EFCC Secures Remand Warrant To Keep Fani-Kayode While Investigation Continues

jafaru isaThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday said it has secured a remand warrant to keep former Minister of Aviation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode.

The Spokesman of the anti-graft agency, Mr Wilson Uwajuren, said the warrant will give the agency the constitutional right to detain Mr Fani-Kayode while he is being investigated

Mr Fani-Kayode honoured the invitation of the EFCC and arrived at the headquarters of the agency in Abuja on Monday morning in a police convoy.

The EFCC claims that Mr Fani-Kayode has a case to answer over the Peoples Democratic Party’s election funds.

Mr Fani-Kayode said he was surprised at the turn of events after he had promised to show up with his lawyer on Monday.

He was the Director of Publicity for former President Goodluck Jonathan and PDP’s Campaign Organisation before the general election of 2015.

EFCC Declares Bauchi Governorship Aspirant Wanted Over $500,000 Fraud

Bauchi_PoliticianA gubernatorial aspirant in Bauchi State, Abdulahi Usman Adamu, alias Dan China, has been declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The politician cum miner is wanted by the anti-graft agency for allegedly obtaining the sum of $500,000 from a Chinese Company, Shengjia International (HK) Limited, by false pretence.

A statement by the HEad Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Wilson Uwajuren said “the suspect allegedly obtained the sum from the Chinese firm as part payment for the supply of 3000MT of Lead Ore, a contract he failed to execute”.

Following a petition by the Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Office of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, the EFCC invited the suspect for questioning but he failed to honour the invitation. The suspect is currently on the run as efforts to track him, including several visits to his home in Narabi, Bauchi, proved futile.

The statement also “enjoins any one with useful information on his whereabouts to contact its head office inWuse 2, Abuja or zonal offices in Gombe, Kano, Enugu, Port Harcourt and Lagos; or the nearest police station.

“His last known address is No. 1 Sabon Gari, Narabi, in Toro Local Government Area of Bauchi state.

In the same vein, a banker, Godswill Oyegwa Oyoyou, an Information Technology staff of a new generation bank is also wanted by the EFCC in a case of fraud involving N6.28billion.

Godswill allegedly conspired with some scammers and obtained the sum of N6.28Billion from his bank after hacking into the bank’s database. The 38-year- old is from Isoko South local government area of Delta State.

Beware of Unscrupulous Estate Developers In FCT, EFCC Warns

EFCC_NewThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) wishes to alert the general public to the activities of unscrupulous estate developers in the Federal Capital Territory, who are in the habit of defrauding aspiring home owners through bogus offers.

A Statement by the Head, Media & Publicity Unit of the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwajuren, noted that “in recent weeks the Commission has recorded an upsurge in the number of reported cases of individuals, mostly low and middle income earners , who have been swindled after they responded to advertisement for subscription to own properties in many of the estates being promoted by unscrupulous developers in the FCT.

“Usually, the so called developers, once they are able to secure land allocation from the FCDA, create gorgeous computer-assisted designs of prototype estate and launch aggressive media blitzs for prospective home owners to subscribe for different categories of houses at attractive prices.

“They target low and middle income earners who cannot afford outright cash purchase of property in the burgeoning capital city. For this category of citizens, such offers are irresistible as they present immediate escape from the burden of prohibitive yearly rent payments”.

It added that fraudsters “embrace such schemes with the hope that the payment spread over many years will provide the  cushion to do other things.

“But no sooner than they pay the initial deposits, they are inundated with various excuses as explanation for the developers’ inability to deliver the properties. Some  have waited for many years hoping against hope for their promised houses to be delivered. While the hapless prospective home owners rue their plight, the so-called developers disappear completely from the radar to enjoy their loot”, the statement said, noting that “those who do not disappear continue to make promises that are never redeemed. The more ruthless amongst them are prepared to wear out the scammed subscribers through tedious litigation, fully aware that many of the low income persons lack the resources to sustain legal actions over a long time”.

Mr Uwajuren further added that “the subscribers who brave the courts and secure legal respite, discover to their chagrin that recovering their money is near impossible. Often, the title to such properties would have long been mortgaged as collateral for loan facilities from some financial institutions by the developers”.

He warned that “it is important that stakeholders in the real estate sector, as well as the regulatory agencies such as the Nigerian Society of Estate Surveyors and Valuers come together to review and firm up the regulatory framework for property development in the FCT to check the activities of unscrupulous private developers.

“It is also imperative for intending home owners to ascertain the credibility and capacity of developers before subscribing to their offers”.
Mr Uwajuren further said the FCDA has a role to play in checkmating the housing and land scams “by ensuring that developers requesting land for mass housing have the capacity to deliver the houses”.

He also assured Nigerians the “EFCC will on its part continue the aggressive investigation and prosecution of all land-related cases in the FCT.

EFCC Arraigns Kano NLC Chairman Over N2 Million Fraud

IMG_9013The Chairman of the Kano State council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Yunusa Isah Danguguwa, was on Monday arraigned by the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission before Justice Fatu Riman of the Federal High Court, Kano on one count charge bordering on obtaining N2 million by  false pretence, a statement by the spokesman of the commission, Wilson Uwajuren said.

The accused allegedly obtained the sum from one Usman Arzika of Williams Dabo International Limited under the pretext that the Nigeria Labour Congress, Kano council had awarded a contract to the company for the supply of 250 units of ‘second hand’ cars and that the N2 million was meant for processing of other contract documents.

Investigation later revealed that no such contract was ever awarded by the council.

The charge reads, “that you Yunusa Isah Danguguwa, Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress Kano Council on or about 24th July,2012 within the Jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, Kano with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N2 million from Usman Arzika of Williams Dabo International Limited under the pretence that the Nigeria Labour Congress, Kano Council had awarded a contract to the company for the supply of 250 units of ‘second hand’ cars and that the sum of N2 million was meant for processing other contract documents which pretence 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”.

The accused person pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.

Justice Riman granted bail to the accused person in the sum of N5, 000, 000 (Five Million Naira Only) and one surety in like sum, insisting “the surety must be a civil servant of not less than grade level 13 and must own a landed property in Kano”.

The case was adjourned to June 30, July 1 and 4, 2014 for trial.

EFCC Declares Ex Delta Federal Lawmaker Wanted

A former member of the House of Representatives, Gbineje Obukowho Napoleon has been declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) a statement by the Acting Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren said.

The former law maker who represented Uvwie, Sapele and Okpe Federal Constituency of Delta State in the National Assembly between 2003 and 2007 is wanted for offences bordering on breach of trust and illegal diversion of funds to the tune of N281,280,000.00 ( two hundred and eighty one million, two hundred and eighty thousand naira only).

The suspect repeatedly failed to respond to invitations by the anti- graft agency, and has gone underground to evade arrest.

The statement described Napoleon as “light complexioned and speaks Urhobo and English languages fluently. His last known address was: Plot 1 Ogumbo Road, Olonkonla Close, near Aja, Lagos (Residential) and No. 23A Otumba Adeleke Adeshina Street, Lekki Phase 11, Victoria Island, Lagos (Business)”.

“The Commission implores anyone having useful information about the whereabouts of the suspect to notify its offices in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Lagos, Kano and Enugu or report at the nearest police station”.

 

EFCC to arraign four more fuel subsidy fraud suspects

Four more fuel subsidy suspects will today be arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja over the alleged fraudulent claim of N1, 051, 030, 434.63 (One billion, fifty one million, thirty thousand, four hundred and thirty four naira, sixty three kobo) from the government. Acting head of Media and Publicity of the commission, Wilson Uwajuren said.

AIhaji Saminu Rabiu, Jubril Rowaye, Alminnur Resources Limited and Brila Energy Limited wil appear before Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the FCT High Court on a 17 count charge.

The suspects are alleged to have fraudulently claimed the said amount from the Petroleum Support Fund over the supply of 10,000 metric tonnes of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS.

It will be recalled that the commission arraigned 13 suspects before a court in Lagos on similar charges last Friday.

They were Aro Samuel Bamidele, Abiodun Kayode Bankole, Ifeanyi Anosike, Emeka Chukwu, Ngozi Ekeoma, Alhaji Adamu Aliyu Maula, George Ogbonna and Emmanuel Morah.

The five companies involved are A.S.B. Investment Company Limited, Anosyke Group of Companies Limited, Dell Energy Limited, Downstream Energy Sources Limited and Rocky Energy Limited.

EFCC arrests 24 year old cash smuggler with $7 million at MMIA

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, says it on Thursday arrested a bulk currency smuggler, one Abubakar Tijani Sheriff for attempting to smuggle $7million (about N1.101billion) out of the country.

A statement by the agency’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren read. The 24-year-old was arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos en route Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Mr. Uwujaren said the suspect had escaped security scrutiny from other agencies at the airport but was apprehended at the point of boarding the plane by operatives of the Commission.

“When he was arrested, he declared that he had a total sum of $4.5million on him but a thorough screening and search showed that he was actually carrying $7,049,444 (Seven million, Forty Nine Thousand, Four Hundred and Forty Four United States Dollars)”.

Sheriff reportedly confessed that he was a courier for twenty individuals who hired him to courier the money for them to Dubai.

Uwajuren said “Investigations by the EFCC showed that Mr. Sheriff is a regular traveller and one of several couriers of illegal cash suspected to be proceeds of crime. The Commission is still investigating his claims in respect of his accomplices”.

The commission said its experience had shown that bulk cash smuggling, the world over, are usually associated with proceeds of crime as legitimately earned funds are usually processed through the banking system.

“Our experience in the last few years indicates an emerging trend of bulk cash smuggling to Europe, Middle East and North America with the attendant consequence for capital flight. Some Nigerian citizens are routinely arrested at airports in Europe and North American for currency smuggling though no such arrests have been recorded in the Middle East,” the statement said.

“But in all cases, the money is lost as they are never repatriated back to the country.”

The commission therefore warned travellers who for any reason want to move bulk cash out of the country to do so through the banking system or be prepared to declare it and explain the source of the money.

Meanwhile, the suspect is being detained at the EFCC’s holding facility in Lagos pending his arraignment in court.