UPDATED: Court Grants Shehu Sani Bail

Senator Shehu Sani at the Federal High Court in Abuja on January 27, 2020. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

The Federal High Court in Abuja has granted bail to a former member of the Senate representing Kaduna Central, Senator Shehu Sani.

Justice Inyang Ekwo granted Senator Sani bail on Monday in Abuja during his arraignment on two counts of bribery and advance fee fraud.

The charges were preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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Senator Sani, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges while his counsel, A. Ibrahim, asked the court to grant his client bail.

But the lead counsel to the EFCC, Abbah Muhammed, said he was just served the bail application notice a while ago.

After listening to the statements of both lawyers, Justice Ekwo stepped down the hearing of the bail application to enable the prosecutor study it.

Upon resumption of the proceedings, Ibrahim argued that having pleaded not guilty and with investigations concluded according to the EFCC, bail was his client’s fundamental human right.

He also outlined other reasons why Senator Sani should be granted bail, saying the defendant has no record of jumping bail.

The defence counsel also stressed that his client was presumed innocent and needed to attend to his businesses and family while still appearing before the court.

He revealed that Sani has given him his international passport and was willing to deposit same with the court, as part of assurances that he would not travel out of the country while the case was ongoing.

On his part, Muhammed stated that if the request was granted, the accused would interfere with the proceedings and urged the court to dismiss the bail application.

After listening to the arguments of the two lawyers, Justice Ekwo granted Senator Sani bail but not without conditions.

He was granted bail in the sum of N10 million and a surety that must be a responsible citizen with landed property within the court’s jurisdiction.

The judge also asked the accused to deposit his international passport with the court and must not travel out of the country without the permission of the court.

He, thereafter, adjourned the case until February 24, 25, and 26 for accelerated trial.

UPDATED: Shehu Sani Pleads Not Guilty To Bribery, Fraud Charges

Senator Shehu Sani at the Federal High Court in Abuja on January 27, 2020. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

A former member of the Senate representing Kaduna Central, Senator Shehu Sani, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of bribery and advance fee fraud.

The charges were brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Senator Sani, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges on Monday during his arraignment by the anti-graft agency at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Upon pleading not guilty to the charges, his counsel, A. Ibrahim, asked the court to grant his client bail.

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The lead counsel to the EFCC, on his part, said he was just served the bail application notice a while ago.

Thereafter, the presiding judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, stepped down the hearing of the bail application to 12pm.

He explained that the hearing was suspended to enable the prosecutor study the bail application.

Upon resumption of the proceedings, Ibrahim argued that having pleaded not guilty and with investigations concluded according to the EFCC, bail was his client’s fundamental human right.

On his part, Muhammed stated that if the request was granted, the accused would interfere with the proceedings and urged the court to dismiss the bail application.

After listening to the arguments of the two lawyers, Justice Ekwo granted Senator Sani bail but not without conditions.

He, thereafter, adjourned the case until February 24, 25, and 26 for accelerated trial.

UPDATED: EFCC Arraigns Shehu Sani

Senator Shehu Sani with his lawyers at the Federal High Court in Abuja on January 27, 2020. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned a former member of the Senate representing Kaduna Central, Senator Shehu Sani.

Senator Sani was arraigned by the anti-graft agency on Monday at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He was charged with two counts of bribery and advance fee fraud.

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The former lawmaker, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Upon pleading not guilty, counsel to Senator Sani, A. Ibrahim, asked the court to grant his client bail.

But the lead counsel to the EFCC, Abbah Muhammed, said he was just served the bail application notice a while ago.

Thereafter, the presiding judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, stepped down the hearing of the bail application to 12pm.

He explained that the hearing was suspended to enable the prosecutor study the bail application.

Upon resumption of the proceedings, Ibrahim argued that having pleaded not guilty and with investigations concluded according to the EFCC, bail was his client’s fundamental human right.

On his part, Muhammed stated that if the request was granted, the accused would interfere with the proceedings and urged the court to dismiss the bail application.

After listening to the arguments of the two lawyers, Justice Ekwo granted Senator Sani bail but not without conditions.

He, thereafter, adjourned the case until February 24, 25, and 26 for accelerated trial.

EFCC Slams Transparency International Over ‘Poor’ Rating On Nigeria

 

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has vehemently condemned in strong terms, the 2019 Corruption Perception Index, CPI recently released by Transparency International, TI, which ranked Nigeria 146 out of 180 countries analysed.

The Commission further faulted the poor rating as baseless and described as appalling, the ‘bogus and ambiguous’ criteria used by TI to arrive at what the agency described as a ‘jaundiced and illogical rating’.

According to the EFCC, the rating is a far cry from the evident strides and achievements so far accomplished by the anti-graft agency in the fight against corruption, particularly under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The claim and inference by TI that Nigeria ranks the fourth most corrupt country in West Africa is totally unacceptable, as it is evidently not supported by any empirical data, especially when placed side-by-side with the remarkable achievements of the Commission in the past years,” EFCC stated in a communique on Thursday.

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The EFCC further stated that it is quite ironic that the report by TI posits does not show real incidences of corruption, yet it claims that the report is a reliable indication of the perception of the Nigerian public and the international community about the state of corruption in the country.

Still reacting to the report, EFCC stated that in 2019 – the year under review by TI, was particularly a remarkable one for the EFCC as the Commission secured unprecedented record of 1,268 convictions, including that of a former state governor and a serving senator who was convicted for defrauding his state to the tune of N7.65billion.

It was a landmark in the fight against corruption never achieved across the West African region, indeed, Africa at large. This is among several high profile cases, which were successfully prosecuted during the year with many of them currently serving various jail terms.

Over the past years, billions of naira, millions of dollars and other foreign currencies were recovered from corrupt persons in the country, including securing the forfeiture of assets of their illegal and fraudulent activities. So far, the EFCC has evidently altered the narrative that there are some persons that are untouchables in the country.

It is on record that three former state governors are currently serving different jail terms in prison for defrauding their states and stealing from the treasury to enrich themselves and their cronies.

The EFCC has also spearheaded the Nigerian angle of prosecuting those involved in the Malabu Oil Fraud, and in partnership with the INTERPOL, was able to secure the repatriation of a former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice implicated in the fraud, who has been on the run. Charges have already been filed against him at a Federal Capital Territory, FCT High Court and he has just been arraigned today.

The Commission has also not given up on its unrelenting efforts to ensure that a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, is made to answer for the various malfeasance perpetrated under her, in spite of the obvious reluctance of the United Kingdom to repatriate her to Nigeria.

The onslaught against perpetrators of internet fraud, infamously known as yahoo-yahoo, has also intensified with several of them now serving jail terms.”

The EFCC claimed that it is obvious that TI seems to have decidedly decided to look the other way, overlooking all these achievements all of which are not hidden.

According to the antigraft-agency, it is unfortunate that the body has never acknowledged the achievements of the EFC, adding that “it is obvious that the body has its own hidden agenda”.

The Commission said it will not be distracted by a body that has been consistent in its ‘biased rating’ of Nigeria and will continue in its mandate of fighting corruption.

There’s Nothing Wrong In Raiding ‘Yahoo Boys’ At Nightclubs – Magu

 

The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu has come out to defend the raids on nightclubs in the country, insisting that there is nothing wrong in it.

The anti-graft agency recently stormed a nightclub in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital and arrested 89 suspected internet fraudsters, known as ‘Yahoo Yahoo boys’.

Mr Magu said the move is important because that’s where internet fraudsters gather and spend the money gotten from their victims.

“If it is nightclubs, these are the places the yahoo boys gather and spend the money. There is nothing wrong in raiding the yahoo boys at nightclubs.”

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The EFCC boss who was in Ibadan to inspect the new recruits of the commission at the state zonal office on Wednesday, stressed that the raid on the nightclubs is based on credible intelligence gathered.

“It is not about nightclub, raiding of nightclub is left to the police, we don’t have much power, and we will go there when we are sure it is the fraudsters.

“We are not raiding nightclub, we are going after the yahoo yahoo boys and we always do that when we have a credible intelligence.”

He added that the fraudsters are small boys and need the support of everybody to rehabilitate them.

“What we will do is that we have to collaborate to rehabilitate them into the society. These are small boys who are intelligent, they can be useful.

“There are a lot of fraudsters who have made millions, we can find a way to bring them back so they can be better citizens tomorrow,” he said.

We Will Repatriate Alison-Madueke To Face Financial Crime Charges – Magu

 

The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu has given an assurance that former minister of petroleum Diezani Alison-Madueke will be repatriated before the end of the year to face financial crime charges levelled against her.

The EFCC boss on Wednesday, while speaking to journalists in Ibadan the Oyo state capital after an inspection of the ongoing recruitment exercise for the commission, said that Mrs Alison-Madueke has been enjoying protection outside Nigeria.

He revealed that the country where she is currently being held have not been able to establish any offence she has committed.

“This year we must get her because they have no reason to keep her. They have not taken her to court and we are in the fifth year, why should we be investigating a matter for five years?

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“It’s a straight forward case, you know it’s a financial crimes investigation; it’s not a murder case, this is a straightforward case, if you don’t have any sufficient evidence to establish any offence, bring her back, we have more than enough evidence to take her to court.

“I don’t know why they are protecting her, release her let her come back to Nigeria; they are giving her protection for whatever reason and they are yet to disclose whatever offence she has committed, they are only relying on the evidence we have recovered,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, Mr Magu maintained that the whistleblower policy is still very active, but suffers setback due to the court process involved.

He stressed that some details of the process need to be fine-tuned.

“The whistleblower policy is very active and working, the only thing is that it is being slowed down because you have to go to court to exhaust all the processes; the court would have to declare the amount that is recovered and it is ready for the Federal Government, then we will give the whistleblower their share.

“We are relying on you to expose them so that we can go after them, we have a working relationship with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies in almost all the countries and we have been able to procure the extradition of the former AGF, Adoke,” he stated.

PHOTOS: Adoke In Court For Arraignment

PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The immediate past Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke on Wednesday arrived the Gwagwalada Division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, for his arraignment.

However, when the case was called, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) lead prosecuting, Bala Sanga, told the court that the commission had only served the charges on the fifth to the seventh defendants – Nigeria Agip Exploration, Shell Nigeria Ultra Deep Limited, and Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Company Limited.

He said the commission had not served the second defendant, Aliyu Abubakar, because he was on the run and was only arrested Wednesday morning.

Justice Kutigi adjourned the hearing till Thursday by 2:00 pm.

The EFCC had earlier filed 12 counts against Mr Adoke, Aliyu Abubakar, Rasky Gbinigie, as well as Malabu Oil and Gas Limited.

Others listed on the charge sheet are Nigeria Agip Exploration Limited, Shell Nigeria Ultra Deep Limited, and Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Company Limited.

The charges were filed against the former minister for the role he allegedly played in the controversial Oil Prospecting Licence (OPL) 245, otherwise known as Malabu oil scam.

 

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We’ll Bring Back All The Looters Hiding Outside The Country – Magu

 

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu has said that the agency will request the extradition of persons alleged to have looted public funds.

The EFCC boss stated this on Tuesday, during an interview with journalists after an assessment visit to the Ilorin zonal head of the agency.

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He stated that the fight against corruption has been renewed this year and anyone found guilty will be prosecuted.

“We will arraign everybody investigated, when it is concluded, will be prosecuted.

“This is just the beginning, we are going to request more extradition; we will bring back all the looters who are hiding outside the country.

“The fight against corruption has just started, it is renewed this year,” he added.

Mr Magu debunked the assertion that the establishment of the Agency in Kwara state is to go after select persons.

“It is not fair, Kwara is one of the oldest states in the Federation, and it deserves a Headquarter of the EFCC.

“Not because of an individual, at all, far from it.”

EFCC Forfeiture: Court Adjourns Saraki’s Suit Challenging Jurisdiction

CCT, Bukola Saraki, Danladi Umar,

 

A Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos has fixed February 5 to take arguments on the objections raised by a former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to the permanent forfeiture of some of his houses in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital.

In a preliminary objection put before Justice Rilwan Aikawa, the two-term Kwara State Governor, through his lawyer, Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN), filed a preliminary objection, challenging the territorial jurisdiction of the court to entertain the suit.

They also described the new suit by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as an abuse of court processes because it was filed at a time when a suit on the same subject matter was still pending at the Federal High Court in Abuja before Justice Taiwo Taiwo.

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The EFCC had, in the suit filed before Justice Aikawa, claimed that the houses – Plots No. 10 and No. 11 Abdulkadir Road, GRA, Ilorin, Kwara State – were acquired with proceeds of unlawful activities allegedly perpetrated by Saraki while he was Kwara State Governor between 2003 and 2011.

Justice Aikawa had on December 2, 2019, ordered the temporary forfeiture of the houses to the Federal Government.

The judge then adjourned for Saraki to appear before him to give reasons why the houses should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

In his preliminary objection filed before the court, Saraki described the suit as an abuse of court processes and a move to scandalise him.

He also said the suit is a ploy by the EFCC to review the July 6, 2018 decision of the Supreme Court “discharging the applicant from culpability arising from the same money and houses which are the subject matter of this action,” asking Justice Aikawa to dismiss the suit.

The court will hear arguments for and against the suit on February 5, 2020.

Background

The EFCC, in the suit, told the court that it received “a damning intelligence report, showing monumental fraud perpetrated in the treasury of the Kwara State Government between 2003 and 2011,” when Saraki was governor of the state.

An operative of the EFCC, Olamide Sadiq said, “Whilst investigation was ongoing several fraudulent transactions were discovered.

“I know for a fact and verily believe that our investigation has revealed the following mind-boggling findings, among others:

“That between 2003 and 2011, Dr Olubukola Abubakar Saraki was the Executive Governor of Kwara State.

“That whilst he held the aforementioned position, the common pattern was that after payment of monthly allocation by the Federal Government to the Kwara State Government, a cumulative sum of not less than N100m will be deposited into the Kwara Government House account.

“That upon the payment of the said N100 million, same will, in turn, be withdrawn in cash by one Mr Afeez Yusuf from the Kwara State Government House, Ilorin’s account in bits and brought to the Government House.”

Malabu Oil Deal: EFCC To Arraign Adoke, Six Others Today

(FILE) Mohammed Adoke

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will today arraign a former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mister, Mohammed Adoke.

The anti-graft agency had filed 12 counts against Mr Adoke, Aliyu Abubakar, Rasky Gbinigie, as well as Malabu Oil and Gas Limited before a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja.

Others listed on the charge sheet are Nigeria Agip Exploration Limited, Shell Nigeria Ultra Deep Limited, and Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Company Limited.

The commission had also filed seven counts before a Federal High Court against Mr Adoke and Mr Abubakar.

The charges were filed against the former minister for the role he allegedly played in the controversial Oil Prospecting Licence (OPL) 245, otherwise known as Malabu oil scam.

Himself, Malabu Oil and Gas Limited, Shell Nigeria Ultra-Deep (SNUD), and Nigeria Agip Exploration (NAE) were accused of conspiracy, forgery of bank documents, bribery, corruption and money laundering to the tune of over $1.2 billion.

Adoke was arrested by the EFCC in December last year after returning from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he was first arrested and detained.

Malabu Oil Deal: EFCC To Arraign Adoke, Others On Tuesday

A photo combination of EFCC’s logo and a former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr Mohammed Adoke, after he returned to Nigeria aboard Emirates Airlines Flight 785 on Thursday. Photo: Twitter- @officialEFCC.

 

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has concluded plans to arraign a former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mister, Mohammed Adoke.

The anti-graft agency is to arraign Mr Adoke on Tuesday, having filed charges against him before a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja.

In the charges obtained by Channels Television, the EFCC filed 12 counts against Mr Adoke, Aliyu Abubakar, Rasky Gbinigie, as well as Malabu Oil and Gas Limited.

Others listed on the charge sheet are Nigeria Agip Exploration Limited, Shell Nigeria Ultra Deep Limited, and Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Company Limited.

The commission has also filed seven counts before a Federal High Court against Mr Adoke and Mr Abubakar.

It filed the charges at both courts in Abuja, after deciding to prosecute the former minister for the role he allegedly played in the controversial Oil Prospecting Licence (OPL) 245, otherwise known as Malabu oil scam.

Adoke was arrested by the EFCC in December last year after returning from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he was first arrested and detained.

The anti-graft agency accused the former minister, Malabu Oil and Gas Limited, Shell Nigeria Ultra-Deep (SNUD), and Nigeria Agip Exploration (NAE) of conspiracy, forgery of bank documents, bribery, corruption and money laundering to the tune of over $1.2 billion.

EFCC Arrests 89 Alleged Internet Fraudsters In Ibadan Night Club

 

 

The Ibadan zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested 89 suspected internet fraudsters at the popular Club 360 located on the Akala Expressway, Oluyole Extension in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

According to the Commission, in preparation for the late-night operation which took place over the weekend, officers of the EFCC  had carried out a series of discreet surveillance.

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The Commission said the surveillance revealed that the nightclub is notorious for harboring “yahoo-yahoo boys.

The EFCC said investigations are still ongoing and the suspects will soon be charged to court.