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EFCC Arraigns Man For N16m Scam The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 arraigned one Bashir Salihu before Justice M. Talba of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Gudu, Abuja on a 2-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust and issuance of dud cheque.Salihu allegedly obtained the sum of sixteen million naira (N16m) as loan from one Ramatu A. Isiaq for the construction of perimeter fence of Niger Delta Science, Technology and Bio Industrial Park in Sagbama, Bayelsa State. The accused is said to have promised to repay the loan with interest within three months but failed to do so. All efforts to recover the money proved futile.READ MORE…
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EFCC Arraigns Man For N16m Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 arraigned one Bashir Salihu before Justice M. Talba of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Gudu, Abuja on a 2-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust and issuance of dud cheque.

Salihu allegedly obtained the sum of sixteen million naira (N16m) as loan from one Ramatu A. Isiaq for the construction of perimeter fence of Niger Delta Science, Technology and Bio Industrial Park in Sagbama, Bayelsa State. The accused is said to have promised to repay the loan with interest within three months but failed to do so. All efforts to recover the money proved futile.

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Taraba State Accountant-General Docked For N1.56bn Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission today arraigned the Taraba State Accountant – General, Joel Joseph Lenbang, before Justice Donatus Nwabueze Okorowo of the Federal High Court Jalingo for defrauding Taraba State Government to the tune of  N1.56 billion. He was docked on an 8-count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretence, offences contrary to and punishable under the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006.

Taraba State Accountant-General Joel LengbangTaraba State Accountant-General Joel Lengbang EFCC When the charges were read to him, the accused person pleaded not guilty.

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EFCC Press Release: Arraignment of Timipre Sylva, Others Stalled Again

The planned arraignment of Timipre Sylva, former governor of Bayelsa State and six other persons before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, could not proceed today.

The other three accused persons and their companies are Francis Okokuro, Gbenga S. Balogun, Samuel Ogbuku, Marlin Maritime Limited, Eat Catering Services Limited and Haloween – Blue Construction and Logistics Limited. The accused persons are to be docked on an amended 42-count charge of misappropriation of fund and money laundering.

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Adeniyi Ikuforiji, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly

EFCC Press Release: N503 Scam: Prosecution Closes Case Against Ikuforiji

By Wilson Uwujaren

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has closed its case against the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeniyi Ikuforiji. Counsel to the EFCC in the N503 scam suit preferred against the Speaker, Godwin Obla, SAN, told a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Friday, that he had already presented two witnesses before the court and was satisfied with their testimony. “I am satisfied with the evidence brought so far, I will not be calling more witnesses”, he said.

Counsel to Ikuforiji, Wole Olanipekun , SAN, prayed the court for a date in order to file a no-case submission and written address. Justice Ibrahim Buba, after listening to all the submissions, adjourned the matter till July 7, 2014.

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EFCC Press Release: EFCC Arrests Three Suspected Impostors For N73.8m Securities Scam

By Wilson Uwujaren

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested three suspected fraudsters involved in forgery, personation and fraudulent sale of shares to the tune of N73,764,428( Seventy Three Million, Seven Hundred and Sixty Four Thousand, Four Hundred Twenty Eight Naira ).

Muhammed Rabiu Lawan (a.k.a Alhaji Shande Ako Dzungwe and Alhaji Isa Koto); Raphael Olorunfemi Okomoda, Adebgesan Theophilius and four others who are still at large, were arrested by operatives of the Commission following a report of fraudulent sale of shares of two deceased shareholders by the suspects.  The stocks originally belong to Alhaji Shande Ako Dzungwe and Alhaji Isa Koto (both deceased) but were fraudulently claimed, converted and sold by the three suspects.

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Press Release: EFCC Docks Two For N800m Fraud

By Wilson Uwujaren

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Monday, June 9,  2014 arraigned Mohammed Abubakar Kent and Precious Otsu before Justice Sylvanus Chinedu Oriji of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja on an 11-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust, personation, forgery and obtaining money by false pretense.

The suspects allegedly conspired and forged document in the name of Little Acorns Turkey Project Limited and fraudulently defrauded the company to the tune of N800m (Eight Hundred Million Naira) over a property development scheme at Lokogoma, Abuja.

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Akintunde Ajao

Press Release: EFCC Arraigns Oil Services Manager For N52.2m Fraud

By Wilson Uwujaren

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 arraigned the Finance Manager, Cetco Oilfields Services Limited, Akintunde Ajao alongside his company, YPSL Nigeria Limited, before Justice Lambo Akanbi of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt on a 4-count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery, and obtaining money by false pretense.

Akintunde allegedly used his office as Finance Manager to prepare a false tax liability for Cetco Oilfields Services Limited to the tune of Seventy Four Million, Nine Hundred and Sixty Three Thousand, Seven Hundred and Twelve Naira, Eighty Kobo (N74, 963, 712: 80).

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Senate President David Mark

Senate Defers Further Consideration Of The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Center

By SaharaReporters, New York

The Nigerian Senate has deferred further consideration of a bill to provide for the establishment of a Financial Intelligence Centre. The bill, which is seeking to establish the center as a separate agency independent of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), had passed the second reading at the upper legislative chamber.

However, when the bill was presented for the third reading last Tuesday, the Senate was sharply divided on whether it should be passed or rejected.  Some of the Senators were of the view that the bill, which proposes that the centre should be a central body responsible for receiving, requesting, analyzing and disseminating financial intelligence reports to relevant agencies in the country, will amount to duplicating the duties already being handled by Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU)

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Press Release: EFCC Arraigns Suspected Conman for $90,000 Romance Scam

By Wilson Uwujaren

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 arraigned a suspected romance scammer: Omokoh Orowo Jesse before Justice R.B Akintola  of the Oyo State High Court, Ibadan, on a 9-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretense.

Specifically, Jesse allegedly fleeced an Australian lady, Jette Jacobs of the sum of $90,000 (Ninety Thousand United States Dollars) in a romance scam that went awry. He reportedly met Jesse in an online dating site and contrived a relationship with her. Reports showed that Jette travelled to Johannesburg, South Africa in November 2012. Jesse left Nigeria to meet her on February 4, 2013. Five days later, Jette was found dead in her apartment.
Jesse returned to Nigeria two days after the discovery of the body of his supposed lover in her South- African apartment.

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Aliyu Gebi

House Of Rep. Member, Gebi, Detained By EFCC Over N173m Fraud

By SaharaReporters, New York

A member of the House of Representatives representing Bauchi Federal Constituency, Hon. Aliyu Gebi has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. A source at the Commission disclosed that the federal law maker was detained this morning as he reported following an invitation by the Commission,

Gebi is alleged to be facing multiple cases of fraud to the tune of N173million. He allegedly obtained the amount from four different sources with false pretenses.

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EFCC Press Release: EFCC To Arraign Oil Services Manager For N48.9M Fraud

By Wilson Uwujaren

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has concluded arrangement to arraign the Finance Manager of Cetco Oilfield Services Limited, Akintunde Ajao alongside his company, YPSL Limited for offences bordering on forgery, conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretences. The Commission on May 21, 2014, filed four-count information at the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, River State against the suspect.

The suspect allegedly  acting on a directive purportedly  from the River State Board of Internal Revenue (RSBIR) diverted the sum of fifty-two million, two hundred and eighty two thousand (52, 282, 000:00)  to YPSL Limited, a company allegedly promoted by him, to defrauded Cetco Oilfields Services Nigeria Limited.

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EFCC Press Release - Wonder Bank: Accused Person Operated Without Licence – EFCC Witness

By Wilson Uwujaren

The trial of Moses Samanja Audu, an alleged Wonder Bank operator began on Thursday, May 22, 2014 before Justice Evelyn Anyadike of the Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna.

At the resumed trial, an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulkareem Chukkol who was led in evidence by counsel to EFCC, Joshua Saidi told the court that the accused person operated a wonder bank without valid license.

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EFCC to Arraign Female Suspect For N30m Fraud

By Wilson Uwujaren

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, will on May 23, 2014 arraign a business woman, Mary Okoh alias Josephine Williams, for offences bordering on fraud and forgery.

Okoh was arrested by the operatives of the Commission following a complaint by Okon Abasi, executive officer, Mutual Alliance Property Development Company Limited.

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EFCC Press Release: Army Hands Over Three Suspected Oil Thieves to EFCC

By Wilson Uwujaren

Three suspected oil thieves arrested by officers of the Guards Brigade, Nigerian Army, have been handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for further investigation and possible prosecution.

The suspects: Gbenga Olusegun, Mohammed Yusuf, Auwal Abbas were arrested on May 12, 2014 at Toto Check Point, Keffi, Nasarawa State with a truck loaded with 33,000 litres of petroleum product suspected to be crude oil, and a Honda Civic Car.

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EFCC Press Release: Oil Theft - Navy Hands Over 11 Suspects, Barge to EFCC

By Wilson Uwujaren

The Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base (FOB), Bonny Naval base, Port Harcourt on Tuesday May 12, 2014 handed over 11 suspected oil thieves and a metal barge (Henry 2) loaded with about 230 metric tons of substance suspected to be crude oil to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for further investigation and prosecution.

The suspects were arrested at the Bonny water ways on April 22, 2014. They include:  Daniel Ojokparoghene, Henry Mangibo, John Atobere, Ben Lawson, God’s Strength Samson and Jacob Abagidi. Others are: Tamunoi Yawuna Genesis, David Ben, Frank James, Gabriel Lucky and Danlami Awuta.

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