INEC Arraigns Uniuyo Professor For Electoral Fraud

File photo of Professor Ignatius Uduk

 

The fresh trial of Professor Ignatius Uduk, a lecturer at the University of Uyo, commenced on Thursday at the Akwa Ibom State High Court 9 sitting in Uyo, the state capital.

Uduk faces a three-count charge bordering on publishing and announcing false electoral results.

The case was filed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against Prof. Uduk who was engaged by the commission as a Collation/Returning Officer for the Essien Udim State Constituency on March 9th, 2019 governorship and house of assembly elections.

INEC had charged two Uniuyo professors engaged as Adhoc staff, to court for electoral fraud.

While one of the professors, Peter Ogban, was convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment, Professor Uduk’s case suffered repeated adjournments, in the course of which the judge in charge of the case was replaced by a new trial judge.

At the resumption of proceedings, the three charges were read to the defendant, but he pleaded not guilty to all of them.

The prosecuting counsel, therefore, went ahead to call his first witness, a staff of INEC, who was also cross-examined by the defense counsel.

The trial judge, Justice Bassey Nkanang thereafter adjourned the case to January 25 for the continuation of cross-examination.

Alleged N6bn Fraud: Court Grants Mompha N200m Bail, Fixes Trial For March 28

Internet Celebrity, Mompha arraigned at Lagos High Court

 

The Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos has granted an internet celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, popularly known as Mompha, bail in the sum of N200m with two sureties in like sum.

Justice Mojisola Dada who granted the bail application of the defendant also ordered that one of the sureties must own property valued at N100 million within the jurisdiction of the court.

The court also ordered the defendant to return his international passport to the custody of the court while ordering his remand in any Correctional Centre of his choice in Lagos pending the perfection of the bail conditions.

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Fresh reports however indicate that Mompha has opted to be remanded at the Ikoyi correctional centre following his inability to meet the bail conditions.

He is facing an eight-count charge of alleged money laundering of over N6 billion before the court.

Last week Wednesday, the EFCC had arraigned Mompha alongside his firm, Ismalob Global Investment Limited for alleged money laundering to the tune of over N6 billion.

Mompha pleaded not guilty to all the counts.

In granting bail, Justice Mojisola Dada listened to arguments from Mompha’s counsel, Gboyega Oyewole (SAN). The court also listened to counterarguments from counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo.

In his submissions, Oyewole who moved the bail application for his client through an 18-paragraph affidavit containing eight exhibits urged the court to grant Mompha bail on “liberal terms.”

Oyewole said, “It’s a bailable offence and most important is that the defendant is also standing trial on a 22 count charge before a Federal High Court [Ikoyi, Lagos] for more grievous offences before Justice Mohammed Liman who also admitted him to bail.

“The prosecution has called 10 witnesses in that case and he has never missed court.”

Oyewole, also told the Court that though Justice Liman had been transferred out of jurisdiction to Kano, the judge had got a fiat to continue hearing the case.

In his submissions to oppose the grant of bail, the EFCC’s prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, through a 19-page counter-affidavit, including three exhibits, asked the Court to instead, grant an accelerated hearing of the case.

In his argument, Oyedepo made references to the exhibits, which included the Suspect’s Visitors Register to the EFCC, Suspect’s Register and a letter from the Federal High Court where Mompha is standing trial before Justice Liman.

Oyedepo noted that Mompha flouted a directive of the court which allowed him travel to the United Arab Emirates, UAE for 14 days.

“The man seeking for the discretion of the Court to be in his favour, flouted the order of the Court and as at 17th January 2022, he is yet to return his international passport.

“Both the old and the new [passports] were released to the first defendant’s counsel, but has not been returned up till the time of writing the letter.

“That is to show that this applicant, as we speak, is still with his international passport, which the Court gave him for 14 days.

“Moreover, part of the bail conditions granted him by the Federal High Court was that he should be reporting fortnightly at the EFCC office, but as indicated in the exhibits attached, he violated the order of the Court as the last time he complied was 5th July 2021.”

Mompha’s counsel, Oyewole however explained Mompha’s inability to report at the EFCC office and blamed it on the COVID-19 pandemic and the ENDSARS crisis.

“He also contracted COVID and we notified the Commission about this, and that he needed to treat himself,” Oyewole said.

The counsel asked the Court to use its discretion in favour of the defendant as he was set to open his defence before Justice Liman.

“He never jumped bail and he should be given the allowance to defend himself,” Oyewole said.

In her ruling, Justice Dada said, “I am not satisfied that 16 months after, the international passport is yet to be returned to the court.”

The court however granted the bail but gave further conditions to include: that the two sureties must be gainfully employed, depose to an affidavit of means, and must give approval to have a lien placed on their bank accounts.

The court also ordered Mompha to submit his international passport to the Court as a necessary condition to fulfil the bail conditions.

He was ordered to be remanded in any Correctional Centre of his choice pending the fulfilment of the bail conditions.

The case has been adjourned till March 28 and 29, 2022 for trial.

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.

EFCC Uncovers Additional $72.8m Linked To Diezani

EFCC Seeks Diezani’s Extradition, Court Adjourns Arraignment Till May
(File) Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has uncovered an additional $72, 870,000 million linked to the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

Consequently, a former bank Managing Director, Nnamdi Okonkwo, has been arrested.

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Okonkwo, who is currently the Chairman of First Bank Holding, alongside others, had earlier been grilled over a sum of $153million and $115million by the Commission.

While all the $153 million was recovered by the EFCC, the cases involving $115million, as it relates with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, bribery matter, are in various courts.

Okonkwo and Charles Onyedibe are currently being detained by the EFCC over the whereabouts of the new $72.8m.

Alleged N1.4bn Fraud: Court Adjourns Trial Till December 20

Alleged Kidnap: Judge’s Absence Stalls Evans Trial
A file photo of the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja

 

The Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja has admitted more evidence against an oil marketer, Abubakar Ali Peters, and his company, Nadabo Energy Limited, for an alleged N1.4 billion oil subsidy fraud.

Before admitting the documents on Wednesday, Justice Christopher Balogun delivered a ruling on their admissibility.

At the last sitting of the court on November 16, the prosecuting EFCC counsel, Seidu Atteh, had tendered the documents through the fifth prosecution witness, EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa.

The documents included correspondences between the EFCC and Enterprise Bank (then Spring Bank) as well as Skye Bank (now Polaris Bank).

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The defence counsel, Osagie Isiramen, had objected to their admissibility.

In his ruling, Justice Balogun dismissed the objection raised by the defence and admitted the documents as exhibits against the defendants.

After this, the EFCC Chairman continued with his testimony.

Led in evidence by Atteh, he told the court that after receiving the responses from Enterprise Bank, the EFCC sent a letter of investigation activities to the Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA).

“We furnished them with our findings for them to compute the subsidy that ought to have been paid to the defendant. They acknowledged receipt of the EFCC letter and later responded in writing,” he said.

Bawa identified the EFCC letter sent to the PPPRA and the certified true copies of the responses from the PPPRA, with its attached documents.

With no objections from the defence, the EFFC counsel tendered the documents and they were admitted in evidence as exhibits against the defendants.

The court also admitted in evidence certain statements made to the EFCC by the defendant as well as a booklet, which he had earlier submitted to the PPPRA for the purpose of receiving subsidy funds.

A nine-page document prepared by Bawa and detailing what transpired in the particular transaction was also admitted in evidence.

Giving a summary of the EFCC investigation, Bawa said, “The defendant imported into the country 6,505,140 litres of PMS equivalent to 4,850.962MT.

“Looking at the landing costs, he ought to have been paid N487,560,246.15, but he was paid and collected N1,465,961,978.24 for claiming to have imported 19,488,992 litres of PMS, which shows that he allegedly defrauded the Federal Government of Nigeria to the tune of N978,401,732.09.”

Justice Balogun thereafter adjourned till December 20 and 21, 2021 for the continuation of the trial.

Alleged N8.5bn Fraud: EFCC Presents 7th Witness Against Ex-NIMASA DG, Others

Court Fixes Date For Ruling On Akpobolemi's N2.6bn Fraud Case
File photo of a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi.

 

The trial of Patrick Akpobolokemi, a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), and three others for an alleged N8.5billion fraud continued on Tuesday, with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), presenting its seventh witness.

Akpobolokemi is standing trial alongside Major-General Emmanuel Atewe (rtd.), a former Commander of the Joint Military Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield, and two other staff of the agency, Kime Engozu and Josphine Otuaga.

They are standing trial on an amended 22 counts bordering on money laundering, before Justice Ayokunle Faaji of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos.

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One of the counts read: “That you, Patrick Ziadeke Akpobolokemi, Major General Emmanuel Atewe, Kime Engozu, and Josphine Otuaga sometimes in 2014, in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Court, with intent to defraud, conspired amongst yourselves to commit an offence to wit: conversion of the sum of N8,537,586,798.58 property of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2012 and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.”

They had pleaded “not guilty” to the charges, thereby prompting the commencement of their trial.

At the resumed sitting today, the prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, presented the seventh prosecution witness, (PW7), Moses Ngbekan, a compliance officer with Zenith Bank, Plc.

While being led in evidence by Oyedepo, the witness confirmed that the EFCC and Zenith Bank Plc had shared correspondences with respect to the case.

Ngbekan further identified some exhibits before the Court, including the account opening package, statements of account and the instruments of transaction used to perpetrate the alleged crime, stating that the documents emanated from Zenith Bank Plc.

The case has been adjourned till November 17 for continuation of trial.

N11.79b Scam: Court Orders Banks To Provide Ajetunmobi Couple Account Statements

The Ajetunmobis are said to be on the run.

 

A Lagos High Court in Ikoyi has ordered all commercial banks to furnish it with the comprehensive statements of the account of Imagine Global Holding Company Limited, Imagine Global Solutions Limited and a couple, Bamise and Elizabeth Ajetunmobi within seven days.

Justice Oyekan-Abdullahi made the order sequel to a motion filed and argued by the plaintiffs’ counsel, Adetunji Adedoyin-Adeniyi of AAA Chambers.

The two firms and the Ajetunmobi couple have been associated with an N11,795,090,000 investment scam, by aggrieved Nigerian investors.

According to the plaintiffs’ motion, the N11.795b is the outstanding investments and return on investments accruing to them from the defendants.

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Adeniji, in urging the court to grant the application, argued that the reports the banks had already provided were faulty and could not be relied on.

He prayed for an order compelling the banks to furnish the court and serve the claimants’ counsel and Central Bank of Nigeria {CBN} not later than seven days from the date of receipt of the order of the court.

The items the banks are to provide include comprehensive statements of account of the 1st – 4th defendants from the 1st of January, 2020 till date and all the statements of account linked with BVN: 22168443525 {3rd Defendant} and BVN:22141952749 {4th Defendant}.

They are also to provide the ‘Know Your Customer’ {KYC} duly completed forms of all the accounts in the name of the 1st – 4th defendants from the 1st of January, 2020 and all the approval and detailed information of all the foreign transactions coupled with the Telex/swift copies of all FX related transfer made by the 1st – 4th Defendants.

Others include the names, phone numbers and all the referees provided by the 1st – 4th defendants at the point of opening the accounts and all the accounts linked with BVN: 22168443525 {3rd Defendant} and BVN:22141952749 {4th Defendant}.

Court Threatens To Jail Defaulting Bank Executives In Case Against Ajetunmobi Couple

A combination of file photos of the couple.

 

A Lagos State High Court sitting at the Osborne area in Ikoyi has threatened to jail executives of banks who fail to disclose the amount to the credit of Imagine Global Holding Company Ltd, Imagine Global Solutions Ltd, and the Nigerian couple, Bamise and Elizabeth Ajetunmobi.

The two firms and the Ajetunmobi couple have been associated with an N11.795bn investment fraud by some aggrieved Nigerian investors who filed the suit before the court.

According to the applicants, the sum of N11.795bn is the outstanding investments and return on investments accruing to them from the defendants.

At the hearing of the case on Wednesday (November 3), Justice Toyin Oyekan-Abdullahi, noted that some banks are yet to comply with the court’s October 20, 2021 order granted in favour of the investors.

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The order restrained commercial banks in Nigeria from releasing funds up to N11,795,090,000 to the two firms and the Ajetunmobi Couple who have reportedly fled to Antigua and Barbuda.

The order also commanded the banks to, among other things, file and serve on the applicants counsel within seven days, an affidavit disclosing the balance in the defendants’ accounts.

The order was sequel to a motion exparte filed by 17 applicants on October 15.

Justice Oyekan-Abdullahi expressed displeasure at the conduct of the banks who failed to strictly comply with the court order.

She warned that besides sanctioning any defaulting bank executive, any lawyer that acts contrary to the order of court also risk being sanctioned, because “the court will not allow the citizens of this country to keep weeping because of the absconding investors.”

The court was told that one of those affected by the conduct of the Ajetunmobis and their companies was Wema Bank which allegedly gave a loan to Imagine Global in September, 2021, after accepting the defendants’ properties as collateral.

The bank, as an interested party, subsequently filed an application seeking a discharge of the court order.

The applicants through their lawyers, however, opposed the application on the ground that Wema Bank is equally a victim by virtue of the personal guarantees the defendants executed in favour of the applicants as far back as January 2020.

The applicants alleged that N17Billion had passed through Imagine Global’s account with Wema Bank between May 2020 and May 2021 and the bank is yet to place before the court, the detailed statement of account of the company.

The applicants have also resisted a move by a firm, Mainstreet Capital Ltd seeking to be joined as co-claimant in the suit.

Through the law firm of Babalakin & Co, Mainstreet Capital Ltd, which also invested in the defendants, approached the court.

The original applicants, 17 of them insisted that anyone with grievances against the couple “should go and file their own case.”

The original applicants are Mr Olabode Olanipekun, Mr Segun Animashaun, Mrs Abioye Idris, Mrs Erhi Ojoboh, Mrs Laurel Onumonu and Mr Olanrewaju Aderounmu.

Others are Mr Edet Udo, Mr Chikezie Nwokocha, Dr Onyekachi Onubogu, Mrs Aderonke Salami and Grantiff Investment Ltd.

Shalom Microfinance Bank Ltd, Afrinvest Asset Management Ltd, Global Stonecrest Bureau De Change, Headway Microfinance Bank Ltd, Hollandpark Bureau De Change and Alstom Matrix Ltd also made the list of applicants.

Justice Oyekan-Abdullahi thereafter adjourned till November 11, for the banks to show cause in compliance with the order of court.

EFCC Arraigns ‘Crime Alert’ Boss For Alleged N35m Fraud

An image showing Olaniyan Gbenga Amos,  also known as ‘Crime Alert’. Source: EFCC
An image showing Olaniyan Gbenga Amos, also known as ‘Crime Alert’. Source: EFCC

 

The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, October 18, 2021, arraigned one Olaniyan Gbenga Amos who is also known as ‘Crime Alert’.

Mr Olaniyan was arraigned on a 35-count charge bordering on conspiracy, operating business of other financial institutions and obtaining money under false pretense to the tune of N35 million.

Also brought before Justice Uche Agomoh of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, was his company, Detorrid Heritage Investment Limited.

The defendant was arrested following petitions by victims, alleging that Amos through his company, Detorrid Heritage Investment Nigeria Limited (DHIL) popularly known as Crime Alert Security Network Investment, induced them to invest in a network scheme which offered a monthly 30% returns on investment.

One of the counts state: “That you Olaniyan Gbenga Amos and Detorrid Heritage Investment Limited between August, 2019 and May, 2021 at Ibadan, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, without license, operate business of other financial institutions and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 58(1) and punishable under section 59(6) (a and b) of the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act, Cap B3 Laws of the Federation Nigeria, 2004.”

Count 20 reads: “That you Olaniyan Gbenga Amos and Detorrid Heritage Investment Limited on or about 29th of September, 2020, at Ibadan within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N15, 000,000:00 (Fifteen Million Naira) only from Fadipe Babajide Ayorinde, when you falsely represented to him that the money is meant for registration and investment with Crime Alert Security Network with a promise of 30% return on investment in 6 weeks (30 working days), which representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1 (I)(a) and punishable under section (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2016.”

They pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.

In view of their plea, the prosecution counsel, Galadanchi Sanusi, asked the court to remand the defendant at the Nigerian Correctional Service and fix a date for trial to commence.

Counsel for the first and second defendants, Richard. A. Ogunwole SAN informed the court he has filed an application for the release of his client on bail. But the court ruled that the application was not ripe for hearing as the further affidavit filed by the defendant is not properly before the Court.

Consequently, Justice Agomoh adjourned till October 25, 2021 “for hearing of bail application” and also ordered that the defendant be remanded at the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Abolongo, Oyo State.

EFCC Arraigns Owo Prince Over N35.5m Fraud In Oyo

EFCC logo.

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned an Owo prince in the Federal High Court in Ibadan over a N35.5 million fraud.

EFCC is prosecuting the suspect – Toluwalade John Olateru Olagbegi – before Justice Uche Agomoh on one count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence to said sum.

Although the prince hails from Ondo, he resides in the Bodija area of Ibadan in Oyo State, where he allegedly collected the sum from the complainant on the pretext of trading in forex.

According to the charge sheet, the accused intended to defraud his victim identified as a businessman, Julius Olorunsogo Alase under false pretence.

The anti-graft agency said the offence contravenes Section 1(1)(a) and is punishable under section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006.

After the charge was read against the suspect, he pleaded ‘not guilty to the offence.

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The charge reads: “That you, Toluwalade John Olateru-Olagbegi on or about 4th of March, 2021, at Ibadan within the Ibadan Judicial Division of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of Thirty-Five Million and Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N35,500,000:00) only from Julius Olorunsogo Alase (a Nigeria Businessman) on behalf of Lusan Royal Trading by false pretending it was part payment of the cost of an inflow of One Million United States of America Dollars (USD $1,000,000:00)only you claimed to have secured for him; which representations you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(1)(a) and punishable under section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006.”

Subsequently, Justice Agomoh ordered the remand of the defendant in the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Agodi.

While adjourning the case till October 25 for hearing of the bail application, the judge fixed November 15 for commencement of trial.

EFCC Arraigns Suspected Impostors Of Anthony Joshua Over £15,000 Fraud

British boxer Anthony Joshua speaks during the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London on March 09, 2020. Ben STANSALL / POOL / AFP

 

Two suspected Internet fraudsters – Ukhuriegbe Irekpitan and Onyekwa Chinedum – have been arraigned for the alleged impersonation of Nigerian-British heavyweight boxer, Anthony Joshua.

The duo was arraigned on Monday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before Justice S. M. Shuaibu of the Federal High Court in Benin, Edo State on a two-count charge each of impersonation.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, spokesman for the anti-graft agency Wilson Uwujaren said each of the defendants faces two counts.

The defendants were accused of allegedly sending electronic messages to two ladies and defrauding them of the sums of £10,000 and £5,491,23 respectively in London, the capital of England sometime in 2019.

Their offences are said to be punishable under section 14 (2) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention, Etc) Act 2015.

Charges

One of the charges against one of Joshua’s alleged impostors reads, “that you Onyekwe Joshua Chinedum (a.k.a Anthony Joshua) sometime in 2019 did with intent to defraud sent electronic messages which materially misrepresent facts to Samantha Johnson, a lady in London which messages she relied upon and which made her suffer financial loss in the sum of £10,000 thereby committing an offence punishable under section 14 (2) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention, Etc) Act 2015.”

One of the charges against Ukhuriegbe Glory Irekpitan reads: “That you Ukhuriegbe Glory Irekpitan sometime in 2018 did with intent to defraud sent electronic messages which materially misrepresent facts to Mrs Zahra  Bagun, a lady in London which messages she relied on and which caused her to suffer the financial loss in the sum of £5,491.23 pounds, the equivalent of N2,306,220 and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 14(2) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention, Etc) Act 2015.”

Not Guilty

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.

On his part, the prosecution counsel, I.M. Elody, asked for a trial date and for the defendants to be remanded in the custody of the Correctional Service.

The counsel to the defendants pleaded with the court to remand them in EFCC custody, a move that was opposed by the EFCC counsel.

Justice Shuaibu thereafter adjourned the matter till October 21 and ordered that the defendants be remanded at the Nigerian Correctional Centre in Benin City.

Court Jails Cleric 28 Years For Impersonating Femi Adesina

A combination photo of Presidential Spokesperson, Femi Adesina who was impersonated and a court gavel.

 

 

A 33-year-old cleric, Jamiu Isiaka has been sentenced to 28 years imprisonment over offences bordering on fraud and obtaining money by false pretence.

Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar of the High Court in Kwara State who announced the sentence said the offence contravened Section 1(1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.

Delivering his judgement in a case that has been on for over two years, Justice Abdulgafar held that the prosecution had tendered enough evidence to convince the court that the self-acclaimed cleric was guilty of the allegations brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The prison time is to be observed at Mandala Correctional Centre, Ilorin.

EFCC Zonal Office in Ilorin had on June 14, 2019, arraigned the defendant on four counts, all of which he pleaded not guilty to.

Jamiu was said to have presented himself as the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina and a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru, to defraud a South Korean National, Keun Sig Kim to the tune of N30million.

While parading as a senior government official, Jamiu deceived the foreign national to collect various sums of money under the pretext of securing for him an NNPC approval/ marketing form and license certificate to buy crude oil in Nigeria.

In the course of interrogation, he claimed to have used the money to conduct sacrifice for the petitioner.

According to him, part of the money was used to buy items such as a vulture, elephant skin, elephant intestine, the skull of a lion and the liver of a gorilla which were all used as ingredients in the sacrifice.

During the trial, EFCC counsel, O. B Akinsola called two witnesses including Detective Dare Folarin who narrated how the defendant was arrested and how several fraudulent funds were traced to his bank accounts.

The prosecution tendered evidence on how Jamiu obtained the sum of $88,521.41 from his victim under the guise of helping him to procure an approval form from the NNPC.

EFCC also gave an account of how the defendant impersonated some senior government officials including Baru, Adeshina, INEC National Commissioner, Aminat Zakari, among others.

The defendant did not controvert the charge or the evidence tendered by the EFCC.

In his judgement, Justice Abdulgafar found Jamiu guilty of the four counts brought against him and sentenced him to seven years imprisonment on each count, which is to run concurrently.

In addition, the judge ordered the forfeiture of some properties recovered from the convict, which are proceeds of his unlawful activities. They are a four bed-room bungalow measuring 1813.132 located at Oke-Foma in Ilorin West Local Government Area of Kwara State, a Toyota Corolla Car, One Plasma Television, Home Theatre, Freezer, Generator, Washing Machine and LG Air Conditioner to the Federal Government.

The court also ordered restitution to the victim of the crime.