Car Importer Arraigned Over N264m Fraud In Kaduna

The EFCC on January 13 , 2022, said it had arraigned one Mohammed Sani Dàuda for fraud.
The EFCC on January 13, 2022, said it had arraigned one Mohammed Sani Dàuda for fraud.

 

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, arraigned one Mohammed Sani Dàuda alongside his company, MS Seven Nigeria Limited, before Justice Darius Khobo of Kaduna State High Court on a two-count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretence.

In a statement on Thursday, the EFCC said Dauda was arrested by the EFCC following a petition alleging that sometime in August 2021 he approached the complainant, claiming that he was into the importation of luxury cars from the United States of America.

He allegedly convinced the complainant to patronize him.

The petitioner subsequently deposited the sum of N70, 000,000 (Seventy Million Naira) into the company account of the defendant, for the purchase of a Mercedes Benz S-class 2021 model.

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After a while, the complainant said he again paid another N 194,128,500.00 (One Hundred and Ninety-Four Million, One Hundred Twenty-Eight Thousand Five Hundred Naira) into the defendant’s company’s account domiciled in another bank for the purchase of a Mercedes Benz G-Wagon and a Rolls Royce.

He further stated that after the payments were made, the defendant became evasive and efforts to reach him to either get the vehicles requested or have a refund became futile.

Count one of the charges reads, “that you, Mohammed Sani Dauda (being the Managing Director and owner of MS Seven Nigeria Limited) between August and September, 2021 in Kaduna, Kaduna State within the jurisdiction of the Honourable Court, dishonestly misappropriated certain property, the total sum of N170,000,000 (One Hundred and Seventy Million Naira) belonging to one Musa Yakubu and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 293 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, and punishable under Section 294 of the same Law”.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges. Consequently, the prosecution counsel, N. Salele asked the court to fix a date for the commencement of trial. But the defence counsel, Maxwell Kyon urged the court to admit his client to bail.

Justice Khobo granted the defendant bail in the sum of N 5,000,000 with a surety in like sum, who must be a resident of Kaduna and own a landed property with Certificate of Occupancy which shall be verified by Kaduna Geographical Information Service, KADGIS, and EFCC.

The EFCC says the case was adjourned till February 8 for hearing.

Alleged N270m Fraud: EFCC Arrests Fake Army General Who Claimed Buhari Nominated Him As COAS

The EFCC on January 13, 2022, said it had arrested one Bolarinwa Oluwasegun who was posing as an Army-General.
The EFCC on January 13, 2022, said it had arrested one Bolarinwa Oluwasegun who was allegedly posing as an Army-General.

 

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested one Bolarinwa Oluwasegun, a fake Army General, over an alleged N270m fraud.

The suspect, who posed as a General in the Nigerian Army, allegedly made false representations to the complainant, Kodef Clearing Resources, that President Muhammadu Buhari, had shortlisted him and one other to be appointed as the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, and that he needed a short grant “to press and process the appointment.”

According to a statement by EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, the suspect also allegedly forged a letter of appointment as COAS purportedly signed by the President and showed the same to the victim to further prove his claim.

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In the said letter, he claimed that he needed to pay a certain amount of money into the coffers of the Federal Government of Nigeria, as part of the requirements for the appointment as COAS.

Oluwasegun, in his bid to defraud the victim, also allegedly forged several documents and the signature of the President.

He was arrested at his house in the Alagbado area of Lagos State on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.

Upon his arrest, six pump action guns, three cartridge bullets, a swagger stick and several forged documents were recovered from him.

The EFCC spokesperson disclosed that the suspect will be charged to court as soon as investigations have been concluded.

EFCC, Refugee Commission Collaborate On Building Staff Capacity

Chairman of the EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa and the Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Imaan Suleiman Ibrahim stand together in Abuja on January 13, 2022.
Chairman of the EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa and the Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Imaan Suleiman Ibrahim stand together in Abuja on January 13, 2022.

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is supporting the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons to build its staff capacity.

Chairman of the EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa stated this in Abuja on Thursday when the Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Imaan Suleiman Ibrahim paid him a working visit.

According to Bawa, the output of every organisation is dependent on the strength and capacity of the staff.

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He said there was also need for partnership in strengthening support for Persons of Concern.

The EFCC Chairman further noted that equipping the Persons of Concern will make them self-reliant and economically Independent.

For her part, the Federal Commissioner commended the efforts of the Anti-graft agency saying the move was a step towards providing durable solutions to the Persons of Concern.

Suleiman-Ibrahim further stated that building the capacity of the staff of the organisation will further enhance the output of the Commission.

The Federal Commissioner added that the Nigerian Government cannot do everything alone hence the need for a whole of society approach.

PHOTOS: Mompha In Court On Fresh Charges

EFCC Operatives and Police Officers escort Mompha to the court

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned internet celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, popularly known as Mompha, and his firm, Ismalob Global Investment Limited.

They were both arraigned before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on 8 charges bordering on alleged money laundering of over 6billion naira

The offence is contrary to relevant sections of the Advance Fee Fraud Act of 2006 and the EFCC Act of 2004.

EFCC Arraigns Mompha On Fresh Charges

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned internet celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, popularly known as Mompha, and his firm, Ismalob Global Investment Limited.

They were both arraigned before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on 8 charges bordering on alleged money laundering of over 6billion naira

The offence is contrary to relevant sections of the Advance Fee Fraud Act of 2006 and the EFCC Act of 2004.

Internet Celebrity, Mompha arraigned at Lagos High Court

 

In the counts, the defendants were accused of conspiracy to launder funds obtained through unlawful activity, retention of such funds, transfer of funds for a suspect Olayinka Jimoh popularly known as Nappy Boy, and unlawful transfer of funds for a record label, among others.

The EFCC also alleged that Mompha concealed his interest in expensive wristwatches and other movable assets valued at over 70 million naira.

EFCC Operatives and Police Officers escort Mompha to the court

 

Mompha pleaded not guilty to the charges on behalf of his company, Islamob Limited.

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Justice Dada has ordered his remand in the custody of the EFCC till January 18th when his bail application will be heard.

This is the second case in which the EFCC is charging Mompha. He is standing trial for the first at the Federal High Court, Lagos on an amended 22-count  bordering on cyberfraud and money laundering to the tune of 32.9bn naira.

 

He was re-arrested by operatives of the EFCC on January 10,  for laundering funds obtained through unlawful activities and retention of alleged proceeds of crime.

Orji Kalu Wants Account Unfreezed, Name Removed From N7.1bn Fraud Charge Sheet

A photo collage of Orji Kalu and a court gave

 

Former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, has filed an application at the Federal High Court in Abuja seeking for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to unfreeze his bank account.

He is also seeking an order of the court to strike out his name and that of his company, Slok Nigeria Limited from the N7.1 billion charge levelled against him by the anti-graft agency.

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Kalu’s lawyer, Ikoro Ikoro said the application was based on the judgement of Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, delivered on September 29, 2021, which barred the Federal Government from retrying the former governor.

Kalu, who is the Chief Whip of the Senate and the lawmaker representing Abia North Senatorial District, submitted that having been freed, it behoves on him to apply to the court to formally strike out his name and Slok from the charge sheet.

More to follow…

EFCC Re-Arrests Mompha For Alleged Money Laundering

A combination of a file photo of Mompha and the EFCC logo.

 

Operatives of the Lagos Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have re-arrested a suspected internet fraudster, Ismailia Mustapha, for laundering funds obtained through unlawful activities and retention of alleged proceeds of crime.

Mustapha, also known as Mompha, was arrested on Monday, January 10, 2022.

According to a statement by the EFCC, the suspect is currently standing trial alongside his company, Ismalob Global Investment Limited, on an amended twenty-two-count charge bordering on cyber fraud and money laundering to the tune of N32.9bn (Thirty-two Billion Nine Hundred Thousand Naira) brought against him by the EFCC.

It will be recalled that Mompha had earlier been arrested on October 18, 2019, at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport while boarding an Emirates Airline flight to Dubai by the staff of the Nigeria Immigration Service, following a watch list by the EFCC.

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Mompha is alleged to have used his registered companies to receive illicit funds on behalf of “yahoo yahoo” boys from across the world in return for a commission.

The account of one of his companies, Ismalob Global Investment Limited Bank, a Bureau de Change company, domiciled in Zenith Bank Plc, was allegedly used to launder funds derived from unlawful activities.

The investigation has revealed a fraudulent transfer slip of $92, 412, 75 found in the suspect’s iPhone 8 device. The EFCC says he will soon be charged to court.

P&ID Scam: Grace Taiga Received $4969, $5000 Through Her Daughter’s Account – Witness

File photo of Grace Taiga

 

The trial of a former Director, Legal Services of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Grace Taiga, for alleged fraud in the case involving Process and Industrial Development Limited (P&ID) before Justice O.A Adeniyi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court Abuja continued on Monday with the EFCC presenting its fourth prosecution witness.

At the commencement of the hearing, the prosecution presented a thirteen-count amended charge which was read to the defendant. Count 12 of the charge reads, “That you GRACE TAIGA (former Director of Legal Services in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources) on or about the 30th of December, 2009 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court corruptly received the sum of USD4969.5 (Four Thousand Nine Hundred and Sixty-nine United States Dollars, Five Cents paid by Marshpearl Limited, a company controlled by the owners and promoters of Process and Industrial Development (P&ID)- into HSBC bank account of your daughter, Enameg Vera Moses Taiga domiciled at No.8, Canada Square, London branch of HSBC in relation to Gas Supply and Processing Agreement(GSPA) between the Ministry of Petroleum Resources of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and P&ID( a company incorporated and existing under the laws of the British Virgin Island) which led to the execution of the GSPA sometime in the year 2010 and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 8(1)(a) and (b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act,2000”.

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Count 13 reads, “That you GRACE TAIGA (former Director of Legal Services in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources) on or about the 30th of January, 2012 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court corruptly received the sum of USD 5000 (Five Thousand United States Dollars) paid by Kristholm Limited- a company controlled by the owners and promoters of Process & Industrial Development Limited (P&ID)- into the HSBC account of your daughter, Enameg Vera Moses Taiga domiciled at No.8 Canada Square, London branch of HSBC, on account of the favour you already showed P&ID in relation to the Gas Supply and Processing Agreement (GSPA) executed between the Ministry of Petroleum Resources of the Federal Government of Nigeria and P&ID ( a company incorporated and existing under the laws of the British Virgin Island) and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 8(1)(a) and (b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000”.

The defendant pleaded “not guilty”, to the charges.

Aminu Lawal, PW4, an operative of the EFCC, led in evidence by the prosecuting counsel, Mohammed Abbah told the court that the team received a petition dated June 28, 2018, signed by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN, conveying the directive of Mr. President that investigation surrounding the circumstances of the Gas Processing Supply Agreement, GSPA, should be carried out.

“I came to know the defendant when the investigation commenced. I discovered that she witnessed the GSPA. She also drafted the GSPA when she was at the Ministry of Petroleum Resources as Director Legal.”

The witness further told the court that the team discovered a lot of discrepancies including an unsigned agreement between the Ministry of Defence and Khristolm Limited.

“We discovered one unsigned agreement between the Ministry of Defense and Khristolm Limited, a company owned and controlled by P&ID Limited and the promoters of P&ID are Michael Quinn, Brendan Cahill, James Nolan and Niel Hitchob.

“We wrote a letter of investigation to the Ministry of Defence to give us the details of the contract awarded to the companies that are related to P&ID. Investigation revealed that Marsh Pearl Limited were given contract in which the defendant witnessed the agreement between the Ministry of Defence and Marsh Pearl Limited sometime in 2005.”

The prosecution witness further stated that the team discovered that, on December 30, 2019 the defendant, Grace Taiga, received $4969.50 (Four Thousand Nine Hundred and Sixty-nine United States Dollars, Fifty Cents through her daughter, Vera Ename Moses Taiga. “The money was paid by Marsh Pearl Ltd, through her daughter’s account eleven days before the signing of the GSPA.

We Recovered N152Bn, $386m In 2021 – EFCC

EFCC logo.

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said that in 2021, it recovered the sum of N152, 088,698,751.64, (One Hundred and Fifty-two Billion, Eighty-eight Million, Six Hundred and Ninety-eight Thousand, Seven Hundred and Fifty-one Naira, Sixty-four Kobo).

A statement from the agency on Monday also stated that the sum of $386, 220,202.84 (Three Hundred and Eighty-six Million, Two Hundred and Twenty Thousand, Two Hundred and Two Dollars, Eighty-four Cent) were recovered.

The brief report further stated that an aggregated sum of £1, 182,519.75 (One Million, One Hundred and Eighty-two Thousand, Five Hundred and Nineteen Pounds, €156,246.76 (One Hundred and Fifty-six Thousand, Two Hundred and Forty-six Euro), 1,723,310.00 Saudi Riyal; 1,900.00 South African Rand; and 1, 400.00 Canadian Dollars, were also recovered between January and December 2021.

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According to the communique put out in continuation of the review of its operational activities for 2021, the EFCC said the recovery basket also included a digital currency component with 5, 36957319 bitcoin and 0.09012 Ethereum.

Earlier, the commission said it had recorded convictions of 2, 220 across the commands in the same year under review.

The Abdulrasheed Bawa-led management of the EFCC assured Nigerians that there is no hiding place for the looters of the nation’s treasury.

Drug War: NDLEA, NSCDC Renew Partnership As Audi Visits Marwa

The Commandant General of the NSCDC, Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi (right), during a visit to the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have agreed to strengthen existing partnerships and synergies between the two agencies in various areas of operations especially in the fight against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.

According to NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, the commitment was the highpoint of a courtesy visit by the Commandant General of the NSCDC, Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi to the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) at the anti-drug agency’s national headquarters in Abuja on Thursday.

In his remarks, the NSCDC boss said he was on the visit to tap from the knowledge and experience of Gen. Marwa in transforming NDLEA within a short time; seek for synergy and collaboration between the two agencies, while noting that he has continued to follow Marwa’s antecedents and achievements in public service since he was a student.

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NSCDC
The NSCDC believes synergy with the NDLEA will help in combating crime in Nigeria.

 

In his response, the NDLEA Chief Executive commended the NSCDC boss for bringing to bear his experience and intellectual capacity on the work of the Corps.

He said his achievements in the past year in NDLEA were due largely to the grace of God as well as the commitment of officers and men of the agency.

“We’ll like to bring the problem of drug abuse under control as quickly as possible because of its effects on public health and national security,” he said.

“As such, well like to call for a renewed partnership with the Civil Defence so that together we can bring criminalities under control in communities and the country at large. With your visible physical presence in the grassroots, we’ll work with you in our drug demand and drug supply control efforts.”

Earlier, the leadership of Global Peace Advocacy and Empowerment Initiative led by Ambassador Sadiq Badamasi Ibrahim also visited Gen. Marwa during which they sought partnership with NDLEA on their mission to take anti-drug advocacy campaigns across the country.

The global body also conferred on Marwa the 2021 Man of the Year award among other recognitions.

Lagos Tops As EFCC Secures 2,220 Convictions In 2021

EFCC news
The EFCC logo

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said on Thursday that it secured a total of 2220 (two thousand two hundred and twenty) convictions across all its commands in 2021.

In a statement, the agency explained that the figure which emerged from a review of the commission’s performance in the outgone year shows that the Lagos Command of the agency recorded the most convictions-481, closely followed by the Ibadan Command with 324 convictions, while the Port Harcourt Zonal Command had 230 convictions.

According to the statement, the conviction secured by the Commission in 2021 is the highest by the EFCC since inception.

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Before 2021, the highest record of conviction by the commission was secured in 2019 with 1280 convictions. The 2220 record of 2021 is a 127.5 % improvement over the 2019 record.

Interestingly too, the 2220 record represents a 98.49% success rate in prosecution as the commission said it lost only 34 cases during this period.

While commenting on the performance, the Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, commended the personnel of the commission for their industry and dedication despite the challenges of criminal prosecution in court.

He also assured that the EFCC will continue to motivate all categories of staff for greater efficiency through capacity development and other incentives.

EFCC Commences Investigation Into Tape Alleging Malami Influences Corruption Cases

File photo of the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has commenced an investigation into a trending audio tape alleging that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, influences corruption cases.

In the tape, an operative of the anti-graft agency, Mohammed Idris, accused the justice minister of compromising graft cases.

“Malami now controls the EFCC. The commission is in his hands. Once Malami speaks, the account will be unfrozen. They are unfreezing suspects’ accounts, including the big cases,” EFCC operative was heard saying in one of the multiple audio recordings obtained by Daily Nigerian.

But the EFCC in a statement on its verified Facebook page on Thursday said it would activate its internal mechanism to deal with the issues arising therefrom.

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“Without prejudice to the outcome of the investigation, snippets of the audio recording clearly showed an abysmally compromised officer dropping names to ingratiate his benefactor, a relative of a crime suspect,” the statement read.

“By the alleged action, the said officer is no more than a corrupt fifth columnist with scant regard for the values of the commission.

“The action is contemptuous of the established Standard Operating Procedure of the EFCC. Such professional indiscretion has no place in the new EFCC.

“The commission encourages citizens who encounter any such unprofessional conduct by personnel of the EFCC to report to the commission in support of our quest to build a better agency.”

“Reporting such conducts has been made easy by the Eagle Eye App, a financial crime reporting application which was launched earlier in the year,” Uwujaren further stated.

According to the EFCC, its operations were guided by established professional precepts “which do not support the kind of discretion that could allow for manipulation by external actors.”