However, the suspect, whose Facebook profile bears the picture of the Gombe State governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, allegedly diverted the money for personal use. The accused person pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to him. In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, Ahmad Y. Muntaqa, asked the court for a trial date.
The trial of a former governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye, who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a 23-count charge bordering on money laundering and diversion of funds, continued on February 2, 2016 with the statement he made in 2007 forming the thrust of the day’s proceedings.
The acting managing director of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mrs Ibim Semenitari has called for the support and collaboration of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in helping the agency fulfill its mandate as an intervention agency.
Mr Larry quoted ‘‘the purpose of the Act is to ensure that the system of administration of criminal justice in Nigeria promote efficient management of criminal justice institutions, speedy dispensation of justice, protection of the society from crime and protection of the rights and interest of the suspect, the defendant and the victim’’. Member of the Tribunal’s panel, Hon Agwadza William Atedze, cautioned the prosecution counsel that he should be wary of the mood of the country, he lamented that at the last adjourned date, the prosecution asked for adjournment to enable him amend charge and that is what the Tribunal expect of him to addressed, not this delays, he frowned. If recall, former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Godsday Orubebe was on the 9th Nov 2015 arraigned at the CCT for alleged false declaration and accepting ₦70m bribe.
He lauded the excellent relationship between his agency and the EFCC and expressed the hope that both agencies will further deepen the existing ties during Magu’s tenure. He specifically asked for EFCC’s support in delivering its core mandate of protecting critical infrastructures and national assets.
Badejo-Okusanya, while being led in evidence, told the court that, he was paid a total sum of N77m (seventy seven million naira) by the 2nd defendant, Destra Investment Limited, to carry out media campaigns for PDP. Documents in support of his claim including documents containing evidence of payments for different placements of advertorials of PDP in various media were tendered and admitted as exhibits.
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.
Responding, counsel to EFCC, Sylvanus Tahir, told the court that he was only served with the application few minutes before the court session started. In his opposition to the application, Tahir told the court that, “the business of the day is to commence trial on this matter, so to hear this application will be a distraction to the court”. He urged the court to fix a later day for the hearing on the application and ordered the trial to commence as the witnesses were already in court to testify. Justice Abang, after listening to the arguments of both counsels, adjourned the hearing on the application to January 27, 2016 and ordered the trial to commence as scheduled. The judge however added that, the prosecution would only be allowed to present only the witnesses whose statement and proof of evidence had earlier been served on the defence
Justice Lateefa Okunnu of the Lagos State High Court, sitting in Ikeja has convicted and sentenced an undergraduate of Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University, Malaysia:...
“That you, Shehu Mustapha sometime between 2007-2009 at Yola, Adamawa State within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court with intent to defraud, did obtained money, the sum of N59, 995,000.00 from Alhaji Yusuf Abubakar being the proceeds recovered from the auction executed against the properties of Stirling Civil Engineering Company Limited as judgment debtor delivered by Adamawa State High Court in suit No.ADSY/60M/2007 under the false pretence that the said sum was to be utilized in settling the judgment creditors which you never did instead diverted the said sum to your personal use, thereby committed an offence contrary to the provisions of Section 2 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act LFN 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.” The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.
He was arraigned before the court for fraudulently duping a foreigner of the sum of $4,100 (Four Thousand, One hundred United States Dollars) in an inheritance scam. Olanrewaju initially pleaded not guilty when he was arraigned. He, however, changed his plea and was subsequently convicted.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC wishes to alert the general public about the activities of some unscrupulous elements who have opened fake...