Court Jails Nine Oil Thieves In Port Harcourt

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Justice A.T. Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has convicted and sentenced nine people.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) reveal this in a statement on Thursday.

According to it, those convicted were arraigned on Wednesday before the judge who sentenced them to two years imprisonment with an option of fine of N100, 000 each for illegal dealing in petroleum products.

Those convicted are Ndubisi Ebezim, Eze Igwe Charlse, Kingsley Nwosu, Chukwuman Odum, Sunday Josiah, Mohammed Yahaya, Najib Abubaka, Abubaka Idi, and Babagida Jiddah.

They were arraigned on a one-count separate charge bordering on illegal dealing in petroleum products contrary to Section 4 (1) of the petroleum Act, CAP P10 laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) 2004, and punishable under Section 4(6) the same Act.

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The charge read: “That you Babagida Jiddah, being the driver on board a truck with registration number BER 844 XR, on or about the 4th May, 2019 at Igbo Etete in Port Harcourt within the jurisdiction of this Honorable court deal in petroleum product to wit loading and transporting illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), without appropriate licence or authority and thereby committed an offence contrary to  Section 4 (1) of the Petroleum Act, CAP P10 laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) 2004, and punishable under Section 4(6) the same Act”.

They all pleaded “guilty” when the charges were read to them.

“In view of their pleas, prosecuting counsels:  S. Chime; F.O. Amama; A. Osu and A.N Dodo, prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.

“Defence counsels, O.N.Ofordile; C.O. Okpute, W.A. Ugwu, did not oppose the prayers of the prosecution,” the statement said.

Justice Mohammed, thereafter, convicted and sentenced the defendants to two years imprisonment with an option of fine.

He also ordered that the petroleum products they were caught with be forfeited to the Federal Government.

The convicts’ journey to prison started when they were intercepted by Nigerian Army, 6 Division, Port Harcourt in 2017, 2018 and 2019 at different locations in the Rivers State capital.

They were said to be loading and distributing AGO using different trucks without appropriate licenses.

EFCC Arraigns Atiku’s Lawyer, One Other

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has also arraigned a legal practitioner, Mr Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie, another associate of Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.

Last week, the anti graft agency had filed a three count charge against him at the Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly laundering 2 million dollars in the build-up to this year’s general elections.

Also named in the charge is Erhunse Giwa-Osagie, who is said to be his brother.

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The EFCC alleged that the two defendants conspired between each other to make a cash payment of 2 million dollars on February 12, 2019, without going through a financial institution.

The offence is said to be contrary to Sections 18(a) and 1(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 and were liable to be punished under Section 16(2)(b) of the same Act.

Both men pleaded not guilty to the 3 counts and Justice Nicholas Oweibo also ordered that they be remanded in EFCC custody pending the hearing of their bail application tomorrow.

EFCC Arraigns Atiku’s Son-In-Law, Abdullahi Babalele

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned Abdullahi Babalele who is a son in-law to former Vice President and Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, in the 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar.

Mr Babalele was arraigned on Wednesday Morning before Justice Nicholas Oweibo at a Federal High Court in Lagos, on a 2 count charge of alleged money laundering.

He pleaded not guilty to the 2 counts.

Following a request made by his counsel, Mike Ozekhome(SAN), Justice Oweibo has ordered that Babalele be remanded in EFCC custody pending the hearing of his bail application, tomorrow, Thursday.

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According to the charge signed on behalf of the EFCC by its prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, Babalele committed the offence in February, 2019.

The two counts against Abdullahi reads;

COUNT 1: That you Abdullahi Babalele on or about the 20th day of February, 2019 in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court. procured Bashir Mohammed to make cash payment of the sum of $140,000. 00 (One Hundred and Forty Thousand United State Dollars) without going through a financial institution, which sum exceeded the amount authorized by Law and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(c) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under Section 16(2)(b) of the same Act.

Count 2: That you Abdullahi Babalele on or about the 20th day of February,2019 in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, aided Bashir Mohammed to make cash payment of the sum of $140,000. 00 (One Hundred and Forty Thousand United State Dollars) without going through financial institution, which sum exceeded the amount authorized by Law and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under Section 16(2)(b) of the same Act.

Anti-Corruption Fight: EFCC Operatives Receive Military Training At NDA 

EFCC personnel undergoing training at the old parade ground of the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna.

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has commenced training for cadet officers ahead of their graduation from the Nigerian Defence Academy(NDA) in Kaduna State.

The training is part of efforts by the commission to expose and equip the officers  with modern skills in the fight against corruption.

Addressing the cadets during their training at the NDA old parade ground, EFCC Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu, said that the rising corruption cases in the country necessitated the training.

Magu, who was represented by the Commandant of EFCC Academy, Professor Ladi Hamalai, explained that officers need to be adequately exposed and equipped with modern investigation and prosecution skills that will  enable them  discharge their duties effectively.

“Are you mentally prepared to repair some of the wrongs of the society? Are you prepared to fight corruption? Corruption is stronger than a strong army, do you know that?

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“Are you strong enough to fight it? If I ask whether you are strong enough to fight corruption, the next thing is that do you have the will to fight corruption? Somebody can call you, bribe you and say, please leave this alone. Do you take the bribe?

“If somebody threatens to kill you if you don’t stop this, what should you do? So can the nation rely on you?” she asked.

Responding, the participants chorused in affirmative that the nation can rely on them in the fight against corruption.

Alleged $2m Money Laundering: EFCC To Arraign Atiku’s Lawyer Next Week

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), will arraign Mr Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie in court next week.

Mr Osagie who is a legal advocate of Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, will be arraigned at the Federal High Court in Lagos on a three count charge against him.

The charges border on alleged laundering of $2m in the build-up to this year’s general elections.

Also named in the charge is Erhunse Giwa-Osagie, who is said to be his brother.

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The EFCC alleged that the two defendants conspired between each other to make a cash payment of $2m on February 12, 2019, without going through a financial institution.

The offence is said to be contrary to Sections 18(a) and 1(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 and were liable to be punished under Section 16(2)(b) of the same Act.

Channels Television gathered that the defendants will likely be arraigned next week.

Atiku’s Son-In-Law To Be Arraigned On Wednesday

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has filed a two counts charge of bordering on allegations of Money Laundering against Abdullahi Babalele who is a son in-law to former Vice President and Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, in the 2019 general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

According to the charge signed on behalf of the EFCC by its prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, Abdullahi committed the offence in February, 2019.

The two counts against Abdullahi reads;

COUNT 1: That you ABDULLAHI BABALELE on or about the 20th day of February, 2019 in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court. procured Bashir Mohammed to make cash payment of the sum of $140,000. 00 (One Hundred and Forty Thousand United State Dollars) without going through a financial institution, which sum exceeded the amount authorized by Law and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(c) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under Section 16(2)(b) of the same Act.

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Count 2: That you ABDULLAHI BABALELE on or about the 20th day of February,2019 in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, aided Bashir Mohammed to make cash payment of the sum of $140,000. 00 (One Hundred and Forty Thousand United State Dollars) without going through financial institution, which sum exceeded the amount authorized by Law and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under Section 16(2)(b) of the same Act.

Channels Television’s judiciary correspondent, Shola Soyele gathered that the defendant is currently in EFCC custody and will be arraigned before Justice Nicolas Oweibo of the Federal high court, Lagos on Wednesday, the 14th of August.

Corruption Fight: EFCC Donates Badeh’s Property To NEDC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has donated a property forfeited by the late chief of defence staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, to the North East Development Commission (NEDC).

The building is to now serve as the headquarters of NEDC.

The property which is located on Number 6, Ogun River Street, Maitama, Abuja was handed over on Thursday to the commission by the EFCC Director of Operations, Mr Mohammed Umar.

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Managing Director of NEDC, Mohammed Alkali during the handing over ceremony said the NEDC would make good use of the property.

He added that the property would contribute to the effectiveness of the commission.

This property is the second building belonging to the former Air Chief that is being handed over to a government agency.

The first building which is located at plot 1386 Uda Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja, was handed over to the management of Voice of Nigeria (VON) to serve as its headquarters.

EFCC Arrest ABU Graduate For Fraud

 

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Lagos Zonal office, has arrested a 32-year-old suspected fraudster, Loretta Okonkwo, for obtaining money under false pretense.

Okonkwo, a graduate of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, was arrested on July 19, 2019 in Lagos, following a petition received by the Commission about her fraudulent activities.

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The complainant alleged that he invested in Recharge and Make Money Limited, a company belonging to the suspect.

The petitioner further alleged that the suspect, however, reneged on her promise to offer him a percentage of the proceeds on his investment and also refused to refund him.

The suspect will soon be arraigned in court.

RIFAN District Head, Two Others Arrested By EFCC In Zamfara

 

 

Operatives of the Sokoto Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested Mallam Ibrahim Rijiya, the Chairman of Rice Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Gummi Local Government Chapter. 

Also arrested were the council storekeeper, Aminu Musa and Abdullahi Bashir.

The trio were arrested for their alleged involvement in the criminal diversion of three trailer loads of 1,800 bags of fertilizer, and a truck-load of farming herbicide belonging to rice farmers in Gummi.

Rijiya, who is also the District Head of Rijiya Gummi, Gummi LGA, Zamfara State, is also alleged to have diverted three trailers loaded with fertilizer and other supplies for their local farmers, and later sold each bag at the sum of N3,000 including other farm materials.

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The EFCC had received a petition from representatives of seven different groups of rice farmers, alleging that sometimes in July 2018, the Federal Government approved and disbursed 12 trucks of fertilizer and herbicides, on loan to 83 cooperative groups in Gummi and that no member of the association fully collected all the items as approved by the government.

All efforts made by the Gummi Chapter of RIFAN to get the items back, proved abortive.

Investigation revealed that Rijiya conspired with Musa to divert and sell the three trailers of fertilizer and a truck load of herbicide to Bashir at the cost of N17.1million and shared the money among themselves.

The suspects confessed to their roles in the crime, while the three trailers of the fertilizer have been recovered from them. Efforts are in top-gear to recover the diverted herbicide.

They will soon be arraigned in court.

Court Remands Former INEC Boss, Maurice Iwu In EFCC Custody

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered that Professor Maurice Iwu be remanded in custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), till Friday when his application for bail will be heard.

Prior to the remand order, the EFCC had arraigned the former INEC Chairman before Justice Chuka Obiozor on a four count charge of concealment, fraud and money laundering of N1.2billion.

In the charge filed against the former INEC Chairman, the EFCC alleged that Professor Iwu aided the concealment of the sum of N1, 203,000,000 between December 2014 and March 2015.

The sum was said to be in the bank account of Bioresources Institute of Nigeria Limited and domiciled in the United Bank for Africa, UBA Plc.

The money is believed to be part of the N23.29b slush fund allegedly shared by former petroleum minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke, to influence the outcome of the 2015 presidential elections.

Professor Iwu pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Alleged N1.2bn Money Laundering: EFCC To Arraign Maurice Iwu Today

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), will on Thursday arraign a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) Professor Maurice Iwu.

He will be arraigned before Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos over allegations of money laundering to the tune of N1.2 billion.

In the charge filed against the former INEC Chairman, the EFCC alleged that Professor Iwu aided the concealment of the sum of N1, 203,000,000 between December 2014 and March 2015.

The sum was said to be in the bank account of Bioresources Institute of Nigeria Limited and domiciled in the United Bank for Africa, UBA Plc.

The money is believed to be part of the N23.29b slush fund allegedly shared by former petroleum minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke, to influence the outcome of the 2015 presidential elections.

Alleged N9.9bn Fraud: Court Freezes Bank Accounts Linked To Lagos State Govt

 

The Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos has ordered the freezing of three bank accounts which have been linked to the Lagos State Government.

Justice Chuka Obiozor made the order following an exparte application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over an alleged N9.9bn fraud.

The EFCC had urged the judge to freeze the account ‘pending the conclusion of investigation and possible prosecution of Adewale Adesanya, the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Chief of Staff to former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’.

In an affidavit filed in support of the ex parte application, a member of the EFCC investigating team, Kungmi Daniel, said the commission discovered “a huge inflow of N9,927,714,443.29” from the state accounts into an FCMB bank account opened on September 17, 2018 during the administration of former governor Akinwunmi Ambode and operated by Adesanya.

Daniel said the schedule of the FCMB account showed how Adesanya and the other signatories to the account made fraudulent transfer from the accounts of the Lagos State Government and dissipated the funds housed in the said accounts.

“The trend in the account is that the account always witnessed huge inflow from Lagos State Government in the above scheduled accounts managed by the respondent (Adesanya),” the investigator said.

He said upon the receipt of intelligence, the EFCC analysed it and found it worthy of investigation.

The EFCC also asked the court to grant it an order to temporarily attach and take over the accounts to enable it to conclude its investigations.
“There have been concerted efforts and attempts to dissipate the contents of the accounts listed in the schedule to this application.
“Without freezing the nominated accounts and temporarily forfeiting the money to the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, there is no way the fraud being perpetrated using the scheduled accounts can be stopped,” the EFCC said.

After listening to the submissions of the EFCC lawyer, Mohammed Abbas, Justice Obiozor granted the application and adjourned to Sept 9.