Lilian: Female Job Scammer Arraigned Over N21m Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on February 11, 2019 arraigned one Lilian Bisi Kadiri before Justice Adebukola Banjoko of a Federal Capital Territory, FCT High Court, Maitama, on a one-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence.

Lilian was alleged to have at various times collected a total sum of N21,450,000 from her victim in the guise that she was going to help secure jobs for his relatives. She, however, failed to help secure any jobs, and did not refund the money collected.

The count reads in part: “That you, Lilian Bisi Kadiri, between May 2014 and March 2015 within the Abuja judicial division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory obtained the sum of N21,450,000 (Twenty One Million Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) from one Christopher Aneke, which was paid into your Skye Bank account under the false pretence that you are capable of securing employment for his relatives, which pretence you knew to be false, and you hereby commited an offence contrary to Section(1)(a)of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act (2006) and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act 2006.”

She pleaded “not guilty” to the charge.

In view of her plea, prosecuting counsel, Yetunde Alabi, prayed the court to remand the defendant in prison and to fix a date for the commencement of trial.

Justice Banjoko, thereafter, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N20 million and two sureties in like sum. The sureties must be resident in Abuja with landed properties, and must show proof of employment in Abuja and three years tax clearance.

The case has been adjourned to March 25, 2019 for trial, and the defendant remanded in Kuje Prison pending fulfilment of the bail conditions.

Tony Orilade
Ag. Head, Media & Publicity
February 11, 2019
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EFCC Returns Diverted Global Fund Mosquito Nets to Beneficiaries

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Gombe Zonal Office has handed over bales of insecticide-treated mosquito nets recovered from Sunday Ogar, to the beneficiaries.

Ogar was convicted on January 30, 2019 for diverting the mosquito nets donated by the Global Fund, a Geneva-based international donor organisation, in collaboration with the Catholic Relief Service and National Malaria Elimination Programme.

While serving as an ad-hoc staff of a logistics company contracted for the distribution of 106 bales of the nets, Ogar was to distribute 92 bales, but he diverted 14 bales, containing 50 pieces each.

He was convicted by Justice Abubakar Jauro of a Gombe State High Court, and sentenced to one year in prison for “misappropriation” and two years in prison for “forgery” to run consecutively. He was, however, given an option of N50,000 and N120,000 as fine.

Head, Gombe Zonal Head Office, Michael Wetkas, while returning the nets to the beneficiaries, noted that the EFCC remained resolute in ensuring that people like Ogar faced the full wrath of the Law, and that such materials get to their intended beneficiaries.

“We urge members of the public not to relent in coming up with credible information that will assist the EFCC in the discharge of its duties,” he said.

While receiving the nets, Head of Central Medical Stores, Gombe State Ministry of Health, Pharmacist Abubakar, thanked the EFCC for its relentless efforts in the fight against corruption.

The EFCC was also commended by representatives of Malaria Consortium and that of Management Medical Sciences for Health, Gombe State and that of the Catholic Relief Service.

Tony Orilade
Ag. Head, Media & Publicity

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