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EFCC declares Johnson Olusegun Salako wanted over alleged fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in a recent publication has declared a certain Johnson Olusegun Salako wanted over fraud allegations.

In an official statement obtained by Omojuwa.Com, the EFCC alleged that Johnson is a fraudster but did not give full details of the allegations.

Read the statement below;

The public is hereby notified that Mr. Johnson Olusegun Salako whose photographs appear above, is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

50 year old Salako is wanted for ALLEGED FRAUD. He is dark in complexion, speaks Yoruba and English language fluently and his known address is No. 6 Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Anybody having useful information as to their whereabouts should contact the Commission in its Enugu, Kano, Lagos, Gombe, Port Harcourt and Abuja offices or through these numbers 0809332644 (0809EFCCNIG), 08183322644 (0818EFCCNIG), 09-9044751, 09-9044752, 09-9044753; its e-mail address: or the nearest Police Station and other security agencies.

Why is senate leadership always associated with forgery, fraud? – Femi Falana

Human rights lawyer and senior advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, has wondered why the leadership of the Nigerian senate is always associated with claims of fraud and forgery.

Falana on Wednesday said there were many open-ended questions regarding the sport utility vehicle (SUV) of senate president, Bukola Saraki, which was seized by the customs over forged documents.

Although Saraki’s spokesperson had said the issue was between the vehicle’s supplier and the customs, Falana said it may have motivated the senate’s insistence that Hameed Ali, comptroller-general of customs, wears uniform before addressing the red chamber.

“The statement credited to the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki is not a denial of the criminal allegation but an attempt to pull wool over the eyes of Nigerians,” said Falana.

“Even If we accept the explanation it means that the Senate leadership bought a vehicle that was imported to the country with forged documents.

“That has confirmed that the planned humiliation of the customs boss was borne out of vengeance. So it is no longer a case of individual liability but that of institutional criminal negligence.

“These guys have to invent more lies because the limousine was not budgeted for by the National Assembly.

“Or is it another case of padding of the budget? Why is the leadership always associated with forgery and fraud? Did the senate leader not distance himself from the controversial vehicle? So why did the leader of the senate allow the matter to be investigated by the ethics committee of the upper chamber if he was planning to wash off his hands like Pontius Pilate?” he asked.

Falana added that, “Since there are many unanswered questions, the Nigeria Customs Service should go ahead and get to the root of the criminality with a view to prosecuting the culprits”.

Tokunboh Akindele, the car dealer whom the senate contracted to supply the bullet-proof SUV, on Wednesday said Saraki was not involved in the transaction.

Akindele also said he did not know the customs documents issued to him were forged.


Source: The Cable

Fayose paid N75m into Ozekhome’s account from N1.2bn Dasuki’s funds – EFCC

The EFCC on Wednesday told a Federal High Court in Lagos that Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, made a payment of N75 million to a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Mike Ozekhome, from the N1.2 billion the governor received from a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said it froze Ozekhome’s account because the money was suspected to be proceeds of crime. Ozekhome had urged Justice Abdullazeez Anka to unfreeze his firm’s account which the court ordered at EFCC’s instance on Feb. 7.

Opposing the application, EFCC’s lawyer, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, argued that Ozekhome ought to have reasonably known that the money he received as part payment for legal fees was proceeds of “fraudulent activities”.

He said: “EFCC received an intelligence showing that one Mr Ayodele Fayose received N1.2 billion from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) through the then Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.”

He said Obanikoro conveyed the money in an aircraft to Akure airport for delivery to Fayose in neighbouring Ekiti. Oyedepo said it was investigated and it was discovered that the sum of N137 million was paid into an account no. 1003126654 operated by Fayose on June 26, 2014.

“On August 22 and 27, 2014, the sum of N50 million and N118 million was also credited to the account.” Oyedepo said having discovered that the funds were proceeds of crime, EFCC approached Justice Mohammed Idris of Lagos division for an order to freeze the account pending conclusion of investigations.

The lawyer said that the order by Justice Idris was not appealed by either Fayose or the bank where the money was lodged. “The N75 million is from the proceeds of the alleged crime fraudulently taken from the ONSA and kept in Fayose’s account from where it was transferred to Ozekhome. “ EFCC is empowered to freeze any money suspected to be proceeds of crime even if it is not in possession of the person committing the unlawful act.”

He argued that nothing had been showed to contradict the fact that the money came from ONSA, adding that Ozekhome could not also claim not to know the source of the money. Arguing his application to unfreeze the account, Ozekhome said it was not a lawyer’s duty to investigate the source of his legal fees. Besides, he said as at the time Fayose paid him the money, the governor’s account had been unfrozen by an order made by Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Ekiti Division of the court on Dec. 13. 2016.

He said that the judge on Jan. 31 also refused EFCC’s application to stay execution of the judgment of Dec. 13, 2016. Ozekhome said EFCC obtained the order freezing his account 47 days after Fayose transferred the N75 million. “The account frozen by Justice Idris had been unfrozen by Justice Taiwo and made operational after it was found that material facts were suppressed,” he said.

The Senior Advocate said that the N75 million was part payment for the professional fees having handled eight cases for Fayose and his aides.

He said that the total sum owed his chambers by Fayose was N250 million and that he wrote Fayose demanding payment of the fees, and that the governor sought for his understanding because his account was frozen.

He also said when Justice Taiwo unfroze Fayose’s account, he (Ozekhome) sent the governor a reminder to pay the money after which he made the N75 million.

“There was no encumbrance on the account from which the money was transferred,” Ozekhome said, recalling that the bank in Ekiti also allowed Fayose to withdraw N5 million in cash from the account.

He said it was wrong for the EFCC to conclude that the money was a proceed of crime when Fayose, who enjoys immunity as a sitting governor had not been tried or convicted. Justice Anka fixed April 3 for ruling.

Diezani Indicted In Fresh 450million Naira Fraud.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has named former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke, in the five count amended charge made against a former governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Mohammed Dele Belgore (SAN), and a former Minister of Planning, Professor Abubakar Sulaiman.

At the resumed trial of the two defendants before a Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday, the EFCC prosecutor, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo urged the court to allow the amended charge be read for a fresh plea to be taken.

In the five count charges, Mrs Allison-Madueke was alleged to have conspired with Belgore and Sulaiman on or about March 27, 2015, to directly take possession of 450 million Naira, which they reasonably ought to have known, forms part of the proceeds of unlawful act.

The trio were also alleged to have taken the said funds in cash, which exceeded the amount authorized by law, without going through the financial institutions.

Belgore and Sulaiman were also alleged to have paid the 50 million Naira to Sheriff Shagaya, without going through the banks.

The offences according to the prosecutor, Mr. Oyedepo, are contrary to Sections 18(a), 15(2)(d),1(a), 16(d) and punishable under sections 15(3) and 4, 16 (2)(b), and 16(d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to all the charges and the EFCC swiftly called its first witness, Timothy Olaobaju, a banker.

In his evidence, the witness, Olaobaju told the court that the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, stashed a sum of $115,010,000 in his bank with instructions for the money to be changed it into naira and distributed among certain individuals in the 36 states of the federation.

The beneficiaries according to the witness included the two defendants who both received 450million Naira and filled a receipt form to acknowledge the payment.

The receipt form filled by the defendants were then tendered by the EFCC and admitted by the courts as exhibits in the case.

Lawyers to the defendants took turns to plead with the court for an adjournment, to enable them adequately prepare for the cross-examination of the witness.

The court granted their request and adjourned the matter till Tuesday, March 14, 2017 for cross-examination of the witness, and continuation of trial.


Source: Channels TV

N2.8b Fraud: Ex-NBC Boss Emeka Mba’s Trial Adjourned To April 4

Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has adjourned to April 4, 2017 for continuation of trial in the case involving Emeka Mba, a former Director-General of the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) who is facing a 15-count charge of money laundering and procurement fraud to the tune of N2.8billion.

Mba is on trial alongside former Director of Finance of NBC Patrick Areh, Basil Udotai (trading in the name and style of Technology Adviser) and Babatunde Amure (trading in name and style of Divine Partners).

The adjournment of the case followed the withdrawal of an objection raised by I. F Chude, counsel to the second defendant (Areh), against the admissibility of Areh’s statement which the prosecuting counsel, Prince Ben Ikani sought to tender as evidence at the last sitting, February 28.

While Chude argued that the statement was involuntarily obtained and should be rejected, Ikani urged the court to discountenance it.

Justice Kolawole, therefore, adjourned to today for trial-within-trial to determine the voluntariness of the statement.

At the resumed sitting, Chude withdrew the objection saying, “I have since informed my learned friends that I am withdrawing that objection for the admissibility of the statement of 11th January, 2016”.

Consequently, the document was admitted as Exhibit 2 and the trial judge called on the prosecuting counsel to proceed with the trial.

But, counsel to the 4th defendant (Amure), Ikoro N. Ikoro, said he came to the court prepared for the trial-within-trial and not continuation of trial. He, therefore, made an application for adjournment.

Ikani kicked, describing the application as “flimsy”.

“The application for adjournment is at the instance of the defendant. In view of ACJA, my Lord, I want it to be noted that the court should take cognizance of such flimsy application”, said Ikani.
In granting the application, Justice Kolawole held that “it is of fundamental importance that the trial be adjourned because, the counsel did not come to court with the materials with which he will be able to conduct the defense of the 4th defendant”.


Source: Sahara Reporters

70 per cent of bank frauds come from within – CBN

About 30 million Bank Verification Numbers (BVN) have so far been linked to the several bank accounts operated in the country, says the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

Speaking at a post-event interview with The Guardian, Deputy Director, Banking and Payment System, CBN, Musa Itopa-Jimoh, gave the figure.

Itopa-Jimoh, who was in Lagos to represent the Director, Banking and Payment System, CBN, Dipo Fatokun, at the maiden edition of the Cyber Security Conference 2017, organised by the flagship of the Nigerian media, The Guardian, said the CBN is building a watch list of events in the sector as it relates to security breaches, stressing that the BVN would significantly help reduce the incidence of fraud and the likes in the industry.

According to him, the apex bank is aware of the fraudsters, but there is still no law for punitive measures.

“But I think, it is just a matter of time, we shall soon resolve all those matters. Already, there will be a watch list as regards fraud activities. The CBN and the Nigeria Police Force will set up an ePayment and crime unit to further fight that battle,” he said.

In the paper presented by Itopa-Jimoh on behalf of Fatokun, the CBN said in furtherance of its efforts at combating fraud in the industry, it partnered with NIBSS to procure and install an industry anti-fraud solution.

He said the solution is an industry fraud monitoring tool that ensures behavioural monitoring, patterns and hold/block controls on transaction suspected to be fraudulent.

In the same vein, he said CBN also directed all stakeholders to establish and maintain dedicated fraud desks in their respective organizations.

He added that the CBN along with relevant stakeholders are exploring ways to establish an industry Security Operations Centre and a Risk Information Centre, to consolidate “our strength at eradicating e-payments frauds to the barest minimum and enhancing trust in our payments system.

“The bank had issued various policies and circulars on industry related fraud detection and prevention.”

Checks by The Guardian on the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) showed that as at January 2017, there were 74.5 million total bank accounts in Nigeria, with 66.6 million being active. There are 25 million current accounts, while 69.4 million are run as savings account.

The CBN through the Banker’ Committee and in collaboration with all banks in Nigeria on February 14, 2014 launched a centralized biometric identification system for the banking industry, tagged the BVN.

The BVN, which is in its third year now, gives a unique identity that can be verified across the Nigerian banking industry. Customers’ bank accounts are protected from unauthorized access and addresses issues of identity theft, thus reduce exposure to fraud.


Source: The Guardian

EFCC arraigns Babalawo for N2.4m Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 arraigned one Bala Tangalu before Justice A. B. Mohammed of the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Jabi, Abuja on a 2-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N2.5million.

Tangalu, a self-styled native doctor also known as Babalawo, was arrested following a petition by one Dozie Ugonna, who alleged that he was scammed of over N2.5million by the accused and his cohorts.

According to the petitioner, the money was meant for the purchase of materials to neutralize some harmful charms purportedly contained in a carton filled with United States dollars.

The offence is contrary to Section 8 (a) and punishable under Section 8 (C) and 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14, 2006.

Particulars of Count two read: “Bala Tangalu, Ataye (still at large), Nnamdi (still at large) Peace (still at large) and Linda (still at large), in the year 2016 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud obtained the total sum of N2,540.000 (Two Million, Five Hundred and Forty Thousand Naira Only) from one Dozie Ugonna under the pretence that you are a native doctor a.k.a Babalawo and the monies were for purchase of materials to neutralize some harmful charms contained in a carton filled with United State Dollars, which pretence you knew to be false”. The accused person pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Upon his plea, counsel to EFCC, Elizabeth Alabi, asked the court to fix a date for trial and remand the accused in prison custody pending trial. She urged the court to consider the weight of the offence, which according to her carries a minimum of seven year jail term.

However, counsel to the accused, Yusuf Abdullahi, told the court he had a pending bail application before the court. He added that the accused had been granted administrative bail by the EFCC which he had not breached and urged the court to adopt same bail condition.

Justice Mohammed granted bail to the accused in the sum of N2million with two sureties in like sum. The sureties must be a civil servant or a community leader.

The case has been adjourned to March 20, 2017 for trial.

BREAKING: Neymar loses final appeal, to stand trial for transfer fraud.

Neymar, Barcelona and Santos will stand trial on fraud and corruption charges over the transfer of the Brazilian forward after their appeals were turned down by Spain’s High Court today.

Neymar’s mother Nadine Goncalves and the family company N&N also had appeals rejected.

They cannot appeal against the Court’s decision.

The case stems from a complaint by Brazilian investment group DIS, which owned part of Neymar’s transfer rights and alleges that it received less money than it was entitled to when Neymar joined Barcelona from Santos in 2013.

Investigations were carried out in Spain and Brazil into whether any part of Neymar’s transfer fee had been concealed when he moved to Barcelona from Santos.

Neymar’s clubmates Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano were both convicted of tax fraud last year, while former Barca and current Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez admitted to fraud of almost €1m last month.

All three cases related to income from the players’ image rights.


Source: RTE

Witness Tells Court How Winners’ Chapel Got N35m From Army General Involved In N19.7b Fraud

Mr. Ahidjo Ikem, an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) witness,  on Friday, informed  a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos how the Bishop David Oyedepo-owned Living Faith Church received the sum of N35 million from Major-General Emmanuel Atewe, a former Commander of joint Task Force (JTF). Major-General Atewe is being prosecuted for alleged involvement in a  N19.7 billion fraud.

Mr. Ikem is Managing Director of five of the seven companies charged alongside Major-General Atewe, Mr. Patrick Akpobolokemi, former Director-General of Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA); Kime Egonzu and Josephine Otuaga for alleged fraud.

The accused are facing an amended 22-count charge bordering money laundering.

Mr. Ikem’s companies charged along with the accused persons are Jaggan Limited, Jaggan Trading Company Limited, Jaggan Global Services Limited, Al-Nald Limited and Paper Warehouse Limited. Other companies charged are Eastpoint Integrated Services Limited and De-Newlink Integrated Services Limited.

At the resumed trial of the accused persons on Friday, Mr. Ikem Justice Ayokunle Faji that his five companies were used by Major-General Atewe to launder  the said sum of N4. 9 billion from the JTF’s account.

While being led-in evidence by the EFCC prosecutor, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, Mr. Ikem said he first  met Major-General Atewe at the Aso Rock Villa Chapel, where they both worshipped, when the latter was Commander, Brigade of Guards.

Sometimes between July and September 2014, the witness told the court, Major-General Atewe was appointed JTF Commander and invited him to Balyesa State. There, Mr. Ikem added, Major-General Atewe told him that he had won a Federal Government contract for maintenance of security and building of barracks. The JTF Commander, the witness further said, asked if he has a company into which the , he should supply it, as the money for the contract could  be paid.

He stated that he gave the names, addresses and bank details of his five companies to Major-General Atewe.

The witness explained to the court that his companies had no contractual agreement with JTF, were not registered as contractors and never supplied goods or rendered service to the JTF.

Shortly after his visit to Bayelsa State, added the witness, he was re-invited by Major-General Atewe, who told him that money would be sent to the accounts of his companies and on receipt, he should notify him.

Two or three days after his visit to Balyesa State, he started receiving notifications of transfers into his companies’ accounts. He informed the JTF Commander, who told that they would meet in Abuja.

When Major-General Atewe got Abuja, said the witness, he joined him at Niger Barracks, where he was introduced to Kime Engonzu (the third accused person) and said any money received should be handed over to him.

Mr. Ikem, who is the first prosecution witness in the matter, said he received a total sum of N4. 915, 163, 104, which he changed to $21,500,000 at a Bureau de Change operated by a man named Jimoh. He claimed to have handed the cash to Egonzu as directed by the JTF Commander.

The witness also told the court that he collected the sum of $950, 000 from one Chijioke, a friend to Major-General Atewe, and gave it to Egonzu.

The witness said the sum of N4.1 billion was converted to dollars, while the balance was given to some companies and a church as instructed by Major-General Atewe. The sum of N35 million, he explained, was paid to Living Faith Church, while N103 million was paid to INP Limited. The sum of N107 million was transferred to First Investment Limited, while Lord Firm Limited, Ocean Gas, and Sisco Nobort were paid the sum of N99 million, N88 million and N297 million respectively.

When asked by the prosecutor the reason for paying the companies and the church, the witness said he only carried out the instructions of Major-General Atewe, who gave no specific reason.

The witness said in the course of the Investigation of the matter, he was invited by the EFCC and wrote four statements.

However, Justice Ayokunle Faji, adjourned the matter till March 21, 22 and 23, following  Mr  Akpolobokemi’s complaint that he was experiencing health challenges midway through the trial.

In the charge, the anti-graft agency alleged that the accused conspired together to defraud NIMASA of N19.7 billion, using the seven companies.

The EFCC alleged that the accused committed the fraud between September 5, 2014 and May 20, 2015.

The offense alleged to have been committed by the accused persons contravened the provisions of Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 as well as provisions of  Section 390 of the Criminal Code Act Cap  C. 38, Laws of the Federation, 2004.


Source: Sahara Reporters

UK probes Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo’s church

The City of London police are investigating an alleged fraud involving a former premier league footballer who lost £3.9 million from Kingsway International Christian Centre, owned by Matthew Ashimolowo.

According to UK Guardian, the footballer lost the money to one of Britain’s richest evangelical churches in a “disastrous investment scheme”.

The criminal investigation follows a Charity Commission report into “mismanagement” at the church, which invested £5 million with Richard Rufus, former Charlton Athletic player.

In 2015, a civil court judge indicted Rufus for operating a Ponzi-style scheme between 2007 and 2011, losing or spending £8 million from several investors.

Rufus was a leading member of the KICC.

Quoting documents it obtained, the newspaper said the church, which is populated by Africans and Caribbeans, collected £5.8 million from its members in 2015.

In 2009 and 2010, the trustees reportedly agreed to give Rufus £5 million to invest after he promised them returns of 55 percent a year at a time when interest rates were less than 1 percent.

As well as millions in donations from churchgoers – which were boosted by gift aid tax relief – it had recently received £10 million from the London Development Agency, a public body that needed to demolish the church’s then home in east London to build the Olympic Park.

“Detectives from City of London police’s fraud teams are investigating,” a police spokesman confirmed. There have been no arrests.

In a damning set of conclusions published in December, the Charity Commission said the trustees “did not exercise sufficient care” when they gave Rufus the church’s money.

The regulator said they failed to check if Rufus had any investment qualifications or experience and gave little thought to the extraordinarily high rate of return Rufus was promising.

The church’s senior management team concluded his “personal guarantee makes this as safe an investment as any” and produced a report on the investment that included no checks on Rufus’s past investment performance or any references from clients.

It is the second time the Charity Commission has had to investigate the church.

In 2005, when it was known as the King’s Ministries Trust, the regulator ordered Ashimolowo to repay £200,000 after it emerged he used church assets to buy a £13,000 Florida timeshare and spent £120,000 on his birthday celebrations, including £80,000 on a car.

New trustees were appointed and Ashimolowo was removed from his role as chief executive.

Last month, KICC issued a statement to deny the involvement of Ashimolowo in the deal.

The statement signed by Dipo Oluyomi, chief executive officer and James McGlashan, chief operating officer for the church said the investment was made seven and a half years ago.

KICC admitted that its trustees made the decision to invest in the scheme, but said Ashimolowo had nothing to do with it.

EFCC Recovers N1.25 Billion from Public servant

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recovered N1.25 billion from a public servant, it was learnt yesterday.

Although it did not give further details on the recovery, the EFCC gave a breakdown of other recoveries it made last year in a document submitted to the National Assembly.

Acting EFCC Chairman Ibrahim Magu yesterday appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes for the 2016 budget’s appraisal and the 2017 budget defence.

He said the anti-graft agency recovered N102,913,791,217.54; $8,296,313.99; GBP 29,155; £12,475; 117,004 Canadian Dollar; 806.50 DIRHAM; 5,000 FRANCS and 2,000 RUPEE as proceeds of crime between January and December 2016.

He also confirmed the recovery of $9.750 million and £750,000 from a residence in Kaduna recently, adding that N1.25 billion was recovered from a public servant, a fortnight ago.

According to a document submitted by the Commission to the committee, out of the 37 accounts frozen/forfeited, six banks are yet to provide relevant information on the amount accrued into the suspected accounts within the period under review.

The commission secured 135 convictions last year, according to the records, out of which 46 were from Lagos zone, 30 from Abuja zone, 22 from Port Harcourt zone, 19 from Kano zone, 15 from Enugu zone and three from Gombe zone.

The anti- graft agency boss asked for the committee’s support saying “corruption is fighting back.” He said in a bid to enhance the efficiency of the agency, offices in Kaduna, Ibadan, Edo and Maiduguri were resuscitated.

He said the payment of N1.8 billion out of N2.9 billion for completion of the commission’s headquarters office in Abuja had been scheduled by the Federal Ministry of Finance.

The Commission’s recruitment, he said, resulted in the recruitment of 199 Detective Inspectors and 331 Detective Assistants in an equal number across the country except Lagos, Ekiti, Bayelsa and Rivers with lower number.

The Commission prayed the House for an increase in Personnel Cost from N7. 127 billion to N9.692 billion to accommodate the 1 ,500 new recruits whose estimated emoluments is N2.565 billion.

He also asked for an increase in capital allocation by N1.790 billion to accommodate additional cost of work on the New Head Office of the Commission among other requests.

Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Kayode Oladele, lauded the achievements of the anti-graft agency in its fight against corruption.

He said: “For the first time in Nigeria’s history, anti- corruption searchlights have been beamed on the judiciary and the revelations have been mind- boggling. In addition, similar exercises in the arms procurement process by the Nigeria military have also led to several arrests.

“Overall, the EFCC has made the highest numbers of recoveries of stolen resources ( running into billions of Naira) in a single year in the annals of Nigeria’s anti- corruption efforts.”

He said Nigeria had applied to join the league of members of Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an international anti-corruption agency, in a bid to strengthen ongoing anti-corruption crusade in the country.

“Our collective efforts to unleash sustainable development in Nigeria through the rooting out of corruption will not produce the desired result if Nigeria is unable to transact in the international market place without let or hindrance.

“In this regard, Nigeria has applied to join the FATF and based on the level of our commitment, a high-level delegation from the FATF is due to visit Nigeria in March 2017 to meet with various stakeholders and report back to its plenary in June this year. I have no doubt in my mind that we will be successfully accredited and admitted at the end of the exercise,” the committee chair said.



Ex-minister accused of N38 billion fraud fails to secure court permission to travel abroad

A former minister of finance, Nenadi Usman, is at the risk of losing her life to breast cancer if not granted urgent leave to travel abroad, Abiodun Owonikoko, her lawyer, told a federal court in Lagos on Wednesday.

Mrs. Usman is facing a 17-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing, and money laundering alongside Femi Fani-Kayode, a former aviation minister; Danjuma Mohammed; and Jointrust Dimensions Nigeria Limited amounting to over N38 billion.

The accused pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Amidst a charged atmosphere on Wednesday, Mr. Owonikoko reminded the judge he had, at the last hearing date (December 2, 2016), filed an application seeking to retrieve his client’s international passport to enable her keep her medical appointment abroad.

The defence lawyer urged the court that the application be heard first.

But Rotimi Oyedepo, counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, noted that the defence team had already filed an application challenging the jurisdiction of the court.

“I am thinking that on the face of the motion, it has lapses,” Mr. Oyedepo said of the defence lawyer’s request.

“The issue first should be that the court handles the application challenging the jurisdiction of the court which is more urgent, except if my learned colleague wants to strike out that application and then we can handle this issue.

“I think it’s tidy, logical and legal to determine the propriety of our appearance before our Lordship before any other matter.”

Mr. Owonikoko responded that the motion for medical leave was filed first before the application challenging the court’s jurisdiction.

“The defendant has already missed her previous appointment in hospital and this is very serious because she has breast cancer which is threatening her life and we only ask that there be an unconditional release of her passport.

“There was no application opposing this motion, we have brought her medical reports and it was not opposed. Even the president of the country sought for ten days medical leave but we all know where we are now.”

Mr. Oyedepo objected to the defence lawyer’s claims saying that it was not in his position to give evidence.

“With all due respect to the counsel, the jurisdiction of the judge is being challenged and I think that it’s urgent.”

But a visibly angry Mr. Owonikoko replied, “Why do we talk like this? If this defendant is bed-ridden, will this case go on?”

Justice Muslim Hassan asked Mr. Owonikoko, “If my jurisdiction is being challenged, shall I go ahead and hear any other case without first determining my jurisdiction?”

Responding, Mr. Owonikoko said, “It is not going to be palatable for a lady with breast cancer to be flying down from Abuja to Lagos, lodge in a hotel for a case that happened in Abuja.”

Mr. Oyedepo noted that the court sat during vacation and that there was no affidavit of urgency filed alongside the defence’s application.

“During your Lordship’s leave, this was not sought and obtained during the vacation bearing in mind that the defendant was supposed to fly on 20th December,” Mr. Oyedepo said.

“So the question to be asked is when does the application suddenly become urgent? The time for the defendant to fly has elapsed which was supposed to take place 20th December, 2016, and 20 January, 2017.

“When there are two issues before the court with one challenging the jurisdiction of the court and another on health issue, I only ask, which one should the court take first? Is it not lawful that the court handles the one challenging its jurisdiction.”

In his ruling, the judge held that he could not attend to the application seeking for medical leave while there is another application challenging his jurisdiction by the same applicant.

He then adjourned the case till March 1, 2017.


Source: Premium Times

Recruitment into Nigerian Army is free – Official

The Nigerian Army has said recruitment into the army is free and no one is expected to pay for it.

The Army said this in a statement by its spokesperson, Sani Usman.
Read Mr. Usman’s full statement below:

The attention of the Nigerian Army  has been drawn to activities of fraudsters demanding money from applicants of the 76 Regular Recruits Intake for trades/non trades men and women. The fraudsters posing as army officers with the names, Lieutenant Femi and Lieutenant Gbenga Danjuma respectively, operate with the GSM number 08165007425.

The Army wishes to state that the processing of application forms into the Army is free of charge. Applicants are advised to log on to process their application forms or if in doubts, call the following phone numbers: 08038575725 or 08061541440.

While effort is ongoing to track and apprehend the fraudulent syndicates, the general public should note that the NA does not charge applicants money or gratification for whatever reasons. The public is therefore encouraged to report any person or group parading himself or herself as an agent of the NA for the ongoing recruitment exercise.

The general public is also advised to be wary of dubious offers of recruitment especially through the internet and report such offers or person to the nearest Nigerian Army unit or formation and police stations.


EFCC Re-Arraigns Ex-Air Force Chief Umar Over N9.7b Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) re-arraigned former Chief of Air Staff Mohammed Dikko Umar on Wednesday before Justice Nnamdi Dimga at the Federal High Court in Maitama, Abuja on a 7-count charge of money laundering and procurement fraud amounting to N9.7 billion.

According to the EFCC, Mr. Umar, who served as Chief of Air Staff from September 2010 to October 2012, allegedly withdrew N700 million from the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) account to purchase a house at No. 14 Vistula Close, off Panama Street in Maitama, Abuja.

He also reportedly stole N500 million from the NAF account to buy a four-bedroom duplex at Road 3B Street 2 in Mabushi Ministers Hill, Abuja. Additionally, Mr. Umar allegedly took N250 million from the NAF’s coffers to buy a property at No. 14, Audu Bako Way, GRA, Kano State in 2011, the EFCC said.

The offenses violate Section 15(2)(b) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act of 2011.

The EFCC reports that one of the charges reads:

“That you, Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar, whilst being the Chief of Air Staff of the Nigerian Air Force between September 2010 to October 2012 in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of the court, directly converted the United States Dollars equivalent of the aggregate sum of N4,846,630,000.00 (Four billion, eight hundred and forty six million, six hundred and thirty thousand naira) only removed from the accounts of the Nigerian Air Force, when you reasonably ought to have known that the said funds formed part of the proceeds of your unlawful activity, to wit, criminal breach of trust and corruption, and you thereby committed an offense contrary Section 15(2)(b) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011 as amended and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.”

Mr. Umar pleaded not guilty.

His attorney, Hassan Liman, moved for a bail application on self-recognition, arguing that his client had been granted bail when he was docked on May 11, 2016.

EFCC counsel Sylvanus Tahir opposed the bail application, but Justice Dimgba ultimately granted Mr. Umar bail, saying he should continue with his earlier bail condition and produce two sureties of either civil servants or businessmen with landed property at any satellite area in Abuja. Should Mr. Umar fail to honor his bail condition, he will be remanded in prison custody, the judge added.

He then adjourned the case to February 13 and 14, 2017.

How Auchi Poly student duped white woman of $267,000 via dating

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Monday arraigned one Akintunde Vincent Abiodun begore at a Lagos State High court sitting in Ikeja for alleged love scam.

The accused, a student of the Federal Polytechnic Auchi, Edo state was said to have defrauded his victim, D. Bonnici of $267,000 online by claiming to be Christopher Williams from the United Kingdom.

According to the complainant, she met the 37-year-old man on a dating site on the internet and allegedly fell in love with him.

She said the accused started collecting money from her after he claimed he was in possession of gemstone worth $18,050,000 (Eighteen Million and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars), which he purportedly inherited from his father.

The complainant also added that Akintunde hoodwinked her into believing that he was coming to New Zealand to settle down with her, alleging that the money she sent to the suspect were received in Malaysia and Nigeria by persons bearing Norisha, Jalan Klan, and Mohammed Haizam Bin Fauzin.

She said all of them claimed to be friends of Akintunde.

The accused, who is facing a 14-count charge bordering on forgery and obtaining money by false pretence, pleaded not guilty.

In view of the plea, the prosecuting counsel, Sesan Ola prayed the court to remand the defendant in prison custody and also for a trial date to be given.

But counsel to the defendant, O.P. Daramola prayed the court to grant the defendant bail.

The prosecution, however, opposed the bail application on the grounds that the defendant had attempted to travel to the United States while on administrative bail and was similarly denied a Canadian visa.

In his ruling, Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye dismissed the bail application.

He ordered that the defendant be remanded in Kirikiri prison and adjourned to 7 and 8 of March, 2017 for trial.



How fraud kingpin duped BDC operators – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday narrated to the Federal High Court in Lagos how it apprehended the alleged kingpin of a fraud syndicate which specialised in duping Bureau De Change operators in the country.

The alleged kingpin, Princewell Eze, alias Aboki J. Brown, was brought before Justice Saliu Saidu on Tuesday, where he is being tried for an alleged fraud of $92,000.

The EFCC claimed that the accused duped one Akinlabi Akinpelu, a Bureau De Change operator, whose office was at Sura Market, Lagos Island sometime in 2013.

The prosecution told Justice Saidu that Eze approached  Akinpelu and falsely claimed to be an Assistant Director with the African Development Bank at Abidjan, Ivory Coast, who wanted to buy $65,000.

The defendant was said to have told the BDC operator to follow him with the $65,000 to a nearby bank where he would pay the naira equivalent of the foreign currency.

According to the prosecution, after further talks between the accused and BDC operator, Eze latter increased the amount of the foreign currency he wanted to buy to $92,000.

Led in evidence on Tuesday by the EFCC prosecutor, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, an EFCC operative, Odunayo Dada, said, “The complainant was convinced that the defendant was an Assistant Director with the African Development Bank. He released the money to the defendant and asked his dispatch rider to follow the defendant to a nearby bank. The dispatch rider entered the Hilux jeep that the defendant came with. But instead of driving to the bank, the defendant drove the dispatch rider to Lekki-Ajah Express Road where he and his gang members attacked the dispatch rider.”

How Goodluck Jonathan benefited from Malabu oil deal kickback – AFP

Italian prosecutors have alleged that Nigeria’s former president Goodluck Jonathan and his oil minister received kickbacks as part of a $1.3 billion deal involving oil giants ENI and Shell.

Court documents filed late last month in the city of Milan and seen by AFP outline a case against 11 people, including senior executives from the two oil majors and the companies themselves.

Jonathan, who left office in May 2015, and Diezani Alison-Madueke, his long-time petroleum minister who was also the first woman president of OPEC, do not feature on the list.

But they are alleged to have played a central role in the deal, which saw ENI and Shell make a $1.3 billion payment in 2011 for an offshore oil block in Nigeria.

No formal charges have been brought and the parties usually have 20 days to respond to the conclusion of the preliminary investigation report before any formal prosecution.

ENI chief executive Claudio Descalzi and his predecessor Paolo Scaroni met Jonathan “in person” to thrash out the deal, which also involved former British intelligence agents working as advisors for Shell, it was alleged.

Prosecutors allege ENI and Shell executives worked with Nigerian businessman Dan Etete, who was oil minister under the military ruler Sani Abacha from 1995 to 1998.

Etete’s company Malabu was the “fraudulent holder” of the OPL 245 block, according to the court documents.

After talks in Milan and Abuja, the block was bought illegally by the oil majors in contravention of domestic laws, “without competitive tendering” and with “full, unconditional exemption from all national taxes”, prosecutors said.

A total of $801.5 million was allegedly transferred to Etete’s Malabu accounts, of which $466 million was converted into cash in Nigeria and used for remunerating government officials, including Jonathan and Alison-Madueke, prosecutors said.

A further $54 million was withdrawn by Abubakar Aliyu, whom prosecutors describe as an “agent” of Jonathan.

The beneficiaries of the money went on a shopping spree buying “property, aeroplanes, armoured cars,” prosecutors added.

– ‘No basis’ for prosecution –

ENI and Royal Dutch Shell have both denied wrongdoing.

Shell said in an email: “We are aware of the investigation and we hope to show the prosecutor that there is no basis to prosecute Shell.

“Shell takes this matter seriously and is co-operating with the authorities.”

Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has also recently pressed charges in connection with the same oil block deal.

Charges were “filed towards the end of last year”, EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren told AFP, without elaborating.

Anti-corruption campaigners view the case as a classic example of graft in Nigeria but also an indication of the difficulty in tackling the problem when it crosses international borders.

Alison-Madueke is facing a flurry of graft allegations in Nigeria and was arrested by Britain’s National Crime Agency on suspicion of bribery and money laundering in 2015.

She has denied the allegations.

Last week, the Federal High Court in Lagos ordered Alison-Madueke to temporary forfeit $153 million that was allegedly syphoned from state coffers.

For his part, Jonathan has denied that his government was corrupt and contested his successor Muhammadu Buhari’s claim that he inherited a “virtually empty” treasury.

Buhari secured a historic first win for an opposition leader in Nigeria’s history when he defeated Jonathan in presidential elections in March 2015.

He campaigned on a platform to target endemic corruption and has said “mind-boggling” sums of money have been stolen from the public purse.

His government has arrested a series of high-ranking officials from Jonathan’s administration on corruption charges but few have been convicted.

N30 million fraud: Ex-Finbank manager gets bail variation after 3 years

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday varied the bail conditions of a former Branch Manager of Finbank, now First City Monument Bank, Rosemary Usifo, charged with N30 million fraud.

Ms. Usifo was arraigned by the Special Fraud Unit, SFU, of the Nigerian Police Force on December 5, 2013 on a one-count charge.

She was charged alongside her bank.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty.

Following a bail application moved by defence counsel, Justice Saliu Saidu had granted the accused bail in the sum of N10 million with two sureties in like sum.

The judge had added that one of the sureties must be a blood relation with a landed property in Lagos while the other surety must be a public or civil servant of grade level 15 and above.

The judge ordered her remand at the Kirikiri Prisons pending the perfection of her bail terms.

When the case was mentioned on Monday, Ms. Usifo’s counsel, Olu Akanbi, informed the court of a motion seeking a variation of the bail conditions granted to her.

He prayed the court to remove the condition of one of the sureties possessing a property.

The application was not opposed by the prosecution.

Consequently, Mr. Saidu granted Ms. Usifo bail in the sum of N10 million with two sureties in like sum.

The court held that one of the sureties must be a public or civil servant of grade level 15, and serving with either the Federal or Lagos State Government.

The judge held that the court’s registrars and the prosecutor must be satisfied with the sureties.

He adjourned the case to March 16 for trial.

In the charge, the accused was alleged to have committed the offence in 2011.

The prosecution stated that the accused defrauded a bank customer, a retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Archibong Nkanga, of N30 million.

The sum was allegedly obtained from the fixed deposit account of the customer.

The prosecution submitted that the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 1(2) (a), (c), and 3 (1) (2) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap. M17, Laws of the Federation, 2004.

Alleged N1.4 billion fraud: How OAU Vice-Chancellor got into trouble

The acting Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Anthony Elujoba, who is under investigation over alleged diversion of N1.4 billion of the university’s fund, ran into trouble by drawing the remunerations of a substantive holder of his office, investigations have revealed.

Mr. Elujoba and the university’s bursar, Aderonke Akeredolu, were on Tuesday in Ibadan quizzed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over the allegation.

He was appointed acting vice-chancellor for a period of six months with effect from July 21.

According to the terms and conditions of the appointment as approved by the Federal Government, Mr. Elujoba’s fringe benefits include N120,000 monthly as furniture allowance.

Investigations however revealed that part of the allegations against him in a petition to the EFCC was that he received over N7 million as advance payment of the allowance for the five-year tenure of a substantive vice-chancellor.

The petition alleged that the acting vice-chancellor and bursar diverted monies from the university’s Fixed Assets and Endowment Fund, without approval from the Federal Ministry of Education and the Governing Council of the University, to pay themselves unapproved allowances, including the N7 million as furniture allowance to Mr. Elujoba.

Mr. Elujoba and Mrs. Akeredolu, who arrived the Iyaganku office of the anti-graft agency in Ibadan at about 5 p.m. on Tuesday, were quizzed for some hours and released on bail.

Before their arrival at the EFCC offices, scores of workers of the university and supporters had besieged the premises in solidarity with the officials.

When contacted, the EFCC Head of Media in the zone, Ayo Oyewole, declined to give details of the allegations against the acting Vice-Chancellor.

He however confirmed that he was was released on bail while further investigation was continuing.

The spokesman of the university, Biodun Olanrewaju, has however defended the accused officials, arguing that the acting vice-chancellor could not have been involved in financial malpractice as he was not in charge of the university’s finances.

“It is the bursar that is in charge of money, not the acting Vice-Chancellor. This is a man who does not even collect hospitality allowances or security vote as collected by other vice-chancellors,” Mr. Olanrewaju said.

He said Mr. Elujoba was brought into the university to stabilise the institution at a time of crisis.

“As acting vice-chancellor, he does the same work as any vice chancellor. Forget about the title, he coordinates the affairs of the university just like a substantive vice-chancellor,” he added.

Insinuating that the development had political undertones, Mr. Olanrewaju said Mr. Elujoba had already been recommended by the Senate of the institution as substantive vice-chancellor “with overwhelming majority of 295 votes against 8 votes for his opponent”.

The university’s spokesman also defended the loyalty demonstrated for the embattled vice-chancellor by workers at the EFCC office.

“You could see how all union members of the university stormed the Iyaganku office of EFCC in Ibadan to rally round him. That was to show that the man did not steal or embezzle as alleged,” Mr. Olanrewaju stated.

N-Power: Group Accuses Cross River Government of Fraud, Wants Coordinator Sacked

An All Progressive Congress (APC) Group in Cross River state have petitioned the state government and the coordinator of the Federal Government N-Power scheme in the state Ambassador Nkoyo Toyo over alleged fraud.
The group, under the aegis of Coalition of APC supports Group in the state addressed the petition to the national coordinator of the program and the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osibanjo.
In the petition titled “Massive Fraud in the Verification of Shortlisted Candidates for  N-Power Scheme in Cross River” and signed by the group chairman Comrade Iso Bassey, the Secretary Barr. Joseph Odok and the women leader, Miram Obi, they demand the immediate sack of the state coordinator, Ambassador Toyo.
According to the petition which was made available to newsmen in Calabar, the group frowned at the lack of awareness on the venue and process of the verification exercise even as they questioned the right of the state government to create a new website for the exercise.
“We want to draw the attention of the Vice President and the National Coordinator of the N-Power scheme to the illegality and massive fraud going on in the verification exercise of the shortlisted candidates in Cross River State.
“We are aware that the federal government concluded the screening exercise of candidates before shortlisting the successful names. The instruction from the Vice President was very clear and simple; that every state should verify to ascertain that the shortlisted candidates are resident in the various states they applied for after which they deploy.
“But to our greatest bewilderment, the state government and state coordinator Ambassador Nkoyo Toyo have connived to create new website, to conduct new screening for people. Some people who’s name were published by the federal government were no longer invited for verification”, the petition reads in part.
The group further maintained that “While we acknowledge the fact that the social welfare scheme is meant for all Nigerians not just APC members, we want the federal government to sack the Cross River state coordinator to appoint a new person either from APC, PDP or a technocrat that beliefs in the progressive ideologies of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to manage the exercise”.
While alleging that Ambassador Toyo only want to mess up the good initiative to create bad impression about President Buhari to favour her party, the PDP, the group noted that “It is very unfortunate that the federal government entrusted such sensitive responsibility to a PDP chieftain who has consistently gone on social media and different online media platforms to abuse President Buhari for initiating this scheme and other programs.
“This is somebody who has stated it very clearly that she doesn’t have faith in the leadership of the APC led federal government. She is using the APC federal government project now to create bad impression about President Buhari because so many people have already been told that they don’t have their records after they have seen their names. New people who never participated in the initial screening by federal government have done documentation to be paid this month”.
The group also called on the leadership of party in the state to regularly interface with the federal government to avoid such ” embarrassing ” situation in subsequent programs.
“We will not remain slaves to PDP in Cross River state. APC cannot be in government with PDP in power because our ideologies are different therefore, the federal government should consult and interface regularly with the leadership of the party in the state to be properly guided to avoid further embarrassment”.

Vice Chancellor Docked For Alleged N800 Million Fraud Returns Money To EFCC

The embattled Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta,  Olusola Oyewole, and others accused of corruption have refunded N6.5 million to the anti-graft agency, EFCC.

Mr. Oyewole is facing criminal charges for allegedly misappropriating N800 million belonging to the university. He was charged to court alongside the university’s Pro-Chancellor, Adeseye Ogunlewe, and Bursar, Moses Ilesanmi.

The three were accused of benefitting from various illegal allowances not approved by Nigeria’s Salaries and Wages Commission.

Investigation showed that Mr. Oyewole  refunded N2.5 million on December 6 from the illegal allowances he allegedly collected to finance his daughter’s wedding. Four other staff  of the university also refunded a total of N4 million from similar illegal allowances.

A spokesperson of the EFCC zonal office in Ibadan, Ayo Oyewole, confirmed that some money was returned by suspects in the matter.

“The Commission will ensure that everybody who benefited from the illegal allowances return whatever they collected to the coffers of the university,” he said.

The monies returned so far are, however, a far cry from the N800 million that the EFCC says Mr. Oyewole and others mismanaged.

The university’s spokesperson, Emi Alawode, declined comment saying the matter was already in court.

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Serving Kano Commissioner, Permanent Secretary arraigned for alleged fraud

The Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, on Tuesday, arraigned the state Commissioner for Land, Faruk Bibi Faruk, in court for alleged criminal breach of trust and illegal acts.

Also arraigned were the permanent secretary, Mahmud Bari, and a director in the ministry, Ahmad Ibrahim.

The trio were arraigned on a three-count charge before Justice Nasiru Saminu of Kano High Court 22 bordering on land deal.

According to the prosecuting lawyer, Rabi Waya, the officials allegedly connived sometime in April to sell an already allocated plot of land to Baba Sharu at the cost of N5 million, an offence punishable under section 315 of the Criminal Penal Code.

They were also charged with a breach of trust thus committing an offence punishable under section 97 of the penal code.

The third charge borders on alleged issuance of two Occupancy Permits C8 and C21 at Kunya ta Inna covered by layout plan TP/KNUPDA/338 at Kumbotso in the fictitious name of one Aisha Kabeer and Maryam Ado which were sold out at cost of N300,000 each.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Akinola Kehinde, counsel to the accused persons, asked the court to grant them bail and also requested access to the charge sheets which would allow them defend themselves adequately.

He expressed worry that the charges which were criminal in nature could end the careers of his clients and put a permanent dent on their names forever.

Mr. Saminu granted the accused persons bail on self recognisance and adjourned the case toFebruary 9 and 10, 2017, for further hearing.

The judge also granted the request of the lawyer to have access to the charge sheets.

SR: Chief Of Staff, Abba Kyari, Cut Dubious Financial Deals Under Buhari

SaharaReporters has unearthed details of how Abba Kyari, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, is cutting huge financial deals in different sectors of the Nigerian economy. Our investigations reveal that Mr. Kyari has used his powerful position, with President Buhari’s apparent acquiescence, to strike a variety of lucrative but dubious deals, political and financial, for himself and his friends.

Our investigators discovered that four of the deals feature the trinity of Mr. Kyari, Louis Edozien, who is the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Power and a former United Bank of Africa staffer with Kyari while at UBA, and Wuraola Z. Abiola, a daughter of the late M.K.O. Abiola.

Mr. Edozien, whose name rings least loudly in the deals, used to be a technical director at the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), the statutory vehicle for the operation of National Independent Power Project (NIPP). Highly connected sources told SaharaReporters that Mr. Edozien was sacked from NDPHC for falsely claiming to have undergone the mandatory National Youth Service Corps program. He should have been disqualified from appointment as Permanent Secretary as Nigerian law stipulates that candidates for public sector jobs must have done the mandatory one-year national service.

However, with the apparent backing of Mr. Kyari, his longtime friend, Mr. Edozien was able to gain elevation to the post of Permanent Secretary.

A source at the Ministry of Power stated that the reason for Mr. Kyari’s desperation to sponsor Mr. Edozien’s bureaucratic post became clear when the permanent secretary uncorked a variety of dubious deals.

Documents obtained by our investigators showed that Mr. Kyari and Mr. Edozien are major shareholders in an energy-sector company named Gigagas. The company professes a mission to “rapidly bring gas into the Nigerian domestic market”. The company’s history predates the current administration, with its corporate influence extending to certain influential figures in the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Under the Jonathan administration, Shell Petroleum Development Corporation, under enormous pressure from then Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, awarded Gigagas the right to divert gas from offshore sources into the domestic market. Shell’s opposition to the arrangement, our sources disclosed, was because Gigagas had neither financial nor technical competence. The oil and gas giant, however, reluctantly agreed to provide gas to the newly incorporated Gigagas without a tender process.

Mr. Edozien consummated the deal by drawing on his friendship with Tony Muoneke, former head of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation’s (NNPC) upstream arm, who reached out to Mrs. Alison-Madueke and got her to pressure Shell.

Despite its success at getting the deal done and the abundant demand for gas in the country, Gigagas has failed to deliver gas to the market, missed all the deadlines stipulated in the agreement, and has been unable to raise the required funding because the financial community remained uncomfortable dealing with dubious companies, especially those that came into existence as financial arms of political interests.

“After the experience with Atlantic Energy, bankers are now wary of dealing with companies that receive contracts solely through their political connections. The fear is that such companies will collapse when their political backers lose power and are usually not professionally run,” explained a source.

However, owing to Mr. Kyari’s backing, Gigagas remains unaffected by its failure to perform. Relying on presidential muscle represented by Mr. Kyari, it coerced Shell into continuing with the dubious gas supply arrangement. A letter dated June 2, 2015 and copied to President Buhari, exemplified the naked show of muscle. In the letter, Mr. Edozien told Shell that it must comply with Gigagas’ demands and if it did not, the dubious company would seek alternative ways to “recover its investment.” The Permanent Secretary also warned, “Shell should not and cannot escape complicity in the failure of a national project.”

An industry insider told SaharaReporters that Shell has been put in a bind: Caught between its desire to burnish its image in Nigeria and having to continue an opaque agreement with an incompetent company established by greedy political influence hawkers. As Mr. Edozien, abetted by Mr. Kyari, continues to squeeze Shell for what he wants for Gigagas, he has also turned his attention to other lucrative transactions.

One such transaction was captured in an April 15, 2016 memo to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola. In the memo, the Permanent Secretary pushed the need for the government to develop two marginal oil fields, OPL 203 and OPL 204. His memo to the minister also called for an award of the production contract to a “new project company incorporated for the purpose.” The company, added Mr. Edozien, would be owned by the Ministry of Finance Incorporated and initially supervised by the Energy Resources Department of the Ministry of Power. The memo further explained that the new company “will initiate technical and commercial discussions with potential drilling, gas processing and pipeline partners and contractors for accelerated delivery of the gas.”

A well-placed insider confided in SaharaReporters that top guns in the ministry as well as the Presidency were confused by the recommendations until they realized that OPLs 203 and 204 belonged to the MKO Abiola family-owned Summit Oil.

The link between the Abiola family and Messrs. Kyari and Edozien is Ms. Wuraola Abiola, Managing Director of Management Transformation (MT) Limited. The three are stakeholders in Gigagas, as shown by attendance records obtained from meetings between Gigagas and Shell.

A source familiar with the personalities said when Shell continued to avoid Mr. Edozien, he dreamt up another scheme for a deal and started shopping around for avenues to make it work.

The trio, together with Ms. Ngozi Edozien, sister to the Permanent Secretary, sold the idea of appointing MT as transaction advisors to the proposed power sector bond issuance program to address the liquidity problems afflicting the power sector.

Ms. Abiola communicated the proposal in an October 5, 2015 letter to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The letter detailed discussions at a power sector stakeholders’ meeting, held on September 11, 2015, on the bond issuance program with the Vice President.

In the letter, MT requested the Vice President to advise the Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET) Plc. to establish a sustainable bond program to address funding shortfall in the electricity value chain. The steps the company requested included its “appointment, following due processes, working with Invivo Partners Limited as NBET advisors on the establishment of the bond program on terms to be agreed with NBET and Management Transformation Limited.” Invivo Partners is owned by Ms. Edozien, who is also a member of the Gigagas gang.

Ms. Abiola’s company also requested that the Federal Government provide guarantees or undertakings envisaged for the issuance of the proposed bonds.

MT’s requests were based on the Vice President’s directive to the Debt Management Office (DMO) to coordinate a meeting of stakeholders and make recommendations on the bond issuance proposal Ms. Abiola’s firm made in conjunction with Invivo Partners.

The DMO-coordinated meeting took place on September 16, 2015, Ms. Abiola’s letter to the Vice President stated. According to the letter, the DMO led a discussion with NBET, Gigagas, Securities and Exchange Commission as well as MT towards a detailed understanding of the core problems resulting in the funding shortfall, the key government agency affected and MT’s recommended solution.

The meeting resolved that a properly structured and administered bond issuance would address the shortfall over the life of the financial instrument. It also resolved, the letter said, that NBET was the most appropriate agency of government to issue the securities, as the government agency most affected.

Following the meeting, MT claimed it took steps to sensitize the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), distribution companies (DISCOs), Independent Power Producers (IPPs) and gas producers to its proposal. This, MT said, attracted positive responses in terms of its viability.

MT provided a background to its request, detailing the well-acknowledged indices of funding gap in the sector. “All supplier payments in the electricity industry value chain from fuel supply, generation, transmission, distribution, metering and retailing down to the consumer, rely on payments from the consumers to the distribution/ retail licensees (currently the DISCOs) for electricity consumed,” noted MT. That income stream from which DISCOs drink, it further noted, were inadequate to cover payments across the value chain. The shortfall, observed MT, arises from sub-cost tariff and inefficient collection of fees. MT added that the funding gap should be bridged over time, as the DISCOs made a commitment to invest in metering network improvements and other facilities when they signed the purchase agreements for the power assets. It was also expected that the ongoing tariff adjustments within the Multi-Year Tariff Order (MTYO) framework would bridge the funding gap.

In addition, MT observed that, while previous solutions applied to the funding gap in the sector remained, they had constituted a burden to the Federal Government and were unsustainable, particularly with the increasingly lean resources available to the government. As such, MT argued, it was imperative to find an alternative financial market solution, the reason for which it was making its proposal.

MT’s letter to the VP stated, “We have proposed a deferred payment note to address future value chain funding gaps. The deferred payment note would be structured as bond with features that will ensure acceptance by electricity value chain suppliers, investors and financial markets.

“We also recognize that transmission capacity is a major inhibitor to the long-term growth of the power sector. Significant funds are required by Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) for necessary investment to increase transmission capacity. We propose that a different, albeit related, market-driven solution be developed to address TCN’s robust investment as crucial starting points in the development process.”

SaharaReporters learned that the Vice President chose to be cautious and eventually referred the matter to Mr. Kyari’s office.

Predictably, the president’s Chief of Staff resolved the matter in favor of MT and Invivo, which were quite appointed transaction advisors to the proposed bond issuance program.

Not satisfied, the Gigagas greed machine and its associates came up with another scheme, which sought to establish an “emergency power project” on the site of the old Afam Power Plant in Rivers State.

According to our sources, the scheme was the product of Mr. Edozien’s crookedly fertile mind. Not surprisingly, it received express presidential approval courtesy of Mr. Kyari’s connection to the national political power grid.

Over the last few months, the Permanent Secretary rushed through a deal with American technology giants, General Electric (GE). The new venture, Afam Three Fast Power Limited, sources confided, was incorporated and is initially co-owned by the Ministry of Finance Incorporated and Ministry of Power. It was conceived to later result in a contract with GE, without tender, for the purchase of a 240-megawatt trailer-mounted emergency on a site already beset with enormous gas supply and power evacuation problems. An insider in the power sector described the project as “simply a scam.”

“The last thing the country needs is more stranded generation capacity. Equally of note is that there is already a power plant at Afam, which Siemens has offered to refurbish at a fraction of the cost of what GE demanded. But that solution will not give Mr. Edozien and his cohorts what they are looking for,” the insider told SaharaReporters.

The GE venture, however, has since run aground, following Mr. Edozien’s demand that the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) become an investor in it by immediate release of $34 million.

The sum was dressed up as “initial contract payment of $28 million due under the agreement with GE (being 15 per cent of the total contract price)” and “a further $6 million in financing to support the construction of a switch yard for the project, part handling charges and other miscellaneous costs.”

Our sources said the $6 million being demanded for miscellaneous costs was requested to pay contractors associated with the Permanent Secretary.Mr. Edozien, who is known to play in a higher greed league, was targeting a bigger sum from Power Systems, the contractor lined up to provide Engineering, Procurement and Construction “wrap” for the GE contract.

SaharaReporters learned that the NSIA batted off Mr. Edozien’s request that it become an investor in the venture. Instead, it demanded further information from the permanent secretary. Our sources disclosed that NSIA’s request enraged Mr. Edozien, who then insisted that the NSIA should release to NBET the capitalization monies it holds on behalf of NBET so it could be spent on the new venture.

Insiders maintained that the various dubious deals being pursued by Mr.  Kyari and Mr. Edozien were distracting the government’s attention from the crippling power problems the country currently besetting Nigeria. With the yawning funding gap in the electricity value chain and the increasingly anorexic value of the naira to the dollar, the World Bank has scheduled a meeting with the Power Minister and the Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, for Thursday and Friday, December 8 and 9, 2016. However, the proposed meeting, our sources revealed, was facing stiff opposition from the duo of Kyari and Edozien, who have been telling the President that the liquidity crisis in the power sector was unduly exaggerated and that the NBET bond issuance program, a pie in which they have their fingers, is all that is required to provide temporary relief.

$15.5 million Fraud: Court adjourns Patience Jonathan’s suit to 2017

Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court Lagos, on Wednesday, further adjourned till January 18, 2017, hearing in a suit by ex-first lady, Patience Jonathan, seeking enforcement of her fundamental rights.

Mrs. Jonathan had instituted the fundamental rights suit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, claiming the sum of $200 million as damages for inconveniences suffered.

In her suit, she also joined Skye bank Plc, and a former aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Warampo Dudafa, as respondents.

Also joined in the suit are four companies namely: Pluto Property Ltd, Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Ltd, Transocean company Ltd and Globus Integrated Service Ltd.

When the case was called on Wednesday, counsel to Mrs. Jonathan, Ifedayo Adedipe, informed the court of a motion seeking to regularise his processes before the court.

Justice Idris granted him leave to amend his processes, while the court also granted leave to the EFCC to amend its counter affidavit.

The court consequently fixed January 18, 2017 for continuation of hearing.

Meanwhile, a similar suit before another judge, Babs Kuewumi, has also been fixed for hearing on December 14.

It will be recalled that Mr. Dudafa was charged alongside the four companies before Justice Kuewumi on 15 counts of money laundering.

Representatives of the four companies which the EFCC claimed were used by Mr. Dudafa to launder the said sum of money, had all pleaded guilty to the offences.

The said $15.5 million, is the same sum which the former first lady, claims belongs to her as sole signatory to the accounts of the companies.

In her suit, Jonathan is urging the court to issue an order discharging the freezing order, and restraining the EFCC and its agent from further placing a freezing order on the said accounts.

Banker arraigned over alleged US$93,000 fraud

A banker, Obinna Ezenwaka, who allegedly defrauded a businessman to the tune of 93, 000 US dollars, was on Monday arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

Ezenwaka, whose address was not given, is standing trial on a five-count charge of conspiracy, stealing, fraud, forgery and issuing of dud cheque.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Cyracus Osuji, told the court that the accused committed the alleged offences on Aug. 1, in Lagos.

He said that the accused conspired with one, still at large and obtained the sum of 93, 000 US dollars from one Mr Dominic Nwibo, under the guise of transferring the said money to Nwibo’s business partners and suppliers in China.

Osuji said that the accused knew that the representation he made to Nwibo was false.

According to the prosecutor, the accused forged a telex message which was to show that a transfer of the said 93, 000 US dollars was made to China, “just to convince the complainant, when no actual transfer was made”.

He also said that the accused issued a Diamond Bank cheque of N33.3 m, the naira equivalent of the said money, but the cheque was dishonoured on presentation due to insufficient funds.

Osuji , however, said that the accused stole the said money, and that the offences contravened Sections 285, 312 (a), 319, 363 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the five-count charge preferred against him.

The Magistrate, Mrs O. M. Ajayi, admitted him to bail in the sum of N1m, with two sureties in like sum.

She said that the sureties must be gainfully employed, show evidence of tax payments to the Lagos State Governments and have their addresses verified by the court.

Magistrate Ajayi adjourned the case till Jan. 12, for mention.

N500 million fraud: Ex-Lagos Speaker Ikuforiji heads to Supreme Court

Following last week’s decision by a Court of Appeal in Lagos that Adeyemi Ikuforiji must face fresh trial over N500 million money laundering charges, the former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly has challenged the ruling at the Supreme Court.

In a notice of appeal filed before the Lagos Division of the Appeal Court, Mr. Ikuforiji and his personal assistant, Olabode Atoyebi, who was charged along with him, are asking the apex court to set aside the ruling of the Appeal Court.

In the notice, the appellants described the court’s decisions as unreasonable, unwarranted, and not supported by the evidence and material on record.

The appellants urged the Supreme Court to uphold their no-case submission as upheld by a Lagos Division of the Federal High Court headed by Ibrahim Buba on September 26, 2014, and dismiss the appellate court’s decision.

The appellants further stated that more grounds of appeal would be filed upon receipt of the certified true copy of the Court of Appeal ruling.

The appellate court had in a unanimous judgment set aside the verdict of the trial judge, Mr. Buba, and declared that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had made out a prima facie case against the accused.

In the lead judgment delivered by Justice Biobela Georgewill, the court also ordered that trial should start ‘de novo’ (afresh) before another judge other than Justice Buba, in light of the far-reaching findings already made by him.

Other members of the three-member panel include Side Bage and Ugochukwu Ogakwu.

Mr. Buba had discharged Messrs. Ikuforiji and Atoyebi of a 56-count charge of conspiracy and laundering the sum of N500 million belonging to the Assembly.

The offences, according to the EFCC, contravenes the provisions of Sections 15 (1d) and 16(1d) of Money Laundry Act, MLA, 2004 and 2011.

The trial Judge, who discharged the Speaker and Mr. Atoyebi, while ruling on a no-case submission filed by the accused persons held that the EFCC failed to establish a prima-facie case against them.

Dissatisfied with the ruling, the EFCC through its counsel, Godwin Obla, filed the Notice of Appeal dated September 30, 2014.

Mr. Obla asked the Court of Appeal to hold that Justice Buba erred in law when he held that counts two to 48 were incompetent because they were filed pursuant to Section 1(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2004 which was repealed by an Act in 2011.

The EFCC further argued that the lower court erred in law when it held that the provisions of Section 1 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2004 and 2011 only applied to natural persons and corporate bodies other than government.

The commission also submitted that the trial judge erred in law when he held and concluded that the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses supported the innocence of the respondents.

Justice Georgewill in his lead judgment held that the offences created by Section 1 of the MLA 2004 and 2011 respectively were strict liability offences.

The judge also said that their proof does not depend on the purposes the money was used for if the amount was above the threshold stipulated by law.

“Regrettably, the court below went on a voyage of its own, discussing cash payment of million made to the Super Eagles in Brazil, even without any scintilla of evidence before it, instead of remaining focused on the issue at hand.

“Does the fact that all persons likely to have committed a particular alleged offence have not been prosecuted become a reason for the court to decline jurisdiction of one of them being prosecuted? certainly not.

“I consider many of the issues raised so randomly by the court below as irrelevant and inconsequential to the just determination of the question before it, which is, whether the appellant made out a prima facie case.

“Very worrisome to me, is the attitude of the court below, considering between the decision of this court and its own decision on which one to follow, even when its attention was called to the decision of this court.

“I find this attitude quite bizarre and not in sync with judicial attitude toward the time honoured doctrine of stare decisis. It is pure rascality, impertinence and disregard for judicial hierarchy in this country.

“In light of my finding above, I have no difficulty resolving the sole issue for determination in the negative against the respondents in favour of the appellant.

“I hold firmly therefore, that the appeal has merit and ought to be allowed; the ruling of the lower court is hereby set aside,” Justice Georgewill held.

Nigeria university shops for successor to Vice Chancellor accused of N800 million fraud

The Senate of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, on Thursday said it has started the process for the selection of a new Vice-Chancellor.

The incumbent Vice-Chancellor, Olusola Oyewole, is currently facing a criminal charge alongside two others for alleged misappropriation of N800 million belonging to the university.

The three including the chairman of the university’s governing council, Adeseye Ogunlewe, were granted bail after they were charged to court by the anti-graft EFCC.

But the Senate of the university stressed that the search for Mr. Oyewole’s successor had nothing to do with his trial, as his tenure will end in the first quarter of next year.

In fact, the body reaffirmed its confidence in Mr. Oyewole’s ability to continue to provide academic and administrative leadership to the university until his tenure runs out next year.

Announcing the resolution by the Senate in a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES, the university’s spokesman, Emi Alawode, explained that the commencement of the selection process was in line with the laws governing the university.

According to Mr. Alawode, the Senate stated that it reserved comment on the allegations against some officers of the university, as the matter was before a court of competent jurisdiction.

The Senate also expressed satisfaction with all measures taken by the Governing Council and the university management to ensure peace, security and unfettered academic activities in the institution.

The body, however, said it had “deep concern over the emerging trend in Nigerian universities, where some persons or group of persons in the guise of unionism, acting alone or in concert with internal and external influences, seek to control the levers of administration and undermine the peace and harmony in the system”.

It thus re-affirmed its resolve to uphold the laws of the University and ensure discipline and good governance at all times.

In another development, the Governing Council of the University has approved the elevation of 23 teachers (Readers) to professors, while 285 other academic and non-teaching staff were also promoted.

According to the Vice-Chancellor, Mr. Oyewole, the promotion exercise was in recognition of the dedication and contribution of the affected staff to duty.

The embattled vice chancellor, who is also the President, Association of African Universities (AAU), expressed optimism that the exercise would further motivate the affected staff.

EFCC absence stalls trial of suspects in CBN N8 billion currency scam.

Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, on Wednesday adjourned hearing of a plea bargain in the alleged N8 billion CBN Ibadan branch currency scam case. The hearing was adjourned till December 6.


Mr. Ayo-Emmanuel adjourned hearing in the case due to the absence of the prosecution, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in court, without notice.


The EFCC had listed Tope Akintade as the fourth defendant in the alleged N8 billion CBN Ibadan branch currency scam suit in June 2016.


The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Mr. Akintade, the fourth defendant, was reported to be suffering from High Blood Pressure, as well as prostate currency cancer.


Mr. Akintade had through his counsel, Femi Edema, entered into a plea bargain arrangement with the EFCC, but could not complete all the processes.


“We are frustrated and disappointed by the absence of the prosecution without any notice; all the processes involved in the arrangement have now been completed and certified by the EFCC Head Office in Abuja,” Mr. Edema said.


Kolawole Babalola, Adeola Olaniran, Philip Togun and Akintade, along with others, are standing trial for multiple charges bordering on conspiracy, forgery, stealing and recirculation of mutilated N8billion notes.

Alleged N4.7bn Fraud: Obanikoro To Begin Testimony Against Fayose Soon

A reliable source said, “Senator Obanikoro came to the EFCC office on Monday morning as part of investigations into the N4.7bn. Since he has confessed that he was the one who collected the N4.7bn and distributed it, he is in the best position to testify in court.


“The EFCC wants him to testify against Agbele which will also build a strong case against Fayose who currently enjoys immunity. Obanikoro has agreed and will be listed as one of the EFCC witnesses.


“If Agbele is convicted, it automatically means that Fayose will also be convicted once he is charged in 2018. So let Fayose continue to play games. Omisore and Obanikoro are cooperating and returning money. Their troubles will end soon while Fayose’s own will keep getting worse.”

Obanikoro agrees to testify against Fayose over alleged N4.7bn fraud.

A former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, was at the Abuja office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday where he agreed to testify against Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State and his aide, Mr. Abiodun Agbele.

A reliable source said, “Senator Obanikoro came to the EFCC office on Monday morning as part of investigations into the N4.7bn. Since he has confessed that he was the one who collected the N4.7bn and distributed it, he is in the best position to testify in court.

“The EFCC wants him to testify against Agbele which will also build a strong case against Fayose who currently enjoys immunity. Obanikoro has agreed and will be listed as one of the EFCC witnesses.

“If Agbele is convicted, it automatically means that Fayose will also be convicted once he is charged in 2018. So let Fayose continue to play games. Omisore and Obanikoro are cooperating and returning money. Their troubles will end soon while Fayose’s own will keep getting worse.”

When contacted, Obanikoro’s lawyer, Mr. James Onoja (SAN), said he was not aware that his client was with the EFCC but promised to find out.

“I have been in court all day so I was not aware that he (Obanikoro) was with the EFCC. I will find out,” he said.

However, a source said that the EFCC could still charge Obanikoro to court if he failed to cooperate with the EFCC.

He said, “Obanikoro has returned N104m and has pledged to return N480m in instalments every four months but if he cannot cooperate with the EFCC, then he and his sons may be charged along with the others.

“Plea bargain and negotiation are a standard practice in criminal justice across the world.”

Obanikoro had told the EFCC in his statement of oath that he received N4.7bn from the Office of the National Security Adviser under the leadership of Col. Sambo Dasuki in June 2014.

In his statement, the ex-minister told the EFCC that he handed N1.3bn to the then governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore; while N1.219bn was given to Fayose through his aide, Agbele, during the build-up to the Ekiti governorship election which Fayose won.

Obanikoro was said to have converted a remainder of the money into $5.377m and handed it to Fayose at Spotless Hotel, Ado Ekiti, in the presence of the then Ekiti State PDP Secretary, Tope Aluko, and other party stalwarts.

The ex-minister is believed to have kept about N785m for himself, an action which is said to have angered Fayose.

Agbele is currently standing trial before Justice Dimgba Igwe of a Federal High Court for allegedly receiving N1.219bn on behalf of Fayose.

At the last sitting, Mr. Alade Sunday, a manager and branch Head of Zenith Bank, narrated how the money was disbursed on the instructions of Agbele.

He had also said it took the cashiers about 10 days to count all the money.

Sunday had said Obanikoro flew the cash to Akure Airport and the money was loaded onto a bullion van.

He had said, “When we got to the airport, we waited for some minutes before the aircraft arrived. When the aircraft offloaded its passengers, one of them appeared to me to be Senator Musiliu Obanikoro and the other one appeared to be his ADC, Adewale.

“Agbele walked up to them and had a discussion with them. Thereafter, he signalled to me to bring the van. Bags loaded with cash were loaded into the van and Obanikoro’s ADC, Agbele and I drove back to the bank.

“When we got to the bank, we ‘bundle counted’ the cash and it was N724,500,000. Agbele told us that more money was still coming and then, Obanikoro’s ADC left for the airport immediately.

“In the evening, all of us left for the airport a second time. After the passengers disembarked, we offloaded the cash bags into our bullion van and drove back to the bank to ascertain how much the cash was. The second tranche was N494,990,000, bringing the total to about N1.219, 490,000.

“We headed straight to our zonal head office where instructions were given by Agbele on how the funds were to be credited to various accounts.”

How we’ll deal with fraudulent claims in N-Power jobs – Presidency

Over 90% of the 200,000 unemployed Nigerian graduates selected in the first batch of the N-Power Volunteer Corps, NPVC, have been verified using the Bank Verification Number, and any untrue information submitted in the process of application is a ground for disqualification.

This clarification was given Sunday by the Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity in the Office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande, while giving an update on the N-Power Volunteer Corps which is now advancing with assignment of beneficiaries to their places of deployments in their states of residence.

Mr. Akande, who referred to a BBC report last week regarding the testimonials of some of the selected Nigerian graduates noted that “it is most gladdening that those who were selected are now telling the stories of how they have not been employed for years, but now grateful to the President for this initiative.”

Some of them, he added, expressed satisfaction that even though they knew no one in government, they were selected for the paid volunteer job program, attesting to the transparency of the selection process.

Mr. Akande said that all the states and the FCT, through the focal persons they appointed, have since received the list of the 200,000, and now working on deploying the beneficiaries to their places of assignment.

He also explained that by using the BVN, which is one of the most viable means of identification in the country today, there is hardly any way anything fraudulent can sail through in the process.

“We are confident that the selection process, all the way through with BVN, and physical verification at the points of deployment in the states and the local government areas, are both transparent and impossible to abhor ghost beneficiaries, or any kind of fraud,” he said.

Mr. Akande said already 93% of those selected have been screened through the BVN, with the commendable assistance of the Nigerian Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc, NIBSS, and only authentic and verifiable beneficiaries will be paid the N30,000 monthly stipends starting December.

Responding to reports about random searches conducted on social media platforms, the SSA dismissed them, saying such cannot be better than “biometric identification we have secured through the BVN.”

“Besides the BVN, there is going to be physical verification, through an in-built component in our selection system that requires that information submitted online during the application would have to be authenticated at the point of deployment across the country, including verification of academic credentials and residence status.”

According to him, just as is normal when someone gets a job or even admission to school, he or she would proceed to present papers that have been submitted during application for verification. “This is also going to be like that, so claims about some applicants claiming to be residents of states would be dealt with if it turns out such claims are false. If an applicant cannot supply proof of residence, the selection is terminated.”

Besides, he explained that in a local government such as Abadam in Borno State, where there have been claims that nonresidents applied and were selected, Akande assured that there is no cause for alarm because such people would have to show up for verification on the spot.

He added that there was also a likelihood that a number of applicants may have input Abadam inadvertently considering that Abadam LGA is number one on the list of LGAs under the list as posted on the N-Power portal. “There is a good chance,” he continued, “that some applicants may have failed to complete the forms online accurately.”

Such errors are being reviewed and anyone found not to be resident in the LGA would be removed and replaced using the waiting list of applicants.

Said he: “an important aspect of the application was that applicants were told in clear terms that any false information would be grounds for disqualification.”

On how the 200,000 people were selected, the SSA Media explained that the selection was not only fair and done transparently, but also with adequate care.

Firstly, 40% of those who applied for the N-Power Teach and Agric were selected, and 50% of those who applied for the Health category, all based on an assessment test.

Then to mitigate the adverse socio-economic circumstances in the North- East an additional 4800 applicants from the region were selected with Borno State getting 1200 and Adamawa, Yobe, Taraba 800 each and Bauchi and Gombe 600 each.

Also to bolster states with low application numbers, an additional 4208 was selected and shared between Bayelsa, Jigawa, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara States. The Federal Ministry of Agric also additionally allocated 6799 applicants in the Agric category to all states across specific crop, fish and livestock targets in order to support government’s self-sufficiency target in Agric produce.

Gender and disability factor were also key in the selection. 46% of those selected, Mr. Akande disclosed, are females, while a total of 1126 were successful applicants with disabilities.

Mr. Akande then assured that those not selected in the first batch are now in the waiting list until the subsequent batches when they would be considered again, since there are still 300,000 to be selected under this budget cycle.

On why the selection process was based on states of residence rather than states of origin, Mr. Akande simply noted that for example, over 42,000 Nigerians applied for the N-Power from Lagos but only 3568 of them originate from Lagos. “Would it then be tenable to say almost 40,000 Bona fide Nigerians who are applicants resident in Lagos should just forget it since they are resident but not origins of the Lagos State?

Witness lists more adverts beneficiaries in Metuh’s alleged fraud case

Richard Ihediwa, the fifth defence witness in the ongoing trial of former National Publicity Secretary, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, resumed his testimony yesterday.


He revealed before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, how Metuh made cash payments to several media houses including major electronic and print outfits in the country, out of the N400 million transferred to him by former President Goodluck Jonathan.


The witness, who gave details of the account during cross-examination by counsel to the second defendant (Destra Investment Limited), Mr. Tochukwu Onwugbufor (SAN), told the court that Metuh paid cash to some of them for advertorials made towards 2015 general elections.


He stated that the media campaign to launder the image of Jonathan became necessary following series of agitations from the North, South-South, South-West and South-East geo-political zones of the country.


“The issue of resource control, infrastructural development and the implementation of the recommendations from the National Conference was threatening in the South-South.

“In the North, there was the issue of insecurity. The agitation led to a lot of demands on the former president and he felt the best way to handle the agitations was through media publicity and public enlightenment rather than the use of the gun or force” he said.


Earlier, a motion filed by Dr. Olugbumi Usim-Wilson seeking the withdrawal of her suretyship for Metuh was heard.


Onwugbufor, who argued the motion on behalf of the second defendant, noted that even though the application was made in bad faith, they would not oppose it.


Describing the development as unfortunate, he told the court that no cogent reason was placed before the court on why she was withdrawing her suretyship and that the practice should not be allowed.


The counsel to the applicant told the court that his client stood as surety voluntarily and the court should allow her to withdraw since she acted in good faith.


He also prayed the court to hold that Metuh would not in any way harass or intimidate the applicant.

Dasuki’s aide, eight others arraigned over fresh N36.8bn fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, arraigned Col. Nicholas Ashinze, a former Special Assistant to the immediate past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), and three others on a 13-count charge of corruption and money laundering to the tune of N36.8bn.

Dasuki is already facing trial before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, together with other set of persons for an alleged diversion of huge sums of money belonging to the Office of the NSA.

But Ashinze was on Wednesday arraigned alongside an Austrian, Wolfgang Reinl, Edidiong Idiong, Sagir Mohammed and five companies over allegations bordering on diversion of huge sums from the office of the former NSA, before a Federal High Court in Abuja. The companies are: Geonel Integrated Services Limited, Unity Continental Nigeria Limited, Helpline Organization, Vibrant Resource Limited and Sologic Integrated Services Limited.

Ashinze and his co-accused persons pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them when they appeared before Justice Gabriel Kolawole on Wednesday.

Count three of the charge reads:

“That you, Col. Nicholas Ashinze, being a serving officer of the Nigerian Army and a former Special Assistant (SA) to the immediate past National security Adviser, Wolfgang Reinl, being an Austrian national and managing director of Geonel Integrated Services Limited and Geonel Integrated Services Limited on or about 22nd April, 2014 at Abuja, in the Judicial Division of the Federal High Court did transfer the sum of Five Hundred and Fifty Million Naira (N550,000,000.00) to Edidiong Idiong, being a lawyer practicing in the name of Law Partners & Associates, knowing that the said sum forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act to wit : ‘corruption’ and thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 15 (2) (b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) and (4) of the same Money Laundering (Prohibition), Act 2011 (as amended).”

After the arraignment on Wednesday, EFCC’s prosecuting counsel, Mr. I. O. Uket, said his witnesses were in court and he was ready for trial to commence immediately.

But Ashinze’s counsel, Ernest Nwoye, informed the court of his client’s pending bail application.

While moving the application, Nwoye urged the court to grant his client bail on personal recognition having earlier been released on bail by a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory.

The counsel representing the second and fifth defendants, Afam Osigwe, also urged the court to grant his clients bail.

The third defence counsel, Paul Erokoro SAN, also said his client, Idiong, being a legal practitioner would not jump bail.

In the same vein, the counsel representing the fourth defendant, N. Jimoh, said his client had a health challenge which he had been managing for close to 40 years.

Responding, Uket argued that the defendants had lost their administrative bail the moment their matter was charged to court and their counsel filed applications for their bail.

In his ruling on the applications, Justice Kolawole granted bail to the accused persons, saying the charges instituted against them were all bailable.

He added, “Since each of the defendants has been on one administrative bail or the other, my sixth judicial sense informs me that I adopt the terms and conditions of the bail granted to the defendants by the EFCC and my learned brothers in the FCT High Courts.”

The judge added that the case would be given accelerated hearing, and adjourned till January 23, February 1 and 14; and March 7 and 21, 2017 for trial.

Dodgy Doctors: There Is No Cost To Life By Alex Abutu

Aisha Yusuf, a resident of Angwar, Kaduna State, lost her sister due to complications during child delivery in a local hospital operated by a quack.

The death, according to Aisha, was devastating to the entire family because she was the breadwinner and responsible for all their needs.

The ‘doctor’ who operated the hospital vanished as soon as family members threatened to report him to the police.

The experience of the Yusufs changed their perception towards the medical profession.

“Since my sister’s death, we have decided as a family never to visit any hospital again for delivery because they will only kill you,” Aisha said.

Like Aisha, many other women in Nigeria now patronize traditional birth attendants (TBAs) due to lack of faith or trust in medical doctors, which has overwhelmed such attendants.

One of the TBAs, Mama Femi, now operates a full-fledged hospital in Maraba, a suburb of Abuja, where all kinds of illnesses are treated. According to her, women who come to her place feel at home and never experience complications.

This accounts for why Mama Yara, a Kaduna-based TBA, said she encouraged women to stop going to hospitals to give birth, and her reason is simple: “Doctors are no longer trustworthy; they are not knowledgeable and most of them are inexperienced and not qualified.”

She attributed the growing rate of infertility among married women to harm done to them by fake ‘doctors.’

As the quacks increase their scope of influence, Nigerians are daily being discouraged from patronizing certified medical centers and hospitals. This is not only because of the cost of treatment, but as a result of the deadly practices of quacks.

The fraudulent doctor situation is especially dangerous for a country like Nigeria due to its poor doctor-to-patient ratio, according to Charles Ameh, a public affairs analyst.

According to the World Health Organization, the ratio of doctors to patients in Nigeria is 1 to 3500, a condition described as critical and currently made worse by the citizenry’s growing distrust of medical practitioners.

The Bureau of Statistics and the federal Ministry of Health, however, have no records or data on the operations of quacks in the country or the number of quacks operating illegal hospitals.

The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) noted that “there is no documented evidence as to the estimate of quacks as at today, but statistical data collection is ongoing. The sample size for now is small and the survey is still ongoing. There are no specific areas susceptible to quacks, as they operate both in rural and urban area alike. But by an unscientific assessment, they are more likely to be found in urban areas where they cannot be easily identified and people have money to pay.”

Furthermore, the government does not know how much money is wasted each year on imposter doctors’ salaries and the damage they inflict on their victims. Apart from the few identified quacks drawing salaries and allowances from government institutions and hospitals where there work, it is difficult to conclusively state the costs and implications of quackery on the government and people of Nigeria.

“We have not been able to ascertain costs associated with the practice of quacks in the country mainly because there is no database where their operations are documented,” Dr. Henry Okwuokenye, head of the inspectorate unit at the MDCN, said in an interview.

Dr. Joseph Ojobi, a consultant physician with the Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi, Benue State, said quantifying the cost of quackery in the country would be very difficult.

“It is difficult to quantify or put a cost to one’s life. How can you calculate the emotional feelings that people related to victims suffer or how much is a life worth?” he said.

Dr. Sylvanus Okpe, an associate professor with the Jos University Teaching Hospital, said that calculating the costs of the activities of quacks could come in different forms.

“You have to first of all look at the amount the victims spend on obtaining the services or treatment from the quacks. If the treatment leads to permanent damages, how much will you say that amounts to? And if the person dies, how much will you put the value for that person’s life?”

Dr. Okpe added that it would be difficult to accurately ascertain the costs burdened on the families of quacks’ victims.

“Assuming the victim is the breadwinner, how will you know the cost of the sufferings that those depending on him will incur?” he said.

While the financial cost associated with medical quackery is difficult to determine, the social cost is clear, as the number of lives lost across Nigeria due to medical malpractice is dangerously high.


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Vice Chancellor, who sacked whistleblowers, arrested for fraud.

The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Olusola Oyewole, who suspended and later sacked three whistleblowers, has been arrested.


A source at the anti-graft commission, EFCC, told the News Agency of Nigeria, on Wednesday in Abuja that Mr. Oyewole was arrested for alleged fraud.


According to the source, the Vice Chancellor will be arraigned in court on Friday.


When contacted, the spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, declined comment on the issue.


“I don’t have that information yet,” he said.


Mr. Oyewole was invited by the commission about two months ago following allegations of financial fraud in a petition by some university staff, members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU.


PREMIUM TIMES reported how Lasun Somoye, Abdulsalaam Sobbor and Bimbo Bankole, were suspended by the university and later sacked by its governing council. The petitioners had written to the EFCC, accusing the vice chancellor and the institution’s pro-chancellor of fraud.


Eighteen other workers were also sacked by the university which claimed they were dismissed for stealing the institution’s property.


The sack has been condemned by a lot of Nigerians with a civic group, CSNAC asking the Nigeria Human Rights Commission to intervene.

Zamfara officials convicted for fraud.

Justice Fatima Murtala of the Federal High Court Gusau has convicted and sentenced two officials of Zamfara State Universal Basic Education Board, Gambo Tsafe and Kasimu Mohammed for fraud.


The convicts, Director and Accountant respectively of the Zamfara State Universal Basic Education Board, ZASUBEB, were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on June 12 on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy and money laundering.


Upon their arraignment, they pleaded ‘not guilty.’


But at the resumed hearing on Tuesday November 22, they changed their plea, as they pleaded ‘guilty’ to a two-count amended charge. This followed a plea bargain agreement they entered with the prosecution.


In view of their latest plea, counsel for the prosecution, M.S. Abubakar urged the court to convict them accordingly.


While reviewing the facts of the case, Mr. Abubakar told the court that one Nasiru Nahoro, a contractor with the Zamfara State Universal Basic Education Board (ZASUBEB) was awarded a contract by the board under the chairmanship of one Murtala Adamu who is facing a ten-count charge of money laundering before the same court to the tune of over N30 million . The contract was for the construction of office block at the board in the sum of N74 million. However, it was gathered that the chairman of the board, Murtala Adamu, received the sum of N7.4 million as gratification which is 10 per cent of the total contract sum through the account of the first convict, Gambo Lawal.


The first convict after taking his share of N160,000, transferred the remaining N7,165,000 to the second convict. Subsequently, the second convict, withdrew cash in the sum of N7,145,000 and took same to the board chairman. In the process, the second convict retained the sum of N20,000 as his own share.


Justice Murtala on Wednesday handed various fines to the convicts. The first convict, Gambo Lawal, got a fine of N800,000 which is equivalent to five times the amount he benefitted, while the second convict, Kasimu Mohammed, was fine N100,000, five times equivalent of the N20,000 he benefitted.


In addition, both convicts were ordered to refund the proceeds of their crime N160,000 and N20,000 respectively to the Federal Government through the EFCC.

How Economic Recession Made Me Steal N5.675m From Diamond Bank – Cleaner

A cleaner, Peter Oko, has narrated how he stole N5.675 million from the New Nyanya branch of Diamond Bank, where he worked.

The 29 year-old stated that he took the keys to the vault, stole the money and hid it in a carton, which he took home after the close of work.

The money was however recovered by the police, which said that the suspect had been charged to court.

Oko told Northern City News at the Nasarawa State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department in Lafia that he carried out the theft alone, saying, “As a cleaner, I knew where all the keys were kept.”

He added, “I single-handedly carried out the operation because I have been working as a cleaner in the bank for the past 10 years and my eyes had been on one of the keys to the vault, where the bank used to keep all its money.

“As a cleaner, my attention was not only on the keys, but on how I will carry out the operation successfully without being caught by either the security or any staff of the bank.”

The suspect said he stole the money without the knowledge of the bank workers, adding that he had access to all the foreign currencies in the bank as he knew where they were kept.

“As a cleaner, I knew where all the secret files were kept and where the bank kept its keys where you can have access to dollars, Nigerian currency and all other currencies.”

Oko blamed the economic situation for his action, stating that he had never been involved in a criminal act before now.

“The devil of economy recession pushed me into the crime; I have never committed a criminal act before, luck ran out on me and I was caught in the process,” he stated.

The state Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Bello, said the crime was reported to the police in October, 2016, by the bank, adding that the matter was then transferred from Karu Divisional Police Headquarters to the SCIID for investigations.

SSANU urge Buhari to Sack Three Vice-Chancellors over Alleged Corruption

The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sack three vice-chancellors over alleged abuse of office, gross misconduct and corrupt practices.

The vice-chancellors are: Prof Olusola Oyewole of Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB), Prof Biyi Daramola of Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) and Prof. Michael Adikwu of University of Abuja(UNIABUJA).

SSANU’s national vice-president western zone, Comrade Alfred Jimoh made the call yesterday while addressing reporters at Ibadan.

He accused Oyewole of sacking SSANU members when he discovered they exposed his alleged corruption and abuse of office to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Jimoh said: “As at the last count, he has sacked 23 members of SSANU in FUNAAB without following due process and he is still threatening to sack more.

“Yet he has not been able to disprove any of the allegations against him.

“Also in FUTA, a similar scenario is happening and Prof Daramola has been accused of corrupt practices and should be placed on suspension.

“At UNIABUJA, Adikwu has suspended the chairman and secretary of SSANU without even half salary for daring to ask questions about ongoing maladministration in the University of Abuja.”

He alleged SSANU members were being victimised for keying into the anti-corruption crusade of the current administration.

The union called for immediate recall and protection of all its members sacked by the rampaging vice chancellors.

It also demanded for immediate arraignment of the affected vice chancellors by the EFCC and ICPC.

CORRUPTION: Senior Lawyer Jailed 4 Years for Money Laundering.

The Federal High Court Kano presided over by Justice Fatu Riman has convicted and sentenced one Yakubu Mohammed Na-Allah, a senior lawyer to four years imprisonment without option of fine for offenses of money laundering to the the tune of Fifty Million Naira Only (N50,000,000).

The convict was arraigned by the EFCC on 14 January, 2013 on a two count charge of money laundering. Upon arraignment, Na-Allah pleaded not guilty and subsequently trial commenced on 26 June, 2013 in which the prosecution called seven witnesses and tendered fifteen exhibits.

On February 1, 2013 the properties of the convict were attached by the EFCC following an interim forfeiture order issued by the same court.

Na-Allah’s journey to prison started when the commission received a petition that the 68-year-old Kano Lawyer, allegedly duped two of his clients to the tune of N50million part of the money recovered for his client in a case they filed against Ministry of Solid Minerals where the convict represented them. The petition alleged that the convict after winning the case and the sum of Ninety Million Naira (N90,000,000) recovered, he gave his client only Thirty Million Naira (N30,000,000) and converted the rest of the money to his personal use. However, investigation by the EFCC revealed that the convict used part of the proceeds to acquire a palatial mansion in Sharada area of Kano.

In his judgment, Justice Riman ruled that the prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and subsequently convicted Na-Allah.

Prosecution counsel, M.S Abubakar urged the court to consider the forfeiture of properties acquired by the convict with the proceed of his crime.
Justice Riman sentenced the convict to serve two years imprisonment on each of the two count charge and also ordered that the attached property of the convict worth Fifty Million Naira at the time it was purchased be forfieted to the Federal Government. The sentences are to run concurrently.

SHOCKING: Court grants bail to fraud suspects before arraignment.

Proceedings in the planned arraignment of Angela Uwakwem, Emmanuel Ajayi and his company, Swiss Biostadt Limited, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,, began on a controversial note Tuesday as Justice Florence Duruoha Igwe of the Imo State High court Owerri granted the accused persons bail without first taking their plea.

Her lordship upheld the arguments of the defence counsel, Chukwuma Ekomaru (SAN), that the accused persons cannot take their plea until the application challenging the jurisdiction of the court is determined, a statement by EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said.

Prosecuting counsel, Mainforce Ekwu had argued that the correct position of the law was that the plea of the accused persons be taken before the application for bail can be considered, and only then can the objection to quash the charges for lack of jurisdiction be heard.

But Justice Igwe ruled in favour of the accused.

“I am minded to consider the application challenging the jurisdiction of the court before taking the plea of the accused persons, and will also take the accused motion for bail before their arraignment and plea,” the Judge said.

In view of the ruling, Mr. Ekomaru (SAN), and Ugeh S. Ogidi, counsel for the first and second accused respectively, moved their motions for bail for the accused persons.

The court granted the accused persons bail, and ruled that each of the accused produce one surety each, with landed property in Owerri and evidence of two years tax clearance, and must each enter a bond of N1,000,000.00 (One Million Naira only).

Justice Igwe then adjourned to January 24, 2017, to consider the motion challenging the jurisdiction of the court.

Mr. Uwakwem is in court for awarding several inflated contracts to a company called Swiss Biostadt Limited, belonging to the second accused Mr. Ajayi.

No record of fraud in Ogun during my administration – Gbenga Daniel

Former Gbenga Daniel on Sunday undertook a cursory journey back into his eight years government in Ogun State and concluded that while it lasted, there was no record of “fraud.”


Daniel said the introduction of Treasury Single Account (TSA) was not a panacea to the nation’s economic recession, adding that bureaucracy had remained the major obstacles to its success.


The ex – governor made this known in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, while speaking at the Doyen Magazine Award in honour of former Head of Service of Ogun State, Mrs Iyabo Yusuf.


According to him, the TSA has not impacted positively to the life of the ordinary man since its introduction.


It should be recalled that TSA, a Federal government’s money administration system, was already introduced in Ogun State when Daniel’s successor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, came on board.


He rued a situation where TSA had made it almost mandatory that every expenditure must be approved first by the Governor before anything could be done, saying such process slows down governance.


“One of thing that shocked me was that, every single expenditure must be approved by the governor and I’ m not joking, even if the Permanent Secretary (PS) want to buy a stationary worth N1,000 he cannot approve it.


“He (PS) can only recommend and the Governor must approve. How then will the process of governance move?


“TSA is the most worst of bureaucracy. Alternative to TSA is for federal government to set limit of expenditure. In all my eight years, there was no single fraud in Ogun State, but I developed manpower,” Daniel said.

We capitalise on victims’ greed to defraud them – Suspects

Two suspected fraudsters, Donald Adodo and Dapo Adejumo, who were arrested by the police in Abuja, for defrauding some residents, claimed that they exploited only greedy victims.


Adodo, 46, said he traded in fairly used clothes, popularly known as okrika, but was defrauded by a customer. He said the incident ended his business venture.


The father of two, in an interview on Friday in Abuja, said he was no longer involved in fraudulent activities, noting that he was walking along the road when he was arrested by the police.


Adodo said, “Since the last time I was arrested by the police, I stopped engaging in 419 business. But the fact is that we only play on the greed of our victims. Nigerians should know that you cannot fall mugu (victim) if you are not greedy. So, the advice I have for Nigerians is, ‘Don’t be greedy and you won’t fall mugu.”


Adejumo, 27, who also admitted to have defrauded many FCT residents, identified Kubwa-Zuba Expressway as his area of operation.

He confessed that he used to pretend to be a taxi driver to defraud his passengers by talking about a dubious quick money business venture to lure unsuspecting victims.


The suspect said, “I have about three business partners; what we do is to paint the impression of a great business venture that could bring quick money and the moment a passenger indicated interest, we would ask him to contribute his share of the business capital, which we would run away with.


“If people are contented with what they have, they won’t fall victims; I am not involved in ‘one chance’ robbery and I don’t force people to give me money, what I do is petty 419 and only greedy mugus fall victims,” he said.


Adejumo stated that he had defrauded only three victims this year, adding that he got about N15,000 from the operations.


The police, he said, arrested him on account of a disagreement he had with his business partner, which he said had nothing to do with their criminal activities.

NDIC launches plan to shut down MMM in Nigeria, insists it is fraudulent.

The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, NDIC, has revealed plans to shut down Mavrodi Mondial Movement, MMM, scheme in Nigeria.

The Managing Director, MD of NDIC, Alhaji Umaru Ibrahim, disclosed that the regulators had set up a Committee to stem the nefarious activities of the fraudsters across the country.

Speaking on Monday during the NDIC Special Day at the 2016 Lagos International Trade Fair, Umaru advised members of the public to patronize only banking institutions that display the NDIC sticker: ‘Insured By NDIC’ in their banking halls or entrances.

He lamented that despite repeated warnings, Nigerians were still trooping out to patronize the illegal fund managers.

The MD said, “I wish to sound a word of caution to members of the public on the activities of illegal fund managers, otherwise known as Wonder Banks.

“It is worrisome to note that despite repeated advice, many unsuspecting members of the public are still falling victims to the mouth-watering interest being offered by these illegal fund managers.

“However, the regulatory authorities have set up an inter-agency committee under the Financial Services Regulatory Co-ordinating Committee (FRSCC) to stem the nefarious activities of those fraudsters across the nation,” he added

This is coming at a time when there were growing apprehension that the MMM scheme was fraudulent.

Recall that the Minister of Solid Minerals and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, had dissociated himself from the MMM, saying he had nothing to do with it or any other online financial aid community, projects or contracts.

Also, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, had warned Nigerians to be wary of it, referring to the scheme as a “wonder bank”.

The head of the consumer protection department of the CBN, Kadija Kassim, had said, “But I want to warn you against it because they are wonder banks that are not regulated.

“Desist from their activities because they are fraudulent.”

EFCC arraigns three men over N6 million fraud.

Justice Rabi T. Umar of the Bauchi State High Court will today, November 9, 2016, decide on the bail application of Nasiru Inuwa Illelah, Muhammad Adamu Gana and Adamu Yunus who were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for fraudulent conversation of the sum of N6,000,000 (Six Million Naira) only and issuance of a dud cheques.


Ordeal of the trio started on April 18, 2016, when a case of obtaining money by false pretence and issuance of dud cheques was reported to the Commission by one Alhaji Garba Maigana against the above accused who are the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer respectively of the Hospital Management Board of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Services Technical and Recreation Services Employees and its leadership.


The petitioner alleged that sometimes in January, 2016, the trio lured him by requesting for the supply of a truck of a 50kg Labane rice to the union in Bauchi State.


In his own part, the complainant reported that he delivered to them a trailer load of rice (600 bags) valued at N6, 000,000.00 under the false pretence that Local Government staff were to be the beneficiaries. He was also made to believe that payment would be effected through direct deduction and be affected in two monthly installments against January and February, 2016 salaries.


In soliciting his trust, he was issued with two post-dated Sterling Bank cheques numbers 13894740 of 5th February, 2016 and 13894740 of 5th March, 2016 which were separately lodged and returned dishonored for insufficiency of fund. All efforts to get them pay back the money yielded no fruits as they were eventually found out to have diverted the goods elsewhere for their personal benefit.

The investigation carried out by the Commission, a prima facie case was made against the defendants, that investigation linked the defendants with the offences with which they were charged.

Halliburton: I Don’t Know How $32.5m Escrow Account Was Opened – Adoke

A former Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN), yesterday said he knew nothing about how an Escrow Account was opened and $32.5 million fines from Halliburton Energy Services paid into it.

He said he was not briefed about the existent of any Escrow Account at any time by a member of the legal team of the Federal Government, Mr. Roland Ewubare, who was National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) former Executive Secretary.

He explained that the team was constituted to initiate criminal proceedings against the five companies involved in the Halliburton bribe scandal.

The five firms, which later settled for the plea bargain, were: Julius Berger ($35m); Siemens (Euros 30m); Snamprogetti ($30m); Halliburton Energy Services ($32,500,000) and Japan Gasoline Corporation ($26, 500,000).

Adoke, who spoke exclusively with The Nation on the telephone, said he did his best for the nation

He said: “On the assumption of office in 2010, I was approached by the then chairperson of the EFCC, Mrs. Farida Waziri, that she has a request from some American lawyers to sue, on behalf of Nigeria, Halliburton and associated companies involved in the $180 million bribe scandal.

“She came with the lawyers to see me and when I read the terms of their demand. I declined to engage them and rather opted to set up a team of lawyers to initiate criminal proceedings against the companies against the backdrop of our previous experience in the Pfizer case.

“The lawyers introduced by the EFCC wanted to be entitled to 33 1\3 of whatever was recovered, which I felt was outrageous and also wanted us to cede the control of the case to them.

“I asked the EFCC to nominate a lawyer into the team and Godwin Obla (SAN) was nominated while Emmanuel Akomoye, the then secretary of the commission was co-opted to assist the team.

“In the course of the prosecution, there was a need to enter into plea bargain due to National Security concerns and Kayode Are, the Deputy NSA, was directed by the then NSA, Gen. Aliyu Gusau, to lead the negotiations.

“After the negotiations and agreement were signed, the OAGF was requested to furnish the federal accounts in which the fines were to be paid. And that was the sequence all the other negotiations followed.

“I was not aware of the opening of the Escrow Account in the USA nor was I informed and I didn’t know of the existence of any such account before now. I, therefore, have no explanation to offer than I had previously offered on record.

“The EFCC should, therefore, spare me the ordeal of trying at all cost to bring me down for I am beyond blemish in this or any other transaction while in office.”

He challenged any lawyer that had ever given him a bribe to come out and say so, adding that as AGF, he was very careful.

The reaction of the ex-Minister followed indications that EFCC was looking into the roles played by two former National Security Advisers, Gen. Aliyu Gusau and the late Owoye Azazi, and two former Attorneys-General of the Federation on the facilitation of $200million Settlement Agreement with Halliburton and four others.

The past AGFs are Mr. Mike Aondoakaa (SAN) and Adoke (SAN), who have claimed that they never benefitted from the agreement in any manner whatsoever.

The anti-graft agency has however retrieved a copy of the agreement signed with a U.S. law firm, Madison Avenue Legal Resources LLP from the Federal Ministry of Justice and Aondoakaa, who initiated the pact.

It was also learned that the EFCC has traced the Escrow Account to Madison Escrow Services LLC (the “Escrow Agent”) at the instance of Ewubare, who went to the United States to get the document.

About $32.5million (N13, 585,000, 000) out of about $200million fines from Halliburton Energy Services was allegedly paid into the Escrow Account.

Ewubare was said to have submitted a document to the anti-graft agency, showing how the Escrow agent was engaged by the FGN, through the Office of the National Security Adviser, to save the nation about $540million from garnishee judgments.

The document showed that the total compensation received by the Escrow Agent for its services was $2.5million.

But the EFCC is probing why the N13.5 billion was not remitted into the Federation Account in accordance with extant laws.

Those interrogated by the EFCC on the matter are a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, J.B Daudu (SAN), Mr. E.C Ukala (SAN), Obla (SAN), D.D. Dodo (SAN) and Ewubare.

FG files charges against Supreme Court Registrar, two others over N2.2bn fraud

The Federal Government, through the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, has filed criminal charges against the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Saleh Gambo, before an Abuja High Court.

Gambo was charged alongside the Assistant Director of Finance at the apex court, Rilwanu Lawal, and the Deputy Director of Finance, Sharif Abdulrahman.

The trio will be answering to a nine-count charge marked CR/13/16 and dated November 3, which the AGF filed pursuant to sections l04 and 379 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.

The defendants were specifically alleged to have diverted N2.2 billion belonging to the Supreme Court of Nigeria, into personal bank accounts domiciled at United Bank For Africa Plc with account number 2027642863.

They were further alleged to have, between 2009 and 2016, received gratification in the sum of N10 million from Willysdave Ltd, a private contractor to the Supreme Court of Nigeria and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 10(a) (i) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 and punishable under the same Act.

EFCC Uncovers N18 Million in Female Judge’s Foreign Account

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has uncovered a bogus financial transaction of N18 million in the foreign account of Justice Rita Ngozi Ofili-Ajumogobia.

It was learnt that the commission “stumbled on the N18 million wired into the foreign account from her domiciliary account for the purchase of a property in the United Kingdom (UK).

The judge was said to be under investigation for owning a foreign account and how the cash remittance came about.

A source in EFCC said: “Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia owned up to the money, but claimed it was a loan obtained privately from a family friend.

“The ‘family friend’, who is a chairman of an oil and gas firm from where the funds emanated, has been invited by the commission for questioning.

“So far, he had told operatives that the money was an assistance he rendered to her.

“Inquiry into the loan facility as claimed by both of them showed no formal agreement or documentation as to how and when the repayment would be made.

“However, the oil and gas company chairman is at present telling the commission the extent of his relationship and involvement with the funds, which was wired into the judge’s personal account sometime in 2012 while she was a sitting judge of the Federal High Court.”

Justice Ofili-Ajumogbobia is among the six judges being investigated by the commission for alleged corruption alongside some senior lawyers.

The other five judges include Justice Nasiru Mohammed Yunusa, Justice Hydlezira A. Nganjiwa, Justice Uwani Abba Aji, Justice Agbadu Jamus Fishim and Justice Musa H. Kuriya.

The National Judicial Council (NJC) had in February sanctioned Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia for misconduct on the bench.

The council barred her from elevation to the Court of Appeal or taking any judicial appointment.

A statement by NJC Acting Director of Information Mr. Soji Oye said: “The NJC, under the chairmanship of Justice Mahmud Mohammed, at its meeting on February 24 and 25, 2016 decided to warn Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia and put her on the “watch-list” of the council for the next four years.

“The judge will also not be considered for any elevation to the Court of Appeal or any ad hoc judicial appointment till her retirement from the Bench.

“The decision was sequel to the petition written against her by Victoria Ayeni, alleging misconduct and injustice on the part of Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia for failing to deliver judgment in Suit No FHC/AB/CS/31/2011, a pre-election matter between Victoria A. A. Ayeni and Olusola Sonuga and two Ors.

“She was also alleged to have adjourned the pre-election matter several times until the termination of the lifespan of the Ogun State House of Assembly. The decision of the Council on Justice

RECs, Officials Under Bribery Probe Won’t Supervise Elections –INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said none of its officials, who are undergoing investigations for alleged bribery, will be assigned any electoral duty.

It said the officials, whose names were on the list sent to it by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, would be barred from electoral duty until they cleared themselves of the bribery allegations against them.

Though none of those under investigation had been suspended by INEC or indicted by the EFCC, the electoral umpire stated on Monday that it would be morally wrong to continue to assign electoral duties to the suspects.

It was gathered that the EFCC sent a letter to INEC and demanded the release of over 100 officers for interrogation for alleged bribery during the 2015 general elections.

The Chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, had earlier confirmed the number of the suspects, saying at the end of the investigations, those found guilty would be fired by the commission.

Some states’ Resident Electoral Commissioners were allegedly bribed before, during and after the 2015 polls.

Many electoral officers and others were also said to have been involved in the alleged bribery scandal.

The bribe cash was said to have been disbursed by a bank from the N23bn deposited in the bank by the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman of INEC, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, who spoke with our correspondent in Abuja on Monday, said none of those under investigation would be used in the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.

He added that until the concerned officers were cleared by the EFCC, they would not be used for any electoral duty.

Oyekanmi stated, “We have made it clear to them that none of those whose names appeared on the list sent by the EFCC would be involved in any electoral duty.

“Using them will send a wrong signal to the people about our integrity and all that.

“Though these people have yet to be indicted and they remain innocent until proved guilty, we have to safeguard the integrity of the commission as well.

“That is why we have placed embargo on them concerning electoral duties. There are other jobs they could do at the commission, but not electoral duty.”

He said the commission was poised to conduct a free, fair and credible election in Ondo State.

A former REC in Rivers State, Mrs. Gesila Khan, and other top INEC officials in the South-South geopolitical zone were alleged to have received N675.1m from the poll bribe cash.

Reliable sources at the EFCC had alleged that Khan, who was later redeployed as the REC in Cross River State, allegedly received N185.8m ahead of the March 28 and April 11, 2015 elections.

The commission also arrested one Oluchi Obi Brown, who, as the INEC administrative secretary in Delta State, allegedly received over N111m.

Further investigations by detectives revealed that Brown had about $75,000 in an account in the United States.

The anti-graft agency also arrested one Edem Effanga, who is a retired INEC official. Effanga was arrested alongside his alleged accomplice, Immaculata Asuquo, who was the Head, Voter Education of INEC in Akwa Ibom State.

Effanga was alleged to have received over N240m, which he shared among INEC ad hoc workers during the elections.

Buhari’s new son-in-law under probe over alleged N3bn fraud.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has intensified investigations into N3bn fraud allegedly committed by Malam Gimba Ya’u Kumo, who recently got married to the second daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari, SaharaReporters reports.

According to the news platfrom, Malam Kumo allegedly committed the crime while he was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria.

It was learnt that the new son-in-law to the president had been under probe before his marriage but has now fallen into the spotlight of the anti-graft agency recently.

Sources also revealed that the President has vowed not to get involved in the case as the EFCC continues to find incriminating evidences against him.

NLC Faction Accuses Wabba of Instigating EFCC’s Probe of Unions

The crisis rocking the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has taken a new twist, as the Joe Ajaero’s faction has accused that led by Ayuba Wabba of instigating illegal probe of the finances of some industrial unions by anti-graft agencies, especially the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

But Wabba, who denied receipt of the petition, said there was no truth in the petition, saying even EFCC knew it was not true.

He, however, said a former response would be issued once he received the petition and promised to get back as soon he read through the petition.

But in the four-page petition to Mr. Wabba, titled Insidious attempts at destabilizing the Labour Movement: An urgent call to stop, dated October 20, 2016, by Ajaero, the faction claimed Wabba’ was sponsoring illegal groups in unions to undermine their leadership, negating the spirit of the movement.

The petition read: “Inviting the EFCC or other security agencies through proxies as a leverage to hunt labour leaders in Nigeria will not work.

‘’Pursuing the appropriation of state powers for purposes of resolving purely industrial relations issues is at best self-defeating and we can say very destructive.

‘’If what you have to offer the Nigerian state at this time is this distraction of negative deployment of its institutions and apparatuses, then it is unfortunate.”

‘’What some of us occupy ourselves with sometimes raises an ugly spectre about our innate capacities and capabilities which questions our claim to any form of leadership.

“We want to state that the aws of Nigeria individually and collectively have stated how union accounts are controlled. Trying to use any unconventional instrument of governance with the boast that their leadership have primordial affinity with yourself is rather un-comradely and a testament of deep frustration and cowardice.

‘’Introducing ethnic sentiment into the affairs of trade unions and the movement in general is the height of sabotage. A man that invites outsiders into a clearly internal disputes is like a man who gathers maggot infested firewood, you know exactly what will happen; Lizards will come for a feast.”

Presidency Insists Judges Must Step Down for Trial

The Presidency is insisting that two Supreme Court Justices and four others must step aside ahead of their trial for alleged corruption, it was learnt last night.

It also faulted Chief Justice Mahmud Mohammed’s claim that the Judiciary had issues with the Department of State Services (DSS), not the Federal Government.

It was also learnt that the DSS refused to release the evidence against the judges under probe to the National Judicial Council (NJC) in order not to prejudice their trial.

Those under investigation by the DSS are two Supreme Court Justices -Justice Sylvester Ngwuta and Justice Inyang Okoro; the suspended Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Ilorin Division, Justice Mohammed Ladan Tsamiya, who was picked up in Sokoto; Justice Adeniyi Ademola (Federal High Court); the Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice I. A. Umezulike; Justice Kabiru Auta of Kano State High Court; Justice Muazu Pindiga (Gombe State High Court); Justice Bashir Sukola and Justice Ladan Manir, from the Kaduna State High Court.

Of the nine judges, the NJC has recommended sanctions for Justice Tsamiya; Justice. Umezulike and Justice Kabiru Auta.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) is investigating six judges of the Federal High Court. They are: Justices Mohammed Nasir Yunusa; Hyeladzira Ajiya Nganjiwa; Musa Haruna Kurya; Agbadu James Fishim; Uwani Abba Aji; and Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia.

But the NJC has refused to suspend six of the judges because, according to the Judicial agency, the DSS is yet to submit petitions and evidence against them.

The government however said the judges must step aside to clear their names instead of facing trial while on the bench.

A top government source, who spoke in confidence, said: “The government has made its position known to the CJN. On why the judges should step aside ahead of their trial. The government will not yield ground on this.

“If we go ahead to arraign them in court, the same CJN and NJC will accuse the government of desecrating the Judiciary. The right step now is to allow the judges to face trial and clear the allegations against them.

“It is unfortunate that what the CJN told the government on how to handle the case of the judges was different from the statement he issued.

“We are suspecting that the CJN might be under pressure from his colleagues or he wants to leave the fate of the judges to his successor.

“He cannot rationalise by making a distinction between the Federal Government and the DSS. The government was in support of the sting operations of the security agency. So, the DSS did not act unilaterally.

“We will not take up issues with the CJN because the Nigerian Bar Association(NBA), some former Supreme Court Justices and the Body of Benchers have supported the position of the government that the judges should step aside.”

The source added: “Some of the judges in their letters to the CJN admitted having huge cash at home as if their houses are banks. In some jurisdictions, no judge can have up to $5,000 dollars at hand.

“We have a case of a judge who had never withdrawn a kobo from his salary account. How does he feed? Yet, the CJN was put into confidence on some of these issues at a meeting with some government officials. In what other way can the government respect the Judiciary?

It was learnt at the weekend that the NJC might meet this week or before the November 10 exit date of the CJN on the petitions against some judges.

It was gathered that the NJC session scheduled for Saturday was suddenly shifted following pressure from some quarters.

A member of the NJC said: “Yes, our meeting was postponed at the last minute because of certain circumstances. We are hopeful that we may meet this week, depending on the disposition of the CJN.

“What is however clear is that we will hold a meeting before the exit date of the CJN. We have to take a decision on some petitions against some judges before the council. One of the petitions is a high profile one.

“It is also statutory that we meet to bid the CJN a farewell and ratify some recommendations on some judges.”

It was gathered that the DSS refused to release evidence against the embattled judges to the NJC in order not to lay all the cards on the table before their trial.

The DSS suspects that there is no way the judges will not be privy to the evidence against them and they may begin to frustrate their trial with preliminary objection.

The agency prefers encounters with the judges in court instead of the NJC, which is a disciplinary body.

A security source said: “With the suspicious manner the NJC threw away some cases/ petitions against some judges, the DSS cannot take such a risk to make all its evidence available to the body.

“Take the case of a judge who was implicated in a N500million bribery, the Petition Review Committee of the NJC cleared him. This is a judge who admitted on tape to have collected bribe.

“It took some persistence by a petitioner before the NJC could accept to sanction the Chief Judge of Enugu State. He was retired after about four petitions against him.

“Another judge accused of demanding N200million was retired by the NJC when the law is explicit on what should be done.

“To give evidence to NJC will amount to prejudging the judges. The DSS conducted sting operations in some judges’ quarters; it believes the law should take its course through trial.

“Once the evidence are made available to the NJC, the trial of the judges will suffer a setback from the outset because they will know what the government has against them.”

EFCC begins trial of ex-NAF chief, others over alleged N22.8bn fraud.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday opened its case against a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (rtd.), and 10 others being tried for an alleged fraud of N22.8billion before the Federal High Court in Lagos.

The EFCC called its first prosecution witness, Mojeed Olatunji, a compliant officer with Skype Bank Plc, who tendered some documents against the defendants.

Amosu, was arraigned on June 29 this year by the EFCC alongside two senior serving Air Force officers, Air Vice Marshal Jacob Bola Adigun and Air Commodore Gbadebo Owodunni Olugbenga and seven companies before Justice Mohammed Idris.

Companies named in the charge are Delfina Oil and Gas Ltd, Mcallan Oil And Gas Ltd, Hebron Housing and Properties Company Ltd, Trapezites BDC, Fonds and Pricey Ltd, Deegee Oil and Gas Ltd, Timsegg Investment Ltd and Solomon Health Care Ltd.

The EFCC accused them of conspiracy, stealing, money laundering, concealing of proceeds of crime and conversion of funds belonging to the Nigerian Airforce to their personal use around March 5, 2014 in Lagos.

They were also accused of concealing “proceeds of crime” and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(a) of the

Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and punishable under Section 17(a).

However, the defendants had pleaded not guilty to the charges, a development which made the trial judge, Justice Mohammed Idris to grant Amosun, Adigun and Olugbenga bail in the sum of N500million each with two sureties in like sum.

Judges Accused of Corruption Should go on Compulsory Leave – NBA

The Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) has advised judges facing allegations of corruption to proceed on compulsory leave until their innocence is proven.

The judges are Sylvester Ngwuta and John Okoro (supreme court); Adeniyi Ademola and Nnamdi Dimgba (federal high court); Mohammed Tsamiya (appeal court, Ilorin); Kabri Auta (high court, Kano) and Muazu Pindiga (high court, Gombe).

On October 8, the Department of State Services arrested the judges after raiding their homes, claiming it recovered huge amounts of money, including foreign currencies from some of them.

The NBA had called for the release of the judges, threatening “consequences” if they were not released.

Speaking at a valedictory session held in honour of Sotonye Denton-West, a retiring appeal court judge, in Abuja, on Thursday, Abubakar Mahmoud, president of NBA, advised the accused judges to cease performing judicial functions until their innocence has been proven.

“My Lords, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, permit me to digress a little. I am sure that many here will be expecting me to make further statements on the ongoing events affecting the nation’s judiciary,” he said.

“I have, in the course of the last two weeks or so, made several statements and remarks on these developments. Our position is therefore well-known. We have emphasised our commitment to safeguarding the independence of the nation’s judiciary.

“That is corruption in the judiciary. On Thursday 13th of October at the meeting of bar leaders comprising past NBA presidents, past general secretaries and past attorneys-general of the federation, we reviewed very carefully the developments after listening to detailed briefings from both the attorney-general and minister of justice as well the secretary of the National Judicial Council.

“One of the resolutions we took was to set up a Task Force to urgently review the current developments and come up with clear specific recommendations on how best to clean up the nation’s judiciary and rebuild the confidence of Nigerians in our law courts. I am expecting the report of that task force in two weeks.

“In the meantime, we have continued with our consultations and engagements. We will be coming up with bold and clear recommendations, which we will pass to the National Judicial Council and the Government.

“In the interim, however, particularly having regards to what appears to ongoing accusations and counter-accusations between some of the judges and other personalities or agencies, it appears to the NBA that it is extremely important that the NJC takes very urgent steps to safeguard the public image and sanctity of the courts.

“We therefore strongly recommend that, without prejudice to the innocence or otherwise of the judges involved in the ongoing investigations, they should be required to recuse themselves from further judicial functions or required to proceed on compulsory leave until their innocence is fully and completely established or until the conclusion of all judicial or disciplinary proceedings.

“We believe this will be necessary in order to protect the sanctity and integrity of judicial processes that may involve the judges concerned and safeguard the public image of the institution.”?

No Peace For Corrupt Judges…You Can’t Jail Small Thieves & Be Covering Big Thieves- Prof. Itse Sagay

Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has justified the recent arrest of judges on allegations of corruption, categorizing acts of corruption by judicial officers as a serious crime against humanity.

Also on his part, Executive Secretary of PACAC, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, called for the suspension of the judges arrested by the Department of State Services on allegations of corruption pending when they would clear their names.

The spoke at PACAC’s interaction with reporters on the first anniversary of the committee’s activities.

Responding to various criticisms from some quarters against the raids on the houses and the arrest of seven judges, Sagay said those critics failed to understand the implications of corruption.

He said an ordinary man could be guilty of corruption, but a judge should never be otherwise the system will collapse.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria stated, “Ordinary man like you and me can be guilty of corruption; a judge should never be guilty of corruption.

“Once a judge does that, he brings himself to our level and so, cannot complain if he is treated like you and me are treated. That is what has happened. Let us be objective and be fair to this country in our commentary and not be narrow-minded.”

Sagay said because of its tendency to inflame, resorting to self-help and ultimately breakdown of law and order, judiciary corruption could be described as a crime against humanity.

“Those who have criticized the DSS have not looked at the implications of judicial corruption. This is because at the end of the day, when there is corruption, who do they take the matter to, to the judge? The judge is the ultimate and if the buck stops at his table and that judge is complicit in corruption, then, that is the end of the fight against corruption. That is how awful it is.

“So, any judge who is corrupt is committing what I can even call a crime against humanity because it just destroys our confidence and the system, which will sustain the state in law and order.

“It encourages people to resort to self-help because there is no hope in taking the crime to court.

“Today, we have some governors who are sitting there who we know did not win an election. And because they killed on their way to the office, people are still dying to sustain them in office.

“Yet, some courts at the highest level gave approval to the process that brought those people to what I call their bloody seats on which they are sitting.

“If the judiciary is corrupt, if the only body, in fact, the only arm of government that has the power of life and death over Nigerians, is corrupt, then it is sad.”

He said people should be sad that “Billions” that were supposed to be meant for the construction of roads, building and equipping schools and hospitals were found in private residences.

“Isn’t it enough that billions of naira are found in private residences? Don’t we associate these billions of naira with the fact that our roads are in a state of disrepair; that our hospitals are under or ill-equipped; that schools are dilapidated; and that it affects your daily life? What of those whose salaries are not paid in the public service? All this money came from the public purse.

He blamed the arrest of the judges on what he described as the loss of moral authorities on the part of current Supreme Court Justices.

He said in the era of Justices of the “golden Supreme Court” such as the late Justice Kayode Eso, no government agency would dare to arrest them even when they delivered a lot of judgments against the then military administrations, including that of the Head of State, Gen. Buhari (now President).

“We need the judiciary, but we need an upright judiciary. Without that, all arms of government will collapse, democracy will collapse.”

EFCC Arraigns Edo Deputy Governor’s Brother For Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arraigned Joseph Odubu and his company, Even Handed Services Limited in a Federal High Court, Benin.

A statement by Mr Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman made this known in a statement to newsmen in Abuja on Monday.

Uwujaren Odubu was arraigned on a three-count charge bordering forgery, uttering and obtaining money by false presence to the tune of N9, 36 million.

The EFCC´s spokesman said Odubu, a brother to the Deputy Governor of Edo, Mr Pius Odubu, is also the Managing Director of Even Handed Services Limited.

He said the accused used forged documents to obtain a loan facility of N9,36 million on Sept. 5, 2014, from a first generation bank to facilitate the supply of chairs and desks in Edo State.

He added that Odubu also with intent to defraud and to facilitate fraud, forged a document which he claimed was received by Edo State Oil and Gas Producing-Areas Development Commission.

Uwujaren said the offence contravened section 1(2)(c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17 of the Revised Edition Act, 2007 and punishable under section 1(2) of the same Act.

Odubu pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Prosecuting counsel, C. A. Okoli, applied for the date of commencement of trial and that the accused be remanded in prison.

Odubu’ counsel, Osama Idehen, applied his client’s bail and the court refused it, remanded the accused in prison and adjourned the case till Nov. 22.

Credit: NAN

DSS Action on Judges Aimed at Denigration of Judiciary – NJC

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has said the action of the Department State Service (DSS) against the seven serving federal judges was a denigration of the entire judiciary as an institution.

A statement signed by the Acting Director of Information of the Council, Mr Soji Oye, made this known to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday night.

The Council said that by the act of the DSS, judicial officers were now being exposed to insecurity, adding that criminals might take advantage of the recent incidents to invade their homes under the guise of being security agents.

“The Council vehemently denounces a situation whereby the psyche of judicial officers in the federation is subjected to a level where they will be afraid to discharge their constitutional judicial functions.

“The Council will not compromise the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary. The Council wishes, therefore, to reassure the public that any person who has a genuine complaint against any judicial officer is at liberty to bring it up to the Council for consideration,” he said.

Oye said further said the Council had never shielded any judicial officers suspected to have breached the code of conduct guiding the profession or other important law of the land.

He said that the Council insisted that the DSS must be restricted within its primarily concern with the internal security of the country.

In another development, Oye said the Council recommended Justice Sylvester Onnoghen to President Muhammadu Buhari for appointment as the next Chief Justice of Nigeria.

By the recommendation, Onnoghen is expected to succeed the outgoing CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, who retires on Nov. 10

Onnoghen was born on Dec. 22, 1950, at Okurike Town, Biase Local .Government Area of Cross River.

He obtained the Bachelor of Law degree at the University of Legon, Ghana, in 1977 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1978.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria designate was pupil state counsel, Ministry of Justice, Ikeja, Lagos, and Ogun between 1978 and 1979.

He was partner in the Law Firm of Effiom Ekong & Company, Calabar, 1979 to 1988 and Principal Partner/Head of Chamber of Walter Onneghen & Associates, Calabar 1988 to 1989

Onnoghen was appointed High Court Judge, Cross River Judiciary, 1989 and Chairman, Cross River Armed Robbery and Firearms Tribunal, 1990 to 1993.

He was also Chairman, Judicial Enquiry into the Crisis between Student of the University of Calabar and Obufa Esuk Orok Community, Calabar in 1996 and chaired the Failed Bank Tribunal, Ibadan Zone, 1998, before his elevation to the Court of Appeal in 1998 to 2005.

Onnoghen, a Fellow, Chattered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the Body of Bencher and Life Bencher was elevated to the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2005.

Court revokes bail granted to ex-PHCN staff over alleged N5.5m fraud

Justice Jude Okeke of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja, has revoked the bail granted to Solomon Yakubu Ndam, a former staff of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, who is standing trial on a 13 count charge of forgery, impersonation and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N5, 540,000.00 (five million, five hundred and forty thousand naira) brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Ndam allegedly obtained the money from some unsuspecting persons, claiming that he would help them acquire plots of land being sold by PHCN.

The offence is punishable under Section 364 of the Penal Code Cap 532, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (Abuja) 1990.

However, the accused was granted bail by the court after he was arraigned on July 7, 2015 and the case went into trial.

The decision of the court to revoke his bail today was informed by the application by his surety, Tijani Haruna, to withdraw without giving the court any reason.

Justice Okeke, in granting his application, ruled that the accused person be remanded in Kuje prison pending the time he would get a new surety, adding that all documents belonging to Haruna be returned to him.

Thereafter, counsel to EFCC, Samuel Okeleke, entered his fifth prosecution witness, Olushola Adewumi.

Adewumi, a staff of the First Bank of Nigeria Plc, said he received a subpoena to produce certain documents and witness in the case.

“All customer details are captured in the bank’s database and we also demand that the customer furnish us with bank mandates which include his pictures, names and signature.

“We also produced the certificate of identification of the customer and the name of the account is Babatunde Kolawole”, Adewumi stated.

Justice Okeke adjourned to November 28, 2016 for ruling, while fixing October 25, 2016 for continuation of trial.

Niger Delta group defends minister over fraud allegations

A socio-political group, Niger Delta Reawakening Network, has risen in defence of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Usani U. Usani, over revelations that he was indicted by a government white paper for alleged fraudulent contract when he served as commissioner of water resources in Cross River State.

The group, in a press statement yesterday, described the allegations against the minister as ridiculous saying the basis of the story circulated by some online platforms was “outdated.”

According to the group, the matter has since been resolved as the

Cross River State government had since 2001 written to the Code of Conduct Bureau to withdraw the matter which, according to the group, was initiated on wrong premise.

The statement signed by Barrister Henry Martins alleged that those circulating the documents indicating the minister’s indictment were members of a cabal that are not happy with Usani’s “uncompromising stance” in handling the affairs of the Niger Delta region.

To support its claim, the group made available to newsmen a letter titled: “Withdrawal of matters referred to the Code of Conduct Tribunal Arising from Cross River State Government white paper on the report of the financial impropriety verification standing committee (official document No. 5 of 2000).”

“Nigeria Has Realised N2.7trn From Treasury Single Account” – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says the Treasury Single Account policy has started yielding results.
He said this while reacting to questions at a meeting with members of the Nigerian Community in Saudi Arabia at the Nigerian House in Riyadh on Tuesday evening.

He announced that his administration had introduced a number of policies and programmes aimed at saving the nation’s economy from collapse.

Buhari cited the TSA and the Zero-based Budget as some of the meaningful financial policies that was checking fraud in the system, saying it had started yielding fruitful results.

According to him, “the nation has so far realised over N2.6 trillion” from the newly introduced TSA.

He, therefore, expressed optimism that with the introduction of the single account, the 2016 budget implementation might not record any form of deficit at the end of the financial year.

Court Adjourns Fraud Trial of Former NAF Chief Amosu And 10 Others

Rtd. Chief of Air Staff Adesola Amosu and 10 others, who are under trial for a N22.8bn fraud, say they are still in plea bargain talks with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Defence counsel Norrison Quakers said this on Tuesday before Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos.

At the resumed proceedings on Tuesday, EFCC lawyer Rotimi Oyedepo told the court that he was ready to open his case against the defendants and had already brought two witnesses to court for trial to commence.

Mr. Oyedepo said the EFCC had discharged its obligations by serving the proof of evidence on the defendants.

But responding,Bolaji Ayorinde told the court that the matter was only adjourned till Tuesday for mention, citing court records, and that the case could not be heard.

In his own submission, Mr. Quakers aligned himself with Ayorinde, pointing out that the defendants were still in plea bargain talks with the EFCC.

In a short ruling, Justice Idris said he confirmed from the court’s record that the matter was adjourned only for mention and not for trial.

He consequently granted the prayer of the defence counsel for an adjournment, and adjourned till October 20, 21 and 24, 2016 for trial.

Air Marshal Amosu and three others: Air Vice-Marshal Jacob Nola Adigun and Air Commodore Gbadebo Owodunni Olugbenga, were arraigned onJune 29th on a 26-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and money laundering to which they pleaded not guilty.

The defendants were also accused of indirectly converting the sum of N3.6bn, property of the Nigerian Air Force to their own.

Reports have it that some of the trio’s properties have been confiscated by the EFCC and the sum of N2.8bn recovered has been returned.

The trio are standing trial alongside eight companies, namely: Delfina Oil and Gas Limited, Mcallan Oil and Gas Limited, Hebron Housing and Properties Company Limited, Trapezites BDC, as well as Fonds and Pricey Limited.

They are accused of conspiring among themselves in March 2014 to convert N21.5bn belonging to the Nigerian Air Force into their personal use in contravention of Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012.

Justice Idris admitted Amosu, Adigun and Olugbenga to a bail of N500m each with two sureties in like sum.

But on July 8, 2016, the defence counsels Bolaji Ayorinde, Quakers, Kemi Balogun and A. Etuokwu, informed the court of their clients’ intention to enter into a plea bargain, and requested an adjournment to work on their bail to smoothen their talks with the EFCC.

In another charge, the EFCC alleged that Amosu and the others stole N323,319,283.81 from the accounts of the Nigerian Air Force between the March 2014 and March 2015  to purchase for themselves a property situated at No.1, River Street, Wuse II, Abuja.

Alleged N25bn Fraud: Court Orders Arrest Of Gombe Ex-Gov, Danjuma Goje

A Federal High Court, sitting in Jos, Plateau State, has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of a former Governor of Gombe State, Senator Danjuma Goje, for refusing to show up in court.

The EFCC said in a Facebook post that Goje, who is being charged with an alleged N25bn fraud, might be arrested on Wednesday (today) if he failed to show up in court.

The statement read, “A Federal High Court, sitting in Jos, Plateau State, on October 4, 2016 (Tuesday) issued a bench warrant against former Governor of Gombe State, Danjuma Goje, for refusing to show up in court. The warrant is, however, to take effect by 8 am on October 5, 2016, if he fails to show up in court again.”

Among several charges, Goje, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, is accused of illegally awarding a N1bn contract for the supply of dictionaries to secondary schools while he was governor of the state.

At the last sitting, a prosecution witness, Salisu Abaji, said the ex-governor awarded a contract for the supply of dictionaries for over N1bn to Gombe State Universal Basic Education Board without following procurement process.

He was also alleged to have paid 85 per cent of the contract sum upfront to the supplier, Real and Integrated Hospitality Company, as against the prescribed 15 percent as contained in the UBEB guidelines when he was the governor.

The prosecution witness, who is a former secretary to UBEB, made this testimony against his former boss.

He further submitted that one Aliyu el-Naffty, former UBEB chairman, also an accused person standing trial along with Goje, awarded the contract the same day and ordered the advance payment based on the directive of the then governor.

Another prosecution witness and former storekeeper to Gombe State Government House, Mr. Mohammed Aliyu, concluded his testimony by tendering receipts of all payments made to the food contractor to the government during the eight-year administration of Goje from 2003 to 2011.

However, Abaji admitted that he played a role in the award and payment of the said amount as upfront to the contractor.

This he did under cross-examination by the defence counsel, Mr. Adeniyi

Meanwhile, the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, said enforcement alone could not stop corruption, adding that the commission would also focus on preventive measures in the fight against corruption.

The EFCC boss said this at the unveiling of the EFCC Creative Youths Initiative against Corruption in Abuja on Tuesday.

He said, “We are the first to recognise that enforcement alone cannot win the war against corruption.  Prevention is an effective and necessary weapon that must be employed in conjunction with enforcement, and there is no group of Nigerians better equipped to wield that weapon than the youth.

“Let us bear in mind that the task to rid the nation of the corruption cankerworm cannot be left to the EFCC and other anti-corruption agencies alone.  We are all stakeholders in the war and cannot let the future generations down; it is for their future that we must sacrifice our today.  Let us work together for our dear nation; let us join hands to build for our children the future we desire.”

Magu said the EFCC would not relent in its efforts to rid the nation of corruption. He added that the commission would continue to recover stolen assets and funds.

“Let me clarify that EFCC will continue to vigorously enforce its mandate alongside engaging in preventive initiatives such as this.  Therefore, even as we appeal to the old and the young to shun corruption and other forms of fraud, expect to see more investigations, more arrests, more trials, more convictions and more recovery of stolen assets,” Magu said.

The event attracted pupils from several schools across the country.

Two Men From Niger Caught in Bangkok Using Stolen ATM Cards From Nigeria

Police in Bangkok on Tuesday, September 27th, arrested two men reportedly from Niger, Laouari Hassane Babale and Awaisou Ibrahim, who were in possession of 215 ATM cards issued by Nigerian banks and Bt34,200 cash, Police Economic Crime Suppression Division Deputy Commanded Pol Colonel Papatdech Ketpan, said on Thursday in a press conference.

They were nabbed using the stolen cards from Nigeria to get cash out of ATMs in the Nana area of Sukhumvit, following a tip-off from Kasikorn Bank that “Nigerians were using Nigerian cards” in the Nana area of Sukhmvit.

Police initially caught Babale, 38, at a Kasikorn ATM in Soi 3. He had 18 ATM cards in his
possession. The police raided a hotel room in the area where his accomplice Ibrahim, also 38, was caught with 199 ATM cards and 34, 200 baht in cash. The pair admitted the charges and said they had stolen the ATM cards belonging to others in Nigeria to get cash in Thailand.They were detained and will face prosecution.

Source: The Nation Thailand
Photo: Includes fake credit cards found in the possession of two Chinese men, arrested along with the Niger suspects.

EFCC Docks Ex-Naval Chief, Others for N600m Fraud

The EFCC has arraigned a former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Usman O. Jibrin and two others: Rear Admiral Bala Mshelia (rtd) and Rear Admiral Shehu Ahmadu (rtd) before Justice A. S Umar of the FCT High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja on a 4-count charge bordering on criminal conspiracy. They were docked alongside Habour Bay International Limited. The naval chiefs whilst in office allegedly bought a house worth N600million from the account of Naval Engineering Services without the said purchase contract being captured in the budget. It was also alleged that, the documentation for transfer of ownership of the property was done such that a private company owned by the family of the first defendant (Vice Admiral Jubrin) became the buyer. The case is on going.

Nigerians Believe Corruption is Not a Crime – EFCC chairman Magu

Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu made the statement during a press conference on Tuesday September 26 2016.

His words:

“You can’t make everybody to key in because some people don’t believe corruption is wrong; you should not expect 100 percent acceptance but I’m sure a greater number of Nigerians are with us.

“The fact that I’m acting gives me more determination. You never know, when I’m there. I’ll crush it.

“That’s why sometimes I put EFCC on 24 hours basis so that we can do what we can within the available time. I think I have more determination to clear the ground as much as we can.

“The evil of corruption affects everybody so it is our duty to put our house in order. It is not only for us as we cannot claim monopoly of knowledge of fighting corruption; everybody is a stakeholder. If we work together, we are going to record tremendous success.

“When I’m wrong, tell me. It is easier for you to correct my wrong doings so I want to hear the wrongs so that we can correct them, there’s nothing like perfection.”

Anambra State Police Declares Ex-419 Kingpin Chief Emmanuel Nwude (Owelle Abagana) wanted

Anambra State Police Command has declared wanted, Chief Emmanuel Nwude, (Owelle Abagana) over involvement in a case of conspiracy, malicious damage, murder, act of terrorism and attack on policemen. Chief Nwude, from Umudunu, Abagana is a convicted Advance-Fee fraudster. He and his accomplices were in 2005 convicted by a federal high court for pulling the biggest 419 fraud in history.

Before his conviction, Nwude was the biggest shareholder in Union Bank Plc, and had controlling shares in several banks and blue chip companies. In a plea-bargain handled by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Chief Nwude agreed to forfeit cash and property to the tune of 120 million US dollars.
The agency seized several of his properties, including the popular Febson Mall, Abuja, a glass tower in Ikoyi and choices cars. He is believed to have tens of millions of dollars stashed in the accounts of fronts in Nigeria and overseas.

National Assembly probes alleged $29b fraud cases

The National Assembly is set to probe two alleged fraud cases involving $29 billion.

While the Senate yesterday resolved to investigate an alleged fraudulent movement of $12 billion from Nigeria by some key government officials in collaboration with a telecommunications outfit, the House of Representatives is probing over $17 billion allegedly stolen from undeclared crude oil and liquidity natural gas exports to global destinations.

The upper chamber gave approval to Senator Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi West) to put together a substantive motion and present it to the Senate for a more comprehensive debate on Tuesday as a step to conducting an investigation into the allegation.

Citing order 42 of Senate Standing Rule, Melaye had upon the commencement of legislative sitting yesterday, informed his colleagues that high-level corruption was committed by a particular telecommunications firm in connivance with some officials of government, including a serving minister.

When he was granted an opportunity to provide the synopsis of the motion he wanted to move, Melaye said: “I seek the indulgence of this house to move that after this short presentation, this matter be allowed to be taken on the next legislative day. My respected colleagues, MTN Nigeria paid $284.9 million dollars on the 6th of February, 2001 to purchase their license of operations in this country.

“I want to say with facts which by the grace of God I will make available on the next legislative day if this motion is allowed for all senators to see evidence that between 2006 and 2016 through four Nigerian banks and indeed a serving minister and some other fraudulent Nigerians, MTN has moved over $12 billion out of Nigeria and that is about half of our external reserves. If I get the nod of the Senate, I will want to bring a substantive motion on Tuesday the next legislative day with substantiated facts to buttress this position.”

When the matter was put to question by Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the lawmakers unanimously agreed that the motion be presented on Tuesday.

The decision of the House of Representatives to probe the allegedly stolen $17 billion followed the adoption of a motion under matters of urgent national importance initiated by Agbonayinman Johnson Ehiozwa (Egor Ikpoba/Okha: PDP, Edo) at the plenary session with Speaker Yakubu Dogara presiding.

The lawmaker claimed the deal involved 20 companies, two agencies of government, two law firms and the consultant appointed by the immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration.

He said his motion was premised on the findings of Molecular Power System (Nigeria) Limited which probed the issue at the behest of Jonathan.

He claimed that it was discovered that from the period 2011 to December 2014 there were undeclared 57,830,000 barrels of Nigeria crude oil . Some of these barrels worth over $12 billion were exported to the United States, others worth over $3 billion went to China and the others worth $839,522,600 went to Norway.

Meanwhile, senators have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to balance the anti-graft war with the need to facilitate free flow of investments and businesses into the country.

Many of the lawmakers said the strategy of simply clamping people into detention without prior proper investigation, ignoring orders of court as well as adopting unorthodox tactics in the fight against corruption have seriously terrified and scared investors away.

Others also condemned what they called policy inconsistency which they said discouraged serious and genuine businesses.

In his contribution to the debate, Senator Ben Bruce (PDP, Bayelsa East) declared: “Buhari’s approach to anti-corruption war is wrong. Let us forget the foreign investors, what about the local investors? Nobody is investing anything anymore because nobody is buying anything, everybody is terrified to spend money. If people are afraid, they will not invest, fear will not be a policy to grow the economy.”

He continued: “Money is a coward; it only goes to places where there is peace and tranquility. We cannot be afraid to be Nigerians, we cannot be afraid to live in our country.

Obasanjo fought corruption and got some money back but nobody was terrified. I support Buhari’s policy, but let us change the approach, if we do not want to invest in our country, foreigners will not invest in our country.”

Senator Sunny Ugoji (Ebonyi South), was of the notion that government got things wrong when it portrayed Nigerians as thieves to the international community, a development which he noted discouraged investors from coming into the country to do business.

“If we do not cure the systemic corruption, we would not go anywhere but we should not be portrayed as thieves. Corruption is not peculiar to Nigeria, infact it was imported into Nigeria: there is corruption everywhere in the world, they only manage their corruption,” he said.

Graduate Impersonates Bishop Kukah To Defraud Oyedepo, Dantata, Others

A graduate of Political Science, Jehu Kwasu, has narrated how he impersonated the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah and defrauded prominent Nigerians of millions of naira.

Kwasu said his victims included Bishop David Oyedepo of Living Faith Church Worldwide, who he claimed gave him N500,000; the Chairman, Honeywell Group, Oba Otudeko, N1m; Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, N500,000; businessman, Alhaji Aminu Dantata, N2m.

He allegedly collected the sums for Internally Displaced Persons.

He said, “I collected N500,000 from Otudeko, CEO, Honeywell: From Admiral Kanu, I got N500,000. I also got N500,000 from Bishop Oyedepo and N2m from Dantata. I also got money from Gen. Wushishi and others.

“I opened a Guaranty Trust Bank account in Bishop Kukah’s name. I registered a SIM card in my name, but used Bishop Kukah’s picture on my True Caller account, so that when I call, his picture would appear (on the recipient’s phone.)”

Kwasu, who is serving a two-month sentence in the Keffi Prison, admitted on Friday in Abuja that he realised over N5.7m.

Police sources said only N1.7m was found in his bank account, adding that the suspect spent most of the money he made on girls and hard drugs.

It was gathered that Kwasu, the son of late Anglican Bishop, James Kwasu, also exploited his father’s name, to extort money from the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, when the latter was the Speaker, House of Representatives. The 25-year old explained that he defrauded his victims by soliciting money on phone to cater to IDPs in the country.

The cleric’s son stated that he obtained a passport with the name, Mathew Hassah Kukah Jehu, and also opened an account with the GTB in the same name.

He said, “I called people on the telephone and told them I was Bishop Kukah. I used his picture on my True Caller account, so that when I called people, they would think he was the one talking with them.

“I also obtained a passport in Bishop Kukah’s name which I used to open an account with GTB. The money I realised was paid into the account and I used an Automated Teller Machine card to withdraw it.”

Punch Metro gathered that Kukah was alerted to the scam by some people close to him. The cleric was said to have petitioned the police, which asked the bank to place a “no debit order” on the account.

Following his inability to withdraw from the account, Kwasu was said to have visited the bank to complain, where he was arrested.

Findings indicate that Kwasu had earlier been arrested and remanded in prison for impersonating Bishop Steven Akobe of the Anglican Diocese of Kabba, Kogi State, but was granted bail.

The police said Kwasu had also attempted to extort money from Senator David Mark, claiming to be Akobe.

“Mark said I should come for some money, so I sent my girlfriend. But she was arrested and I was taken to court and sentenced to two months imprisonment or N9,000 fine,” Kwasu stated.

It was gathered that the suspect, who had two female siblings, sold his deceased parents’ house in Kaduna for N10m and lavished the money on girls and a profligate lifestyle.

The Federal Capital Territory Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Mustafa, stated that Kwasu was arrested by the men of his command, after Kukah complained about his activities.

The CP said, “We received a petition from Bishop Kukah alleging that the boy had been impersonating him and extorting money from prominent people. So, my men went to work and were able to track the suspect and arrest him. He is a habitual criminal and I would like to advise the public against responding to emails or phone calls from unknown persons requesting financial support for one cause or the other.”

Mustafa also called on the public to report every suspicious phone call and email to the police for investigation.

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Nigerian man forges Ghana Chief of Staff’s signature, dupes foreigner

A 38-year-old Nigerian man, Dennis Ndukwu, has been arrested in Ghana for allegedly forging the signature of top government officials for fraud.

Ndukwu allegedly forged signatures of the Finance Minister, Seth Terkper, Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, and other high profile personalities and defrauded a foreign investor to the tune of 150,000 dollars.

According to GhanaWeb, the police uncovered the operations of Ndukwu and his gang in June, following the suspicion of the victim’s bankers.

Ndukwu and his gang, through internet hacking, got to know about challenges being faced by the victim, a Vietnamese investor, Le Van Khiem, who had invested over 8.5 million dollars in Ghana. He allegedly posed to the investor as the secretary to the Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, and boasted he could use the high office to assist him.

In further trying to convince the victim, Ndukwu was said to have later produced various documents purportedly signed by the Chief of Staff and the Finance Minister.

The unsuspecting victim thereafter gave his personal items including his visa card and code to Ndukwu and his syndicate, giving them access to withdraw over 100,000 dollars from his account to aid the process.

The victim’s bankers, who considered the withdrawal unusual, were said to have raised query on the account which led them to block the account, but prior to this, the suspected fraudsters had allegedly obtained several thousands of dollars.

However, luck ran out on them as during the withdrawal of the last tranche of the transferred money, Ndukwu was arrested at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle.

According to the Greater Accra Regional Police Commander, ASP Afia Tenge, who confirmed the arrest, Ndukwu admitted committing the offence, and mentioned one Robert Amuzu as an accomplice.

Tenge stated that investigations were ongoing.

EFCC To Grill 25 Suspects Over N5bn Army Vehicles Scandal

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has launched investigations into how the Army spent a N5billion vehicles purchase grant received from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

The grant was provided by ONSA to purchase vehicles onstensibly for the monitoring of the 2015 general elections.

But sources said the purchase of the vehicles allegedly carried out by the Department of Training and Operations was bogged with fraud and illegalities. There were no award letters, contract agreements, technical assessment reports, delivery notes and receipt vouchers.

The Department of Army Logistics became aware of the quantity and types of vehicles on October 29, last year — about seven months after they were bought.

Besides, the EFCC team is looking into alleged spending of $5,938,897.18(N2, 369,619,903) between September 3 and 13, 2014 on the procurement of Counter Improvised Explosive Device Equipment (CIED) for the Defence and Security Services without a needs assessment.There were no award letters, contract agreements, technical assessment reports, delivery notes and receipt vouchers.

The $5,938,897.18 (N2, 369,619,903) contracts were awarded and paid for within 10 days.

The panel has shortlisted 25 of the 54 suspects for interrogation.

The suspects, who are to be interrogated “any time from now”, include some serving and retired officers, ex-permanent secretaries and directors of Finance.

EFCC Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu last night mandated the task force “not to spare any suspect implicated in the deals”.

It was learnt that issues surrounding the N5billion and the $5,938,897.18 formed the major aspects of the preliminary investigation concluded by the EFCC team.

It was learnt that the preliminary investigation corroborated the report of the Presidential Committee on Audit of Defence Equipment, which was headed by Air Vice Marshal JON Ode.

After Ode panel submitted its third interim report to President Muhammadu Buhari, the 54 people for probe were shortlisted.

The EFCC raised the Special Task Force when the report was sent to Magu.

A source, who spoke in confidence last night, according to TheNation said: “The Task Force has virtually completed its preliminary investigation. Very soon, we will start inviting about 25 suspects in the first batch for interrogation.

“On Wednesday, the EFCC chairman mandated the Task Force ‘not to spare anybody implicated in the procurement scandal in the Nigerian Army. Magu said there should be ‘no sacred cows’ and we are sticking to that.”

The source, who pleaded not to be named because of the “sensitivity” of the matter, said: the task force had gone far in probing the curious N5billion grant.


It was gathered that the panel discovered irregularities in the purchase of the vehicles in line with the initial findings of Ode’s committee.

A document made available to the press said reads in part: “In the wake of preparations for the 2015 general elections, the ONSA released N5,000,000,000.00 to Nigerian Army on 16 March 2015 to meet its requirements for the exercise.

“The Committee established that out of the amount, Nigerian Army procured 155 units of Toyota Hilux and 50 units of Isuzu trucks, a procurement that was carried out in total disregard of the Public Procurement Act 2007.

“There were no procurement documents, such as award letters, contract agreements, technical assessment reports, delivery notes and receipt vouchers to support the acquisition. “Consequently, the unit cost of the vehicles and tax payable could not be ascertained.

“Moreover, the procurement was carried out by Department of Training and Operations instead of the Department of Army Logistics.

“The distribution of the vehicles showed that 15 were allocated to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) without specifying the purpose.

“Sadly, the Department of Army Logistics became aware of the quantity and types of vehicles on 29 October 2015, about seven months after they were procured, thereby jeopardising accountability. The Committee is of the view that the procurement process was fraudulent.”

A source in the Task Force said: “Those to be quizzed on the purchase of the N5billion vehicles are a Lt.-Gen, a Major-General, a Brig.-General and an auto firm .

“We will release their names whenever we are ready to interrogate them. We do not want to jeopardise investigation.”

The EFCC source also claimed that the task force was looking into alleged purchase of CIED for the Defence and Security Services by ONSA without due process.

The two contracts, which were said to be worth $5,938,897.18 (N2, 369,619,903), were awarded and paid for within 10 days.

The document added: “ONSA awarded and funded two other contracts totalling $5,938,897.18 between3 and 13 September 2014 for the procurement of CIED for the defence and security services.

“There were no need assessments from the beneficiary Services and security agencies prior to the procurement and ‘donation’ of the items by ONSA.

“Furthermore, there were no traces of award letters, contract agreements and proof of payment of WHT amounting to $296,944.86.”

Three suspects out of the 25 short-listed have been recommended for quizzing on the $5,938,897.18 for the CIED.

Gov. Ayade’s Brother Arrested Over Alleged N2.4billion Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a brother to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross Rivers State over alleged N2.4billion contract scam.

Sources at the EFCC said that Francis Ayade was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the scam.

Mr. Ayade, managing director of Leophina Nigeria Limited and Hally Brown International Limited, was fingered in alleged shady deals involving diversion of public funds into his companies’ accounts.

“Specifically, four different allocations from the Federation Accounts were alleged to have been diverted into Hally Brown International Limited’s account owned by him,” an official said.

Investigations by EFCC operatives showed that Hally Brown International Limited was awarded a road construction contract to the tune of N2.4billion in 2011.

To finance the contract, Mr. Ayade allegedly took a loan of N350,000,000 (Three Hundred and Fifty Million Naira only) from First Bank Plc, on behalf of Cross Rivers Rural Access and Mobility Project.

The loan, was however, unused for the contract, but transferred into the Mobility Project.

Mr. Ayade has also been implicated in alleged suspicious transactions involving Obudu Micro Finance Bank, among other allegations.

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UNICAL Bursar Suspended Over Alleged Fraud

The University of Calabar authority on Monday suspended the bursar, Mr. Peter Agi, over allegations of fraud, forgery and threat to life.

It would be recalled that academic and administrative activities in the university were interrupted for a few hours last week, following a protest by different groups comprising students and workers in support of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Zana Akpagu, on the one hand and the bursar, on the other.

Following the development, an inquiry was immediately set up by the management of the institution to look into issues that led to the protest.

In a letter of suspension signed by the Registrar, Mr. Moses Abang, the management of the institution alleged that the bursar had been found guilty of impersonating the vice-chancellor on the e-payment platform of the Central Bank of Nigeria, among others.

But, in a swift reaction, Agi said he was not aware of his suspension, adding that he was currently on sick leave with the knowledge of the management of the institution.

However, the letter of suspension read in part, “In an emergency meeting held today, August 22, 2016, the management considered recent developments on campus, especially your arrest by the Nigeria Police vide letter no. AB:3621/CRS/DFA/VOL.T/123 of August 17, 2016, on allegations of fraud, forgery and threat to life. It has become imperative that you step aside as Bursar and clear yourself of these allegations.

“Furthermore, management observed that you have been impersonating the vice-chancellor on the CBN e-payment platform by making final approvals and payments, a duty that is the responsibility of the vice-chancellor, who is the Chief Accounting Officer of the university.

“Again, you absented yourself from office without requesting any of your deputies to act for you, thus creating a vacuum in the administration of the Bursary.

“You deliberately refused to purchase an official car for the deputy vice-chancellor (administration) eight months after he was appointed into office. You have ignored several council and management directives on this.

“You bluntly refused to pay TETFUND contractors who have successfully executed jobs and rendered services to the university, even when such contractors have been cleared for payments. The consequence of this is that while other universities are already making progress and accessing the 2015 allocation, the University of Calabar cannot exhaust the 2013 allocation to qualify for the next tranche.”

The letter noted that the actions of the suspended bursar clearly manifested an orchestrated and a deliberate design to bring the institution to ridicule.

The letter therefore directed Agi to hand over immediately to Mrs. Atim Mensah, who is the most senior deputy bursar, while Mr. Joseph Odum should take over the previous duties covered by Mensah.

But Agi said, “I am not aware of any suspension. I have not been queried. I am aware of the guideline and rules on procedures in the appointment, suspension or otherwise of any principal officer of the university. I am currently on sick break and I wrote a letter to that effect copying all principal officers. So, for anybody to announce my suspension without the set rules amounts to nothing. I am still the bursar.”

Governor Fayose Loses Bid To Stop EFCC Investigations.

An ex parte order sought by Governor Ayo Fayose administration to stop the investigation of the finances of the state by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been declined by an Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti.


The court, presided over by Justice Cornelius Akintayo refused to grant the order on grounds that all the defendants in the case should be put on notice to prepare for their defence at the court.


The judge consequently adjourned the suit to August 23 and ordered all parties in the suit to appear before him when the Motion on Notice would be heard.


The Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, OwoseniAjayi, had filed the suit to stop the anti-graft-agency from investigating the accounts of the state government.


The plaintiffs also sought the relief on an order stopping the arrest of the Commissioner for Finance, Accountant General and the managers of the affected banks.

$15bn Arms Deals: Panel Traces Funds To Five Children Of Ex-Army Chief

The Presidential Committee on Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement (CADEP) has traced about N2billion, meant for the purchase of vehicles for the Nigerian Army, to the accounts of five children of a former Chief of Army Staff.


The accounts were said to have been frozen as at the time of filing this report.


Also, the panel discovered that about 42 units of Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) rejected by Iraq were resold to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram insurgents.


It said the poor equipment accounted for the loss of lives and soldiers in the North-East.


The panel’s findings are contained in a brief which was  obtained by The Nation.

The outcome of the panel’s investigation suggested that the children of the ex-Chief of Army Staff allegedly used two companies for the deal.


The panel said: “The committee reviewed the procurement carried out by Chok Ventures Ltd and Integrated Equipment Services Ltd, two companies that shared the same registered office, had one name as common controlling shareholder and sole or mandatory signatory to the various banks accounts of the companies.”


The committee further established that between March 2011 and December 2013, the two companies exclusively procured various types of Toyota and Mitsubishi vehicles worth over N2, 000,000,000.00 for the Nigerian Army without any competitive bidding.


Most of the contracts awarded to the companies were also split, awarded on the same date or within a short space of time at costs and mobilization higher than the prescribed thresholds.


For instance, on February 13 and 15, the two companies were awarded contracts worth N260, 000.000.00 and N315, 000,000.00 respectively for supplies of various vehicles. The Nigerian Army could not justify the exclusive selection of these vendors against other renowned distributors of same brands of vehicles procured.


More seriously, the committee found no credible evidence of delivery of the vehicles by the two companies as there were no receipt vouchers, but only unauthenticated delivery notes, invoices and waybills that were purportedly used for the deliveries.


Nevertheless, the vendors were fully paid based on job completion certificate authenticated by the then Chief of Logistics, Maj Gen D.D. Kitchener (rtd). The payments were also made without deduction of Withholding Tax (WHT). Furthermore, analyses of the various bank accounts of the two companies showed transfers to individuals , some of who are believed to be children of the army chief.


Thus, the committee recommends further investigation to determine delivery of the vehicles and relationship of funds beneficiaries with the former COAS and the two companies. Furthermore, the panel said that Lt Gen O. A. Ihejirika (rtd), Maj Gen D. D. Kitchener (rtd), Col A. M. Inuwa and Mr Chinedu Onyekwere should be held accountable for the issues arising out of the contracts.”


The panel observed that the award of contracts in the Nigerian Army was fraught with irregularities.


It said a company was registered on November 17, 2014 and awarded $125,179,299.10 on the same day.


It said: “The Nigerian Army, between April and August 2014, entered into four contract agreements with Societe D’Equipmenteux Internationale  (SEI Nig Ltd)  for procurement of Cobra Armoured Personnel Carriers, Shilka Self-Propelled Artillery Guns, Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) as well as various ammunition and spares funded by the ONSA.”


The contracts for the Cobra APCs and Shilka Guns were not executed as they were not funded. However, the costs for procurement of the AFVs; ammunition and spares were $398,550,000.00 and $484,765,000.00 respectively totalling $883,315,000.00.


In November 2014, the ONSA awarded contract to Conella Services Limited for procurement of 72 various arms and ammunition that included MRAP vehicles, Mi-17 helicopter at the cost of $125,179,299.10.


The committee observed that the company was registered in Nigeria on 17 November, 2014 and awarded the contract on the same date, while the EUC for the procurement was issued a day later on 18 November, 2014. Furthermore, the ONSA paid $36,996,530.00 and N2,209,582,296.00 to the vendor between November 2014 and 15 April, 2015.


However, the Nigerian Army denied receipt of any procurement from Conella Services Ltd.


Similarly, the committee tried in vain to reach officials of the company to confirm execution of the contract. There is, therefore, the need for further investigation of Conella Services Ltd.


The committee observed that SEI and its two associated companies, APC Axial Ltd and HK-Sawki Nig Ltd, were incorporated in May 2014 with two Nigerien brothers, Hima Aboubakar and Ousmane Hima Massy as the only directors.


Between May 2014 and March 2015, the ONSA mandated CBN to release various sums totaling $386,954,000.00 to SEI and the two associated companies for ‘procurement of technical equipment’, without tying the money to particular items of procurement.


Thus, the allotment of the funds was left at the discretion of the vendor without input or consultation with ONSA or the Nigerian Army.


Furthermore, some of the funds transferred preceded the formalization of SEI contracts with the Nigerian Army. There was also no evidence of any contract to justify the payments made by ONSA to the SEI associate companies. Consequently, it had been difficult for the ONSA, the Nigerian Army and SEI to reconcile the accounts vis-a-vis the equipment delivered.”


The panel also uncovered that 42 units of Armoured Personnel Carrier(APC) which were rejected by Iraq were later sold to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram insurgents.


It claimed that some of the APCs were either expired or unsuitable leading to loss of lives.


It added: “The committee observed that one of the new equipment SEI procured for the Nigerian Army from Ukraine was BTR-4E APC.”


However, according to the Ukraine’s state enterprise, Lviv Armour Repair Plant, the designers of the equipment, “some of the products sold to Nigeria in 2014 were actually among 42 units designed for Iraq which subsequently rejected them due to poor performance rating”.


The Nigerian Army did not also undertake the mandatory pre-shipment inspections provided for in the contract agreements. Instead, the NA deployed an infantry officer, who lacked the technical knowledge to assess the capabilities and shortcomings of the equipment, to oversee the shipment of the items for the Nigerian Army from Ukraine.


Additionally, the two-week training availed the technicians and operators was inadequate for them to comprehend the technical workings of the newly introduced equipment.


The committee’s interactions with the field operators revealed that although the platforms and ammunition procured by SEI were deployed for the NE operations, some of them were aged or expired, lacked spares and prone to breakdown without immediate recovery equipment.

Therefore, failure to carry out pre-shipment inspection and inadequate training resulted in procurement of some unreliable equipment that reduced the capacity of the Nigerian Army in the North East operations and resulted in the loss of lives and equipment.”


On some payments to SEI on T-72 Tanks, the panel said the company made about $93,000,000.00 profit without paying the mandatory 5 per cent Withholding Tax(WHT).


It said: “SEI submitted a document to the committee reconciling the items it delivered to the Nigerian Army vis-a-vis the payments made to it by ONSA.”


According to SEI, the total value of the contracts it executed amounted to $909,065,824.00 and not the  $883,315,000.00 reflected in the two contract agreements it signed with Nigerian Army.


Furthermore, SEI claimed that it delivered goods worth $697,718,168.00 whereas only $198,289,672.00 was paid to it by ONSA.


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Former Ecobank Manager Arrested For Alleged Fraud

The police  on Wednesday arrested a former manager of Ecobank Nigeria Plc, Ejigbo branch, 41-year-old Ikechukwu Aghanenu, for allegedly conspiring with a suspected fraudster, Anthony Okpala, to defraud two customers of the bank of N14m.


The customers are Mrs. Oluremi Egunjobi who is deceased, and  Rabiu Lawal, who is based in the United Kingdom.


The suspects  reportedly diverted N4.014m from the deceased’s customer’s bank account, while N10m was said to have been fraudulently withdrawn from Lawal’s account.

According to The Punch,  34-year-old Okpala and  another suspect currently on the run,  presented themselves to Aghanenu impersonating relatives of the deceased, backing themselves up with  forged documents authorising the bank to release the said sum to them.


It was gathered that the deal was perfected between September and November, 2015 and the money was withdrawn from late Mrs. Egunjobi’s account.


At that period the police said Okpala paraded himself as a business partner of Lawal and allegedly colluded with Aghanenu to withdraw N10m from Lawal’s account in tranches.


A police source stated that investigation of the alleged fraud commenced after a lawyer to the deceased’s relatives and Lawal respectively lodged complaints to the bank, adding that the manager had been sacked.


“The bank reported the fraud to the police and in the course of investigation, it was discovered that the fraudulent transactions were carried out by Okpala with the knowledge of the ex-manager and others at large.


“Okpala presented himself and another suspect at the Ecobank’s branch in Ejigbo as relatives of the late Oluremi (Egunjobi) and instructed the bank to liquidate her account, which was done through the help of the ex-manager. But he (Aghanenu) denied knowing Okpala.


“The other victim, Lawal, works in UK and saves money at the bank with the hope of using the money to invest when he relocates to Nigeria. It was when he checked his account balance that he discovered the withdrawals and complained to the bank.”


PUNCH  learnt that a team of policemen from the Ikoyi division led by one Sergeant Damian Oguinye, picked up Aghanenu and Okpala on Wednesday at the Ebute-Meta Magistrate’s Court, where the latter was allegedly facing another fraud trial.


They were arraigned in an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court on Thursday on five counts bordering on fraud and forgery by a police prosecutor, Friday Mameh.


The defendants, however, pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the counts before the magistrate, Mr. P. A. Adekomaya. They were granted bail in the sum of N3m each with two sureties each in like sum while the case was adjourned till September 6, 2016.

AGF Directs EFCC, Others To Submit High Profile Criminal Cases To Him

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN) has directed prosecuting agencies to compile list of “high profile criminal cases” they are prosecuting for transfer to a special committee.
Malami, a few months ago, constituted the National Prosecution Coordination Committee (NPCC) with a brief to assume prosecution of some identified “high profile criminal cases” being handled by prosecuting agencies.

The minister said the committee was constituted to ensure “smooth and prompt” prosecution of such cases.

The directive for the agencies to compile the list of such pending cases was announced yesterday in Abuja at a meeting with heads of the prosecuting agencies and representatives of the AGF.

Budget Padding: Why I Revealed The Secret Late – Jibrin

Erstwhile chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, yesterday admitted that his revelations over the alleged padding of the 2016 budget were late.


Jibrin explained that he could not expose the budget padding in good time, as it was difficult for him to stand against the institutionalised corruption in the House of Representatives.


He also said that allegation of corruption levied against the National Assembly by former president Olusegun Obasanjo could not be totally.


Jibrin, while speaking on the controversial insertions into the 2016 budget, on a Channels Television weekly programme, ‘Sunday Politics’ said although this revelations were coming late late, but as the chairman of the committee, he was made to believe that certain information were not to be disclosed.


“I fought the battle of my life, I didn’t help myself, I started speaking late,” he said.


He added that; “I am a product of the establishment, and now my mentors will now realize that I have gone out of the cycle. I am so glad that I am breaking away from the cycle.”


He however explained that the insertions did not affect the size of the budget, noting that the harmonisations committee chaired by the deputy speaker Yusuf Lasun took advantage of the committee to insert more items for personal aggrandizement.


Abdulmumini stated further that just 10 standing committees out of the 96 standing committees posted 200 projects which amounted to N284 billion were inserted into the budget.


“After collecting the reports of the various committees, we did the statistics and shockingly, I discovered that just about 10 standing committees out of the 96 standing committees of the House posted about 2000 projects, totaling about N284 billion,” he stated.


Although, he admitted that the insertions were constitutional that the insertions into the budget by the principal officers of the House were constitutional, and it is a usual practice in the national assembly, he maintained that the insertions were outrageous and above the limit.

“There is that unanimity in the national assembly, we all do not agree with the word padding, of course as I have explained that there are so many insertions from the angle of the National Assembly, even though the law allows it, internally, I raised an observation, of course, I discussed the matter with the speaker, that personally I believe that the insertions were too much. And it is also very important that the constitution gave us the power to appropriate, but the intention is what I question, those were the issues I fought until eventually I left,” he said.


He stated further that; There have been insertions in past budgets; I saw the insertions in budgets of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. The only difference is that in 2016, the insertions went completely above the board.”


Abdulmumini maintained that there is Institutionalised corruption in the House, but members are quick to deny the fact.


“There is institutionalised corruption in the House, but we keep living in denial, it is my fifth year in the National Assembly, I have never been involved in corruption, I have never shared money.”


According to Abdulmumini, the size and quantity of insertions would always cause a rift between the executive and legislative arm of government. If the insertion into the budget is done from the executive arm of government, members of the national assembly refer to such insertion as padding, and when it is done by the National Assembly members, the executive arm of government also refer to it as padding.


When pointedly asked to explain the role of ministries, departments and agencies in the conspiracy, Jibrin said; “I don’t want to involve the executive arm of government in this, because the matter is already controversial, of course a lot transpired between the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Budget office on one hand and the Ministry of Budget and the Budget Office on the other hand.”


He noted that his mission was to force a revolution in the House of Representatives and a lot of issues ranging from corruption and conduct of members will be raised.

Nigerian Ringleader Of Global Network Behind Thousands Of Online Scams Arrested In Rivers State – Interpol

A Nigerian suspected of being in charge of a network of internet scammers, stealing around $60m (£45m), has been arrested in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

According to the international police organisation, the 40-year-old Nigerian known as ‘Mike’, the head of an international criminal network behind thousands of online frauds was arrested in a joint operation by INTERPOL and the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).
The Nigerian national is believed to be behind scams totalling more than USD 60 million involving hundreds of victims worldwide. In one case a target was conned into paying out USD 15.4 million.
The network compromised email accounts of small to medium businesses around the world including in Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, Romania, South Africa, Thailand and the US, with the financial victims mainly other companies dealing with these compromised accounts.
Heading a network of at least 40 individuals across Nigeria, Malaysia and South Africa which both provided malware and carried out the frauds, the alleged mastermind also had money laundering contacts in China, Europe and the US who provided bank account details for the illicit cash flow.
Following his arrest in Port Harcourt in southern Nigeria, a forensic examination of devices seized by the EFCC showed he had been involved in a range of criminal activities including business e-mail compromise (BEC) and romance scams.
The main two types of scam run by the 40-year-old targeted businesses were payment diversion fraud – where a supplier’s email would be compromised and fake messages would then be sent to the buyer with instructions for payment to a bank account under the criminal’s control – and ‘CEO fraud’.
In CEO fraud, the email account of a high-level executive is compromised and a request for a wire transfer is sent to another employee who has been identified as responsible for handling these requests. The money is then paid into a designated bank account held by the criminal.
‘Mike’ first came onto the law enforcement radar through a report provided to INTERPOL by Trend Micro, one of its strategic partners at the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore.

This, combined with actionable analysis and intelligence from Fortinet Fortiguard Labs in 2015, enabled specialists at the INTERPOL Digital Crime Centre, including experts from Cyber Defense Institute based at the IGCI, and the EFCC to locate the suspect in Nigeria, resulting in his arrest in June.
Abdul Chukkol, Head of the EFCC’s Cybercrime Section said the transnational nature of business e-mail compromise makes it complex to crack, but the arrest sent a clear signal that Nigeria could not be considered a safe haven for criminals.
“For a long time we have said in order to be effective, the fight against cybercrime must rely on public-private partnerships and international cooperation,” said Mr Chukkol.
“The success of this operation is the result of close cooperation between INTERPOL and the EFCC, whose understanding of the Nigerian environment made it possible to disrupt the criminal organization’s network traversing many countries, targeting individuals and companies,” added Mr Chukkol.
Noboru Nakatani, Executive Director of the IGCI warned that BEC poses a significant and growing threat, with tens of thousands of companies victimized in recent years.
“The public, and especially businesses, need to be alert to this type of cyber-enabled fraud” said Mr Nakatani. “Basic security protocols such as two-factor authentication and verification by other means before making a money transfer are essential to reduce the risk of falling victim to these scams,”
“It is exactly through this type of public and private sector cooperation that INTERPOL will continue to help member countries in bringing cybercriminals to justice no matter where they are,” concluded Mr Nakatani.
The 40-year-old, along with a 38-year-old also arrested by Nigerian authorities, faces charges including hacking, conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretences. Both are currently on administrative bail as the investigation continues.


#SaveMayowa: Our Side Of The Story – Lifestake Foundation Founder [Video]

There has been several many sides to the alleged scam perpetrated through the #SaveMayowa campaign, a campaign which was launched with the aim of raising money for Mayowa who needs surgery to treat her Stage 4 Ovarian cancer.


However, the founder of Lifestake Foundation, Aramide Kasumu has explained what led to the accusations leading the public to believe the #SaveMayowa campaign was a scam.


Aramide also apologized to everyone, adding that she never meant to hurt anyone.


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“Dogara Tried Breaking Into My Office To Discard Evidence” – Jibrin

A former chairman of House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, on Thursday said unnamed individuals acting on the orders of Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, had moved computers used by officials of the committee.


Mr. Jibrin has accused the speaker of budget fraud, an allegation Mr. Dogara denies.


In a statement Thursday, Mr. Jibrin said there was also an attempt to burgle his office, saying all the systems were shut down.


“Speaker Dogara has ordered that all the computers in the appropriation secretariat be shut down and moved to his office as if that is the answer to the allegations I raised,” he said. “The secretariat staff are being harassed to keep quite and suppress facts. There has also been an attempt to break into my office at the House.”


Mr. Jibrin said Mr. Dogara’s action was calculated at manipulating documents crucial to the unfolding budget padding scandal involving him, the speaker, his deputy, Yusuf Lasun, House Whip, Alhassan Doguwa and Minority Leader, Leo Ogor.


He said the plan would not work because he was in possession of “enough evidence” already.”


“I know he wants to tamper with documents critical to his and the three others future investigation and prosecution but unfortunately for him we already have enough evidence in our possession,” he said.


He urged Mr. Dogara to allow an independent investigations into the allegations.

Saraki, Akpabio, Daniel, Odili, Ladoja Included In AGF’s List For Fresh Probe, Trial

Senate President Bukola Saraki, factional Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ali Modu Sheriff; and Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, are among 31 former governors whose alleged corruption cases investigated by the anti-graft agencies are likely to be reopened soon.

The PUNCH had exclusively reported on Tuesday that the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, had written to the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission, directing the reopening of the cases of the ex-governors.

It was learnt on Wednesday that the AGF had called for the case files of the former state governors.


The PUNCH obtained the list of the former governors, who were named in the AGF’s letter, on Wednesday.

The list contains the names of Saraki, a former Governor of Kwara State; Akpabio (a former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, and Sheriff (an ex-Governor of Borno State).

Other former governors include Orji Uzor Kalu (Abia); Chimaroke Nnamani (Enugu); Saminu Turaki (Jigawa); Sule Lamido (Jigawa); Joshua Dariye (Plateau); Ahmed Yerima (Zamfara); Gabriel Suswam (Benue); Martin Elechi (Ebonyi); Danjuma Goje (Gombe) and Murtala Nyako (Adamawa).


They also include Ikedi Ohakim (Imo); Obong Victor Attah (Akwa Ibom); Achike Udenwa (Imo); Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa); Gbenga Daniel (Ogun); Jolly Nyame (Taraba); Boni Haruna (Adamawa); George Akume (Benue); Rashidi Ladoja (Oyo); Attahiru Bafarawa (Sokoto) and Adebayo Alao-Akala.

Others are Usman Dakingari (Kebbi); Adamu Mu’azu (Bauchi); Peter Odili (Rivers), and Lucky Igbindedion (Edo).

Part of the AGF’s letter to the ICPC, sighted by our correspondent on Monday, indicated that the cases against some of the former governors were investigated some years ago, but charges were never filed against them.


The letter partly read, “It is clear that some of these governors and other politically-exposed persons have not been charged to court despite the fact that the ICPC has concluded their investigations, concerning allegations levelled against them, for one reason or the other.

“It is the position of the present administration that all ex-governors, who the ICPC had long concluded investigations into the various allegations levelled against them, should be immediately prosecuted.”

The letter also gave the Chairman of the ICPC a 14-day ultimatum to “remit the duplicate case files concerning the politically-exposed persons investigated by the ICPC over the years” to the office of the AGF.

Our correspondent confirmed on Wednesday that the AGF had sent a similar request to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission with the same list of former governors annexed to his letter.


The PUNCH had reported that some of the ex-governors, according to one of the sources, include some, who had been convicted on charges preferred against them by the EFCC.

Some of them also had their cases terminated before full-blown trial could begin.

Others are currently undergoing trial on charges initiated against them by the EFCC at either the various divisions of the Federal High Court or the High Courts of their home states.


There are about five of the former governors, who are now said to be serving senators.

The affected personalities, it was learnt, served as governors for either one or two terms between 1999 and 2015, and are from all the six geopolitical zones of the country.

It was also confirmed that the majority of those on the list belonged to the two dominant political parties, the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party.

Another source also confirmed that a former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori, who was convicted in the United Kingdom for fraud-related charges and still serving his prison terms, was on the list.

Apart from Ibori, two former governors from the South-South, are said to be on the list.

Five of the former governors are from the South-East, and three from the South-West.


The PUNCH was informed that the ex-governors, whose cases would be reopened, included six from the North-West; six from the North-East, and eight from the North-Central.

The AGF letter defines high-profile cases as cases “involving alleged misconduct amounting to economic sabotage; involving complex financial transactions or property movement; involving any of the suspects, who is a politician, a public officer or judicial officer; and where the subject matter involves government or corruption of its official or involves the abuse of office.”

Such judiciary officers, it was learnt, would include judges allegedly involved in economic sabotage, including financial transactions.


The AGF’s letter to both the ICPC and EFCC indicated that AGF’s request for the case files was in the exercise of his powers vested in the AGF by Section 174(1) of the Constitution as well as sections 105 (3) and 106 (a) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

Our correspondent’s findings showed on Wednesday that ICPC and EFCC had yet to respond to the AGF’s request.

We Have No Fraud Information On Buhari’s Wife– US

The United States government says it has no information on the alleged crimes committed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha.

The acting Public Affairs Officer, US Consulate General, Lagos, Frank Sellin, said this in an email sent to a reporter on Tuesday.

Sellin said this in response to an enquiry made by reporters regarding allegations that the President’s wife was wanted in the US and was avoiding travelling to the country.

In a message, Sellin said, “Thank you for the inquiry.  We have no information to provide on this matter.”

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, had, last month, alleged that Mrs. Buhari was involved in the $185m Halliburton scandal.

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Alleged N42b Fraud: Ex-Customs Chief, Dikko, In Hospital

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is watching over a former Comptroller-General of Nigerian Customs Service(NCS), Abdullahi Inde  Dikko in a hospital in Abuja.

Dikko, who is being investigated over alleged N42billion fraud, has been in hospital since he surrendered to the EFCC for interrogation  last  Thursday.

A top source in the anti- graft commission, who spoke in confidence, said: “When Dikko reported at the EFCC, he was looking pale. It was obvious that his health was in bad shape.

“We interacted with him and relocated him to a hospital for treatment. From the first day, we allowed him to stay in hospital. Our operatives are only watching over him at the hospital.

 “We need to set the records straight. He was never at any time detained in EFCC’s custody because of his frail health. But we are monitoring him in a hospital.”

Out of the total fraud sum Dikko is being grilled on the sources of funds with which he acquired a N2billion mansion at 1, Audu Ogbe Street, Jabi Abuja.

The anti-graft agency had been on the trail of Dikko since January 8 when its operatives stormed the posh residence of the ex-Customs boss.

Following search pressure, Dikko gave himself up on Thursday by responding to the outstanding invitation of the EFCC.

Looking pale, Dikko arrived at the EFCC’s headquarters at about 10am for interrogation which lasted about eight hours.

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N5.6bn Fraud: FG Files Amended Charge Against Kalu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday, filed an amended 34-count criminal charge against the former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu.


The charge, marked FHC/ABJ/CR/56/07, was entered before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on a day trial Justice Anwuli Chikere was to commence hearing on an initially amended 112-count charge the anti-graft agency preferred against Kalu and two others on February 11, 2008.


The development, yesterday, made it the third time EFCC is amending the charge against the defendants. Kalu was hitherto answering to a 107-count corruption charge alongside his alleged accomplice, Udeh Jones Udeogu and his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited. The charge against them borders on conspiracy, money laundering and illegal diversion of public funds to the tune of N5.6 billion. The fraud was allegedly perpetuated while Kalu was governor of Abia State between 1999 and 2007. EFCC had, at the last adjourned date, April 11, secured leave of the court to arraign the defendants on the previously amended 112-count charge.


Justice Chikere adjourned to take fresh plea of the defendants after she was furnished with judgment of the Supreme Court, which on March 18, held that the defendants have a criminal case to answer.


Pending appeal


Meanwhile, at the resumed sitting yesterday, EFCC’s lawyer, Mr. Oluwaleke Atolagbe, told the court that he had just filed “a further amended charge” against the defendants.


However, counsel to the second and third defendants, Chief Solomon Akuma (SAN), notified the court that his client, Slok Nigeria Limited, still has an appeal pending before the Supreme Court. Akuma explained that what was previously determined by the apex court were two separate appeals marked SC/215/2012 and SC/264/2012, which were lodged by Kalu and Udeogu. He said: “The third appeal, SC/264a/2012, is still subsisting. As at

He said: “The third appeal, SC/264a/2012, is still subsisting. As at today briefs have been filed and exchanged by all the parties. “We have gone further to apply to the Chief Justice of Nigeria and the Director of Litigation at the Supreme Court to give us a date. “It is our submission that the commencement of hearing on this trial will prejudice the pending appeal. In the

In the circumstance we humbly ask for an adjournment.” His adjournment request was supported by Kalu’s lawyer, Chief Awa Kalu (SAN). Although EFCC’s lawyer confirmed the pendency of the appeal, he, however, stressed that issues raised by the third defendant were similar to what was earlier determined by the Supreme Court. Efforts by the prosecution, who placed reliance on Section 306 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, to persuade the court to proceed with the trial, failed as the court subsequently adjourned the matter till June 30 for

Efforts by the prosecution, who placed reliance on Section 306 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, to persuade the court to proceed with the trial, failed as the court subsequently adjourned the matter till June 30 for mention.

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I Changed N7.8bn To Dollars For Badeh – NAF Cashier

A cashier at the Nigerian Air Force headquarters, Emmanuel Abu, on Wednesday narrated to a Federal High Court in Abuja, the role he played in the alleged monthly diversion of N558.2m from the Nigerian Air Force accounts by an ex-Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd.).

Abu, who was testifying as the second prosecution witness in Badeh’s ongoing trial, said he routinely converted the N558.2m to dollars which the prosecution alleged was being handed over to the former Air Force chief monthly.

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is prosecuting Badeh alongside a firm, Iyalikam Nigeria Limited, on 10 counts of money laundering bordering on alleged fraudulent removal of about N3.97bn from the Nigerian Air Force’s account.

The anti-graft agency accused Badeh of using the fund to buy and develop landed assets in Abuja for himself and two of his sons between January and December 2013.

Abu stepped into the witness box after the first prosecution witness, a former Director of Finance and Account of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Aliyu Yishau (retd.), completed his testimony on Wednesday.

Yishau had testified how he was handing over the dollar equivalent of the N558.2m to Badeh at the Chief of Air Staff’s official residence on a monthly basis and also how he helped Badeh to use the money to acquire landed assets in Abuja.

Abu, who was led in evidence by the lead prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), on Wednesday said he converted N558.2m monthly removed from NAF’s Personnel and Emolument account for 14 months between November 2012 and December 2013.

He said within the 14 months period, a total of over N7.8bn was set aside and converted to dollars.

Abu explained that he and the Financial Officer at the headquarters of the Nigerian Air Force Camp, Mogadishu Cantonment, Asokoro, Abuja, Group Captain Mohammed Lawal Sini, (now Air Commodore), were the only signatories to the six accounts operated by NAF.

He said Sini gave him the instruction for the monthly setting aside of the  N558.2m immediately he (Sini) became the Finance Officer in November 2014, about a month after Badeh assumed the office of the Chief of Air Staff.

He explained that the N558.2m was a monthly leftover in the Personnel and Emolument account of the NAF after the payment of members of staff salaries and entitlements for a particular month.

He said after the payment of the staff salaries the leftover was usually transferred to the other five accounts of the Nigerian Air Force to augment NAF’s overheads and expenditures.

But he said no voucher was ever raised for its disbursement as it was done for other disbursement from other accounts of the NAF.

He said, “The left over in the personnel and emolument account are transferred to five other accounts after paying salaries, because the balance of the salaries are meant for other purposes, and the personnel and emolument account is just for payment of salaries.

“After distributing the money into five accounts, the funds are used to augment the NAF overheads expenditure. We use them to pay estacode, non-regular allowances, training and operations, also purchase of aviation fuel.

“For the expenditure for the fund, we receive approvals from the headquarters of NAF, usually approved by the Chief of Air Staff, however, in November 2012, when the new Camp Finance Officer resumed, he informed me verbally that there was a standing instruction for the sum of N558,200,000 to be set aside monthly for headquarters, NAF training and operational purposes.

“He also informed me that the amount is to be converted to US dollars, except there is any other instruction to the contrary.

“I complied with the instruction and I converted the amount monthly, from November 2012 to December 2013, within the 14 months, a total of N7.8b plus was set aside, out of this, within the 14 months, I received, instruction to transfer a total sum of N410m to HAFCO Nigeria Limited and N875m plus to Right Builders Technologies.

Under cross-examination by Badeh’s lawyer, Chief Akin Olujinmi (SAN), Abu confirmed that he never received any instruction relating to the setting aside of the N558.2m and its conversion to dollars.

He also said he had no official record of the dollar equivalent of the N558.2m.

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I Stumbled On Dariye’s Money Laundering – EFCC Witness

All properties bought  with suspected stolen money by Joshua Dariye, former governor of Plateau state  have been confiscated by the United Kingdom government.

Also confiscated was over a million pounds sterling recovered from him and accomplices.

And on top of that, the former governor is still wanted in the country to face money laundering charge and the criminal charge of jumping bail.

Mr Peter Clarke, a former London Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner and EFCC’s key witness  made all these disclosures during his testimony  in the money laundering charge against  Dariye  on Monday  in Abuja, before Justice Adebukola Banjoko.

Mr Peter Clark, EFCC’s key witness in the money laundering charge against ex-Gov. Joshua Dariye of Plateau on Monday told an FCT High Court that he stumbled on the matter while investigating a credit card fraud in London in 2004.

Clark made the disclosure in Abuja at the resumed hearing in the trial of the former governor in the court presided over by Justice Adebukola Banjoko

Dariye had been standing trial in a 23-count charge relating to money laundering and diversion of N1.64 billion state ecological fund, among other charges.

Clark, a retired financial investigator with London Metropolitan Police, said this during cross-examination by Mr Garba Pwul (SAN), the defense counsel.
The witness said he was investigating a credit card fraud that led him to 28 Regent Plaza, Dariye’s residence in London.
He told the court that one Christopher Mekwunya was found in the house with 11, 560 pound sterling in a brief case, which Mekwunya claimed, belonged to Dariye.
Mekwunya, who was sponsored to study in London by Dariye, was prosecuted but later acquitted on money laundering charges since the money was not his.
Though Clark agreed that that there was no official complain about Dariye prior to his arrest in London, the Prosecution led by Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), produced pieces of evidence in respect of this to the court.
The documents included payment transfer instructions, and photograph of money seized from the ex-governor, which the defense counsel dismissed as `just pictures of pounds and dollars.’
“They have no bearing to the case and have no foundation whatsoever’’, he said.
Other evidence included cheques and bank drafts from Barclays Bank. Clarke told the court that Dariye maintained an account with Barclays Bank since 2005, but that there was less activity in the account until 1999 when he became governor.
He named one Joyce Oyebanjo as the person who operated Dariye’s account in London, paying bills and taking care of Dariye’s children’s private education. He said that over one million pound sterling was found in her account for which she was later prosecuted and sentenced to three and a half years in jail.

A lady, Christabel Bentu was confirmed as being Dariye’s Personal Assistant who was in possession of Dariye’s passbooks and flight tickets.
He said she was also found with 50,000 pound sterling in cash, which she claimed that out of the amount, 10,000 pound sterling belonged to her while the remaining 40,000 pounds belonged to Dariye.
He said that upon arrest, Dariye and Christabel were detained separately in the police station.
Clark said that during Dariye’s arrest, 11,995 pound sterling was found in his apartment which was also seized.
He also testified that various sums of money which the ex-governor used to purchase properties were traced to other account names.
He said that the properties were later confiscated.
The defense Counsel, Pwul tried to establish the reason why Joyce Oyebanjo was convicted of money laundering charges while Mekwunya was discharged.
He argued that since both of them claimed that the monies found on them belonged to Dariye; both were supposed to be convicted.
In answer to this, Clarke said that million pounds was greater than the 11, 560 pounds found on Mekwunya.
The case was adjourned to June 6 by Justice Banjoko for continuation of trial.



N47.7bn NIMASA Fraud: EFCC Arraigns Tompolo, Seven Others In Absentia

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) monday arraigned the former Niger Delta militant, Government Oweize Ekemupolo, popularly called Tompolo, in absentia before a Federal High Court in Lagos on a 22-count charge bordering on fraud, conversation of money and forgery.

Also arraigned in absentia were siblings of the immediate past Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Patrick Ziadeke Akpolobokemi, who was also arraigned before the court.
The Akpolobokemi’s siblings were: Igo Akpolobokemi, Julius Akpolobokemi, Stephen Akpolobokemi, Victor Akpolobokemi, Norbert Akpolobokemi, Emmanuel Ebizimo Akpolobokemi, and Clement Akpolobokemi.

While those arraigned alongside the former NIMASA Director-General were: Kime Engozu, Josephine Otuaga and Rita Uruakpa.

Also docked with Akpolobokemi are seven limited liability companies which include Mieka Dive Training Institute LTD/GTE, Oyeinteke Global Network Limited, Wabod Global Resources Limited, Boloboere Properties Estate Limited, Gokaid Marine and Oil and Gas Limited, Muhaabix Global Service Limited and Watershed Associated Resources.
The EFCC in charge number FHC/L/C/31c/2016, alleged that the accused persons had in sometime 2014, within the jurisdiction of the court with an intend to defraud, conspired among themselves and obtained the total sum of N47,683,464,822 from the federal government.

The accused persons also alleged to have between May 6, 2014, and December 2, 2014, forged and uttered a Certificate of Customary Rights of Occupancy of the old Bendel State of Nigeria, and purportedly issued same to NIMASA, claiming that it was issued by Warri South Local Government Council, Delta State, to the prejudice of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

They were also alleged to have received sum of N11,900,000,000 from the federal government, by falsely pretending that all the land and its appurtenances lying and situated at Mieka Diva Training Institute, Kurutie, Warri South council area Delta State, be acquired by the NIMASA, for the temporary campus of Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Warri South, council area is from encumbrance.

The offences, according to EFCC prosecutors, Mr. Festus Keyamo and Rotimi Oyedepo, are contrary to sections 8, 1(b) of Advance Fee Fraud, 18 (a), 15 (1) of money Laundering Prohibition Amendment Act, 2012, and punishable under section 1 (3), 15(3) of the same Act, and 1(2)(c) Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap. M17, Laws of the federation 2004.

All the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Their lawyers, Dr. Joseph Nwobike (SAN), Mr. inaji E. U. and Mr. Oyesoji Oyeleke, urged the court to admit them to bail in liberal term. Nwobike and Inaji, particularly, pleaded with the court to allow their clients, Akpolobokemi and Kime Engozu, to continue with the bail terms granted them in other criminal charges they have before the court.
Ruling on the bail application, the presiding judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba, while conceding to the request of Nwobike and Inaji, however admitted bail to Josephine Otuaga, Rita Uruakpa in the sum of N50 million with one surety each. The surety, according to Justice Buba, must show evidence of landed property within the jurisdiction of the court, and sworn to affidavit of means, while the two accused persons be remanded in EFCC custody pending the perfection of their bail conditions.

The matter was adjourned till May 30 and 31 for trial.

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Tompolo Sues FG Over N45.9bn Fraud Charges

Wanted former Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemulopo, alias Tompolo, has commenced legal action against the Federal Government of Nigeria, challenging the N45.9bn fraud charges filed against him.

Tompolo, who approached the Federal High Court in Lagos through his lawyer, Mr. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, is seeking an order restraining the Federal Government and its agencies from further proceeding with the N45.9bn fraud charges filed against him.

The defendants in the suit are the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Inspector-General of Police, the Chief of Army Staff, the Chief of Naval Staff and the Chief of Air Staff.

Tompolo, through Adegboruwa, is contending that sections 221 and 306 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, which prohibits him from seeking a stay of proceedings in his trial, are infringing on his constitutional rights to fair hearing.

He is urging the court to nullify sections 221 and 306 of the ACJA and restrain the Federal Government, the EFCC and the IGP from deploying those sections of the law against him.

Adegboruwa argued that sections 221 and 306 are in conflict with Section 36 of the Constitution which guarantees his client’s right to fair hearing.

The suit followed an appeal filed by Tompolo against the dismissal of his application seeking to set aside the arrest warrant issued against him by Justice Ibrahim Buba on February 8, 2016.

Tompolo is urging the Court of Appeal to not only vacate the arrest warrant issued against him but also disqualify Justice Buba from presiding over his case.

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Group Petitions Buhari Over Fraud In NYSC

President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged by civil rights group under the aegis The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency, CESJET, to order an immediate investigation into the finances of all National Youth Service Corps, NYSC  officials and management staffs connected with the online portal.

CESJET in a petition signed by its Executive Director, Sunday Attah and addressed  to President Muhammadu Buhari also want a forensic audit conducted on all revenues from the online portal and remittances to the Federation account.

The NYSC had last year introduced four thousand naira (N4,000.00) fee for accessing the online portal for registration and printing of call up letter by corps members.

The petition said, “the anti-people fee was vehemently opposed by Nigerians when it was introduced because it remains exorbitant and exploitative of youths that are mobilising to serve the nation.

“Your Excellency, the NYSC management conveniently structured this extortion as a Private Public Partnership, PPP similar to the Immigration recruitment scam that led to loss of life. At inception, the claims by Brigadier-General Olawumi and his cohorts basically implied that users of the online platform must pay for the initial cost of acquiring hardware and setting up the portal. The explanation was that there would be a drop in the N4000 fee over the course of time when the cost of setting up the portal would have been recovered. Conveniently, no definite timeline for reviewing the fee was provided.

“In addition to being an extortion racket, the PPP arrangement equally implies that Your Excellency’s directive on the Treasury Single Account (TSA) for all revenues generated by government agencies is in a grey area. Whatever agreement NYSC signed with its PPP implementing partner, Sidmach Technologies Nigeria Limited, remains secretive and details of remittances to the Federal Government are unknown.

“Nigerians were also misled into thinking that using the online portal was optional while the realities on ground are totally different. Those who tried not to use the portal ultimately discovered they must revert to it or risk losing the chance to serve their fatherland.

“We resorted to writing Your Excellency after all the petitions sent to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to halt the self enrichment being carried out by the NYSC and the principal actor, the Director General and they failed to act accordingly.

” The NYSC be compelled to truly make the use of the online portal optional

“A directive be given for a full scale investigation of the finances of all other NYSC officials and management staff with connections to the portal

“A directive be given for a forensic audit of all revenues from the online portal and remittances to the Federation Account.”

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Dauski’s Absence Stalls Trial

The absence of retired Col. Sambo Dasuki, a former National Security Adviser (NSA), on Wednesday stalled his trial at an FCT High Court, Abuja.
Dasuki, Shuaibu Salisu, a former NSA Director of Finance, and ?Aminu Baba-Kusa, a former Executive Director, NNPC were arraigned for diversion of N13.6 billion meant for purchase arms.
The other defendants were Acacia Holding Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited.
At Wednesday’s hearing, Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), told the court that Dauski refused to come to the court because his lead counsel would be absent.
Jacobs said that he persuaded him to come but he said, “unless you abduct me, I am not coming’’.
Citing Sections 267(2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, he said that it was a deliberate effort made by the first defendant and his counsel not to appear in court.
However, Mr Wale Balogun, holding brief for Mr Joseph Dauda (SAN), told the court that it was the duty of the prosecution to produce the first defendant in the court.
He said that the prosecuting counsel did not produce affidavits evidence before the court as for why he could not produce the first defendant.
Olakayode Dada, Mr Solomon Umoh (SAN), Dr Abiodun Layoun (SAN) and Mr Olajide Ayodele counsel for 2nd to fifth defendants, respectively aligned themselves with Balogun’s submission.
Justice Husseni Baba-Yusuf adjourned the till April 6 for continuation.



Alleged theft of N754m Fraud: Ex-NIMASA Boss, Akpobolokemi, Others Lose In Court

An Igbosere High Court, Lagos, on Monday dismissed a preliminary objection filed by a former Director-General of Nigeria Maritime Administration Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi, challenging the jurisdiction of the court over alleged stealing of N754.7 million.


Mr. Akpobolokemi is standing trial on a 13-count charge of stealing.


He was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission alongside Captain Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Governor Juan, Vincent Udoye, Captain Sahib Olopoenia and a company, Gama Marine Nigeria Ltd.


Mr. Akpobolokemi had through his lawyer, Joseph Nwobike (SAN), filed a notice of preliminary objection challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the suit.


He argued that by virtue of provisions of Section 251 (1) (a) and (3) of the Constitution, only a Federal High Court had exclusive jurisdiction to hear cases pertaining to and or connected with the revenues of the Federal Government of Nigeria and its agencies.


Also, the 4th accused, Governor Juan, through his counsel, Ige Asemudara, also filed a similar application.


Ruling on the preliminary objections, Justice Raliat Adebiyi, dismissed all the objections raised by the applicants on the grounds that they lacked merit.

The court held that the applicants wrongly raised the issue of double jeopardy.

She also said that there was no connection between the two charges filed against some of the accused before the Federal High Court and the one before the High Court of Lagos State.


Justice Adebiyi held that the offence of stealing was clearly within the jurisdiction of the Lagos High court.

She added that it would be too early at this stage of proceedings to determine whether Lagos High Court lacked jurisdiction to determine the suit.


The judge held that the issue of jurisdiction could be raised at any stage of the proceedings.


The applicants had in their preliminary objections argued that the provisions of Section 251 (1) (a), (P) and (3) of the Constitution supercedes the provisions of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011 and that of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Establishment Act, 2004.


They also argued that the High Court of Lagos lacked the requisite jurisdiction to entertain criminal cases and matters arising from the revenue of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

But the EFCC, in its counter-affidavit, urged the court to refuse the application in the interest of justice more so when the prove of evidence before the court clearly linked the applicants to the alleged offence.

The accused were arraigned on Jan. 25 by the EFCC over alleged stealing of N754. 7million belonging to NIMASA.


They pleaded not guilty the charges and were granted bail.


The case was adjourned to April 14 and 20 for trial.



CBN Uncovers Fraud, Suspends Top Officials

The Central Bank of Nigeria said on Thursday night that it had uncovered what it described as a highly sophisticated plot to defraud the bank by some people.

The bank said in a statement issued at about 10:39pm by the Acting Director, Corporate Communications, Isaac Okoroafor, that while preliminary investigations have not revealed any accomplices within the bank, some personnel within the apex bank had been placed on suspension.

The nature of the fraud was not specified in the statement.

It, however, said the need to place these officials on suspension was to allow for proper investigations by the relevant authorities.

The statement reads, “A highly sophisticated plot to defraud the CBN by some criminally minded elements has been uncovered and aborted by the bank.

“Although preliminary investigations so far have not revealed any accomplices within the CBN, the management has decided to place all key personnel involved in the transaction on suspension.

“This is to ensure a full and unfettered investigation. This incidence has been reported to the relevant authorities.”

The CBN in the statement assured stakeholders in the banking sector that the security within the apex bank remains intact and had not been breached.

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Budget Tinkering: Buhari Reportedly Orders Redeployment Of 184 Top Officials From Budget Office

President Buhari has reportedly ordered the redeployment of 184 top budget officials to other parastatals that have little or nothing to do with budget, as a punishment for their roles in padding the 2016 budget sent to the National Assembly.

According to a report by Vanguard, a top official in the Budget office confirmed that 22 top officers from the Budget Office of the Federation were affected in the mass deployment.

The rest were moved away from budget-related duties in other Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs. Out of the 22 top officials deployed in the budget office, four were directors on Level 17, six
were deputy directors while 12 were Assistant directors.

The ordered for their redeployment was reportedly conveyed in a statement by the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation. Media Adviser to the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Akpadem James, confirmed the development but declined to give further details.



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EFCC Arrests Oronsaye For Fraud, To Be Charged Afresh

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Wednesday night, took into custody a former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mr Steve Oronsaye., over allegation of corruption and obtaining money by false pretence.


Oronsaye who is already being prosecuted by the EFCC on 24 counts of money laundering before a Federal High Court, Abuja, is alleged to have abused his position as Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Financial Action Task Force and obtained the sum of N240million from the Central Bank of Nigeria under the guise of assistance to the Committee without the knowledge of other committee members and proceeded to convert the said sum to his personal use.


A top source in the EFCC disclosed that the former top bureaucrat who had been on administrative bail over other financial crimes being probed by the agency, was re-arrested at about 4.30 pm on Tuesday.


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Fraud In NBC: EFCC Recovers N10b, Set To Prosecute Ex-DG Mba, Three Others

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recovered NN10,061,172,600 from the National Broadcasting Commission(NBC) being alleged inflation of collateral funds meant for Digital Set-Top -Boxes.

The commission is set to prosecute a former Director-General of NBC, Mr. Emeka Mba and three others.

Also to face trial is  the NBC’s Director of Finance, Mr. Patrick Areh, who received a curious transfer of N390million and another N20million cash gift from the contract sum.

Others are  the Managing Director, Technology Advisor, Mr. Basil Udotai, and the Managing Director of In-View Technology Limited and D-Vine Partners Limited, Mr. Babatunji Amure.

According to EFCC’s investigation, NBC under Mba defied the Federal Government’s directive  of August 7, 2015 on Treasury Single Account (TSA) to divert N15,038,400,000, out of N34,114,500,000 received from MTN for Spectrum Band Width, to finance the contract for the Digital Set-Top -Boxes.

Out of the diverted N15,038,400,000 as collateral security to Zenith Bank Plc, EFCC investigators discovered that only N4,977,227,400 was needed.

The commission said “only eight (8) out of the 12 companies opened letter of credit amounting to N3,739,727,400.00 while the sum of N1,237,400,000 was for the Digital Access Fees making a total of N4,977,227,400.”

The EFCC said after a reconciliation meeting with the Ministry of Information and Zenith Bank Plc, it was “agreed that N10,061,172,600 was in excess and should be recovered by the EFCC.”

Mba and others will face trial for non-compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on TSA, abuse of the Procurement Law, and award of contracts beyond the N50million spending limit of the DG of NBC.

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N119bn Fraud: FG Seeks To Seize Tompolo’s Assets

The federal government has asked a Federal High Court in Lagos to freeze the assets of former militant leader Government Ekpemupolo (alias Tompolo) who is charged alongside eight others with converting public funds to private pockets.

In the application by counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Festus Keyamo, the prosecution is seeking an order of the court to confiscate all moveable and immoveable properties of Tompolo discovered by the anti-graft agency. The application which was made based on Sections 80 and 81 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015 attached the properties to be seized thus: No. 1 Chief Agbamu Close DDPA Extension Warri (Effurun), Delta State; and all properties of Mieka Dive Ltd and Mieka Dive Training Institute Ltd situated at No. 77, Lioth Street, ODPA Ugborikoko, Uvwie Local Government Area, Delta State; all properties of Global West Vessel Specialist Ltd; All properties of Muhaabix Global Services Ltd; a River Crew Change Boat named MUHA -15.

Others are: the property known as “Tompolo Dockyard”, by the end of Enerhen Road, Effurun, Warri; “Tompolo Yard” at Chevron Clinic Road, Next to Next Oil, Edjeba, Warri; Diving School at Kurutie, at Escravos River and “Tompolo House” at Oporaza Town, opposite the Palace in Delta State.

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N2.1B Fraud: Dokpesi Takes Fresh Plea

The founder of DAAR Communications PLC, Chief Raymond Dokpesi has taken a fresh plea before Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Mr Dokpesi who is the owner of the African Independent Television (AIT) and Raypower Radio was first arraigned before Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the same court in Abuja by the federal government on a six count criminal charge of N2.1B money laundering in December 2015.

Mr Dokpesi’s fresh plea was necessitated by the re-assignment of his case to Justice James Tsoho who has just been transferred from Lagos to Abuja division of the court this year.

In the charge signed by Aliyu Yusuf, Deputy Director, Legal and Prosecution Department of EFCC, the accused was alleged to have between October 2014 and March 2015 conducted procurement fraud by receiving the sum of N2, 120,000,000 into the account of DAAR Investment and Holding Company for the funding of media activities for the 2015 presidential election campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The alleged offence is contrary to section 58 (4) (b) of the Public Procurement Act 2007 and punishable under section 58 (6) and 7 of the same act.

After taking his plea, his lawyer Wole Olanipekun , urged the trial judge to admit Mr. Dokpesi to the same bail terms earlier granted to him by Justice Kolawole, saying that he had been of “good behaviour” since the commencement of the suit.

The plea was not opposed to by the prosecuting Counsel, Mister Rotimi Jacobs, who informed the court that he was more interested in commencing and advancing with the trial.

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Alleged N2.1bn Fraud: EFCC Re-Arraigns Dokpesi

?The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today, re-arraigned the Chairman emeritus of DAAR Communications Plc, ?High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

Dokpesi ?who was initially docked before the court on December 9, 2015, is facing a six-count criminal charge. He was alleged to have ?received about N2.1billion from the office of the National Security Adviser, NSA, for Peoples Democratic Party’s ?presidential media campaign.

According to the charge which was signed by the Deputy Director, Legal and Prosecution at the EFCC, Mr. Aliyu Yusuf, the fund was released to the accused person by the erstwhile NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki, rtd, ?between October 2014 and March 19, 2015.

The funds were allegedly transferred from an account the ?office of NSA operated with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN?, to a FirstBank? of Nigeria Plc? account owned by DAAR Investment and Holding Company Limited The prosecution maintained that the transaction was in breach of ?section 58 (4) (b) of the Public Procurement Act 2007 and punishable under section 58 (6) and 7 of the same Act, as well as under section 17 (b) of the EFCC Act, 2004. EFCC equally joined Dokpesi’s firm, DAAR Investment and Holdings Ltd, owners of African Independent Television, AIT, and Raypower FM, as the 2nd defendant in the suit.

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EFCC Arraigns Man Over N57.7m Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday, February 11, arraigned one Robert Daniel Onyeani before Justice E. N. Anyadike of the Federal High Court of Umuahia, Abia State on a four-count charge of obtaining money by false pretence and issuance of dud cheque to the tune of N57, 704,000.00 (Fifty-Seven Million, Seven Hundred and Four Thousand Naira).

Onyeani, Chief Executive of Imagine Roco Limited, sometime in November, 2013, allegedly presented himself to the complainant as a member of a seven-man Presidential Committee on Import
Duties Concession and Waiver of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and investment, Abuja.
The 53-year-old accused person also allegedly demanded the sum of N178, 000,000 (one hundred and seventy-eight million naira) from the complainant, promising that he could procure import duties waiver/concession certificate for importation of stock fish.

However, the accused person, after collecting the sum of N57,704,000.000 (fifty-seven million, seven hundred and four thousand naira) from the complainant, became elusive.
When the petitioner requested for refund, the accused person was said to have issued some cheques, which were not honoured due to insufficient fund in his account.

One of the counts reads:

‘‘That you, Robert Daniel Onyeani, CEO of Imagine Roco Ltd, on or about the 26th day of November, 2013 at Aba within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria obtained the sum of N20,000,000.00 (twenty million naira) from one Chinemeya Iheaku of G.N. Iheaku & Co. Ltd under the false pretence that you can procure a certificate of concession/waiver on the importation of stockfish/fish head, a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1) of Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.’’

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to all the charges when they were read to him. In view of his plea, the prosecuting counsel, Joshua Saidu, asked for a trial date and prayed the court to remand the accused person in prison custody. The defence counsel, O. Emole, however, moved an application for bail on behalf of his client.

Consequently, Justice Anyadike adjourned the matter to February 16 for hearing  on the bail application and ordered the accused person to be remanded in prison custody.

President Buhari Orders Probe Into 2016 Budget Fraud, Wants Questionable Allocations Scrapped

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an immediate investigation into allegations of fraudulent padding of allocations in the 2016 budget, with strict orders that all cases of discrepancies, errors and ambiguities be resolved promptly, a senior government official told PREMIUM TIMES Thursday.

An extensive analysis of the budget by PREMIUM TIMES exposed questionable details, with the National Assembly on Tuesday suspending deliberations on the document indefinitely.

The chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Danjuma Goje, (APC-Gombe State), and his House of Representatives counterpart, Abdulmumin Jibrin (APC-Kano), said the suspension was necessary to enable the National Assembly carry out “proper clean-up” of the budget.

Earlier, a senior presidency official blamed “budget mafia” for the controversial contents, in reference to civil servants responsible for preparing the budget.

Another top administration official on Thursday gave PREMIUM TIMES further details on how the government was responding to the embarrassing budget allocations.

He pleaded anonymity, and said the government was avoiding publicly stating its position on the matter for now to avoid playing into the hands of its critics.

The official said both the Finance and Budget & National Planning ministries were determined to effect the necessary corrections and turn in a clean copy of the document for approval.

He blamed most of the errors in the budget on “over-ambitious civil servants” in the budget office who handled the preparation of the document prior to the appointment of ministers by Mr. Buhari.

He said by the time the ministers were eventually appointed, they had no sufficient time to properly scrutinize the budget for errors, in view of the tight deadline each of the ministries got before the final presentation to the joint session of the National Assembly on December 22, 2015.

To enable the budget to be cleaned up of all the controversial allocations, the official said a high-powered panel had been constituted with a mandate to investigate all observations and concerns by individuals, media and agencies, particularly the National Assembly.

“The presidency has ordered the immediate investigation of all the allegations and issues, particularly on padding, raised by the National Assembly on various ministries, departments and agencies of government,” he said.

“The investigative panel is expected to critically look into the budget item-by-item, incident-by-incident, with particular attention to the reactions from the National Assembly, ministries, media, civil society groups or indeed anybody that raised concerns regarding the padding of the budget.

“All corrections would be made to ensure that the budget was passed as soon as possible. I assure you government is working cautiously on the corrections with the intention of correcting any error or malfeasance spotted in the 2016 Appropriation Bill. If there is any error whatsoever, it is being sorted out straight away,” the official added.

It remained unclear what sanctions the government was considering for officials that might be found to be involved in padding the budget. Our first source had said those involved might be fired.

The House of Representatives had asked government to order the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, to arrest and prosecute top civil servants behind the budget padding scandal.

On its part, the Senate said, apart from the prosecution of the civil servants, the Minister of National Planning and Budget, Udo Udoma, and other top officials of the ministry should also be sanctioned.

However, the official exonerated the minister, saying “That the budget could be presented the day it was presented and in the manner it was done was due to the extra effort and hard work by the ministers who inherited what the civil servants had already prepared.

”By the time they took over, most of the ministers did not have a good grasp of the details of the budget of their ministries”.

Source – Premium Times

2016 Budget Fraud: Reps Block Ministry’s Controversial N1 Billion Allocation

The budget defence of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, on Thursday, ended in a stalemate over controversial allocations to the ministry.

There are proposals of N1.07 billion for “optic fibre and satellite space segment” and N50 million for “global communication network computer” in the ministry’s budget. The budget was presented by the minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, on Thursday.

Both budget subheads are meant for a global communication project to connect Nigeria’s 119 diplomatic missions to the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja.

However, the chairman of the House Committee, Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje, insisted that appropriations had been made “many times” for the project in the previous budgets.

Mrs. Ukeje disclosed that a total of N9billion had been appropriated for the project in the past.

She questioned the non-completion of the project over the years and the need for over N1 billion naira for the project in the 2016 budget.

Interestingly, officials of the ministry, including the minister, the permanent secretary, director of finance and administration, spoke different times without responding to Mrs. Ukeje’s probe.

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Corruption: ‘Nigeria’s Most Wanted Suspect Lives In UK’ – Buhari

In far away London, United Kingdom, and despite reports that he is on a five-day vacation, President Muhammadu Buhari told Daily Telegraph that one of the biggest suspects in the ongoing probe of corruption in Nigeria lives in their midst.

Buhari, who refused to mention any name, said this in an interview with the United Kingdom-based newspaper, Daily Telegraph .
He also spoke about Boko Haram, saying that his administration was ready to discuss with them on the missing Chibok girls.

“One of the biggest corruption suspects is in Britain, although, I am not going to name that person.
But, Britain has earned our respect in the way it deals with these matters.

“Our only problem is that it seems to be too thorough and it takes too much time. If there are obvious cases, like bank accounts, infrastructure, houses and hotels, I would hope they could do it quicker, so that we can claim these things back promptly.”

On Boko Haram, the president said: “As long as we can estsblish the bonafides of the leadership of Boko Haram, we are prepared as a government to discuss with them on how to get the girls back. But, we have not established any evidence of a credible leadership.
Asked if Abubakar Shekau was still the leader of the sect, Buhari said: “ I receive conflicting information about the status of Shekau. Some say he has been removed and replaced by a less charismatic terrorist” I think he must be on the run, because out of the 14 local governments that Boko Haram used to call their Caliphate, they do not control any now. They are scattered around the Sambisa forest and they have resorted to attacking soft targets, people in churches, mosques and market places, using improvised explosives devices.” Responding to a question on whether he asked the west for military assistance during the last G7 meeting, the president answered: “Yes. I did, but I don’t want to give details of that in public, at present. As you know, we already have foreign military help in terms of training missions”. While expressing disappointment that his predecessor in office
resorted to mercenaries, he also lamented the recent revelations of how military allocations were also misappropriated. Buhari asked rhetorically: “How is it that Nigeria’s military, which has a good record across West Africa, cannot claim back to 14 out of 774 local local governments from Boko Haram. They have to ask for mercenaries from South Africa?. How the mighty has fallen!”

On the threat of terrorism across West and North Africa, Buhari said: “I think we should be very worried because with technology, Boko Haram and other terrorists have become very mobile in all continents, not only in Africa, but also in Europe, America and Asia.

“For Africa and the Sahel, the demise of (Muamar) Ghaddafi’s regime led to a lot of armed and trained people, especially those from the Sahel, being dispersed. Fighting is the only thing they know and they are available at a fee. The danger is there and I am pleased that Europe has
realised it too”.

The president said he has not seen confirmed reports that Nigerians have been fighting for Isil in the Libya city of Sirte. On whether Nigerian in diaspora in the UK were being involved in Boko Haram, he replied:” No, but if I do, I will immediately raise the issue. “A number of Nigerianss use the migrant routes to come to the UK to claim asylum, saying their lices are at risk from Boko Haram. Is it legitimate for them to do so?”

‘EFCC Is investigating Diezani Alison-Madueke, Kola Aluko’ – Magu

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, says the former Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former Minister of Petroleum Resources Diezani Alison-Madueke and her associate Kola Aluko, are all on the investigating radar of the commission.

Magu said this while appearing before the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes to defend the agency’s 2016 budget. He told the committee that the agency will soon move into the petroleum sector.

A member of the committee, Rasaq Atunwa, while speaking to newsmen after Magu’s presentation,

“I said the EFCC has recovered a lot of money for Nigeria and he (Magu) mentioned that in that regard, more sectors of the economy are likely to come under investigative activities. I said ‘will it include the petroleum sector’? He said, ‘yes’. And I said ‘would it include investigating the following people – Diezani Alison-Madueke, Okonjo-Iweala and a particular oil magnate’, and he said ‘yes’; those people are already under their investigative radar.”he said

Alison-Madueke, was last year arrested by the National Crime Agency in the UK over allegations of money laundering and fraud.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Reacts To Alleged Investigation By EFCC

Former Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has reacted to reports that she’s allegedly being investigated by the EFCC for embezzlement, calling media headlines misleading and untrue. Her statement below..

We want to clarify that some of the media reports alleging that the EFCC is investigating former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, are misleading and untrue. This is clear from eye witness accounts of the Budget 2016 presentation by the EFCC at the House of Representatives and gaps in the reported stories.

The headlines are a misrepresentation of what the EFCC Chairman actually said during the event. While the headlines claimed that the EFCC Chairman, in response to a question by an APC, member Hon Razak Atunwa, stated that Dr Okonjo-Iweala is under investigation, the actual words quoted in the same reports told a very different story.

His words: “Very soon we will go into the petroleum industry. Such investigation requires that we have to build capacity, we have to bring in experts to enable us tackle what we are doing properly and the investigation must be conducted properly. We have internal lawyers and external lawyers. We have to pay insurance…”

The words said to have been spoken by the EFCC Chairman cannot support the lurid headlines that Dr Okonjo-Iweala is under investigation by the EFCC. The Nigerian media plays an important role in our democracy and we urge them to be fair, balanced and factual in their reports.

Paul C Nwabuikwu Media Adviser to Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

Reps Uncover 169 Ghost Companies On N1trn Rail Contracts

THE House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee on Failed Rail Contracts, yesterday, unearthed 169 ghost companies that registered as contractors with the Nigeria Railway Corporation, NRC, for projects valued at N1 trillion.

The ad hoc committee raised the alarm yesterday, during the investigative hearing at the National Assembly, that none of the 169 companies invited by the committee had shown up.

Chairman of the committee, Johnson Agbonnayinman, (Ikpoba/Okha federal constituency), said the need to invite the contractors was important, but lamented that efforts to reach them had so far proven fruitless.

He added that so far only the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, CCECC, responded to the committee’s letter.

According to him, “you are duty bound to produce the contractors. They are nowhere to be found; they are not faceless but yet they cannot be reached.

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“You gave them the job, so you should produce them; we are holding you responsible.”

The committee also asked the corporation’s MD, Mr. Adeseyi Sijuwade, to make available the agency’s record of Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, between 2010 and 2014, and was also asked to tell the committee what the IGR was used for.

In response, the MD said the IGR was used to augment the agency’s overhead budget.

EFCC Chairman Meets UAE Envoy Over Money Laundering

Following President Buhari’s Mutual Legal Assistance agreement with the United Arab Emirate on the repatriation of stolen funds and extradition of indicted officials, the Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, met with the UAE Ambassador to Nigeria, Mahmud Muhammad Al- Mahmud today in Abuja.

Magu called for the strengthening of the existing relationship between Nigeria and United Arab Emirate, UAE, with a view to effectively tackle corruption within the African continent.
“The fight against graft requires the collaborative support of all and sundry, most especially the international community for it to be won”, he said.
According to the EFCC boss, the present administration in the country is poised to recover the nation’s commonwealth looted and laundered in foreign countries by corrupt elements. He said the Commission has intelligence that the UAE is considered a safe haven by corrupt politically exposed persons in Nigeria.
A-Mahmud pledged the support of his country to Nigeria’s anti-graft war.

“No counrtry can be an island on its own without the support of others.” the UAE Ambassador said.

EFCC Arraigns Two Oil Dealers for Petroleum Equalisation Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, January 28, 2016 arraigned the duo of Aku Ben Aku and Philips James Aliku alongside their company, Al-Aminu Oil and Gas Limited, before Justice Sulaiman Aliyu Tukur  of the High Court of Kaduna State, Kaduna on a five -count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N14, 602, 600.00 (Fourteen Million, Six Hundred and Two Thousand, Six Hundred Naira).

The offence is contrary to Section 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable Under Section 1(3) of the same Act.

The first accused person, Aku, while being in the employ of the Petroleum Equalisation Fund Board, allegedly registered a private company, Al-Aminu Oil and Gas, where he is a director.

Aku, allegedly conspired with the second accused person, Aliku, who is also a director in the company, and obtained the sum of N14, 602, 600.00 (Fourteen Million, Six Hundred and Two Thousand, Six Hundred Naira) from the Federal Government on the pretence that the money was for the loading and selling of petroleum products by the filling station purportedly located on Madikiya Road, Kafancha, Kaduna State.

Count one of the charge reads: ‘‘That you Aku Ben ‘M’,   Philips James Aliku ‘M’, whilst being Directors of Al-Aminu Oil and Gas Limited on about the 11th day of February, 2014 in Kaduna within the jurisdiction of the High Court of Kaduna State did, with intent to defraud, conspired to obtain the sum of N14, 602, 600.00( Fourteen Million, Six Hundred and Two Thousand and Six Hundred Naira) from the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Petroleum Equalisation Fund( Management) Board under the pretence that the said sum represented the loading and selling of petroleum products in the non-existent filling station, claimed to be located along Madikiya Road, Kafancha, Kaduna State. The said sum paid through Zenith Bank Plc. account No. 1013733208, which representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 8(a) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.’’

Another count reads:  ‘‘That you Aku Ben Aku ‘M’, Phillips James Aliku ‘M’, whilst being Directors of Aminu Oil and Gas Limited, on or about the 11th day of February, 2014 in Kaduna within the jurisdiction of the High Court of Kaduna State did, with intent to defraud and in order to facilitate obtaining the sum of 14, 602, 600.00 (Fourteen Million, Six Hundred and Two Thousand and Six Hundred Naira)) by false pretence from the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Petroleum Equalisation Fund ( Management) Board knowingly and fraudulently used as genuine a forged document titled ‘‘The Department of Petroleum Resources’’ Receipt No. DPR/ No.0452666, dated 15th October, 2014 made in favour of Al-Aminu Oil and Gas Limited by  presenting the document to the Petroleum Equalisation Fund( Management) Board,  purporting the document to have been issued by Department of Petroleum Resources( DPR) and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 364 of the Penal Code Cap 532 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria( Abuja)1990?.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were  read to them.

In view of their pleas, the prosecution counsel, Steve Odiase , asked the court for a trial date.
In response, the  defence counsel, F. C. Ikpe, told the court that there was a pending application for bail and prayed the court to grant the accused bail on liberal terms.

The prosecution counsel did not oppose the bail application.

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Name Ex Gov Thieves, Others, In N1.34tr Fraud; Fayose Tasks Lai Mohammed

Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State has challenged the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to make public names of the 15 former governor and 55 Nigerians that he claimed stole N1.34 trillion between 2006 and 2013 or keep his mouth shut permanently.

The governor, who also described as ‘disgraceful, bringing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh to court in handcuff’, said; “Even the masterminds of Mandala and Nyanya bomb blasts, Kabiru Sokoto and Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche were not handcuffed when they were arraigned in court.”

He continued, “The reality is that the All Progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government has destroyed the economy within eight months in power and rather than look for solutions to the problems facing Nigeria, Lai Mohammed and his cohorts are branding bogus figures about stolen money just to cover up their lack of solution to the country’s economic problems.”

The governor’s message was contained in a release issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka.

Governor Fayose also said it was funny that close to one year after it won the presidential election, the President Mohammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) federal government was still operating as if it was campaigning for votes.

The governor continued, “They are turning governance to Nollywood, such that when one movie is about to end, they release another one. As it appears that the $2.1 billion arms deal movie is getting to an end, Lai Mohammed introduced another movie titled; N1.34 trillion loot.

“Unfortunately for them this time around, Nigerians have become tired of watching the Federal Government movies, they now want reality. Nigerians are now aware of the scam in the $2.1 billion arms deal movie having seen that the amount those already charged to court were charged with is not more than N10 billion and $2.1 billion is over N600 billion.

“Therefore, Lai Mohammed must either tell Nigerians details of the 15 former governors and 55 people that he claimed stole N1.34 trillion, where the stolen money is kept and bring back the money or apologise to Nigerians for lying.”

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N2.6bn Fraud: Fashion Designer Got N546m From NIMASA

The trial of an ex-Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Patrick Akpobolokemi, and five others continued before a Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday with a bureau de change operator, Hussein Sabo, testifying against them.



The defendants are being tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegedly converting to their personal use a total of N2,658,957, 666, belonging to NIMASA between December 23, 2013 and May 28, 2015.



They were on December 4, 2015 arraigned on 22 counts in relation to the offence before Justice Ibrahim Buba.



The accused — Akpobolokemi, Ezekiel Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Governor Juan, Blockz and Stonz Limited and Al-Kenzo Logistic Limited — however pleaded not guilty to all the charges.



Sabo was the 3rd witness to be called by the EFCC, which opened its case on Monday to prove its allegations against the accused persons.



Led in evidence by the EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, Sabo, who spoke in pidgin English, told the court that one Muhammed Darlington approached him in March 2014 and told him that the 2nd defendant (Agaba) wanted to buy dollars.



The bureau de change operator said Dalington subsequently took his account number after which huge sums of money were paid into it in several tranches.



For instance, Sabo claimed that he received four payment alerts on March 3, 2014 for the sums of N33.8m, N35m, 20m and 3m, which he helped the accused to change into US dollars.



He also claimed that between March and December 2014 he received six payments in the sums of N85,305,000, N155,300,000, N13,000,000, N10,000,000, and N84,000,000, which he also helped the accused to change into US dollars.



Earlier, a fashion designer, Chukwuemeka Onuoha, who testified as the EFCC’s second witness, had told the court that the defendants used his company, Extreme Vertevex Limited, to siphon N546,802,000 from the coffers of NIMASA under the guise of a non-existent contract.



Onuoha told the court that though he neither tendered any proposal nor carried out any contract for NIMASA, N546,802,000 was paid by NIMASA into his account with Zenith Bank Plc.



The witness claimed that the disbursement of the money was facilitated by the 3rd defendant (Nwakuche) who he knew when he was in secondary school.



Onuoha narrated to the court how in 2003, shortly after the 3rd defendant secured an employment with NIMASA, he (Onuoha) approached the 3rd defendant and pleaded with him to consider him for any contract in the agency.



He claimed that shortly after he made the request, the 3rd defendant called him on the telephone to enquire if he had any registered company that could be used for transactions as well as the company’s accounts.


Onuoha told the court that not long after he supplied the details of his company and his bank account to the 3rd defendant, he received several alerts from his bank totaling N546,802,000.



For instance, he told the court that in August 2014 he received N21,802,000; on November 6, 2014, he received N318m; and on November 25, 2014 he received an alert for payment of the sum of N207m into his bank account.



He added that when he enquired from the 3rd defendant what the money was meant for, he was told to wait for further instructions.



Onuoha told the court that he was later instructed to transfer the money to different accounts by the 3rd defendant.


Under cross examination by Akpobolokemi’s lawyer, Dr. Joseph Nwobike (SAN), Onuoha, however, told the court he had never met Akpobolokemi or received any money from him.



Justice Buba has adjourned further hearing in the matter till February 2,5, 16 and 19, 2016.




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Pipeline Vandal Say They Settle Security Agents With N500,000

Lagos State police arrested a suspected vandal, Moshood Jibril, who claims that his gang usually settles security agents with about N500,000 to transport stolen  petrol to Ibadan, Oyo State.
Jibril, who was arrested with his pal, Joseph Friday, said he also brought in cars illegally from Benin Republic to sell in the country.
It was gathered that the suspects were arrested by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Special Taskforce on Anti-Pipeline Vandalism on Friday in the Isolo area of the state, after they had allegedly stolen 33,000 litres of stolen fuel from a pipeline that belonged to Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC,  in the Ijegun area.
Jibril said the truck conveying the products belonged to his older brother, identified as Rasheed Adewale.
He said:

“My job is to escort the truck from Lagos after we have loaded the fuel. I would drive behind the truck and a woman called Anna would bring N500,000 which we would use to settle security agents on our way.

“It was while we were waiting for the woman on Friday that the police arrested me. I did not know how they found out that we had just finished loading.

“I also do smuggling. I bring cars from the Benin Republic to various parts of the country. It was my elder brother, Rasheed, who introduced me to this business. He is the owner of the products and the Toyota car I was caught with.”

His pal, Friday, said he was promised N300,000 to deliver the fuel to buyers in Ibadan.
He said:

“This is the first time I would be called for the job. I had never stolen fuel before. I was promised N300,000 by one Bayo who invited me. I did not know that it is called illegal bunkering.

“They said I was going to move fuel from a faulty truck in the area. But when I got there, I saw a long hose on the ground and they started pumping. I saw that the hose was connected to a damaged pipeline.

“Bayo and a woman, simply known as Anna, were the ones loading the fuel. They told me some soldiers were aware of the deal, and they would provide protection for me. It was when we got to the Isolo Bridge that the police arrested us.”


Ogundana Michael Rotimi: #DasukiGate; The Real Terror!

Boko Haram was tagged the world most deadly terrorist group in 2014. According to The Global Terrorism Index, Boko Haram killed more people- 6,644 in terror attacks in 2014 than any other terrorist group in the world. The Islamic State, ISIL, which is based in Syria and Iraq, follows closely behind, at 6,073 deaths through terrorism in 2014.


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The Global Terrorism Index is an annual report by the New York City-based Institute for Economics and Peace. It tracks global deaths from terror attacks, which it defines as “an intentional act of violence or threat of violence by a non-state actor.”

In confirming this figure, the highly respected Nigeria Security Tracker, compiled by the U.S.-based Council on Foreign Relations, found that over 6,000 people were killed in clashes between Boko Haram and Nigerian forces in 2014.

From 2013 through 2014, the death toll from terrorism-related attacks climbed drastically in Nigeria, increasing by 300 percent. It was the largest increase in terrorist deaths ever recorded by any country.

Regrettably, Nigeria is second of just the five countries that suffer the bulk of terrorist acts in 2014. The rest countries are: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria – accounting for 78 percent of all fatalities in 2014. Iraq bears the heaviest burden with 9,929 terrorist fatalities in 2014.

Putting the consequences of this terror together, Boko Haram activities in the north eastern part of Nigeria have been reported to be responsible for dead of about 13,000 people, damage of properties worth billions of naira and the displacement of over 3 million Nigerians.

Truth be told, I agree with all these facts. They are genuine, they are actually what Abubakar Shekau, the Boko Haram leader stands for and the world already knows him for that.

However, what do you say about those that had the opportunity to stop this terror, those that were in charge of the administration when Boko Haram was unveiling its devilish act, those that had all it takes to put an end to the insurgency before it escalated but blatantly refused to do so? How do you categorize such act? Isn’t it terror itself?

After the report of the presidential committee that looked into the details of the arms procurement activities of the last administration was released, and Sambo Dasuki the  former National Security Adviser (NSA) was arrested due to shady deals discovered by the committee, it became apparent that the negligence to combat and defeat the insurgency was a deliberate act in the face of ending corruption.

It was meant to be the office of the NSA and not the office of a Money Disbursing Agent (MDA), but it was the latter that it stood for during the last administration.

The revelations so far from the on-going investigation of the arms procurement scam during the last administration have confirmed the hypothesis of so many – the lack of political will to defeat Boko Haram.

Funds meant for arms procurement were shared among some political elites and fortunate folks close to the administration. While innocent Nigerians were being killed by Boko Haram, school children were being abducted, properties were being damaged and millions were being displayed.

Pathetic as it were, the NSA after denying the military especially the soldiers at the forefront of the war arms to confront the insurgency, on a global platform he called them cowards and when they revolted against the malicious act they were compelled to pass through, he charged them for mutiny and sort to kill them. There is no terror greater than this!

The point is, there is no terror anywhere greater than the #DasukiGate. Because, the reported most deadly terrorist group- Boko Haram, could have been overcome had #DasukiGate not existed. #DasukiGate was indirectly responsible for the loss and the pains Boko Haram caused the people.

Had #DasukiGate not existed, and the funds meant for arms procurement were judiciously utilized, the Boko Haram terror would have been easily curtailed, contained and defeated.

Had #DasukiGate not existed, Boko Haram would have not attained the rank of the world most deadly terrorist group in 2014.

Had #DasukiGate not existed, Boko Haram may have been defeated or rendered completely powerless.

#DasukiGate was the real terror indirectly behind the death of innocent Nigerians. It was the real terror responsible for the loss of lives of Nigerian gallant soldiers on the battle front against the Boko Haram insurgency. It was the real terror connected to the abduction of our men, women and children and for the displacement of persons from their abodes.

#DasukiGate is the world most deadly terrorist group in 2014 not Boko Haram.

With the #DasukiGate in place, government actions and decisions only benefitted a set of people close to the presidency while public interest came second.  Scarce resources meant for all were diverted away from the poor and disadvantaged and shared among a few elites.

Meanwhile, while the investigations and the prosecution go on, I hope this prosecution will be different from many other investigations and prosecutions we have had in the past that ended up in trash bins.

Nigeria is Africa’s most populous nation, largest economy and biggest oil producer, but astounding levels of corruption have left it without basic developments and infrastructures.  

It is high time we called on our politicians and public officials to be accountable for their actions. Hence, starting with #DasukiGate is not a bad start.

God Bless Nigeria  

Ogundana Michael Rotimi, is a Nigerian Biochemist, Socio-economic & Political Commentator and Public Speaker. He tweets @MickeySunny.

Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of nor its associates 

Mother Shaves Daughter’s Hair, Declares Her A Cancer Patient Just To Raise Money

Authorities in Texas said they arrested a mother accused of shaving her 7-year-old daughter’s head and fraudulently claiming the child had cancer. The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office said Juanita Garcia, 46, organized multiple fundraisers to obtain money she claimed was needed for her 7-year-old daughter’s cancer treatments.

The sheriff’s office said a joint investigation with Child Protective Services found Garcia would tell people in person and on social media that the child was terminal and had only months to live.

Authorities said Garcia went so far as to shave her daughter’s head and actually convinced the child she was suffering from the disease.

However, investigators said the girl was actually in perfect health, and Garcia admitted during questioning that she had made up the cancer story to scam money out of generous strangers.

The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office has urged people to verify and confirm information from fundraisers that they choose to participate in.

Garcia was booked into the Hidalgo County Adult Detention Center on a felony charge of exploitation of a child. She was ordered held in lieu of $10,000 bond.

“I Never Gave Dasuki N40billion Donation” – Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi

All these accusations and counter-accusations is beginning to get worrisome. Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II has denied claims that he gave the office of the embattled former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki N40 billion while he served as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He denied the claims in an interview with The Cable

“This is completely untrue. In the first place, I understand the laws of money laundering. And it is a criminal offence. The central bank is the chief regulator charged with ensuring we put an end to money laundering. This is partly why we started our cashless Nigeria project and why I started the BVN project. I would never authorize that amount of cash
to be moved to the office of the NSA or to anyone even if it was in their account.
I do not know where they are getting these strange stories. I was removed from the CBN in February 2014, and to the best of my knowledge, the EFCC is probing disbursements allegedly made made in late 2014 and early 2015 before the general elections, if indeed they happened. I find it difficult to believe that this could happen in the CBN that I know but we have to wait and see what the investigations come out with. Certainly whoever is linking me to this did not even bother to look at the dates of the alleged transactions. I know nothing about them, period. We never gave cash to anybody. If we did we disclosed it in published accounts under CSR. Our interventions, be this to educational institutions or security services, took the form of clearly identified projects or specified procurement, done through well laid-down procedures, including competitive bidding, award of contracts, and collection of no-objection certificate from the due process office. We did not give cash to anybody. The total amount disbursed by the CBN on capital projects in my five years was N55 billion. And this included contracts for CBN branches and our CSR interventions mainly in the universities and secondary schools. How can anyone suggest that we gave N40 billion to NSA?” he said

We’ll Block Leakages In Revenue Agencies – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said his administration would introduce more policies to further ease the process of doing business in Nigeria.

He said the new policies would focus on increasing efficiency and transparency in government operations and the blocking of leakages from revenue generating agencies.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the President spoke after a presentation made to him on, ‘Enhancing Nigeria’s Trade and Economic Competitiveness,’ at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The statement read in part, “The President said that the new policies will be focused on increasing efficiency and transparency in government operations and the blocking of leakages from revenue generating agencies.

“President Buhari said that his administration was fully committed to closing all the loopholes in the revenue generating agencies, increasing their efficiency in trade facilitation and ensuring transparency in all government businesses so as to attract greater foreign direct investments into the country.

“The President added that the Nigeria Customs Service, Ministry of Trade and Investment, Ministry of Finance and other relevant agencies will be encouraged to adopt some of the positive ideas contained in the presentation for implementation next year.”

See Varsities Up For Probing By FG Over Sex Scandals, Fraud

Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu yesterday in Abuja inaugurated committees to investigate the managements of 10 universities and polytechnics over allegations of abuse of due process, financial mismanagement and sexual harassment.
The minister said government had received numerous complaints against the governing councils and management of some institutions and resolved to set fact-finding committees to determine the veracity of the claims and give appropriate recommendations.
The institutions include the Federal University Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, Federal University Kashere, Gombe State, University of Abuja, FCT and University of Nsukka, Enugu state.
Others are Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State, Federal Polytechnic Oko, Anambra State, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos State and University of Calabar, Cross River State.
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Two Men Docked Over Alleged Theft Of N26.4m

A 38-year-old man, Emeka Egbuonu, was on Monday docked at an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos for alleged theft of N26.4 million. The accused, whose address was not given, is facing a six-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing, burglary, malicious damage and breach of peace.

The Prosecutor, Cpl. Innocent Odugbo told the court that the accused committed the alleged offences sometime in September 2010, at No. 13/17, Breadfruit St., Lagos Island, Lagos. He alleged that the accused broke into a warehouse, a property of one Mr Chukwujekwu Akubueze and stole goods worth N26. 4million.

Odugbo said that the accused damaged the gate to the warehouse when he forcefully entered it. He said that the offences contravened Sections 52, 53, 285, 307 (1) (2), 337 (2) (5) and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. The accused pleaded innocent of the offence.

Magistrate Mr O. M. Owunmi, granted the accused bail in the sum of N50, 000 with two sureties in like sum. Owunmi said that the sureties must be gainfully employed and must show evidence of tax payments and their addresses verified. He adjourned the case to Jan. 22, 2016 for mention.

EFCC Arraigns Man For N12m Fraud

Press statement from EFCC:

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 arraigned one Ibrahim Isah before Justice M.A Nasir of the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Jabi, Abuja on a 3-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust and forgery. Ibrahim allegedly defrauded one Chief Ogwu Onoja (SAN) by offering to assist him in the payment of fees and processing of Certificate of Occupancy in respect of Mighty Star Academy.

The defendant was allegedly entrusted with the total sum of N12,102,824.00 (twelve million, one hundred and two thousand, eight hundred and twenty four naira) to process the document with the assurance that it will be ready in three months. The accused person took the money and has been keeping the victim’s hope hanging for over three and a half years.

The accused pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him. In view of his plea, counsel to the EFCC, Msuur Denga asked the court to fix a date for trial to commence.

Responding, the defence counsel, Princley Uchechukwu, through an oral application, urged the court to admit the accused to bail adding that, he would not do anything to frustrate his trial. Justice Nasir adjourned the case January 25, 2016 for commencement of trial and ordered the defence to file a formal bail application.

The accused is to be remanded in prison custody pending the time his bail application is considered. Media & Publicity.

Operatives Of Department Of State Service Arrest Sambo Dasuki

Operatives of Department of State Service (DSS) on Tuesday morning arrested ex -National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd).

Dasuki who was placed under house arrest and denied an opportunity to travel abroad by the DSS has now been arrested .

Although the DSS did not state the reason for arresting Dasuki , it is strongly believed that new reports of a $ 2billion arms contract fraud might be the reason.

It would be recalled that on Monday, a panel set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to probe defence spendings between 2007 and 2015 revealed the scale of looting by the National Security
adviser .

Here is an excerpt from the report : “ As part of the findings , the committee has analyzed interventions from some organizations that provided funds to the Office of the National Security Adviser , Defence Headquarters , Army Headquarters Naval Headquarters and Nigerian Air Force Headquarters , both in local and foreign currencies .

“So far the total extra budgetary interventions articulated by the committee is N 643 , 817 , 955 , 885 .18 . The foreign currency component is to the tune of $ 2, 193 , 815 , 000 .83 .

“These amounts exclude grants from the State Governments and funds collected by the DSS and Police. It was observed that in spite of this huge financial intervention , very little was expended to support defense procurement .

“The committee also observed that of 513 contracts awarded at $8, 356 , 525 , 184 . 32; N 2, 189 , 265 , 724 , 404 .55 and € 54, 000 .00 ; Fifty Three (53 ) were failed contracts amounting to $ 2, 378 , 939 , 066 .27 and N13 , 729 , 342 , 329 . 87 respectively.

“Interestingly, it was noted that the amount of foreign currency spent on failed contracts was more than double the $ 1bn loan that the National Assembly approved for borrowing to fight the insurgency in the North East .

“The committee also discovered that payments to the tune of N 3, 850 , 000 , 000 .00 were made to a single company by the former NSA without documented evidence of contractual agreements or fulfilment of tax obligations to the FGN.

“Further findings revealed that between March 2012 and March 2015, the erstwhile NSA , Lt Col MS Dasuki (rtd ) awarded fictitious and phantom contracts to the tune of N2 , 219 , 188 , 609 .50 , $1 , 671 , 742 , 613 .58 and € 9, 905 , 477 .00 .

The contracts which were said to be for the purchase of 4 Alpha Jets , 12 helicopters , bombs and ammunition were not executed and the equipment were never supplied to the Nigerian Air Force , neither are they in its inventory .

Fraud Suspect Dies In EFCC’s Custody

Tragedy has hit the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, after a suspect in its custody, suddenly developed chest pains, and died.

EFCCArowofela Olufemi, who was being investigated by the commission following allegations by the Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, that he fraudulently converted over N100 million dividend warrants to himself, died in a military hospital, where he was rushed to by officials of the EFCC.

A statement made available to Vanguard yesterday indicated that Olufemi had complained of chest pains early in the day and was rushed to an unnamed military hospital in Lagos, where he gave up the ghost before doctors could attend to him.

The EFCC statement was signed by its spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, who said  the cause of the suspect’s death was unknown as at the time of going to the press.

Uwujaren said: “The cause of the sudden death is yet to be ascertained even as the corpse of the deceased has been deposited at the mortuary of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital. The family of the deceased has already been notified of the incident while the matter has been reported to the Onikan Division of the Nigeria Police.”

It will be recalled that the late Olufemi was arrested following a complaint by the SEC, alleging that he was involved in fraudulent conversion of dividend warrants of over N100 million.

Following the report by SEC, operatives of EFCC arrested him at the premises of a bank while attempting to cash alleged stolen dividend warrants.

After his arrest and detention, he was offered administrative bail but could not produce a surety to perfect his bail thereby leading to extended incarceration.

Wale Bakare: Why The 8th Senate Is Not Opposed To The Implementation Of Treasury Single Account

The announcement by President Buhari at a public function to adopt a single treasury accounts for all revenues due to the government and its agencies has continued to elicit controversies from different quarters.

The Treasury Single Account (TSA) is an initiative that should be welcomed by all and economic pundits have argued that these steps are necessary to improve appropriation control and enable efficient cash management. The impunity that permeated the previous administration affected the full implementation of the TSA as funds were loosely spent to finance unproductive ventures with reckless abandon. Corruption and lack of sincerity by the executive has hindered the benefits of the scheme, rather more funds have disappeared under questionable circumstances and this explains the reasons for the mixed reaction when the TSA matter was up for debate and most especially the Senate stands to ensure that due process are followed in its contrivance and overall configuration.

If we have to adopt the Treasury Single Account, then we have to get it right this time, the change Mantra of the Buhari led government has given some credence of hope to an end to the shenanigans that has often encumbered the successes of such democratic process. To avoid a clog in the wheel of its progress, It is on this premise that the senate is demanding openness and accountability in its handling and execution from the running of the account by the Central Bank of Nigeria and the software system company- Systemspecs.

On Tuesday, the 17th of November 2015, during the plenary sitting shortly after the presentation of the report of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, the Senator representing Kogi West Dino Melaiye raised a point of order calling the Abubakar Bukola Saraki led 8th Senate to investigate an alleged N25 billion commission paid to Systemspec being 1% of the accrued TSA fund that passed through its Software – REMITA. Baffled by the politicization of the TSA fund, Dino Melaiye also called the attention of the Senators to a publication in one of the National dailies sabotaging their earlier call for a probe into the alleged N25b commission paid. A copy of the newspaper publication was tendered and submitted to the Senate President for immediate action during plenary.

Based on constitutional provisions, the Executive arm of government led by President Buhari dispenses the honour and holds the sword of the community. He administers laws enacted by the legislature. The Legislative arm on the other hand prescribes the rules by which the duties and rights of every citizen are to be regulated. For instance, the civil society group or any aggrieved Nigerian can exercise his fundamental right by submitting a written petition to the Senate through the relevant Senate committees on any actions taken by the executive which is deemed inimical to the Country’s progress, while the same individual or group can write to the judicial arm to call the legislative and executive to order, which on the contrary, has no influence over the executive or the legislative.

Simple logic depicts that certain perplexity challenging the rights of the Senate, with an ample oversight power demanding ‘rare’ information from the executive on the TSA implementation shows the leaps and troughs of our democratic outreach. It is imperative that good governance in democratic settings like ours is dependent on the type of laws enacted by the legislature as they are the eyes of the electorate in their oversight capacity as watchdog to other arms of the government. While I agree that the relationship between the executive and the legislative arm should be strengthened as we’ve learnt from our nascent democracy, that one cannot be strictly separated and independent of the other, it is also, important that their cooperation must work in favor of those whom they represent; to formulate policies and laws in line with standard practices.

To further consolidate on the earlier points established by Senator Dino Melaiye, Section 82 and 120 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, empowers the national and state assemblies to direct or cause to be directed or investigated into:

  1. Any matter or thing with respect to which it has powers to make laws

    2. The conduct of affairs of any person, authority, ministry or government department charged with the duty or responsibility for executing or administering laws enacted by the national or state assembly, and disbursing or administering the money appropriated;

      3. To make laws with respect to any matter within its legislative competence and to correct any defects in existing laws;

   4.To expose corruption, inefficiency or waste in the executive or the administration of laws within its legislative competence

Automatically, the Senate is required by law to exercise its democratic privileges to conduct investigation into the activities of the Treasury Single Account for good of the Country. However, it must be noted that these investigations are not in any way a confirmation of fraud until investigations are concluded. So, does carrying out this legislative oversight functions infer that the 8th Senate is opposed to the implementation of the Treasury Single Account?

The advantages that the TSA portends far outweighs its demerit for any right thinking person to vehemently oppose its successful implementations at a time like this when the Country is on its path to economic recovery and moral renaissance.

Loss of moral value is the reason many see this move as the ‘’Executive Vs Judiciary’’. The bone of contention here is who gets what and under what condition. What is the role being played by the e-collection agent (REMITA)? Why the disregard for the CBN act, which makes it mandatory as the sole body responsible for collection and disbursement of money on behalf of the Federal government. Answers to these any many other pertinent questons might fasttrack the implementation process and lay to rest the confusion surrounding funds payment.

In every rumour there’s a grain of truth in it, no matter how insignificant – that ‘’little truth’’ is what the senate seek to unravel. Checks and balances are necessary especially in this CHANGE era where expectations are high, monitoring of executive actions, through oversight mechanisms such as the committee on Finance, and Banking set up by the Senate President will cut wasteful spending and enhance speedy economic growth.  In my opinion, this motion raised by Melaiye to probe the activities of the TSA is similar to the type raised by Senate Bukola Saraki back then in 2011 on fuel subsidy payments, which eventually saved Nigeria a whooping N1.2 trillion in the excess crude account. The TSA must work effectively for Nigeria and it activities must not be shrouded in secrecy. On the positive, these might just be the beginning of an independence legislation we’ve been craving, devoid of financial or material benefits or inducement by members of the executive arm to overlook certain issues of national interest.

Wale Bakare writes from Lagos and can be reached on Twitter by @waleflame

Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of nor its associates

Man Duped To The Tune Of $718,000 By Fake Psychics

33-year-old British consultant, Mr. Rice was a successful and well-traveled professional, with close to seven figures in the bank, and plans for much more. And then he gave it all away, more than $718,000, in chunks at a time, to two Manhattan psychics who vowed to reunite him with the woman he loved. Even after they had discovered that she was dead.

“I just got sucked in,” the man, Niall Rice, said in a telephone interview last week from Los Angeles. “That’s what people don’t understand. ‘How can you fall for it?’”

There was even, between payments to one of the psychics for a time machine to cleanse the past, a brief romance.

“It’s embarrassing now,” he said.

In May, the police arrested one of the psychics, Priscilla Kelly Delmaro, 26, after Mr. Rice sought out a private investigator and decided to press charges. She was charged with grand larceny.
The man’s identity was not revealed in court documents. But Mr. Rice said he chose to come forward last week, after learning that the Manhattan district attorney’s office intended to allow Ms. Delmaro to plead guilty in exchange for a year in jail, and that it was unlikely that he would ever see any restitution. A hearing is set for Tuesday.

“I just want justice,” Mr. Rice said from Los Angeles, where he now lives. “I just don’t want her to do to anyone else what happened to me.”

It seems almost unfathomable that anyone could be taken in so thoroughly, with such a breathtaking level of gullibility. And so, Mr. Rice’s story begins.
By the spring of 2013, he had earned hundreds of thousands of dollars in search engine optimization, drawing traffic to websites in exchange for commissions. He was raised in a poor family, and planned to buy his mother a house in England.
But he was troubled. Painfully uncomfortable in social settings, he drank heavily and used drugs, he said. That year, he flew from England to Arizona to enter a rehabilitation clinic for acute anxiety, he said. In the clinic, he met a woman named Michelle, another patient.

“We had such a strong connection, it was unbelievable,” he said. “I loved her deeply.”

But the relationship ended a couple of weeks after they left rehab, when Michelle overdosed on pills and returned to the clinic. She broke it off with Mr. Rice. He said he agreed it was for the best.

“I was moving on with my life,” he said. He came to New York and found a bed in the McKibbin lofts in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, two former warehouses filled with makeshift apartments that are often likened to a rowdy dormitory for young newcomers.

Depressed one day in August, he walked over the Williamsburg Bridge to Manhattan and spotted a psychic shop on Delancey Street. “And I went in,” he said. (In a previous written statement to the police about this day, Mr. Rice claimed to have visited a psychic in Times Square. In fact, he said on Thursday, he was on Delancey. His Times Square encounter was still two months away.)
He met a psychic named Brandy. “She knew a lot of stuff,” he said. Stuff about him. “‘I saw that you were connected to this girl,’” she told him.
He told her about Michelle. “She said, ‘If you could choose, would you want to be back with her?’” he said. Yes, he said.
She asked for $2,500 that day, and he withdrew it from a nearby Chase bank. She said he would have his money back soon.

“I ended up giving her 10 grand, 12 grand in the first week,” he said. “It’s hard to explain.”

He continued. “It wasn’t like saying, ‘Give me 10 grand and I’ll tie your shoelaces,’” he said. “There’s a half truth in there, there’s something in it. This whole psychic scam is based on them knowing what’s going on in your life. They have a gift.”

He bought a $40,000 ring from Tiffany’s for Brandy to ward off evil spirits. He spent his birthday with her and her family, and they cooked him a steak. But he lost faith in her. He had recently visited Michelle in California, a disastrous five-minute conversation on the sidewalk.

“The whole way I was caught up in it, she said afterward I was acting weird,” he said.

So he shopped around for a new psychic. He drove to work in Midtown Manhattan and parked his car in a garage near Times Square, on West 43rd Street. He noticed a psychic parlor across the street. There, he met Ms. Delmaro, who called herself Christina, Mr. Rice said.

“She somehow said all the right things,” he said. “It sounds mad now that I’m saying it.”

He led a double life. “I’d go to Christina and talk about Michelle for an hour, and go back to the office. She wouldn’t leave me alone. She was like family.” He paused and added, “I needed my mum, really.”

He kept his visits to the psychics largely to himself, but eventually mentioned Christina to a roommate from McKibbin, Lauren Horton.

“He seemed like a normal guy,” Ms. Horton, 34, a graphic designer, said Friday. But his faith in Christina, and the money he was paying her, was something else altogether.

“It was insane to me,” Ms. Horton said. “I told him many times he was out of his mind. He was convinced that if he didn’t pay her for the work she was doing for him, bad things would happen to him.” She likened his ongoing visits to the psychic to an addiction.

Mr. Rice moved out of East Williamsburg to an apartment on the Lower East Side, and invited Ms. Horton over for Christmas. Christina was there. “I didn’t like her because I knew what was going on,” Ms. Horton said.
In February 2014, Mr. Rice, longing to see Michelle, logged on to her Facebook page.
“I saw, ‘R.I.P.,’” he said. Michelle had died of a drug overdose.
Mr. Rice said he had just paid Christina $90,000 that she said was needed to build a bridge of gold in another dimension to trick an evil spirit that was haunting Michelle. He called her and told her Michelle was dead.

“Christina said, ‘Don’t believe it,’” he said. “‘If you believe it, it’s true.’”

She said she could help get Michelle back — a reincarnated Michelle, a new Michelle.
Then things escalated.

“I slept with Christina,” Mr. Rice said. “We slept together once. It was a massive mistake.”

Ms. Delmaro’s lawyer, Jeffrey Cylkowski, said the relationship throws his accusations of theft into question. “If you’re involved with somebody, was it a gift?” he said.
Mr. Rice left New York and moved to California, where he had briefly lived. He said Christina emailed him constantly about visions she had of a new Michelle: “‘I just saw someone in the supermarket; it might have been her.’”
There was one last giant payment — “the big one” — for $100,000, he said. His bank asked him to confirm what he was spending the money on. A car, he said.

Christina told him she was broke because she had no time for other clients. “She was homeless, she’d lost everything for me,” Mr. Rice recalled being told. “I believed she lived in a church.”

He met and dated a woman who Christina led him to believe was the new Michelle. He questioned her, looking for common traits — “I was being weird” — and the relationship ended.
He flew back to New York and met a private investigator who identified Christina as Ms. Delmaro, who had been arrested previously in Florida. Mr. Rice pressed charges in May, giving the police bank records showing the payments.
He later acknowledged that his statements were incomplete: He accused Ms. Delmaro of taking all his money, leaving out the two months he spent consulting with the other psychic, Brandy, because he had resumed contact with her and now believed she was protecting him from possible retaliation, he said. He later amended his complaint. Brandy has not been charged with a crime.
The district attorney’s office said it would not comment on the case before it was resolved.
Mr. Rice’s misstatements, and the affair with Ms. Delmaro, did not help his case, the private investigator, Bob Nygaard, acknowledged. But they are not unusual, he said.

“The things that make a person a perfect mark also make him a bad witness,” Mr. Nygaard said. He said prosecutors could have done more to seek out other potential victims of Ms. Delmaro.

Mr. Rice went broke. He lost his apartment in Manhattan and sold his BMW, expensive watch and laptop. He asked his father for a few thousand dollars. Now, he said, he is barely making his rent payments of $500.
Last week, Mr. Rice said he wants to return to England, “I’m trying to get it together”, but acknowledged that he had been drinking again of late, including the day of the interview.

“I don’t know if I want to make money again. I’m scared to,” he said. “I want to go home, but I want to see this through.”

Source: NY Times