile, counsel to the governor’s aide, Barrister Mukhtar Abubakar Othman, said the money was found in the boot of Gin’s car.

Othman, who secured his client’s bail, declared that EFCC did not arrest his client sharing money to voters.

According to him, Abdon Gin, like any other Nigerian citizen, has the right to move with money in either his pocket or car as far as he was not sharing it to voters.

Othman, who secured his client’s bail after being detained for about four hours at the Dass police station, declared that EFCC did not arrest his client while sharing money to voters but the money was in his car. Dailypost

Uyo: EFCC arraigns alleged notorious ponzi scheme operator

The Uyo zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) has arraigned an alleged notorious ponzi scheme operator, Umanah Umanah.

Umanah was arraigned on Friday, October 16, 2020 on a two-count charge bordering on forgery, obtaining by false pretence, fraud and issuance of dud cheque before Justice Agatha Okeke of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

The accused, a 62-year-old serial fraudster, who specialized in luring people to investing in his company, “No Burn Global Limited” with a false assurance of a bogus 50% weekly interest, was arrested by operatives of the Commissions on July 1, 2020, at a hotel located in Osongoma area of Uyo.

His arrest, according to a statement made available to DAILY POST on Friday by the Public Relations Officer, Tessy Thompson, followed a petition by one of his victims who alleged that Umanah swindled him of over N2.9m (Two million, nine hundred thousand naira) and subsequently issued him a cheque for N500,000 (Five hundred thousand naira) which returned unpaid as the account was not funded to cover the sum on the cheque.

According to the petitioner, he made efforts to recover his invested capital, but all proved abortive as Umanah quickly went into hiding and stopped taking his calls.

The statement further said that the investigations conducted by the Commission revealed that the accused runs a notorious gang of advanced fee fraud syndicates operating in several states of the Federation, including the Federal Capital Territory. The zone has received over seventy petitions against Umanah Umanah and still counting.

One of the chargesf or which Umanah was docked, reads: “That you Umanah Ekaette Umanah on or about the 31st day of July, 2017 at Uyo, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did make a forged document to wit: United Bank of Africa (UBA) cheque with cheque number: 73131308 of No Burn Global Stakeholders Multipurpose by appending your signature on the said cheque leaflet when not being a signatory to the account of No Burn Global Stakeholders Multipurpose domiciled with UBA, knowing same to be false and with the intent that it may be acted upon as genuine and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (2) (c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17 of the Revised Edition ( Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) 2007 and punishable under Section 1 (2) of the same Act”.

While taking his plea, Umanah pleaded, “not guilty” to the charge preferred against him. In view of his plea, Adebayo Soares, Counsel to the EFCC, prayed the court to remand the accused in the custody of the Nigeria Correctional Service, and fix a date for trial to enable the prosecution prove its case against the accused.

The matter was, thereafter, adjourned to November 9, 2020 for hearing of bail application while the accused was remanded in the custody of the Nigeria Correctional Service in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Dailypost

EFCC Chairman Orders Withdrawal Of Fraud Case Against First Bank Ex-Director

Former Executive Director of First Bank Plc, Dauda Lawal is facing corruption trial for allegedly handling the sum of $25m out of a total of $153m doled out by Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former Minister of Petroleum Resources in Nigeria, in the build-up to the 2015 general elections.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has withdrawn the corruption charges against a former Executive Director of First Bank Plc, Dauda Lawal.

Lawal is facing corruption trial for allegedly handling the sum of $25m out of a total of $153m doled out by Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former Minister of Petroleum Resources in Nigeria, in the build-up to the 2015 general elections.

The case involving $153m fraud against Nigeria was withdrawn by lawyers acting on the orders of the new management of the EFCC headed by Mohammed Umar, TVCNews reports.

The court consequently discharged and acquitted Lawal over the allegation against him.

At the last hearing, the prosecuting team  sought an adjournment of the case to Wednesday (today) on technical grounds but rather than resume prosecution, opted to discontinue the trial.

The EFCC lawyers informed the court that the withdrawal was based on the need for further investigation and that the defendant ought not to be charged alone but with others, who are currently at large.

While prosecuting the case, a first prosecution witness told Justice Muslim Hassan of the Federal High sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, how he delivered 12 padlocked bags containing $70m to an Abuja-based banker on the instruction of Alison-Madueke.

The witness, a former Group General Manager, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, gave the testimony before Justice Hassan on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Saharareporters


Mompha files N5m suit against EFCC over alleged unlawful arrest

Social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, popularly called Mompha, on Tuesday, filed a suit seeking to compel the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to pay him N5 million as damages for alleged unlawful re-arrest and detention.

Mompha in the suit filed on his behalf on Tuesday by his counsel, Mr. Gboyega Oyewole (SAN), Mustapha has begged the court to declare that his re-arrest and detention by the EFCC was unjustifiable and unlawful.

He urged the court to declare that the continued seizure of the items violated his right to own property under Section 44 of the constitution.

He prayed that the court order the EFCC not only to free him but also to give him back the seized items and pay him N5 million as damages.

However, the spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Dele Oyewale, said that Mustapha’s re-arrest was connected to a fresh set of cyber fraud charges.

NAN reports that the court has yet to fix a date to hear Mustapha’s N5 million suit. NAN

How former EFCC chairman Magu used ‘Pastors’ to launder funds abroad

A report by the Presidential Probe Panel has shown details of how Ibrahim Magu, the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), allegedly used a cleric to launder funds abroad.

Magu is currently being interrogated by the panel headed by retired Justice Ayo Salami over allegations of lack of transparency in managing recovered assets and mismanagement of EFCC.

A copy of the report made available to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Saturday in Abuja disclosed that the founder of the Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministry, Abuja, Dr Emmanuel Omalewas was used by Magu to launder funds.

Omale’s name was uncovered through an investigative report on EFCC’s activities by the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) and mentioned in the final report of the Presidential Committee on Audit of Recovered Assets (PCARA).

The report added that the unknown Pastor is alleged to have bought a landed property on behalf of Magu worth N573 million in Dubai, United Arab Emirate.

However, efforts had been intensified to reveal the real identity of the Pastor and to arraign him for prosecution if found culpable.

Magu is being held at the Police headquarters in Abuja.

He is expected to reappear before the Salami probe panel on Monday, to defend himself against several allegations. Dailypost

EFCC arraigns 3 Sokoto medical workers for alleged N3.3m fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Sokoto Zonal Office, Thursday, arraigned three top officials of the Sokoto Medical and Health Workers Union over alleged conspiracy and obtaining N3,300,000.00 by false pretence.

The defendants were: former Chairman, Shagari Local Government Area branch of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, Ibrahim Dan-Dede, his Secretary, Suleiman Ibrahim and Treasurer, Habibu Musa, respectively.

Dailypost learnt that the suspects were made to appear before Justice Isah Muhammad Bargaja of the Sokoto State High Court.

EFCC spokesman, Dele Oyewale said this in a statement to newsmen in Abuja.

Count one read: “That you Ibrahim Dan-Dede while being the Chairman, Suleiman Ibrahim while being the Secretary and Habibu Musa while being Treasurer of Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, Shagari Local Government Area branch of Sokoto State, sometime in August, 2015 in Sokoto, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with intent to defraud, did obtain 20 units of new Daylong G125, motorcycles, which each cost the sum of N165,000.00 (One Hundred And Sixty Five Thousand Naira), totalling the sum of N3,300,000.00 (Three Million Three Hundred Naira, Only) from one Babangida Garba (a motorcycle dealer), when you falsely represented yourself to him the motorcycles were for the members of your union as loan, a pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”

However, when the charges were read to the defendants, they pleaded not guilty.

It was on this basis that the prosecution counsel, Habila Jonathan, asked the court for a date for commencement of trial and urged the court to remand the accused persons in custody of the Nigeria Correctional Services (NCS), in Sokoto State.

But the defense counsel, Ibrahim Umar, prayed for time to enable him file the bail applications of his clients

In his ruling, Justice Bargaja adjourned the case till July 15, for trial and ordered that the defendants be remanded in the custody of Nigeria Correctional Services, pending the determination of their bail applications

Further, the defendants’ trouble started when the Commission received a petition against them by a motorcycle dealer, who alleged that sometimes in August 2015, the defendants approached him to supply 20 units of new Daylong G125 motorcycles, with each costing the sum of N165, 000.00 (One hundred and Sixty Five Thousand Naira) totalling the sum of N3, 300,000.00 (Three Million Three Hundred Naira).

The petitioner even added that the defendants falsely presented to him, that the motorcycles were for the members of their union as loans.

He said that based on that assurance, he supplied the 20 units of the motorcycles, for which he neither received any payment nor return of his goods. Dailypost

EFCC: Chinese men arrested for alleged N50m bribe

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has apprehended two Chinese nationals for allegedly offering bribe to the head of its Sokoto zonal office and his investigating team.

The Chinese, Meng Wei Kun and Xu Kuoi of China Zhounghao Nigeria Limited, a construction company, were arrested in an operation that lasted four days.

 Parading the suspects on Tuesday, the zonal office head, Abdullahi Lawal, told newsmen the duo offered him and his investigating team the sum of one million naira to compromise him in an ongoing investigation into the company’s operations.

“On May 7, 2020, I was contacted by the Managing Director, China Zhounghao Nig. Ltd, Mr Meng Wei Kun, in respect of an ongoing investigation against their company. I and my investigating team were offered the sum of N100m to compromise the case.

“Four days after series of discussions, it was agreed that I should come for half of the money, which was ready at their office/residence, along Airport Road, Kasarawa, Sokoto.

“In a well coordinated operation with a team of operatives, Mr Meng Wei Kun and Mr Xu Kuoi, were arrested while giving the bribe money to me at the above address. In the process, the sum of N50m, three laptops, five smart phones and some relevant documents were recovered,” the EFCC zonal head narrated.

 When investigations are concluded, the duo will be charged to face prosecution in court.

 Lawal further explained that China Zhounghao Nig. Ltd was being investigated by the EFCC, Sokoto zonal office, over alleged offences of conspiracy, abuse of office, misappropriation, diversion of public funds and money laundering.

 The money involved the sum of over N50bn contracts awarded to the company by the Zamfara State Government between 2012 and 2019, Punch

EFCC re-arraigns former Vice President Atiku’s lawyer for money laundering

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday re-arraigned Mr Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie, lawyer to former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, for allegedly laundering $2m during the 2019 general elections.

Atiku contested in the elections against the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), but lost.

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In the three counts filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos, the EFCC accused Atiku’s lawyer and his younger brother, Erhunse Giwa-Osagie, of conspiring to make a cash payment of $2m without going through a financial institution during the election time.

Their re-arraignment on Friday followed the transfer of the case file from Justice Oweibo to Justice Aneke.

Following an application by their lawyer, Mr Ahmed Raji (SAN), Justice Aneke permitted them to continue on the bail earlier granted them by Justice Oweibo.

The judge later adjourned till Monday, March 9, to rule on Atiku’s lawyer’s application seeking permission to travel to London for a medical appointment. Punch

How Bukola Saraki diverted Kwara N10bn – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission insisted on Thursday that two Ilorin houses belonging to a former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, must be forfeited to the Federal Government because they were built with funds allegedly stolen from the coffers of Kwara State.

The anti-graft agency claimed that it had evidence that Saraki, who was Kwara State governor between 2003 and 2011, diverted not less than N10bn belonging to the state.

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The EFCC told Justice Rilwan Aikawa at the Federal High Court in Lagos that the sum of N1.09bn spent on the two Ilorin buildings was part of the N10bn allegedly stolen by Saraki.

The commission had on December 2, 2019 obtained an order temporarily forfeiting the houses – Plots No. 10 and No. 11 Abdulkadir Road, GRA, Ilorin, Kwara State – to the Federal Government.

It is now urging the court to make the interim forfeiture order permanent, a move that Saraki, through his lawyer, Mr Kehinde Ogunwunmiju (SAN), has vehemently opposed.

In an affidavit filed before the court, an officer of the EFCC, Bilikisu Buhari, said the anti-graft agency found that while he was Kwara State governor, Saraki allegedly diverted N100m on a monthly basis from the federal allocation to the state.

 Buhari said Adama, Ofem and Austin, using fictitious name, usually paid the diverted N100m into the bank accounts of contractors who built the houses.

But opposing the prayer to permanently forfeit his client’s houses on Thursday, Saraki’s lawyer, Ogunwunmiju, said they were built from his legitimate earnings.

The SAN said N252.2m out of the N1.09bn used for developing the property represented what Saraki was paid for the development of a five-bedroom apartment, which he was entitled to as a two-term governor of Kwara State.

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Ogunwunmiju pointed the attention of Justice Aikawa to the Governor and Deputy Governor (Payment of Pension) Law 2010 of Kwara State, which stipulated that an elected two-term governor of the state was entitled to a five- and four-bedroomed duplex, respectively, at any location of their choice within Kwara State.

He said rather than allow the state to build the house for him, Saraki chose to collect N252.2m so he could add money to it to build a house to his taste.

He urged the court to dismiss the EFCC’s application for being an abuse of court processes, saying the same issues had been taken before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court where Saraki was vindicated.

But counsel for the EFCC, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, insisted that as long as Saraki failed to explain how he came about the over N700m, which he added to the N252.2m to develop the houses, the houses were liable to be forfeited.

After arguments that lasted for over five hours, Justice Aikwa adjourned till April 27 for judgment.Punch
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