Justice Inyang Ekwo of Federal High Court in Lokoja, found an ex-Kogi Legislator and ex-Chairman, Ogori/Magongo LGA, Gabriel Daudu for a N1.4 billion fraud.
George Uboh, the serial fraudster who sensationally accused EFCC of diverting proceeds of recovered assets was today convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment by Justice S. E. Aladetoyinbo of FCT High Court Abuja, for his role in converting the property of the defunct Police Equipment Foundation to his own use.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has today conveyed a letter to the Chairman Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Hon Danladi Yakubu Umar, exonerating him on the alleged ten million naira (N10million) bribed by one AbdulRashid Owolabi, in his petition to the Commission.
In a continuation of cross-examination of the prosecution witness at the Code of Conduct Tribunal yesterday in a case against the Senate President Dr Bukola Abubakar Saraki, on alleged false asset declaration, the Chairman Code of Conduct Tribunal re-affirmed the Tribunal earlier decision for the matter to be held day-by-day. The re-affirmation came in Abuja, at the backdrop of a demand made by one of the defence counsel, Paul Usoro (SAN), for them to have sufficient time to study all the exhibits tendered by their experts, noting that this borders on his client right to fair hearing as grantee by the constitution of the country, which ignited a fierce argument between the contending counsels in the case.
The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to some reports in the print and online media, on April 20, 2016 claiming that the anti-graft agency has decorated the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, as “Anti-Corruption Ambassador”.
Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has stated that violators of the provisions of the Procurement Act risk five to 10 years imprisonment. Magu, who lamented the widespread procurement fraud in Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, further disclosed that civil servants found guilty under the Act might also face dismissal from service. Speaking on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 during the EFCC Anti-corruption Sensitization Programme organised for the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Magu urged civil servants to familiarise themselves with the procurement Act, adding that EFCC would not spare anyone found to be involved in fraud against the Nigerian people.
The Code of Conduct Bureau received the current participants of course 21 titled, Policy and Strategy and leadership Course [PLSC] of the National Institute of; Policy and Strategy (NIPSS) Kuru ,Jos recently in Abuja. While receiving the course participants ,on behalf of the Bureau ,the Chairman Code of Conduct Bureau, Mr Sam Saba said he was delighted to have for the first time the course participants from the prestigious institute, stressing that the study tour by the participants to CCB would provide them with the opportunity to have greater insights into the processes ,procedures and the challenges being faced by the Bureau in pursuance of it’s mandate
The trial of the former Head of Service and Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Financial Action Task Force, PCFATF, Steven Oronsaye, continued on Wednesday April 13, 2016 before Justice O. O. Goodluck of the FCT High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja. Oronsaye is being prosecuted on a 2-count charge of abuse of office and obtaining by false pretence preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday 11 April, 2016 arraigned one Adekunle Yakub Asuni before Justice. I.B. Gafai of the Federal High Court Awka, Anambra State on a four count charge for attempting to steal the sum of N7,000,000.00 (Seven million naira) by false pretence, from the account of one Abdullahi Adamu. The offence contravenes the provisions of section 8 (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act. 2006.
The National spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Monday April 11, 2016, again attempted to throw another spanner in the wheel of justice at his ongoing trial before Justice E. O Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on the seven count charge preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Metuh who is being prosecuted alongside his company, Destra Investments Limited for the alleged N400m fraud, had earlier on Friday April 8, 2016, met a brick wall in his attempt to stall his trial.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission today, April 7, 2016 arraigned five staff of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) before Justice Kuewumi Babs of the Federal High Court Lagos on 21- count charge of conspiracy, forgery and money laundering. The accused persons are Ibrahim Abdulsalam, managing director of the agency; Nnamdi Udoh, former managing director (still at large), Adegorite Olumuyiwa, general manager, procurement; Agbolade Segun, general manager, finance; Clara Aliche, director finance; Joy Ayodele Adegorite, Randville Investment Limited and Multeng Travels and Tours Limited.
It has become necessary to alert the general public to the activities of fraudsters who have been impersonating the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu and extorting money from members of the public under various guises. A few weeks after the Commission raised the alarm over the activities of a syndicate which opened a facebook account in the name of the EFCC boss and began soliciting for friendship from prominent individuals and all manner of favours using the platform; another group has cloned the telephone numbers of the acting chairman. The latest group has been making calls to close contacts of the anti-graft Czar and other prominent personalities demanding for huge sums of money using various pretexts.
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday,March 24, 2016 arrested one Dada Olatunji, a former Assistant Comptroller General of the Nigeria Fire Service for offences bordering on employment scam. Olatunji’s arrest followed a petition by two applicants - Robert Mathew and Theresa Abah- alleging that, sometime in December 2014, one Christopher Adaje, an officer at the Nyanya Office of the agency informed them of a recruitment exercise purportedly going on and promised to facilitate their employment into the Service before April, 2015 if they could part with N350, 000.00 (three hundred and fifty thousand naira) each.
All allusions to the Commission’s investigation or documents in the said publication should be disregarded. At no time did the EFCC share intelligence or revealed the content of any dossier it may have on any judge for that matter with any media organization either in Nigeria or abroad.
An Abuja High Court Judge, Justice Peter Affen has berated the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly intimidating his court and for attempting to stall a case involving it and an Austrian Security contractor, Mr. Wolfgang Wolfgang Reinl who sued the anti-graft agency for N2b for allegedly detaining him since last year without trial.
The Tribunal is compelled to refute the said publications, particularly those contained in ThisDay Newspaper, Leadership and some online media, dated March 21st, 2016. The purported withdrawal of the case was quoted to be based on the case being fundamentally defective. Pursuant to the above, CCT advices that, to the best of our knowledge based on available records, as at the time of this report, the information is misleading, distortive and as such it should be ignored.
The Code of Conduct Tribunal led by its Chairman, Danladi Yakubu Umar fixed the date in Abuja after taking the argument for and against the motion moved by the Defence Counsel to the Senate President, Kanu Agabi (SAN) challenging the jurisdiction of the Tribunal which was accordingly responded to by the Prosecuting Counsel, Rotimi Jacob (SAN).