EFCC Press Release: N25.7bn Fraud - Failure Of Atuche To Produce Witness Stalls Trial
By Wilson Uwujaren
Further hearing in the N25.7billion theft charge preferred against former managing director of Bank PHB, Mr. Fancis Atuche, his wife, Elizabeth and Ugo Anyanwu, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC was today (April 15, 2014) stalled at the Lagos High Court, Ikeja following the absence of key defence witness, who is said to be a handwriting expert.
Counsel to the EFCC, Kemi Pinheiro SAN, reminded the court of several adjournments in the past to accommodate the absence of the same witness. “The absence of this witness does not stop the defence from calling other witnesses. The court does not wait for witnesses as we have vacated four dates for this witness. Defence should therefore call other witnesses so that gracious time is not wasted”.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC today told a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja that Fidelis Ogbechie, defence witness in the on-going trial of former managing director of defunct Bank PHB, Francis Atuche was not a witness of truth as his claim that that his employers, ICON Stockbrokers Limited was lead stockbroker to Bank PHB is false.
At the resumed hearing of the case Monday, April 14, prosecuting counsel Kemi Pinheiro SAN told the court that “the claim by the second defence witness that his employers, ICON Stockbrokers Limited, was the lead stockbroker or Joint-lead stockbroker was purely the imagination of the witness”.
EFCC Press Release: EFCC Arraigns Three For Defrauding Diamond Bank Of N100m
By Wilson Uwujaren
Three persons who attempted to defraud Diamond Bank of N100million through an electronic device called grabber have been docked by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Godwin Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, Evaristus Moses Oyemah and Kenneth Iweha were on Monday April 14 arraigned before Justice S.A Nmakanma of the High Court of Abia tate, Umuahia, on a 2-,. count charge bordering on conspiracy and attempt to steal. The accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty to both counts.
A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, presided over by Justice A. I Kutigi, on Thursday, April 10, 2014, dismissed a suit filed by Dr. Ezekiel Izuogu, Managing Director, Izuogu Motors Limited against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, demanding for N200 million damages.
Izuogu had approached the court to stop the EFCC from arresting and investigating him over a petition filed by Dr. Catherine Okpareke who alleged that Izuogu defrauded her to the tune of N20 million (Twenty Million Naira).
EFCC Press Release - Pension Fraud: EFCC Re-arraigns Mohammed Katun For N62m Fraud
By Wilson Uwujaren
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on April 9, 2014 re-arraigned Mohammed Ahmed Katun, a former staff of Pension Account, Office of the Head of Service of the Federation before Justice A. R Mohammed of Federal High Court, Abuja.
Katun was re-arraigned on a 3- count amended charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence and diverting pension funds to tune of N62.3 million. Katun was first arraigned alongside nine others. But the charge was withdrawn as the Commission filed separate charge against the accused persons.
Steve Oronsaye recommended the merger of the EFCC and ICPC
President Jonathan Scraps NAPEP, FRC; Refuses To Merge EFCC, ICPC And CCB
By SaharaReporters, New York
President Goodluck Jonathan’s government today approved the recommendation of a committee headed by former official of the Civil Service, Steve Oronsaye on the scrapping of the National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP) and the Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC).
However, it turned down the recommendation of the merger of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent and Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), and Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB). The proposal for the renaming of the Code of Conduct Tribunal as Anti Corruption Tribunal was equally rejected.
Sani Lulu, Others Breached Due Process In Purchase of Luxury Buses – Witness Tells Court
By Wilson Uwujaren
The trial of Sani Lulu Abdullahi, former chairman and three other Board members of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF continued today, April 3, 2014 before Justice E.S Chukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Abdulllahi is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC alongside Amanze Uchegbulam, Bolaji Ojo-Oba and Taiwo Ogunjobi for offences bordering on conspiracy and breach of due process which is in contravention of the Public Procurement Act.
EFCC Docks School Proprietor For N26.6M Exam Fraud
The accused allegedly connived with three members of staff of his school, OBFO International Academy and collected the sum of forty six thousand naira (N46, 000.00) each from 580 candidates as registration fee for the West African Examination Council, WAEC May/June 2012 examination but failed to register the students for the said examination.
Justice Dije Abdu Aboki of Kano State High Court on Monday March 31, 2014 convicted and sentenced former staff Mainstreet Bank, Hadiza Mustafa to five years imprisonment. The convict who was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC alongside Mahmud Sule on a 10-count charge that borders on forgery and theft of depositor’s fund, was convicted on 9 of the counts. Justice Aboki sentenced her to 12 months imprisonment on count 2 and six months imprisonment on counts 3 to 10. The convict is equally to a pay a fine of N120, 000. The sentences are to run concurrently.
The arraignment of Timipre Marlin Sylva, former governor of Bayelsa State and six others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC before Justice A. Y Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja could not go on today.
Though the ex-governor was present in court, counsel to the third accused person, Chukwuma Ochu told the court that he has a pending motion before the court which seeks the disqualification of the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN from standing as counsel in this matter for breach of the rules of the legal profession. “The motion touches on the integrity of the prosecution and the law requires that such a motion should be decided before this matter can go on”, Ochu stated.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, March 20, 2014 opposed an application filed by Mr. Charles Edosomwan, SAN, counsel to Mr. Fred Ajudua, before a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja, seeking bail for Ajudua, who is standing trial for defrauding two Dutch businessmen, Messrs Remy Cina and Pierre Vijgen of the sum of $1.69million.
EFCC Counsel, A. P Sanusi, urged the court not to grant the request for bail. “My Lord, this is an eleven year old case that is still to be finalized; giving bail now without considering his past record will delay trial”, she said. She further urged the court to look at the past records of the applicant.
EFCC Details How Assembly Speaker, Ikuforiji, Lavished Lagos Funds On Foreign Trips, Wife, Others PREMIUM TIMES
By Ben Ezeamalu
The trial of Adeyemi Ikuforiji, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, continued Tuesday with the prosecution witness detailing how the defendants allegedly laundered millions of Naira.
Adebayo Adeniyi, the EFCC witness, told the court how the defendants collected N13.5 million for honorarium, N4.5 million for renovation of the Speaker’s residence, and N1.5 million for the Speaker’s Guest House every month for six consecutive months.
EFCC Vs Bayelsa On Alam’s Loot: Who Is Pressing The Pause Button? By Ifeanyi Izeze
What kind of a people are we? Is it true the Bayelsa State Government disowned a lawyer that filed a suit challenging the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for not remitting the various sums of money recovered from former governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha? Also, did the EFCC actually describe the Bayelsa State government’s or rather the lawyer’s purported suit as “provocative and a cheap blackmail” against the anti-graft agency?
Justice Husseini Baba of the FCT High Court today, March 13,2014, admitted in evidence, a Certificate of Identification of Statement of Account and Cheques obtained from First Bank Nigeria Plc by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the ongoing trial of seven persons who are alleged to have stolen N24 billion from the Police pension fund.
The documents contain forensic analyses of statement of accounts of the police pension office which revealed how a total of 400 cheques were cashed on a single day. These were labelled as Exhibits P6, P6A and P6B respectively.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Screening Committee on 2014 Ekiti Gubernatorial Election led by Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba has released the result of its screening exercise.
Out of 16 aspirants, 13 were cleared while 3 were denied clearance to partake in the party primaries that will eventually present a candidate for the party in the upcoming election in the state. Top amongst those cleared include a former governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose. Mr. Fayose is currently facing charges of corruption proffered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). A former minister of police affairs, Caleb Olukolade was also cleared.