EFCC Arraigns Contractor Over Alleged Diversion Of N0.3bn TETFUND

EFCC Arraigns Contractor Over Alleged Diversion Of N0.3bn TETFUNDThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned one John Ojekorede Ojemuyiwa alongside his company, Digitpro Engineering Technology Ltd. before Justice A.O. Oladimeji of the Osun State High Court sitting in Ede.

The Ibadan Zonal Office of the Commission arraigned Mr Ojemuyiwa on Monday, April 3, on a two-count charge bordering on stealing and giving of gratification to public officers.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Ojemuyiwa’s journey to the dock followed a petition to the EFCC sometimes in April 2016 by the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun, alleging a fraudulent conversion and diversion of 0.3 billion Naira TETFUND approved for sundry projects at the Osun State College of Education, Ila Orangun.

In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Oluwatoyin Owodunni, asked the court for a trial date while the defence counsel, Banjo Akinwande, approached the court with an oral application for bail which was opposed by the prosecution counsel.

Justice Oladimeji ordered that the defence counsel presents a formal application to help the court exercise its discretion on the bail application, in view of the antecedents of failure of the accused person to honour the EFCC’s invitation twice.

One of the counts read: “That you John Ojekorede Ojemuyiwa and Digitpro Technology Ltd., sometimes in February 2014 at Ila Orangun within the Osogbo judicial division, stole the sum of 53,837,574.08 Naira (fifty three million, eight hundred and thirty-seven thousand, five hundred and seventy-four Naira, eight Kobo) only, from the sum of 112,810,952.20 Naira (one hundred and twelve million, eight hundred and ten thousand, nine hundred and fifty-two Naira, twenty Kobo) advance payment to you as mobilisation fee for the construction of an amphitheatre by the Osun State College of Education, Ila Orangun, Osun State”.

The second count also read: “That you John Ojekorede Ojemuyiwa and Digitpro Technology Ltd., sometime in February 2014 at Ila Orangun within the Osogbo judicial division, corruptly gave the sum of 43,093,694.36 Naira (forty-three million, ninety-three thousand, six hundred and ninety-four Naira, thirty-six Kobo) to members of the Governing Council, Osun State College of Education, Ila Orogun, through one David Olayinka Olojede of De Capstone Ltd. on account of the award of a contract worth 228,298,302.00 Naira (two hundred and twenty-eight million, two hundred and ninety-eight thousand, three hundred and two Naira) and the over payment of mobilisation fee to you by the Governing Council and the Management of Osun State College of Education”.

The matter was adjourned till Tuesday, May 2, 2017 for hearing of the bail application and commencement of trial.

The accused is to be remanded at the Federal Prison, Ilesha in Osun State, South-west Nigeria.

Man Arraigned For Alleged Assault And Public Fight

Man Arraigned For Alleged Assault And Public FightThe Police in Osun state have arraigned one Paul Babalola, 44, before Modakeke Magistrate’s Court for alleged assault.

The Prosecutor, Sgt Ona Glory, told the court that the accused committed the offence on January 16, 2017 around 10:30PM at Urban Day area, Modakeke-Ife.

Glory said that the accused assaulted one Abosede Faseki by beating her with belt and as a result she sustained injuries all over her body.

He added that the accused also fought Segun Oyotoki by beating him with belt and equally bit him on his left hand which led to his bodily harm.

According to him, the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 355 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol 11, Laws of Osun, 2003.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to two-count charge of assault and public fight levelled against him.

The Defence Counsel, Mr Egede Victor, applied for the bail of the accused in most liberal term and pledged that the accused would not jump bail, but would provide substantial sureties.

Magistrate Bose Awosan granted the bail of the accused in the sum of 50, 000 naira with one surety in like amount.

Awosan said that the surety must swear to an affidavit of means, and the surety must be a close family member with a landed property.

She adjourned the case to February 15 for hearing.

Dudafa Says EFCC Forced Him To Write Statement

Dudafa Says Statements Made To EFCC Were ForcedThe Federal High Court has adjourned till February 13, it’s ruling on the admissibility of a court order on which authority the EFCC remanded a former Senior Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa.

The defendant had contended that the EFCC remanded him in custody without access to his lawyers.

He had also denied statements made in custody insisting that the statements were dictated and he was mentally tortured to sign them in order to regain his freedom.

Under cross-examination on Tuesday from Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, the Counsel to the EFCC, Mr Dudafa denied being offered administrative bail by the commission.

He, however, admitted that one Barrister Sylvanus Habila who is his Uncle came to his rescue and acted as his lawyer.

The EFCC says the administrative bail was not completed because the lawyer recommended on behalf of the defendant’s sureties produced forged documents before the commission.

The EFCC told the court that this lawyer was also present in court when the remand order from a magistrate court was obtained.

Mr Dudafa, however, insisted that the lawyer was seen and not heard as the remand proceedings was an exparte one.

A move to tender the remand order in court to show that the lawyer made an argument for Mr Dudafas bail in the Magistrate court was rebuffed by the Defence Counsel, Mr Gboyega Oyewole who insisted that the document was not certified neither was it properly produced before the court.

The EFCC insisted that the document was produced in its primary form and did not require certification.

Following arguments and counter arguments on the issue, Justice Mohammed Idris adjourned till Feb 13 to consider his ruling on the admissibility of the document.

Mr Dudafa is testifying in a trial-within-trial to determine the voluntariness of some statements he made while in the custody of the EFCC after his arrest on charges of illegally concealing about 1.6billion Naira which were alleged to be proceeds of crime.

Court Adjourns Trial Of Fani-Kayode, Three Others Over Alleged Scam

Femi Fani-Kayode, CourtA Federal High Court in Lagos has shifted the trial of a former Minister of Aviation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode and three others over an alleged 4.6 billion naira fraud to Tuesday.

The ruling was given after the defence counsel, Mr Norrison Quakers, told the court that he had just been briefed about the matter on Sunday evening.

He noted that he would need time to study the case file and requested for parties in the matter to meet with the judge at his chambers.

Mr Fani-Kayode’s lawyer added that the outcome of the discussions would help the court to arrive at an informed decision on the matter.

Counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nkereuwen Anana, however, opposed the request.

He maintained that any fresh issue on the matter should be raised in the open court.

Meanwhile, other defence lawyers, who weighed in on the matter, pleaded with the court to grant Mr Quakers’ request.

In a short ruling on Monday, Justice Hassan declined to grant any audience at his chambers with parties in the matter.

He asked Mr Fani-Kayode’s lawyer to put forward his thoughts in a formal application.

The judge consequently adjourned further hearing on the matter till Tuesday, January 17.

The EFCC had on June 28, 2016 arraigned the former minister and three others on a 17-count charge over an alleged fraud.

The other defendants are a former Minister of State for Finance, Mrs Nenadi Usman, one Danjuma Yusuf and a company, Joint Trust Dimensions Nigeria Limited.

They all pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail by the court.

Suspected Cultist Remanded In Prison For Alleged Murder

Suspected Cultist Remanded in Prison For Alleged MurderA suspected member of the Aye confraternity, Mutiu Rasaq, has been remanded in prison custody by an Osogbo magistrate court for alleged murder.

Rasaq, who was said to be the leader of the Aye fraternity was accused of killing three people: Adeshina Akinwale, Adekunle Badmus and Kehinde Adeshina.

The fourth victim of the Rasaq’s terror act, Aderemi Adepoju is still in coma, as he was yet to recover from the severe machete cut unleashed on him by the suspect.

According to the charge sheet read in court on Wednesday, Rasaq fondly called ‘Small Mutiu’ was said to be part of the cultists terrorizing Osogbo where several people have been killed.

The accused person allegedly committed the offence December 18, 2016 at Abaku Area, Osogbo, the capital of Osun State.

But the suspect pleaded not guilty to the four-count charge of murder, conspiracy, breach of peace and assault.

Defence counsel, Mr Olatunbosun Oladipupo asked to give the case short adjournment date.

The presiding magistrate, Mrs Abibat Bashiru directed the police prosecutor, Inspector Mireti Wilson, to forward the case file to the Director of Public Prosecution, Ministry of Justice, Osun State for legal advice.

She, however, ordered that Rasaq be remanded in Ilesa prison, just as she adjourned the case till January 27, 2017 for mention.

Security Man Convicted For Stealing Empty Bottles of Malt

Security Man Convicted For Stealing Empty Bottles of MaltA Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State has convicted a 31-year-old Security man, Afolabi Babatunde for stealing empty bottles of malt.

The prosecutor, Mr Abiodun Fagboyinbo said he committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 390 of the Criminal Code Cap 34. Vol II laws of Osun State Nigeria 2003.

The charge read: “That you Afolabi Babatunde ‘M’ on 8 January 2017 at about 3pm at NUJ area Estate Osogbo in the Osogbo Magisterial district did steal two empty crates of Maltina valued 2,400 property of one Alaka Babatunde”.

Afolabi pleaded guilty to the one count charge put against him.

The defence counsel, Mr Remigus Ngwu, addressing the court said: “I plead with this court to temper justice with mercy and be lenient with the convict because he is a first time offender.

“He is a security man with wife and children; he is sober of his deed and did not waste the time of the court in his trial”.

The prosecutor, Mr Fagboyinbo Abiodun said “the convict stole what he was employed to secure which in paradoxical in nature”.

Magistrate, Mrs A.A Olowolagba in her judgement said the convict should be cleaning the compound of court and cutting the grass in the premises from February 9 to February 17, 2017.

FG Closes Case Against Orubebe As Court Adjourns Trial Till May 31

OrubebeThe trial of the former Minister for Niger Delta, Godsday Orubebe has been adjourned to May 31 to enable the defendant open his defence.

At the continuation of trial on Tuesday, the prosecutor, Mr Mohammed Diri, told the court that he was closing his case, having called one witness as against three witnesses he earlier mentioned.

The defence counsel, Larry Selekowei, however, informed the Tribunal that he intended to call his first defence witness but was taken by surprise that the prosecutor closed his case.

He added that his witnesses were not in court and sought an adjournment to enable him properly open his defence.

The Tribunal Chairman, Justice Umar Danladi, then adjourned till May 31.

At the last sitting, cross examination of the first prosecution witness, Sam Madojemu, ended as he insisted that the former Minister failed to declare his full asset while in office particularly the alleged property in Asokoro, Abuja.

Mr Orubebe is being charged by the Code of Conduct Bureau for alleged failure to declare the landed property.

In the other counts, he is also facing charges for allegedly accepting bribes totalling 70 million Naira from one Pastor Jonathan Alota for the award of contracts in favour of his company.

N1.6bn Fraud: EFCC Arraigns Kebbi Accountant-General, Arzika Dakingari

Arzika Dakingari The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, November 7, 2014 arraigned the Kebbi State Accountant-General, Mohammed Arzika Dakingari and the Managing Director, Beal Construction Nigeria Limited, Musa Yusuf, before Justice Sabiu Bala of Kebbi State High Court, Birnin-Kebbi on a 20-count charge bordering on conspiracy, obtaining by false pretence and abuse of office.

Dakingari, among other things allegedly used his office as the Accountant-General, Kebbi State to fraudulently enrich himself.

Particulars of count four of the charge reads:

“That you Alhaji Mohammed Arzika Dakingari being the Accountant-General of Kebbi State , on or about 2nd May, 2013 in Kebbi State within the jurisdiction of the High Court of Kebbi State , did use your office to confer upon yourself, a corrupt advantage for the award of a contract by Kebbi State Government to Beal Construction Nigeria Limited, (a company on whose board your children are directors and of which you are a signatory to its bank accounts) for the provision of additional structures to the newly established secondary school at Moh’d Mera College, Argungu worth N241,866,556.50 (two hundred and forty one million, eight hundred and sixty-six thousand, five hundred and fifty six naira, fifty kobo) and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2010.”

Count two reads:

“That you Alhaji Mohammed Arzika Dakingari being the Accountant-General of Kebbi State and Musa Yusuf being the Managing Director, Beal Construction Nigeria Limited sometime in October, 2012 in Birnin-Kebbi within the jurisdiction of the High Court of Kebbi State, with intent to defraud, did aid Ibrahim Abdullahi Usman, Chairman/Managing Director, Cigale Finance S.A Lome-Togo (now at large) to obtain 25 Units of Iveco Trucks, property of Karimat Global Trade Links Limited valued at N175,000,000.00 (one hundred and seventy five million naira) only by false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 8 (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences, Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1 (3) 0f the same Act.”

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to all the charge when it was read to them.

In view of their plea, counsel to EFCC, Mahmud Bello, urged the court to fix a date for trial to commence while the accused persons be remanded in custody.

However, the defence counsel, Suleiman Usman, prayed the court to admit his clients to bail pending the commencement of trial. He added that, the accused persons are men of integrity and would not jump bail.

Justice Bala after listening to both counsel, adjourned to November 11, for hearing on the bail application and ordered the accused persons to be remanded in EFCC custody.

The accused persons were to be arraigned on August 28, 2014 but their plea could not be taken following an application by the defence to the court to quash the charge on the ground that no prima facie case had been established against them.

He contended that, since there is no link between the accused persons and the alleged offence, the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the matter.

The prosecution, in response, posited that, there was a prima facie case against the accused persons going by the proof of evidence attached to the charge.

“Before the court grant leave to prefer the charge against the accused persons, it had already satisfied itself with the proof of evidence attached to the charge”, he added.

At the resumed hearing of the case Friday, the court held that it had jurisdiction to entertain and decide the matter and consequently ordered the accused persons to enter their plea.

EFCC Arraigns Man for Issuance Of Dud Cheque

EFCCThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, September 26, 2014, arraigned one Christopher Nduka before Justice Tukur Muhammed of Kaduna State High Court on one count charge bordering on issuance of dud cheque to the tune of 982,000 Naira.

The accused pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.

The count reads:

…that you Christopher Nduka on or about the 29th July, 2011 at Kaduna within the jurisdiction of the High Court of Kaduna State knowingly and fraudulently issued a cheque No. 05079552 dated 22nd July, 2011 in the sum of Nine Hundred and Eighty Two Thousand Naira only payable to Zitros Health Nigeria Limited from account No. 1120805582 domiciled at Equitorial Trust Bank, knowing that there is no fund standing to the credit of the said account and the cheque was returned unpaid upon presentation to the bank and thereby committing an offence contrary to section 1 (1) (a) and punishable under section 1 (1) (b) of the dishonoured cheque offences Act CAP D 11 Laws of the Federation 2004.”

Upon his plea, counsel to EFCC, Musa Isah, urged the court to fix a date for trial to commence.

However, the defence counsel, H.U Gimba, prayed the court to admit the accused person to bail saying the alleged offence is bailable.

Isah objected to the bail application on the ground that, the accused person had failed to honour the terms of administrative bail earlier granted him by the Commission. The prosecuting counsel argued that the accused, if admitted to bail, would likely make himself unavailable for trial.

Justice Muhammed after listening to the argument of both counsel, granted the accused person bail in the sum of N500, 000 and a surety in like sum who must be a level 12 civil servant.

The surety must have evidence of a landed property within the jurisdiction of the court. The accused person must also deposit his international passport with the registrar of the court.

The case was adjourned to November 28, 2014 for commencement of trial.

Money Laundering Charges: Judges’ Seminar Stalls Trial Of Lagos Speaker

Lagos Speaker IkuforijiThe trial of the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, was on Monday stalled as the presiding judge had to rise to attend a judges’ seminar.

Ikuforiji, had been standing trial before the Federal High Court, Lagos, for allegedly laundering over 339million Naira, charges brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The EFCC alleged that Ikuforiji and one of his aides, one Oyebode Atoyebi, accepted various cash sums on behalf of the State House of Assembly without going through a financial institution.

The suit, which was fixed for continuation of trial, could not go on as earlier scheduled, due to a judges’ seminar organised by the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).

When the case was called, the Prosecutor, Godwin Obla, and the Defence Counsel, Wole Olanipekun, consented to an adjournment.

The defence counsel, however, urged the prosecutor to produce his remaining witnesses in court on the next date, to ensure speedy trial.

Justice Ibrahim Buba then adjourned the case till Tuesday, March 18, for continuation of trial before leaving for his seminar.

The EFCC had re-arraigned the accused persons on June 24, 2013, on an amended 54 count charge.

The offences are said to contravene the provisions of Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (prohibition) Act 2011.

Both men had, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge, and were granted bail in the sum of 1 billion Naira each, with two sureties, each in the sum of N500 million.