Alleged Fraud: EFCC Arraigns NNPP Kogi Assembly Candidate, Two Others

File photo of the Kogi Assembly NNPP candidate, Mr Ismaila Yousuf Atumeyi

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned the Kogi State House of Assembly candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), for Ankpa 11 Constituency, Mr Ismaila Yousuf Atumeyi, before the Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos.

He was arraigned on 18 counts alongside two others in connection with an alleged N1.4bn bank fraud.

The other two defendants are Ngene Joshua Dominic and Abdulmalik Salau, a former bank employee.

In count one, the EFCC alleged that the former bank employee, Abdulmalik Salau between August and Oct. 2022 within the jurisdiction of the court and without lawful authority directly caused modification of the data held in the network of Union Bank PLC leading to the transfer of N1.4 billion to the account of FAV Oil & Gas Ltd and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 16(1) of the Cybercrimes Prohibition Prevention Act of 2015.

In another count, the three defendants were said to have conspired to directly conceal the N1.4billion in the account of Fav Oil and Gas Limited, “which sum they reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of unlawful activity and they thereby committed an offence contrary to sections 18 (a), 15 (2) (a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under section 15 (3) of the same Act.”

At their arraignment on Monday, the EFCC, through its counsel, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo (SAN), told the court presided over by Justice Tijjani Ringim that the offences border on concealment of proceeds of fraud, money laundering and cybercrime.

Oyedepo also said that the defendants committed the alleged offences between August and October 2022 in Lagos.

Specifically, the defendants were accused of laundering the sum in tranches of N100 million, $480,000, N12.5 million, N7 million, N9 million, N7m, N12m, N8m, $140,000 and N326,400,000.

They were also alleged to have acquired a N12.5 million black Mercedes Benz C300, N7m BMW 3 Series, N9million Black Range Rover, N7m Toyota Hilux 2014 upgraded to 2021, N12m Black BMW SURXI 2016 and N8m White Toyota Hilux 2010 and N10million White Toyota Hilux.

The court also heard that they allegedly directly transferred N80million to Frank Maya Integrated Ventures, acquired a property known as N0 8, Grace Crescent, Efab Queens Estate, Gwarimpa, Abuja and concealed $140,000 and N326,400,000 in a Black Escalade SUV.

When the counts were read to the defendants, they each pleaded not guilty.

The EFCC Counsel asked the court to order an accelerated hearing of the case, as the anti-graft agency was ready to open its case against the defendants and had lined up six witnesses to testify against them.

The court also listened to the bail applications of the defendants from their counsel, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Bolaji Ayorinde and counterarguments from Mr Oyedepo.

Justice Ringim adjourned till tomorrow, Tuesday for a ruling on the bail application.

Alleged N260m Fraud: Ex-Gusau Varsity VC Sentenced To 35 Years In Prison

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Thursday secured the conviction of Professor Magaji Garba, a former Vice Chancellor of Federal University Gusau, who Justice Maryam Hassan Aliyu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Garki, Abuja, found guilty of a five count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence and forgery.

Professor Garba was sentenced to a 35-year jail term.

The former VC was arraigned by the EFCC on October 12, 2021, for allegedly extorting various sums from a contractor on the pretext of awarding him a N3 billion contract for the perimeter wall fencing of the University.

The offence is contrary to section 1 (1) (a) and punishable under section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.


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Count two of the charge reads: “That you, Professor Magaji Garba, whilst being the Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Gusau on or about the 15th of May, 2019 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N100,000,000 (One Hundred Million Naira) from Alhaji Shehu Umar Sambo, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Ministaco Nigeria Limited, a contractor executing the construction of the Grand Convocation Square of the Federal University, Gusau under the false pretence of awarding a project for the perimeter wall fencing of the University valued at the total sum of N3,000,000,000.00 (Three Billion Naira) which representation/pretense you knew to be false”.

Count three reads: “That you, Professor Magji Garba, whilst being the Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Gusau on or about the 1st August, 2019 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N150,000,000.00 (One Hundred and fifty Million Naira from Alhaji Shehu Umar Sambo, Managing Director/Chief Executive officer of Ministaco Nigeria Limited, a contract executing the construction of the Grand Convocation Square at the Federal University, Gusau under the false presence of awarding a project for the perimeter wall fencing of the University valued at the total sum of N3,000,000,000.00 (Three Billion Naira), which representation/ pretense you knew to be false”.

He had pleaded “not guilty” to the charges, thereby setting the stage for his full trial. After calling witnesses and tendering so many documents, which were admitted in evidence, the EFCC closed its case on December 14, 2021.

Delivering judgment today, the trial judge said the court was satisfied that the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.

Prof Garba was pronounced “guilty” on the five counts, and sentenced to seven years each on counts 1 to 3 without option of fine and seven years imprisonment on counts 4 and 5, with option of N10 million fine each.

Some CBN, NPA Workers Earn More Than Buhari – RMAFC

A photo collage of RMAFC Chairman, Mohammed Shehu and President Muhammadu Buhari

 

The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) says some public servants earn salaries bigger than that of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The salary of Mr President is not up to N1,300,000 a month…the allowances of the President are factored into that salary. In 2008, that was considered a big money but now, there are people in the private sector and public sector that earn twice, three times, four times,” RMAFC Chairman, Mohammed Shehu said on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Thursday.

Shehu precisely said some staff of government agencies like the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), amongst others, earn emoluments bigger than the President’s. The NPA is one of the agencies with high revenues. It generated over N172bn in the first half of 2022.

 

 

17 Different Salary Categories?

According to him, Nigeria has about 17 different salary categories across several agencies. He, therefore, proposed the regularisation of the salary schemes for the civil service, saying no public official should earn more than the President.

“What I was saying that time is that no public servant should earn salaries bigger than Mr President’s but we do have public servants that earn bigger than Mr President: NCC, NIMASA, NPA, Central Bank,” he said.

The RMAFC chair also said some government officials get as high as N500m as their severance package but the President gets N10m after his tenure.

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Furthermore, he noted that his commission will soon implement the upward review of the salaries of judicial officers and subsequently review salaries of public officers to reflect current socio-economic realities.

Asked whether the government can afford to increase salaries at the moment, he bemoaned a situation where some government agencies spend all the monies they generate, saying there are up to N7 trillion unremitted revenues in some agencies. He, therefore, tasked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to go after the culpable agencies.

Shehu also urged the Federal Government to speedily implement the Steve Oronsaye report submitted over a decade ago in order to merge government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) performing similar functions as a way to cut governance cost.

Court Orders Arrest Of COAS For Contempt

File Photo of the Chief of Army Staff, General Farouk Yahaya.

 

A High Court Sitting in Minna, the Niger State Capital, has issued a warrant of arrest on the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Faruk Yahaya for contempt.

Also to be arrested include Commandant Training and Doctrine Command, Minna, Major General Olugbenga Olabanji for a similar offense.

The presiding judge, Justice Halima Abdulmalik said the order followed upon hearing on motion on notice brought before the court in pursuant of order forty two rule ten of the Niger State High Court Civil procedure 2018.

Justice Abdulmalik ruled that the order is commuting Yahaya and Olabanji to be kept in Minna correctional custody for contentions of order of this court on 12 October, 2022.

According to her, the two suspects are to remain in custody until they purge themselves of the contempt.

Justice Abdulmalik then adjourned the case to December 8 for continuation.

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In November, Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon of the Federal High Court, Abuja sentenced the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba to three months in prison for disobeying a court order.

Delivering ruling, Justice Olajuwon issued the order following a suit filed by a former police officer, Patrick Okoli who claimed he was unlawfully and compulsorily retired from the Nigeria Police Force.

Also in November, Justice Chizoba Oji of a High Court Abuja convicted the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa for contempt and ordered that he should be committed to prison at Kuje Correctional Centre, Abuja.

The judge held that Bawa was in contempt of the order of the court made on November 21, 2018, directing the commission to return to an applicant, his Range Rover and the sum of N40 million.

However, Justice Oji in a subsequent ruling set aside the conviction of Bawa after hearing an application brought by the EFCC chairman.

Court Sentences IGP To Three Months In Prison For Contempt

A file photo of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba

 

Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon of the Federal High Court, Abuja has sentenced the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba to three months in prison for disobeying a court order.

Delivering ruling, Justice Olajuwon issued the order following a suit filed by a former police officer, Patrick Okoli who claimed he was unlawfully and compulsorily retired from the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the affidavits in support of the suit, the applicant (Okoli) was forcefully retired in June 1992.

After challenging his forceful retirement, a Bauchi High Court on February 19, 1994, delivered judgment in favour of the applicant and quashed the letter of compulsory retirement.

The high court also ordered that the applicant be reinstated with all rights and privileges.

The Police Service Commission (PSC) in a letter dated October 13, 2004, directed the then-IGP to reinstate the applicant and issue a recommendation for promotion in accordance with the decision of the court.

Consequently, Okoli instituted a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/637/2009 at the Abuja Federal High Court seeking an order of mandamus to compel the enforcement of the order of the Bauchi High Court and the directives of the PSC.

The Federal High Court in Abuja delivered its judgment in favour of the applicant on October 21, 2011.

The office of the IGP appealed the court judgment but the appeal was dismissed.

The applicant took further steps to enforce the order including approaching the Federal House of Representatives who then wrote to the office of the IGP.

After efforts failed, the applicant approached the law firm of Festus Keyamo, to commence a committal proceeding against the respondent.

Chief Law Enforcer Flouted The Law?

Delivering judgment, Olajuwon held that the IGP should be committed to prison and detained for a period of three months, or until he obeys the order.

The judge said, “It is unfortunate that the chief enforcer of the law is one who has deliberately refused to comply with the same law. It is important to state that obedience to orders of court is fundamental to the good order, peace and stability of a nation,” the judge held.

“It is a duty which every citizen, who believes in peace and stability of the Nigerian state, owes the nation and the court has a duty to commit the individual who has failed to carry out the order of the court for contempt, so as to prevent the authority and administration of law from being brought to disrespect and to protect the dignity of the court.

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“The terms of the Orders of this Court are clear and unambiguous. This court Is satisfied that the respondent (presently and those before him) has had proper knowledge of the Orders of this Court, there is no denial of such knowledge and the receipt of Forms 48 and 49.

“The respondent filed a counter affidavit, was duly represented in court by different counsel, who stated how they had written several legal opinions which were not attended to.

“The refusal and failure of the respondent to comply with the orders of this court has been proved in this case. The respondent, in this case, the inspector-general of police, in the person of Usman Alkali Baba, is to be committed to prison and detained in custody for a period of three months or until he has obeyed the order of this court, made on the 21st October, 2011, in all things that are to be performed, whichever period is shorter.

“If at the end of the three months, the contemnor remains recalcitrant and still refuses to purge his contempt, he shall be committed for another period and until he purges his contempt.”

Earlier in November, Justice Chizoba Oji of a High Court Abuja convicted the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa for contempt and ordered that he should be committed to prison at Kuje Correctional Centre, Abuja.

The judge held that Bawa was in contempt of the order of the court made on November 21, 2018, directing the commission to return to an applicant, his Range Rover and the sum of N40 million.

However, Justice Oji in a subsequent ruling set aside the conviction of Bawa after hearing an application brought by the EFCC chairman.

IGP Reacts

Meanwhile, the IGP in a statement hours after the court judgement said he is not aware of the reinstatement order of Okoli, adding that he won’t disregard the rule of law.

Read full statement:

PRESS RELEASE
POLICE NOT AWARE OF COURT ORDER ON REINSTATEMENT OF DISMISSED OFFICER

As IGP Would Never Disregard Court Ruling, Rule Of Law

The Nigeria Police Force wishes to state emphatically that the office of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc(+),NPM, NEAPS, fdc, CFR, did not disregard Court Order or rule of law as the office is not aware of any Court Order, during the current IGP’s tenure, with respect to a matter making the round in the media that the IGP disobeyed a Court Order for the reinstatement of a dismissed officer of the Force.

It is instructive to note that the case in point concerns an officer who was dismissed as far back as 1992, a few years after the current IGP joined the Nigeria Police Force, based on available facts gleaned from the reports. The most recent judgement on the matter was given in 2011 which should ordinarily not fall under the direct purview of the current administration of the Force. Thus, the news is strange and astonishing.

The IGP has however directed the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Force Legal Unit to investigate the allegation in a bid to ascertain the position of the court and profer informed legal advice for the IGP’s prompt and necessary action.

The Inspector-General of Police reiterates his commitment to upholding the rule of law and synergizing with the judiciary to ensure quick dispensation of justice for an improved criminal justice system.

CSP OLUMUYIWA ADEJOBI, mnipr, mipra
Force Public Relations Officer,
Force Headquarters,
Abuja

29th November, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

Alleged Money Laundering: EFCC Re-Arraigns Ex-Kaduna Governor Yero, Three Others

Former Kaduna State Governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has re-arraigned a former governor of Kaduna State, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero at a Federal High Court sitting in the state capital on eight-count amended charges bordering on money laundering and criminal conspiracy.

Yero is being prosecuted alongside a former Minister of Power, Nuhu Wya, a former Secretary to the Kaduna State Government, Ishaq Hamsa and a former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Kaduna State,  Abubakar Gaiya Haruna for their alleged involvement in the receipt and disbursement of N700 million paid to them by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke to influence the outcome of the 2015 presidential election.

They were re-arraigned on Monday before Justice R. M. Aikawa of the Federal High Court in Kaduna who took over the case from the former trial judge, Justice Mohammed Umar who is on transfer to another jurisdiction.

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At the resumed sitting, the prosecution counsel, Nasiru Salele, told the court that the case was for re-arraignment of the defendants and urged the court to ask them to take their pleas.

The charges were read to the defendants, and they all pleaded ‘not guilty.’

Among the amended charges against the defendants include that they sometimes in 2015 “indirectly took possession of the sum of N700,000,000, which they ought to have known forms part of unlawful activity to wit; bribery and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition Act 2011 (as amended) in 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.”

After the defendants took their pleas, their counsel, Yunus Ustaz, urged the court to extend to them the terms of the bail earlier granted them by the former judge.

The prosecution counsel, Nasiru Salele, however, did not object to the application.

Justice Umar, therefore, granted bail to the defendants on the same terms earlier offered them by the court

The case was adjourned till 16th, 17th and 18th January 2023, for trial.

Court Orders Final Forfeiture Of N775m, Properties Linked To Ex-Accountant General Otunla

File photo of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

 

Justice Donatus Okorowo of the Federal High Court Abuja has ordered the final forfeiture of N775 million and three properties linked to former Accountant General of the Federation Jonah Otunla and Colonel Bello Fadile, aide to ex-National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki.

Spokesman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Wilson Uwujaren, disclosed this in a statement on Monday, saying the money and properties are a product of illicit activities of the duo.

The properties are located at No. 8 Ajay Crowther Street, Asokoro, Abuja; a Plot of land at Plot 1960 Cadastral Zone A05 Maitama District, FCT, Abuja; a hotel which is under construction with generating set, located at Plot 621, Road 37, Gwarimpa, FCT, Abuja and a twin 4 bedroom duplex with guard quarters located at Plot 736, 7th Avenue Gwarimpa, FCT, Abuja.

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According to the statement, EFCC counsel, Christopher Mshelia, moved a motion for the final forfeiture of the assets in court on Monday.

He informed the court that the assets recovered by the anti-graft agency in the course of investigating contract fraud in the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) under Sambo Dasuki, were proceeds of the unlawful activities of Colonel Fadile and Otunla.

EFCC spokesman said the N775 million was refunded by Otunla and Otunba Ade Adelakun (late) during the investigation, whilst the landed properties sought to be forfeited are “reasonably suspected to be proceeds of an unlawful activity received, retained, concealed and converted by the respondents from the office of the National Security Adviser to the President.”

The Commission had on July 20, 2020 secured an interim forfeiture order on the assets and also published the Order of the court on August 11, 2022, in a national newspaper, for the respondent to show cause why the money and properties should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

In granting the final forfeiture, Justice Okorowo said that the court was satisfied with the evidence before it and ordered the final forfeiture of the assets to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Alleged N544m Fraud: EFCC Set To Appeal Acquittal Of Babachir Lawal, Others

I Joined Politics To Contribute To Making Buhari President – Babachir Lawal
File photo: Mr Babachir Lawal

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has indicated plans to appeal the ruling of Justice Charles Agbaza of the Federal Capital Territory High Court Abuja, following the dismissal of a 10-count charge of corruption brought against a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal.

Lawal and five others, on Friday, were discharged and acquitted from the N544 million Contract Fraud offence brought against them by the EFCC as the court held that the anti-graft agency failed to establish a case against the former SGF and the co-defendants.

“But dissatisfied with the ruling, the EFCC has given indication that it will obtain a copy of the judgment for urgent review and challenge its validity at the appellate court,” EFCC’s Head, Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren said in a statement on Friday.

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Ruling on the no case submission made by the defendants, Justice Agbaza held that the Commission which presented 11 witnesses in the course of the trial, failed to establish the ingredients of the alleged offence.

The court held that the commission did not establish that Babachir Lawal was either a member of the Presidential Initiative for North East PINE that awarded the contract or a member of the Ministerial Tenders Board that vetted and gave approval to the disputed contract.

Lawal; his younger brother, Hamidu David Lawal; Suleiman Abubakar; and Apeh John Monday were being prosecuted alongside two companies, Rholavision Engineering and Josmon Technologies on an amended 10-count charge, bordering on fraud, diversion of funds and criminal conspiracy to the tune of over N544million.

The EFCC had on Monday, November 30, 2020 re-arraigned the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal before Justice Agbaza.

 

Alleged N544m Fraud: Court Discharges, Acquits Ex-SGF, Babachir Lawal

Mr Babachir Lawal

 

A Federal Capital Territory High Court has discharged and acquitted a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir Lawal and five others from the N544M Contract Fraud offence brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The Court held that the anti-graft agency failed to establish a case against the Ex-SGF and the co-defendants.

Ruling on a no-case submission made by Babachir Lawal, Justice Charles Agbaza held that the EFCC said that no ingredients of any offence was made out by the 11 witnesses that testified for the EFCC.


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The judge held that EFCC did not establish that Babachir Lawal was either a member of the Presidential Initiative for North East that awarded the contract, or a member of the Ministerial Tenders Board that vetted and gave approval to the disputed contract.

Besides, Justice Agbaza held that EFCC also failed to link Babachir Lawal with the Bureau of Public Procurement BPP that issued a certificate of no objection to the contract before it was awarded.

The judge discharged and acquitted all the defendants in the 10-count criminal charges against them for want of evidence to link them with the purported offences.

Babachir Lawal alongside his younger brother, Hamidu Lawal; Suleiman Abubakar; Apeh Monday and two companies, were prosecuted by the EFCC before Justice Charles Agbaza.

They faced a 10-count charge bordering on fraud relating to the removal of evasive plant species to the tune of N544 million for which they pleaded not guilty.

The EFCC had on Monday, November 30, 2020 re-arraigned the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal before Justice Agbaza.

Kogi To Sue EFCC For Contempt Over ‘Illegal Harassment Of State Officials’

A file photo of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello

 

The Kogi State Government, on Thursday, accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of what it described as the “illegal harassment of state officials over a bail-out fund the Commission tried fruitlessly” to prove was stashed in an account, despite a Court injunction restraining it.

The State Government in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo, said, further to a Suit No. HCL/128/2021, filed by the Kogi State Government against the EFCC and other Defendants with respect to the said bail-out funds, “the Court issued an injunction on the 3rd of December, 2021, restraining the EFCC or its agents from inviting or arresting any Kogi State Government official or requesting for any documents in relating to the matter pending the determination of the Motion on Notice.”

Fanwo said despite the fact that the EFCC’s attempt to set aside the said order was refused by the Court and its appeal had not also been determined by the Court of Appeal, the Commission, in what the state government described as its usual gestapo manner, attempted to arrest the Cashier of the Kogi State Government House.

The Kogi government, in a statement titled: “EFCC Resumes Harassment of Kogi Government Officials in Violation of Injunction Restraining it From So Doing”, described the attempt as a clear and flagrant violation of a subsisting order by a competent Court of jurisdiction, saying it would challenge this latest action of the EFCC in Court.

“Orders of Court ought not be disobeyed, and never by an institution set up by Law to enforce laws,” it stressed.

“More ridiculous is the claim by the EFCC operatives that came to effect the arrest that they were unaware of the injunction. The question is, can the EFCC claim to be ignorant of an Order of Court which they have already appealed against the ruling, refusing to set same aside? To us, this is an attempt by an agency created by law to drag the rule of law in the mud and operate above the law,” the statement noted.

It added that the EFCC had clearly moved from fighting the Kogi State Government to disrespecting the Judiciary that is the last hope of the common man.

“The Government of Kogi State supports the anti-corruption agenda of the APC-led Federal Government and has strengthened her institutions to remain transparent and accountable, resulting in our yearly awards from credible agencies, including the World Bank on Fiscal Transparency and Accountability,” Fanwo stated.

Fake FBI Commander, One Other Arraigned For $2.8m Fraud

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, arraigned one Ijeboi Dennis and Obade Monday Christian before Justice Abubakar Baba Shani of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Apo, Abuja.

Dennis,(aka Andrew Tran huynh) and Monday, who also claimed to be a Commander with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, as well as a Diplomat Director, were arraigned on a five count- charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining the sum of Two Million, Eight Hundred and Twenty Two Thousand, Eight Hundred and Sixty United States Dollars ($2, 822,860.00) by false pretense.

According to the charge, the defendants conspired to defraud one Holly Ngo, a United States Citizen while posing as American doctors stranded in Afghanistan.


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Counsel to the defendants, S.T Sanni attempted to abort the planned arraignment of the defendants today as he informed the court that the defendants only received the charge and proof of evidence on Wednesday, November 16, 2022

But his objection was overruled by the judge, who ruled that the prosecution had complied with Section 35 of the Constitution by producing the defendants in court, and ordered that, arraignment of the defendant should proceed.

Count two of the charge against the defendants reads, “That you, Ijeboi Dennis (aka Andrew Tran Huynh), Obade Monday Christian (aka FBI Commander/Diplomat Director), Ekhoguagbon Osazuwa Patrick (aka Patrick Paul)(still at large) and Omage Emmanuel Omole(now deceased) between January 2021 and September 2021, in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, with the intent to defraud, obtained an aggregate sum of $2,8822,860.00(Two Million, Eight Hundred and Twenty Two Thousand, Eight Hundred and Sixty United States Dollars) from Holy Ngo, a United States Citizens under the false pretense that you are American doctors stranded in Afghanistan, which 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 Section 1(3) of the same Act.”

They pleaded not guilty to the charges.

In view of their pleas, prosecution counsel, Christopher Mshelia, prayed the court to set a date for trial and remand the defendants in the custody of a Correctional Facility. But Sanni urged the court to allow the defendants in the custody of the EFCC pending determination of their bail application.

Justice Baba Shani remanded the defendants at the Suleja Correctional Facility and adjourned the matter till January 11, 2023 for trial.

Naira Redesign: Governors On EFCC Watchlist Have Increased – Bawa

File photo of EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, briefing reporters in Abuja on November 8, 2022.

 

The Chairman of the commission of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa on Thursday said the number of governors on its watchlist has increase.

He disclosed this while briefing reporters at the State House after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Bawa declined to say the number of governors currently under their radar, neither did he reveal their identities.

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The EFCC boss further affirmed that the anti-corruption agency is pleased with the redesign of the naira note, explaining that the policy would help the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) control the monies in the system and by extension, enable more money for people to borrow.

Bawa also re-expressed the belief (as a student of economics) that the redesigning of the naira will cause the value of the dollar currently at 890 to crash to 200 naira.

On the sting operations to the Bureau De Change (BDC) operators, he affirms that the operation was successful and huge recoveries were made.

Bawa again urged Nigerians to embrace the new policy, while also encouraging citizens to take advantage of the whistle-blower policy.

Two weeks ago, the anti-graft czar revealed that three serving state governors are under monitoring over moves to launder cash through table payment of salaries to workers

Though he did not give the identities of these governors, the EFCC boss said two of them were from the North, while the third one was from the southern part of the country.

He noted that intelligence at the agency’s disposal revealed that the three governors had concluded plans to inject the money into the system through table payment of their state workers’ salaries.