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EFCC Arrests 11 Suspected Internet Fraudsters With 12 Cars In Osun
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EFCC Arrests 11 Suspected Internet Fraudsters With 12 Cars In Osun

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, on Friday, January 22, 2021 arrested eleven suspected fraudsters. They were apprehended by operatives of the Commission who, acting on intelligence, swooped on their hideouts in Osogbo, the Osun State capital. The Commission recovered twelve cars which include three Toyota Highlander SUVs, one Mercedes Benz GLK 350 SUV, One Acura SUV, two Honda Crosstour, two Toyota Venza and three other Toyota brands. Also recovered are phones, laptops and other devices. The suspects, who variously claimed to be students, artisans, farmers and businessmen, are currently undergoing interrogation to ascertain their level of involvement in the alleged crime. They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are conclu...
₦544m Grass-Cutting Fraud: Court Admits More Exhibits Against Babachir Lawal
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₦544m Grass-Cutting Fraud: Court Admits More Exhibits Against Babachir Lawal

A high court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting at Jabi, on Thursday, admitted more exhibits in evidence against the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir Lawal. Trial Justice Charles Agbaza admitted the exhibits which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, tendered through its second witness, Mr Hamza Buwai. The former SGF is answering to a 10-count charge the EFCC entered against him and however pleaded not guilty. The Prosecution alleged that the charge is bordering on diversion of funds, criminal conspiracy and official corruption before Justice Charles Agbaza, on November 30, 2020, following the demise of Justice Jude Okeke, the previous trial judge. It will be recalled that Lawal is standing trial alongside his younger bro...
Ademola Adebukola ‘Holy Ghost’ Sent To Prison For Fraud
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Ademola Adebukola ‘Holy Ghost’ Sent To Prison For Fraud

Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin has convicted a 29-year-old man Ademola Adebukola alias Holy Ghost on four counts of cheating and attempt to cheat. Justice Adenike Akinpelu convicted and sentenced the defendant to six months imprisonment on each of the counts after he pleaded guilty to the charges brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The sentences are to run concurrently from September 14, 2020. One of the charges read: “That you, Ademola Adebukola, sometime in 2018, at Ilorin, within the Judicial Division of the Kwara State High Court while acting as Blackmore G. Scott a.k.a Holy Ghost with email address holyghost643@gmail.com did attempt to cheat one Sherri Reed by fraudulently inducing her to deliver the sum of $3,500 (three thousand, ...
N2m Credit Alert Sends Ilorin Driver To Prison
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N2m Credit Alert Sends Ilorin Driver To Prison

A 45-year-old driver, Adetunji Tunde Oluwasegun, has been sentenced to two years imprisonment for fraudulently converting to personal use a sum N2million that was erroneously transferred into his account. The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had on Monday, January 18, 2021 arraigned Oluwasegun on one-count charge bordering on stealing before Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin. The offence contravenes Section 286 and punishable under Section 287 of the Penal Code. The charge reads: "That you, Adetunji Tunde Oluwasegun, sometime between the month of July, 2020 and 21st of August, 2020 at Ilorin, Kwara State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court dishonestly took the sum of N2,000,000.00 (Two Mi...
EFCC Reveals Why Maina Escaped To Niger Republic
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EFCC Reveals Why Maina Escaped To Niger Republic

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has revealed why former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, jumped bail and fled to Niger Republic. Maina is on trial for money laundering charges before a Federal High Court in Abuja. Late in 2020, he was found by the court to have jumped bail and fled to Niger. Upon an arrest warrant issued by the court, Maina was later apprehended in the neighbouring country and repatriated to Nigeria. In a fresh court document filed by the EFCC, the anti-graft agency claimed Maina “sneaked out to Niger Republic after jumping court bail was to obtain new travel documents at the Embassy of the United States of America (USA) in Niamey to enable him flee back to the USA with his family where he and his fami...
EFCC arrests two pairs of brothers and three others for alleged Internet Fraud In Ibadan
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EFCC arrests two pairs of brothers and three others for alleged Internet Fraud In Ibadan

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, have arrested two pairs of brothers: Ayoola Timilehin, Olusola Timilehin, and Oladayo Fayemi, Tolulope Fayemi and three others suspected to be internet fraudsters. The other three suspects arrested with them are Temitope Kumuyi, Babatunde Oyelakin, and Olanrewaju Ibrahim. They are all between the 20 and 30.   They were arrested at their hideout on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at Alaka, Elebu area of Ibadan, Oyo State. The suspects were arrested based on intelligence linking them with opulence without any identifiable means of livelihood. Items recovered from them, include: four cars, laptops, exotic phones, and a stamp bearing the identity of the bursary section of Queensland Univer...
Nine Internet Fraudsters Bag Jail Terms In Abeokuta
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Nine Internet Fraudsters Bag Jail Terms In Abeokuta

The Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction of nine internet fraudsters, before two different judges of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. The latest of the convictions, involved Toheeb Abdulrasheed and Chukwuebuka Isaac Dike, who were sentenced by Justice Mohammed Abubakar of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, Ogun State on Monday, June 8, 2020 for their involvement in internet-related fraud. Dike, who claimed to be a 100-level Biochemistry student of Federal University of Agriculture, FUNAAB, was sentenced to three months in prison; while Abdulrasheed, a self-acclaimed graduate of Business Administration from Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, MAPOLY, bagged four months. Their sentences followed the p...
EFCC To Investigate Incident That Led To Shawarma Seller’s Arrest
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EFCC To Investigate Incident That Led To Shawarma Seller’s Arrest

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it will investigate the incident that led to the arrest of Mnena Ato, a businesswoman and chief executive officer of Star Shawarma, a pastry restaurant in Makurdi, the Benue state capital. Ato had narrated how she was arrested by EFCC officials over a N1,600 transaction. Narrating her ordeal, Ato, who was arrested alongside her accountant and salesboy, said a staff of the commission had visited her restaurant on April 9 to purchase items worth N1,500. She said the customer opted to make payment through mobile transfer and ended up transferring N1,600. Ato said although the company did not receive an alert for the transaction, the customer was allowed to leave. “So, when the accountant did not receive the alert for the payment...
Chinese National Forfeits $300,000 To FG
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Chinese National Forfeits $300,000 To FG

Justice Babatunde Quadri of Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, May 11, 2020, ordered the final forfeiture of $300,000 belonging to a Chinese national, Li Yan Pin, to the Federal Government of Nigeria. The judge had earlier ordered the interim forfeiture of the money following an exparte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Yan Pin stood trial for a money laundering charge leveled against him by the EFCC over the said sum after intelligence led to his arrest at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, for failing to declare the money in his possession, as he attempted to board a flight to China en-route Dubai. Justice Quadri in his judgment noted that the prosecution has proved its case beyond every reasonable doubt and found the d...
Patience Jonathan’s Hotel To Become Coronavirus Isolation Centre
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Patience Jonathan’s Hotel To Become Coronavirus Isolation Centre

Former First Lady Patience Jonathan has struck a deal to release her 200-bed hotel as COVID-19 Isolation and treatment centre. The Abuja hotel, which is believed to be worth about N2 billion, is under interim forfeiture secured by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at the court on April 30, 2018. The former First Lady, it was learnt, struck the deal with First Lady Aisha Buhari, which led to her release of the hotel, under litigation, for use by the government at the critical time. The First Lady, through her pet project, the Future Assured Programme, entered into separate agreements with Mrs. Jonathan and the Ministry of Health to convert the hotel into a COVID-19 treatment centre. Mrs. Buhari made an offer to the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, to...
EFCC Nabs Currency Counterfeiters, Confiscates N45m Fake Notes
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EFCC Nabs Currency Counterfeiters, Confiscates N45m Fake Notes

Operatives of the Abuja Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC have arrested Badamasi Sule and Muhammad Muhammad, suspected money-doublers, for being in possession of counterfeit Naira notes totaling about N45million. They were arrested in December 2019, following actionable intelligence report which exposed a syndicate of fraudsters who specialize in printing fake N1,000 notes. They were also found to be in possession of fake $100 bills. . . Investigations further revealed that two “Ghana-must-go bags” in their possession containing the N1,000 notes were shortly to be put into circulation. Their primary targets are bureau de change operators, and unsuspecting members of the public. The syndicate is believed to be operating from Gashua, Yobe State, ...
Remove EFCC & ICPC From Malami’s Control – Prof. Sagay Advises Buhari
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Remove EFCC & ICPC From Malami’s Control – Prof. Sagay Advises Buhari

Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to remove the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) from the control and supervision of the Ministry of Justice. Speaking to Daily Independent on Sunday, Sagay said he is unhappy with frequent attempts by Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, to whittle down the powers of the two anti-corruption agencies, especially that of Ibrahim Magu, the acting EFCC chairman. Sagay, whose committee has recommended Magu for reappointment by President Buhari for a second term, said it is worrisome that the Ministry of Ju...
Mompha Speaks After Bail, Says ‘Prayer Is The Only Key’
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Mompha Speaks After Bail, Says ‘Prayer Is The Only Key’

Ismalia Mustapha, the bureau de change boss and Instagram personality, known as Mompha, who was recently arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has shed some light on the details of his arrest after he was released on bail. The bureau de change boss shared a lengthy post on his Instagram page to address the issue. He stated that in everything done, prayer is the key. According to him, he was arrested in Dubai on Friday, October 18, and brought to Lagos on Saturday, October 19. He claimed that the FBI and Interpol were not involved like the commission told the people. He said his arrest was spearheaded by the EFCC alone because they had his travel details. He noted that when he arrived in Lagos they brought his bank statement from 2015 to 2017 and asked abou...
Court adjourns Naira Marley’s trial
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Court adjourns Naira Marley’s trial

Azeez Fashola a.k.a Naira Marley's case of credit card fraud was adjourned by a Federal High Court which sat in Lagos on Wednesdat December 11. The case was adjourned till Thursday December 12, as the defence counsel Mr Olalejan Ojo (SAN) was not available. Recall that Naira Marley was arraigned before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on 11-count charge bordering on credit card fraud. The singer who was granted a bail in the sum of N2 million with two sureties in like sum, was accused of committing the offence on different dates; between Nov. 26, 2018 and Dec.11, 2018, as well as May 10, 2019.
Man Impersonating Atiku Abubakar Jailed For 6 Months
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Man Impersonating Atiku Abubakar Jailed For 6 Months

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Kano Zonal Office has secured the conviction of one Aminu Ahmed for impersonating former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar. He was convicted by Justice Sa’adatu Mark of the Federal High Court Kano on a two count charge of conspiracy and obtaining by false pretense. The convict was sentenced to six months imprisonments with an option of restituting the sum of N200,000 to the victim. The convict was arraigned by the Commission sometime in March 2019 for defrauding one Auwal Iliyasu by posing as former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.
Nigerians React As Mompha Gets Arrested By Interpol
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Nigerians React As Mompha Gets Arrested By Interpol

Nigerians have reacted to the arrest of Dubai based big boy, Mompha, by Interpol. Mompha was picked up three days ago and is currently in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. The reason for his arrest has not yet been revealed by the responsible agencies, however, social media reports say it has to do with illegal activities. A Twitter user wrote: ”Mompha escaped from Interpol arrest in Dubai and he flew to Nigeria secretly. He was tracked through his airline ticket and on Interpol request, he was arrested by EFCC on a $5m internet scam He’s an Instagram King”. See reactions below on Mompha’s arrest.
BREAKING: EFCC confirms arrest of Mompha’, popular Instagram ‘Big Boy’
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BREAKING: EFCC confirms arrest of Mompha’, popular Instagram ‘Big Boy’

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has confirmed that it arrested Ismaila Mustapha, popularly known as ‘Mompha.’ EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren told Daily Trust that Mompha was arrested by the top anti-graft agency in Abuja, although he did not give further details. He said Mompha is in the custody of the EFCC. Mompha, a social media celeb is often referred to as the king of Nigerian Bureau De Change. There were reports that he fled his base in Dubai to evade arrest from the International Criminal Police Organization, more commonly known as INTERPOL.
Court Orders Seizure Of Bukola Saraki’s Houses In Ikoyi
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Court Orders Seizure Of Bukola Saraki’s Houses In Ikoyi

A federal high court sitting in Lagos has ordered the temporary forfeiture of two properties of Bukola Saraki, former senate president, in the Ikoyi area of Lagos state. Nnaemeka Omewa, a counsel of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) had approached the court, seeking an order of interim forfeiture of the properties located at 17A McDonald Road, Ikoyi, Eti Osa local government area of Lagos. He had told the court that they were acquired through “proceeds of unlawful activities”. Part of the reliefs sought by the EFCC included “An order of this honourable Court forfeiting to the Federal Government of Nigeria landed property with appurtenances situate, lying and known as No. 17A McDonald Road, Ikoyi, Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State found and recover...
“You Don’t Need Petition To Probe Tinubu” – Segalink Replies EFCC
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“You Don’t Need Petition To Probe Tinubu” – Segalink Replies EFCC

Social media activist, Segun Awosanya, popularly known as Segalink, has rejected the advice of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to write a petition against All Progressives Congress leader, Bola Tinubu. Segalink, who is the leader of the #EndSARS movement, said the EFCC did not need him to write a petition against Tinubu before going after the APC leader. The activist said the EFCC had been going after internet fraudsters and raiding night clubs without a petition. He tweeted, “The EFCC in their primitive chest-thumping about Section 7(1) of their Establishment Act of 2004, forgot that they have the same power over the likes of Tinubu as they do over alleged Yahoo boys to act based on probable case. Why expect a petition from us?” Segalink told The PUNCH in an i...
Tinubu’s Bullion Vans: Between EFCC And Segalink On Twitter
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Tinubu’s Bullion Vans: Between EFCC And Segalink On Twitter

Segun Awosanya, popularly known as SEGAlink expressed his displeasure over the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC operation. Below is the tweet by the EFCC official twitter handle: Aection 7 (1) (b) of EFCC Establishment Act, 2004 gives us the power to investigate "properties of any person if it appears to the Commission that the person's lifestyle and extent of the properties are not justified by his source of income".
EFCC raids Zamfara INEC office, recovers 4 ‘Ghana-must- go’ bags full of money
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EFCC raids Zamfara INEC office, recovers 4 ‘Ghana-must- go’ bags full of money

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday took away four ‘Ghana-must-go’ bags suspected to contain money from the Zamfara office of INEC. The operatives were at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Gusau in continuation of its investigation over alleged non-payment of adhoc staff who conducted the 2019 general election. The EFCC operatives reportedly arrived at the office around noon with heavily armed personnel and ransacked the facility for close to two hours. All four bags and some documents were allegedly recovered from the office of the accountant. Some INEC officials who were earlier arrested by the EFCC were brought along during the two-hour search and were afterward taken back into custody. A petition to ...
EFCC Arraigns Fake Fund Manager For N4million Fraud
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EFCC Arraigns Fake Fund Manager For N4million Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Port Harcourt Zonal Office has arraigned Jonah Ekpone Chijor before Justice E.A Obile of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on a two- count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence 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. . . One of the counts read: "That you Jonah Ekpone Chijor, Fragracons Limited sometimes between September 2014 and September 2015 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did conspire amongst yourselves to commit felony to wit: obtaining by false pretence and thereby committed an offence, contrary to Section 8 (a) of the Advance F...
“Embrace Whistle-blowing Policy” – EFCC Boss, Magu Urges Nigerians
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“Embrace Whistle-blowing Policy” – EFCC Boss, Magu Urges Nigerians

The Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu has called on Nigerians to help in the fight against corruption by given useful information to boost the whistle-blowing policy of the government. He gave the charge on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at a Town Hall meeting, which held at the Banquet Hall, Arewa House, Kaduna State. The event, which was organized by Action Aid International, Nigeria, had as its theme, "Governance and Citizens Dialogue on Service Delivery". He reiterated that the whistle-blowing policy was still very much in effect, and remained one of the many ways in combating corruption, which has yielded significant results. Magu who was represented by Mailafia Yakubu, Head, EFCC Kaduna Zonal Office, however, urged them not to ...
EFCC Lauds Collaboration With FBI
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EFCC Lauds Collaboration With FBI

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday, said its collaboration with the Federal Bureau for Intelligence, FBI, has paid off, as it has arrested 167 Nigerians for alleged computer-related frauds from August till date. The commission also said that it recovered from the arrested fraudsters the sum of $169,850 and 92million. EFCC Director of Operations, Mr Mohammed Abba, who briefed newsmen at an EFCC/FBI briefing on their joint operation, tagged Operation Rewire in Lagos, said “EFCC/FBI joint operations in Nigeria recorded tremendous successes leading to a number of arrests, seizures and recoveries. The suspected fraudsters arrested in the course of this operation will be persecuted accordingly. “It is instructive to note that, from August 12, 2019 to date, th...
EFCC Scales Up Investigations On P&ID
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EFCC Scales Up Investigations On P&ID

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has escalated its probe into how a firm promoted by an Irish, Mr. Michael Quinn, and registered in British Virgin Islands, Process and Industrial Developments Limited, secured an agreement with the federal government, an alleged breach of which has attracted an enforcement order, by a British commercial court, of a $9.6 billion arbitral award against Nigeria. THISDAY learnt yesterday that the anti-graft agency is expanding its focus of investigation following a report published on September 4 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, which detailed past suspected fraudulent activities by Quinn, now deceased. It was learnt that the Bloomberg report had generated concern among top government officials as it detailed a pattern, similar to the con...
Names Of Politicians Sponsored By Yahoo Boys: EFCC To Publish List
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Names Of Politicians Sponsored By Yahoo Boys: EFCC To Publish List

he Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has raised the alarm over its findings that some internet fraudsters had funded some politicians into elective positions. The agency also vowed to release names of such politicians and their internet scammer sponsors, the Punch report. The Zonal Head of EFCC, Port Harcourt Zone, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, disclosed this on Tuesday in Port Harcourt while speaking with newsmen on the anti-graft agency’s collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the fight against internet fraud. Bawa lamented that cyber crime was tarnishing Nigeria’s image and killing genuine businesses, adding that the agency will soon make public names of suspected cyber criminals and the candidates they sponsored to contest public offices. He st...
EFCC storms Ambode’s house in Lagos
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EFCC storms Ambode’s house in Lagos

Officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, this morning stormed the residence of the former Lagos state governor, Mr Akinwumi Ambode. Report from TheCable has it that the officers are currently raiding his residence. Recall that the commission last three weeks ago froze three bank accounts containing the total sum of N9.9bn linked to the immediate past Governor of Lagos State.
EFCC To Freeze Nigerian Student’s Accounts
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EFCC To Freeze Nigerian Student’s Accounts

The Federal High Court Abuja, on Thursday, granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)’s request to freeze two bank accounts linked to a 26-year-old Nigerian student based abroad. According to the EFCC’s Counsel, Richard Dauda in an exparte application number: FHC/ABJ/CS/921/2019, the commission is investigating a Suspicious Transaction Report (STR) received from the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) against the suspect, Mr Damilare Oluyemi. ”The investigation revealed that the suspect in the case under investigation is a student who was involved in suspicious transactions between May 11,2018 and June 6, 2018 amounting to 133, 955. 00 dollars and 40, 000 pounds,” he said. He said investigation further revealed that the suspect had ”substantial amount ...
How N1.2bn cash was handed over to Musiliu Obanikoro – Witness tells court
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How N1.2bn cash was handed over to Musiliu Obanikoro – Witness tells court

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday June 24, 2019, presented a fresh witness, Damola Otuyalo, former Head of Cash and Transit, Diamond Bank PLC, who told Justice Nnamdi Dimg’ of the Federal High Court, sitting in Maitama, Abuja, how a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, was handed over the sum of NI.2Billion cash. At the last trial, Abiodun Agbele, an aide of the former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, narrated how he coordinated the movement of N1.2 billion slush fund in the build-up to the Ekiti governorship election in 2014. While being led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Wahab Shittu, Otuyalo gave a vivid account of how the alleged sum was moved out of the local wing of the Lagos Airport and eventually handed over to ...
Obasanjo Accuses Buhari Of Corruption, Says He Tampered With EFCC And ICPC
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Obasanjo Accuses Buhari Of Corruption, Says He Tampered With EFCC And ICPC

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has accused President Buhari of corruption and tampering with the operations of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC. In the interview with Premium Times, Obasanjo accused of President Buhari of corruption and tampering with the operations of ICPC and EFCC who are no longer independent under his government. The 82-year-old former President said, "I set up two institutions. I came with two laws that were not there before, to fight corruption. And those who claim they are fighting corruption today have not brought in anything different. If anything, they have corrupted those two institutions. And the institutions were open and independent. I never, never, as president had to say ...
EFCC Secures Conviction Of 17 Illegal Petroleum Dealers
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EFCC Secures Conviction Of 17 Illegal Petroleum Dealers

It was harvest of convictions as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Benin Zonal office, on Friday, June 7, 2019 secured the conviction of Seventeen (17) illegal oil bunkers before Justice Nnamdi O. Dimgba of the Federal High Court sitting in Asaba Delta State. The convicts are Shola Ilurimi, Monday Atie, Mene Endurance, Demeyin Omolere, Olushoji Juwon, Omotehinse John, Aroyo Ade, George Nwafor, Sheriff Prex , Efe Brown, Elijah Ibitoye and Lawal Samuel Olayemi. Others are Ganiyu Kabiru ,Balogun Ogooluwa, Agbaje Olokunjuwon, Japhet Onyenibe and Isogun Bode Each of the defendant was arraigned on a separate one (1) count charge, each bordering on illegal dealings in petroleum products. One of the charge reads: "That you Shola Ilurinmi on 19th May 2019 at Escrav...
Naira Marley’s Trial -GTB, Mastercard Officials, Seven Others To Testify
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Naira Marley’s Trial -GTB, Mastercard Officials, Seven Others To Testify

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is set to present nine witnesses in its case against musician Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley, PUNCH reports. According to court documents obtained by Punch correspondent, the witnesses would give evidence of their investigation, tender exhibits and reveal their findings to the court. Three of the witnesses were said to have taken the defendant’s and witnesses’ statements. The remaining are representatives of Mastercard, Visa Inc and Guaranty Trust Bank, who are expected to tender relevant card and account details of the defendant to the court. The artiste was arrested on May 10 at 9 Gbangbala Street, Ikate, Lekki, Lagos, together with Omomniyi Temidayo (aka Zlatan Ibile) and three others for alleged advance fee fraud. After his a...
Zlatan Mocks Those Who Wished For Naira Marley To Be Jailed
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Zlatan Mocks Those Who Wished For Naira Marley To Be Jailed

This is coming few hours after Naira Marley was granted N2 million bail by the court yesterday. "How he come be now ?? you wey want make omolomo go jail �" he wrote. Recall that Zlatan was arrested alongside Naira Marley and 3 others, on what the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission described as 'connection to advance fee fraud popularly called 'Yahoo Yahoo'.
EFCC arrests another 10 internet fraudsters in Abuja
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EFCC arrests another 10 internet fraudsters in Abuja

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abuja Zonal office has raided and arrested another 10 suspected internet scammers at Favour Estate Land Estate, Life Camp, Abuja. They were arrested following a tip-off by an anonymous source. The suspects are: Okorokpa Clifford, Ejechi Rukeme Clarence, Omoagbere Nelson, Olamide Agbi, Prosper Williams, Zhenom Moses, Nasiru Saudi Ali, Shakajede Okiemute, Okoro Andrew and Amorighoye Laju Precious. . Some of the items recovered from the suspects were exotic cars, laptops and smart phones. They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.
EFCC Should Stop This Witch-hunt Against Me – Saraki
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EFCC Should Stop This Witch-hunt Against Me – Saraki

EFCC Should Stop This Witch-Hunt Against Saraki 1. We have noted a statement issued yesterday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in reaction to a news story published by a national newspaper, based on the letter written by the commission to the Kwara State Government in which it demanded for all details of salaries, allowances, estacode or any other entitlement enjoyed by Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the President of the Senate, during his tenure as Governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2011. 2. While we have kept quiet over the series of letters sent to various institutions where Dr. Saraki had served or is serving in which the commission stated that it is conducting various investigations, we are compelled to make our positions known on the less than noble...
Popular Internet Fraudster Akpojivi Onoriode And Three Others Arrested, Exotic Cars And Building Recovered
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Popular Internet Fraudster Akpojivi Onoriode And Three Others Arrested, Exotic Cars And Building Recovered

Operatives of the Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested four internet fraudsters in Calabar, Cross River State, following two seperate raids carried out in the early hours of Saturday, May 4, 2019 and Sunday, May 5, 2019. A statement from the antigraft agency says the Saturday morning operation led to the arrest of a known “yahoo” kingpin, Akpojivi Joel Onoriode, a 29-year-old graduate of Delta State University, Abraka who is married with two kids. Onoriode was arrested in his lavishly furnished duplex located at Plot 10, Block VI, Unical Satellite Town, Calabar, which he confessed was purchased with proceeds from his illicit “yahoo” business. He confessed that he had been in the “yahoo-yahoo” business for a long time and was known as “...
EFCC Takes Battle To Jail Goje For ‘N5bn Fraud’ To Appeal Court
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EFCC Takes Battle To Jail Goje For ‘N5bn Fraud’ To Appeal Court

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed a cross-appeal at the Court of Appeal sitting in Jos, Plateau State capital, against the judgment of a Federal High Court in Gombe that partially upheld a no-case submission by former Governor Danjuma Goje. The commission tried Goje and two others — Alhaji Aliyu El-Nafaty and Dokoro Gombe (alias S.M Dokoro) — on an amended N5billion fraud charge. Making his claim through Wahab Shittu, the EFCC prosecuting counsel, the commission said Goje, between September and November 2010, allegedly forged a document titled 'Resolution authorising His Excellency the Executive Governor of Gombe State to acquire loan of N5,000,000,000.00 only', with Ref. No: GM/HA/RES/VOL. 1/17. The commission said the resolution was purportedly signed...
New Tricks Used By Car Thieves Exposed By EFCC
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New Tricks Used By Car Thieves Exposed By EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has advised the general public to be vigilant in order not to fall victim to new tricks deployed by car thieves to dispossess unsuspecting Nigerians of their vehicles. The alert is borne out of the shocking discoveries made during investigations into the allegations of crime levelled against one Babatunde Oluwatope Oni (aka Olu Daniel, Oni Daniel Oluwatope). Babatunde, who hails from Odo Eri, Yagba West Local Government Area of Kogi State, was recently arrested by the Ibadan zonal office of the Commission for alleged conspiracy, stealing and issuance of dud cheque following a petition received from one Kamoru Yekini on November 21, 2018. It was alleged that on October 16, 2018, two men approached him at his shop at Iwo town, ...
EFCC Arrests Yahoo Boy Posing As Fake Army General In Afghanistan
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EFCC Arrests Yahoo Boy Posing As Fake Army General In Afghanistan

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on April 8, 2019 secured the conviction of one Uyime Omoruyi for fraudulently inducing one Mary Cuter to deliver the sum of $999 (Nine Hundred and Ninety Nine Dollars) to him. Omuruyi was arraigned before Justice Samirah Bature of a Federal Capital Territory, FCT High Court, Maitama on an amended charge bordering on attempted cheating and impersonation. The charge reads: “That you, Uyime Omoruyi (aka Gen. Barnett Riggs Edward) sometimes in 2018 at Abuja within the Judicial Division of this Honourable Court, did attempt to cheat, by posing as a United States General Barnett Edward Riggs, an American soldier deployed to Afghanistan and fraudulently induced one Mary Cuter to deliver the sum of $999 (Nine Hundred and Ninety Nine Dol...
Court Jails Two Internet Fraudsters.
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Court Jails Two Internet Fraudsters.

The Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction of two internet fraudsters... Adebowale Abimbolu (aka Mary Fisher) and Adeleye Damilola were convicted on Tuesday April 2, 2019 by Justice M.S Abubakar of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, and on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by Justice Joyce AbduMalik of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, respectively... Having pleaded guilty to the one-count amended charge filed against him, Adebowale was sentenced to four months imprisonment... But Adeleye was not as lucky. He was convicted and sent to six months in prison after pleading guilty to the one-count amended charge filed against him... The two convicts were ordered to restitute to their victims the money they dubiously collected.....
EFCC Arrests 16 Yahoo Boys In Separate Raids.(Photos)
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EFCC Arrests 16 Yahoo Boys In Separate Raids.(Photos)

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Uyo zonal office, on Wednesday arrested five internet fraudsters in a sting operation. The suspects are Uchendu Denis, Osinachi Sam David, Chikezie Bright, Francis Martins and Okafor Emmanuel. They were arrested at Nsini Odeyop Street, Shelter Afrik Estate, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, following intelligence report on their suspicious activities. At the time of arrest, it was discovered that the suspects, who were lodging in a 3 bedroom flat, used one of the rooms for their cyber crime activities. tems recovered from them include: one hundred and twenty three sim cards, including a Turkish sim card, six Laptops, thirteen expensive mobile phones, several books and diaries containing several phone numbers and over three hundred ema...
Panic at EFCC Premises As Ex-NBA VP Ubani Slumps.
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Panic at EFCC Premises As Ex-NBA VP Ubani Slumps.

  There was panic at the Abuja office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after the former Vice-President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Monday Ubani slumped in the custody of the agency. According to reports, Ubani was rushed to an undisclosed hospital in Abuja after he collapsed in the detention facility of EFCC. A member of Ubani’s family in an interview with newsmen revealed that Ubani slumped after suffering severe dehydration and high blood pressure. The family member said: “Ubani would have died today (yesterday) if some persons had not intervened and rushed him to the hospital after he collapsed in EFCC cell. “It is very disheartening that the EFCC has chosen to continue to detain him despite a court order that instructed that he be...
EFCC Raises Team To Quiz Amosun, Okorocha, Yari As Immunity Ends
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EFCC Raises Team To Quiz Amosun, Okorocha, Yari As Immunity Ends

Ahead of May 29, 2019, handover date to newly-elected states helmsmen, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has set up teams to probe some governors accused of perpetrating acts of corruption, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt. At least 12 states will have new governors on May 29 after the tenure of the current ones would have ended. The states that will have new chief executives include Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Imo, Kwara, Nasarawa, Yobe, Borno, Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Zamfara. Of the 12 states, however, four governors have been accused of corruption. They include Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State; Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed; the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari; and Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun. Okoroch...
12 Arrested For Illegal Bunkering In Akwa Ibom. (PHOTOS)
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12 Arrested For Illegal Bunkering In Akwa Ibom. (PHOTOS)

A team of operatives of the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), led by the Uyo Zonal Head, Abdulkarim Chukkol on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at the Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base FOB at Ibaka Town in Oron, Akwa Ibom State, took delivery of a vessel, MV SWORD FISH V, its 12 crew members and illegally bunkered diesel, (Automotive Gas Oil AGO), which were arrested by the Nigerian Navy, Igbere Tv reports. The Acting Commanding Officer, Navy Captain R.O. Adoki while speaking at the handing over of both the vessel and crew members, disclosed that the vessel, its captain and his crew members and the illegally bunkered petroleum product were arrested at Monipulo Nigeria Limited Platform at Agbani Oil Field by a team of naval officers on patrol. The names of the arrested s...
Air Vice Marshal Omenyi Goes To Jail For Receiving N136m Bribe
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Air Vice Marshal Omenyi Goes To Jail For Receiving N136m Bribe

The Federal High Court Abuja, on Thursday, sentenced AVM Tony Omenyi to seven years in prison for receiving N136 million bribe from Nigerian Air force, (NAF) contractors. Delivering judgment, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, said that he was satisfied that the prosecution had proved its case and testimonies of its witnesses were not controverted. NAN reports that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), arraigned Omenyi, for receiving N136 million kick back from Syrius Technologies and Sky Experts Limited , two contractors of the Nigeria Air Force. He was charged on three counts bordering on abuse of office and money laundering but pleaded not guilty. “The court did not believe that the evidence given by Omenyi in his defence was credible. “The defence was a sham,” th...
I Gave Fayose $5m, Obanikoro Tells Court
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I Gave Fayose $5m, Obanikoro Tells Court

Former minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, yesterday, told a Federal High Court, Lagos how he gave Fayose $5 million three days to the 2014 Ekiti guber polls in his hotel room in Ado-Ekiti. Obanikoro, who appeared as the fifth prosecution witness for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), testified before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun in the ongoing trial of the erstwhile governor, who is facing a N6.9 billion fraud charge, the Guardian reports. The anti-graft agency arraigned Fayose on October 22, 2018 alongside his company, Spotless Investment Limited, on 11 counts. He pleaded not guilty to the charges, and the court granted him bail in the sum of N50 million with one surety in like sum. Trial fully commenced on November 19, 2018 wi...
Buhari Only Aware of Onnoghen’s Trial on Saturday – Osinbajo
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Buhari Only Aware of Onnoghen’s Trial on Saturday – Osinbajo

President Muhammadu Buhari only got to know about Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen’s trial on Saturday, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has stated. He also expressed sadness over the trial of the National President of Nigerian Bar Association, Paul Usoro (SAN). The Punch reported that while the CJ had been scheduled to face trial at the CCT over the non-declaration of assets, Usoro is standing trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on account of payments received from Akwa Ibom governor for job done. The Federal Government has, meanwhile, ordered the discontinuation of Onnoghen’s arraignment. While absolving Buhari of pre-arranging the trial of Onnoghen for non declaration of assets, Osinbajo said Buhari never had any fact of finan...
Popular Yahoo Boy Ugly Rex, Two Others arrested by EFCC
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Popular Yahoo Boy Ugly Rex, Two Others arrested by EFCC

A popular Yahoo Boy Ugly Rex and two other suspects have been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Port Harcourt Zonal Office.The suspects: Adugwe Rex Odinaka(aka Alhaji Ugly Rex), Igwe Prince Chukwuebuka (aka Trad Marley) and Ifeanyi Nicholas Chukwulenwa, were arrested in Omoku, Rivers State. Preliminary investigations showed that Chukwuebuka and Chukwulenwa were into romance and dating scams and had successfully defrauded three Americans in the process. Odinaka, on his part, engaged in “laundering of fraudulently obtained gift cards”, specifically iTunes and Amazon cards. The suspects are operating in a syndicate. Other members of the syndicate are being tracked and funds fraudulently realized from the scam are also ...
Former Bank Manager jailed for 7 years over N50million fraud
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Former Bank Manager jailed for 7 years over N50million fraud

A former Bank Manager jailed for 7 years over N50million fraud by a Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos. The manager identified as Efe Egube was sentenced by Justice Atinuke Ipaye and his conviction was secured by The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. The convict, who was a Branch Manager of the defunct Oceanic Bank, was arraigned alongside his company, Ocean Energy Trading and Services Limited, sometime in 2014 on a 19-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N50, 049,000.00, an offence contrary to Section 1(1) and (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act No. 14 of 2006. Egube’s journey to prison began after the Commission received a petition dated February 6, 2013 written by A.A. Malami, SAN &am...
EFCC Secures Conviction of Three Internet Fraudsters
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EFCC Secures Conviction of Three Internet Fraudsters

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the convictions of three Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,, popularly known as “yahoo-yahoo boys”. The convicts, Emeka Anyanechi Ekene, 27; Anthony Oghuma, 26, and Onokebhagbe Okouromi Franklin, 25 were brought before Justice D.Z. Senchi of a Federal Capital Territory, FCT High Court, Jabi, for various offences bordering on Internet fraud. Ekene was arraigned on a four-count charge bordering on cheating, and for specializing in inducing his victims through a Facebook account, to part with their hard earned money. The offence contravenes Section 95 of the Penal Code, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (Abuja) 1990. EFCC arraign 24 yahoo boys in Ibadan Oghuma, on his part, was arraigned on ...