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The Acting Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu has assured Nigerians in the diaspora of business protection at home.

Magu spoke on Saturday, May 23, 2020 during a Virtual Town Hall Meeting, an interaction with Nigerians in Diaspora, anchored in London by the Host/Moderator of the group, Prince Ade Omole.

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According to him, the EFCC is aware of the frustration, uncertainties and risks, local fraudsters are posing to credible businessmen and women abroad, who wish to invest in the Nigerian economy.

” The EFCC is ready to offer intelligence services to anyone seeking genuine business partners in Nigeria”, he said.

The EFCC boss stressed that local fraudsters frustrating Nigerians in the diaspora and stopping them from investing in Nigeria would henceforth be dealt with.

Court Grants Bail To Chinese Nationals Accused Of Bribing EFCC

File photo of the Chinese nationals with the bribe.

 

A High Court in Sokoto State has granted bail to two Chinese citizens accused of bribing an official of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Justice Muhammad Saidu Sifawa who is also the Chief Judge of Sokoto State granted the accused person bail on Thursday.

He said the respondents have not been able to dislodge the presumption of innocence of the accused.

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The term of the bail demands the accused to submit the sum of N5million each and two sureties in like sum, one of which must be resident in Sokoto and have a landed property that has a certificate of occupancy.

He also asked the accused persons to submit their international passport with the Chief Registrar of the court and demanded that they take an undertaking that they would not travel out of the country throughout the duration of the trial.

The suspects were arrested last week for offering the sum of N100million bribe to the Zonal Head of the anti-graft agency in Sokoto State, Mr Abdullahi Lawal.

According to the EFCC, the sum was allegedly offered in a desperate bid to compromise ongoing investigations of a construction company, China Zhonghao Nigeria Limited, which was handling contracts awarded by the Zamfara State Government in the sum of N50billion between 2012 to 2019.

The suspects are currently facing trial on counts of conspiracy and bribery.

PHOTOS: EFCC Hands Over Diezani’s Forfeited Property To Lagos For Isolation Centre

EFCC Hands Over Diezani’s Forfeited Property To Lagos

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) has handed a property forfeited by the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke, to the Lagos Government for use as an isolation centre for COVID-19 patients.

The six flats of three-bedrooms and a boys’ quarter had been forfeited to the Federal Government, following an order of a Federal High Court in Lagos in 2017.

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EFCC Hands Over Diezani’s Forfeited Property To Lagos For Isolation Centre

EFCC hands over Diezani’s forfeited property to Lagos State for Isolation Centre

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) has handed a property forfeited by the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke, to the Lagos Government for use as an isolation centre for COVID-19 patients.

The six flats of three-bedrooms and a boys’ quarter had been forfeited to the Federal Government, following an order of a Federal High Court in Lagos in 2017.

Speaking during the handover ceremony on Friday, the Zonal Head of the EFCC in Lagos, Mohammed Rabo said the gesture is part of the agency’s support in curbing the spread of the virus.

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“This gesture is part of the Commission’s efforts in discharging its own social responsibility towards the fight against the spread of coronavirus.

“The Commission is always committed and ready, alongside its mandate in fighting economic and financial crimes, to also render any essential service that may be required of it in the fight against the pandemic.

“Therefore, the state should not hesitate to call on the commission anytime the need for such an essential service arises”, Mr. Labo said.

The state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, commended the commission for the gesture, saying it is a welcome collaboration between the Federal Government and the state government.

He said, “The handing over is part of the national reach-out to curtail the pandemic.

“It is reassuring that you have been paying attention to what we have been doing, and part of the challenges we have been facing is getting isolation centres for the COVID-19 patients.

“We will go round the facility to see what we can do to improve on it”.

The Governor further assured the Commission that the property would be put to good use.

EFCC Arraigns Oyo Permanent Secretary Over Alleged N4.4m Scam

Rasaq Kolawole

 

The Ibadan zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arraigned a director who had served in acting capacity as Permanent Secretary, in the Oyo State Ministry of Agric and Natural Resources, Alhaji Rasaq Kolawole, for allegedly defrauding one Ibikunle Alonge of N4,400.000 (Four Million, Four Hundred Thousand Naira).

Kolawole was arraigned before Justice Aderonke Aderemi of the Oyo State High Court on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, on one count of obtaining money under false pretence.

The offence is against Section 1 (2) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.

The victim of his alleged crime had written a petition to the EFCC in which he accused the top public servant of fraudulently collecting the sum from him as part payment for a piece of land situated at Alabata Olosoko area of Moniya, Ibadan.

He further alleged that it was after making the payment that he got to know that the land actually belonged to one Mrs. Ali (now deceased ), adding that all efforts to get a refund thereafter were unsuccessful.

The charge read: “That you, Alhaji Kolawole Rasaq on or about the 2nd of October, 2018, at Ibadan within the Ibadan Judicial Division of this honourable court with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N4,400,000 (Four Million and Four Hundred Thousand Naira only) from one Alonge Ibikunle through Pastor Adeyemi Fabayo by falsely pretending that it was part payment of the cost price of eleven and half plots of land situated, lying and being at Alabata Olokoso area, via Moniya area, Ibadan which you purported to have sold to him.

Kolawole, however, pleaded not-guilty to the charge.

In view of his plea, the prosecuting counsel, Dr. Ben Ubi, prayed the court for a date for the commencement of trial.

Thereafter, Justice Aderemi admitted the defendant to bail on self-recognizance and adjourned the matter to June 24 and 25, 2020 for trial.

EFCC Arrests Two Chinese For Offering N100m Bribe To Top Official

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested two Chinese for offering the sum of N100m as bribe to the Zonal head of the anti-graft agency in Sokoto State, Mr Abdullahi Lawal.

The agency disclosed this in a series of tweets on Tuesday, noting that the arrest was made on Monday in Sokoto.

According to the EFCC, the sum was allegedly offered in a desperate bid to compromise ongoing investigations of a construction company, China Zhonghao Nig. Ltd, which was handling contracts awarded by the Zamfara State Government in the sum of N50,000,000,000.00 (fifty billion naira) between 2012 to 2019.

 

“The zonal office of the Commission is investigating the construction company, in connection with the execution of contracts for the construction of township roads in Gummi, Bukkuyun, Anka and Nassarawa towns of Zamfara state; and also the construction of one hundred and sixty-eight (168) solar-powered boreholes in the 14 local government areas of the state.

“Alarmed by the consistency and professionalism of investigation being conducted, the company reached out to  Lawal with an offer of  N100,000,000(One Hundred Million Naira) as bribe to “bury” the matter,” the statement read.

It, however, noted that in a grand design to trap the corrupt officials, Lawal played along.

“On Monday, two representatives of the company Meng Wei Kun and Xu Kuoi offered him cash totalling fifty million naira in their office along airport road, Sokoto. The cash was offered as a first installment”.

But the suspects were promptly arrested with the cash as evidence.

 

 

The anti-graft agency further explained that the investigation of the construction company was informed by intelligence on alleged conspiracy;  misappropriation of public funds; embezzlement; official corruption; abuse of office, stealing and money laundering obtained against the Zamfara State government through inflated and uncompleted contracts awarded to the company.

So far, according to the EFCC, investigations have revealed that China Zounghao Ltd has received payments of over N41,000,000,000.00 (forty-one billion naira) from the Zamfara state government out of which about N16,000,000,000.00 (sixteen billion naira) equivalent to over $53,000,000.00 (fifty-three million US Dollars) was allegedly diverted and traced to some bureau de change operators.

It says the suspects would be charged to court soon.

N12m Scam: Fake Bayelsa Muslim Pilgrims Coordinator Bags 28-Year Jail Term

EFCC Witness Reveals How Ex-NAMA Boss, Others Allegedly Looted N2.8bn

 

Justice J.E. Iyang of Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State on Friday May 8, 2020 convicted and sentenced one Muhammad Halim Ogbobio, self-styled coordinator of Bayelsa State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, to 28 years imprisonment.

The convict, who paraded himself as the coordinator of Muslim Pigrims Welfare Board from 2009-2012, was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Port Harcourt Zonal office, on March 19, 2015 on a 5-count charge bordering on forgery and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of Twelve Million One Hundred and Thirty Naira (N12,130,000.00) in bogus hajj fees.

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The victims were allegedly introduced to the convict by one Adodo Yusuf Oristsegbubemi and they paid him a total of Twelve Million One Hundred and Thirty Naira (N12,130,000.00) for slots in the 2012 Hajj.

Trapped in Ogbobio’s fraudulent scheme, they could not make it to Saudi Arabia for the hajj exercise and all efforts to retrieve their money failed.

One of the counts reads: “That you Muhammad Halim Ogbobio and others now at large on the 3rd day of September 2012 at Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud did obtain the sum of Six Million Seven Hundred Thousand Naira(N6,700,000.00) from one Ibrahim Abdullahi Paisa which said sum was paid into your Sky Bank account No. 1010839270 under the pretence that you are one of the Coordinators of 2012 Hajji Exercise, 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 1 (3)of the same Act”.

 

EFCC Secures Final Forfeiture Of Chinese’s $300,000

 

Justice Babatunde Quadri of Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, May 11, 2020, ordered the final forfeiture of $300,000, belonging to a Chinese national, Li Yan Pin, to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The judge had earlier ordered the interim forfeiture of the money following an exparte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

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Yan Pin stood trial for a money laundering charge, leveled against him by the EFCC over the said sum after intelligence led to his arrest at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, for failing to declare the sum in his possession, as he attempted to board a flight to China en-route Dubai.

‘Evidences Against Kalu Are Overwhelming’: EFCC Reacts To Supreme Court Verdict

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reacted to the judgment of the Supreme Court which nullified the conviction of former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu.

In a statement on Friday by its Head of Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale, the anti-graft agency noted that the apex court did not acquit the former governor of the charges against him.

Earlier, a seven-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour nullified the conviction of Senator Kalu and Ude Udeogu, a former Director of Finance and Account at the Abia State Government House.

Justice Ejembi Eko, who delivered the lead judgment, held that the Federal High Court in Lagos which tried and convicted the former governor and his aide, as well as his firm – Slok Nigeria Limited, acted without jurisdiction.

He noted that Justice Mohammed Idris who sentenced them was already a Justice of the Court of Appeal, as at that time.

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The Supreme Court Justice added that a Justice of the Court of Appeal cannot operate as a judge of the Federal High Court.

According to him, the 1999 Constitution does not permit a judge elevated to a higher court to return to a lower court to conclude a trial he began.

The seven-man panel unanimously set aside the judgement that convicted the defendants and ordered a fresh trial of the defendants by another judge.

Justice Idris had convicted and sentenced Senator Kalu to 12 years imprisonment, and Mr Udeogu to 10 years imprisonment in his judgement delivered in December 2019.

In its reaction, the EFFC described the judgment of the apex court as ‘a technical ambush’ against Kalu’s trial.

It, however, stressed that it was prepared for another trial of the case as its evidences against the former governor and his co-defendants were overwhelming.

Read the statement from the anti-graft agency below:

Orji Kalu: EFCC SET FOR FRESH, IMMEDIATE RE-TRIAL

The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been drawn to the judgment of the Supreme Court nullifying the trial of a former governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited and Jones Udeogu, a former Director of Finance and Account of Abia State Government and ordering their fresh trial at the lower court.

The apex court based its verdict on the grounds that Justice Mohammed Idris, who convicted Kalu and others had been elevated to the Court of Appeal before the judgment and returned to the lower court to deliver the judgment which it considered as illegal.

The EFCC considers the judgment of the apex court as quite unfortunate. It is a technical ambush against the trial of the former governor.

The Commission is prepared for a fresh and immediate trial of the case because its evidences against Kalu and others are overwhelming.

The corruption charges against Kalu still subsist because the Supreme Court did not acquit him of them.

The entire prosecutorial machinery of the EFCC would be launched in a fresh trial where justice is bound to be served in due course.

Dele Oyewale

Head, Media & Publicity

08/05/2020.

Alleged Fraud: Court Grants Turaki Bail, Fixes June For Trial

 

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted bail to a former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Tanimu Turaki, who is facing fraud charges.

Justice Inyang Ekwo granted the bail on Monday when the former minister and three others were arraigned before him.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had filed 16 counts of unlawful and criminal misappropriation of funds against Turaki, his aide, and two companies.

Other defendants in the case are one Sampson Okpetu who served as Turaki’s special assistant, as well as Samtee Essentials Limited and Pasco Investment Limited which allegedly belong to Okpetu.

The anti-graft agency claimed that the former minister used the two companies to perpetrate the alleged fraud which included the unlawful transfer of funds to his wife and other persons.

When the charges were read to him, the former minister pleaded not guilty to all of them.

Okpetu also pleaded not guilty to the fraud charges levelled against him by the Federal Government.

Thereafter, the presiding judge granted bail to the former minister and his aide in the terms and conditions of an administrative bail earlier granted them by the EFCC.

The trial judge, however, ordered the former minister not to travel outside the jurisdiction of the court without permission.

He also ordered the EFCC to deposit the international passport of the defendants with the Registrar of the court and asked the duo to report to the anti-graft agencies on a periodic basis.

Justice Ekwo also fixed June 22, 23, 24, and 25, 2020 for the commencement of the trial of the defendants.

Lawyer to the former minister, Joe-Kyari Gadzama, described that the trial as an opportunity for the defendants to prove their innocence in the case.

Turaki, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, was the Minister for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs from 2013 to 2015.

He also served as the Supervising Minister of Labour under former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Ex-Minister Turaki Pleads Not Guilty To Fraud Charges

This picture shows Mr Tanimu Turaki seated in one of the courtrooms at the Federal High Court in Abuja on May 4, 2020. The former minister is being arraigned by the EFCC over allegations of fraud.

 

 

A former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Tanimu Turaki, has pleaded not guilty to the fraud charges preferred against him by the Federal Government.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had filed 16 counts of unlawful and criminal misappropriation of funds against the former minister, his aide, and two companies.

Others listed as defendants to the charges include one Sampson Okpetu who served as Turaki’s special assistant, as well as Samtee Essentials Limited and Pasco Investment Limited which allegedly belong to Okpetu.

The EFCC arraigned the defendants on Monday before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Turaki, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, was the Minister for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs from 2013 to 2015.

He also served as the Supervising Minister of Labour under former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Meanwhile, the second defendant, Okpetu, also pleaded not guilty to the fraud charges levelled against him by the Federal Government.

More to follow…

EFCC Arraigns Ex-Minister Turaki, Others Over Alleged Fraud

In this picture, Mr Tanimu Turaki is seated in one of the courtrooms at the Federal High Court in Abuja on May 4, 2020. The former minister is being arraigned by the EFCC over allegations of fraud.

 

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned a former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Tanimu Turaki.

Turaki, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, was arraigned on Monday alongside one other person and two companies over allegations of multi-million naira fraud.

Those arraigned along with the former minister are Sampson Okpetu, who served as Turaki’s special assistant, as well as Samtee Essentials Limited and Pasco Investment Limited which allegedly belong to Okpetu.

The defendants were brought before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, the nation’s capital on 16 counts filed against them by the EFCC.

Turaki was the Minister for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs from 2013 to 2015.

He also served as the Supervising Minister of Labour from 2014 to 2015.