How Babangida Aliyu Diverted N2bn Ecological Fund into Election Campaign – EFCC Witness
The trial of a former Niger State Governor, Muazu Babangida Aliyu and two others, Tanko Beji and Umar Nasko, continued before Justice Mikail Aliyu of the Niger State High Court on Thursday, May 12, 2022, with the eleventh prosecution Witness, PW11, Bala Muhammed, concluding his evidence-in- chief.
The trio are facing prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for criminal breach of trust and diversion of ecological found to the tune of Two Billion Naira
At today’s hearing, Muhammed, informed the court how the N2b meant for the execution of ecological projects in Niger state was diverted for electioneering campaign
“On the issue of the N2b Ecological Fund, the first defendant during the course of interview by the investigation team, clearly stated that they had discussion with the then President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that the N2b Ecological Fund would be used to fund the campaign of Niger state governorship election.”
Consequently, counsel for the first defendant prayed the court to grant an adjournment for him to be fully prepared for the cross examination. But prosecution counsel Faruk Abdallah opposed the application. “While we concede that adjournment is at the discretion of the court, we oppose the application as PW11 testified a month ago and only added to statements,” he said.
Justice Aliyu thereafter adjourned the matter till May 13, 2022, for continuation of cross-examinations.
N125m Fraud: Court Rules On No-case Submission Of Businessman Who allegedly Defrauded GTBank July 5
Justice Sherifah Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, on Thursday, May 12, 2022, adjourned till July 5, 2022 for ruling on the no-case submission filed by one Andrew Warri, who is being prosecuted on a seven-count charge bordering on stealing, obtaining by false pretence and issuance of dud cheques by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Warri, who was arraigned alongside two companies, A.M. Projects Consultancy Limited and Ranez Medical Consultancy Limited, on June 25, 2021, is accused of defrauding GTBank of about N125 million.
One of the counts reads: “Andrew Warri, A.M. Projects Consultancy Limited, sometime in May 2012 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, fraudulently obtained the sum of N125,000,000 from Guaranty Trust Bank Plc under the guise that the proceeds of the Rural Health Care and Referral contract with Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) will be domiciled in your account with Guaranty Trust Bank, the said pretense you knew, or ought to have known is false.”
Another count reads: “Andrew Warri, Ranez Medical Consultancy Limited, on or about 28th October 2018 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, issued a Zenith Bank cheque for the sum of N10,000,000 payable to A.M. Projects Consultancy Limited, in favour of Guaranty Trust Bank, which upon presentation for payment was dishonoured on the grounds that no sufficient funds were standing to your credit.”
He pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.
The defense counsel, Nelson Imoh, had, in July 2021, moved his bail application, which was opposed to by the prosecuting counsel, Franklin Ofoma.
He was, however, granted bail by the Court in the sum of N25million, with two sureties in like sum.
Subsequently, the prosecution closed its case after presenting three witnesses and tendering several documentary evidence to prove the case against Warri, who had to be placed on the watch-list of the Department of State Services, DSS, Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, Nigeria Customs Services, NCS, and other local and international law enforcement agencies before his arrest could be secured.
In the course of the trial, the defendant, however, changed his legal team and engaged the services of A.M. Makinde, SAN, who, rather than open his defence, filed a no -case submission.
At today’s proceedings, both parties adopted their written addresses.
While the defence argued that it had no case to answer, the prosecution urged the Court to hold that a prima facie case had been made against the defendant and to order him to open his defence.
After listening to both parties, Justice Solebo adjourned till July 5, 2022 for ruling on the no-case submission.
EFCC Arraigns Fake CSO to the President for N200m Fraud
An alleged fraudster, Titus Joshua who claimed to be Chief Security Officer to the President was today Thursday May 12, 2022, arraigned by the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, before Justice S.M.Shuaibu of the Federal High Court sitting in Benin City.
The suspect was arraigned on a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence. The suspect is alleged to have defrauded his victims of over N200 million under the pretence of helping them secure top management positions at the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
One of the counts read: “that you, Titus Joshua sometime between 10th August, 2018 and 30th September, 2021 at Orhionmwon Local Government, Benin City within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did fraudulently obtain the total sum of(N12,216,000) Twelve Million Two Hundred and Sixteen Thousand Naira only from one Engineer James Igbinosun which you claimed was money to facilitate the application of the said Engineer James Igbinosun into the position of Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC which you instructed the said Engineer James Igbinosun to pay into various accounts, the pretence you knew is false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1)(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act”.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.
In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Ibrahim Mohammed, prayed the Court to fix a date for trial and remand the defendant.
Justice Shuauibu adjourned the matter till May 30, 2022 for hearing on the bail application and ordered the defendant remanded at the Correctional Service.
EFCC Nabs YahooYahoo Academy Owner, 16 ‘Trainees’ in Abuja
Operatives of the Abuja Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested one Afolabi Samad, owner of a Yahoo Yahoo Academy in Abuja.
The 24-year-old was arrested today May 12, 2022, in a sting operation alongside 16 of his students. The youngsters between the ages of 18 and 27 years were arrested at their hideout located in Peace Court Estate, Lokogoma, a suburb of Abuja.
The owner of the alleged Academy rented the 3 bedroom flat for Three Million Naira to impact the tricks of cyber-frauds on his apprentices for undisclosed fees.
Item recovered from the suspects include laptops, phones, charms and two vehicles: a Lexus RX350 and Toyota Highlander.
The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.
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