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Malami Won’t Let Bawa Succeed As EFCC Chairman – Sagay
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Malami Won’t Let Bawa Succeed As EFCC Chairman – Sagay

Itse Sagay, chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), says he is worried that Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, may interfere in the duties of Abdulrasheed Bawa, newly-appointed chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The senate on Tuesday, confirmed Bawa as substantive chairman of the EFCC after screening him for over two hours. In an interview with The PUNCH, Sagay who described Malami as a politician said the power of the AGF must be checked so as not to control the activities of the anti-graft agency. He faulted the fact that Malami and Bawa come from the same state, adding that both might even be related. “This issue is a very big question because I noticed that they both come from the same s...
New EFCC Boss Vows To Repatriate Looted Funds
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New EFCC Boss Vows To Repatriate Looted Funds

The Chairmanship nominee of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has vowed to repatriate all looted assets stashed in foreign countries. He made the pledge on Wednesday during his screening as chairman of the Commission at the Senate plenary. He said he was aware of the enormity of the tasks as head of the anti-graft agency and pledged to discharge them with all sense of responsibility. “My priority, if confirmed by the Senate, will be to repatriate all our stolen assets for the betterment of all Nigerians,” he said. Bawa said his appointment had renewed the hope of many young Nigerians in the country and vowed to give them good representation so that more youths will get the opportunities to serve the country in different capacities.
Man sent to prison over failure to produce suspect he stood for as surety
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Man sent to prison over failure to produce suspect he stood for as surety

A man has been sent to prison over failure to produce the suspect he stood for as surety. Mr. Gajah Omayulele Lovely was arraigned before Justice G. O. Imadegbelo of the Edo State High Court sitting in Benin City on Tuesday, February 23. According to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr.Lovely was arraigned on a two count charge of conspiracy to pervert justice and failure to produce a suspect (Richman Pere) for whom he stood as surety. One of the counts reads: "that you Gajah Omayulele Lovely on or about the 9th January 2021 whilst standing as surety to a suspect, one Richman Pere (at large) aided and abated his escape by refusing to produce him for arraignment before the Federal High Court, Benin..and failing to cooperate with the Economic and Financial Cri...
EFCC Tenders Evidence Against Ex-Kaduna Governor, Ramalan Yero
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EFCC Tenders Evidence Against Ex-Kaduna Governor, Ramalan Yero

The trial of a former governor of Kaduna State, Muktar Ramalan Yero, before Justice Z. B. Abubakar of the Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna continued on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 with the tendering of evidence by the first prosecution witness (PW1), Jonah Abimaje. Yero is being prosecuted by the Kaduna Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over his alleged involvement in the ‘sharing’ of N700 million provided by former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke to influence the outcome of the 2015 presidential election. Abimaje, who was Head of Operations at Ahmadu Bello Branch Kaduna, and acting regional Head of Operations, Ali Akilu Branch of a new generation bank in 2015, had during his testimony at the last sitting (January 21, 2...
Yusuf Adebowale Bello Wanted By EFCC For $2.2million Fraud
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Yusuf Adebowale Bello Wanted By EFCC For $2.2million Fraud

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared this young man wanted The public is hereby notified that YUSUF ADEBOWALE BELLO whose photograph appears above is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a case bordering on Conspiracy and Business Email Compromise to the tune of USD2,200,000.00 (Two Million, Two Hundred Thousand USD) only. Bello, 27 year old, is a native of Ibeju Lekki in Lagos State. His last known address is No 2, Alasopupo Oko-Ewe, Ikorodu, Lagos State. Anybody with useful information as to his whereabouts should please contact the Commission in its Benin, Kaduna, Ibadan, Sokoto, Gombe, Maiduguri, Makurdi, Ilorin, Enugu, Kano, Lagos, Gombe, Port Harcourt and Abuja offices or through these numbers 09-9044751-3, 08093322644, 081833...
9 Men Arrested for Fraud in Minna
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9 Men Arrested for Fraud in Minna

Nine suspected internet fraudsters have been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. The suspects were apprehended today, February 22, in an early morning operation in Minna. Niger State The agency said their arrest by operatives from the Advance Fee Fraud Section, EFCC headquarters, was followed after a credible intelligence on their alleged fraudulent activities. Laptops, phones, and cars were recovered from the suspects during their arrest. According to EFCC, the suspects will all be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed.
11 Suspected Internet Fraudsters Arrested in Auchi
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11 Suspected Internet Fraudsters Arrested in Auchi

11 suspected internet fraudsters have been arrested by operatives of the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. The suspects identified as David Martins, Shegun Elijah, Abagolu Samson, Peter Emmanuel, Emmanuel Noble, Timothy Johnson, Omo-Ogbebor Uyioghosa, Ibrahim Mohammed, Mavis Bello, Emmanuel Chibozie, and Ayiboye Alade, were arrested today, Monday, February 22, in Auchi, Edo State. Items recovered from the suspects include laptop computers, mobile phones, and a Toyota Camry car. According to EFCC, the suspects have made useful statements and will be charged to court as soon as investigations are completed.
CACOL Kicks As EFCC Promotes New Chairman Ahead Of Senate Screening
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CACOL Kicks As EFCC Promotes New Chairman Ahead Of Senate Screening

The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership has faulted the hurried promotion of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, who is set to face Senate screening soon. The Executive Director of CACOL, Debo Adeniran, expressed his view during an interview with Sunday PUNCH on Saturday. Bawa, who was appointed by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on February 16, 2021, was on Grade Level 13 and a Deputy Chief Detective Superintendent. However, a lawyer, Osuagwu Ugochukwu, subsequently filed a suit before a Federal High Court in Abuja seeking to stop the Senate confirmation of Bawa. The lawyer argued that Bawa was not qualified based on Section 2 of the EFCC Act which states that a person who will be appoint...
EFCC: Abdulrasheed Bawa Promoted To Level 14 Ahead Of Senate Screening
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EFCC: Abdulrasheed Bawa Promoted To Level 14 Ahead Of Senate Screening

The new acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has been promoted to the rank of Chief Detective Superintendent ahead of his Senate screening. The move comes amid a lawsuit challenging Bawa’s qualification for the job. Section 2 of the EFCC Act states that a person who will be appointed as chairman of the commission must have at least 15 years experience and must be the rank of an Assistant Commissioner of Police or its equivalent. Bawa, who was appointed by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on February 16, 2021, was on Grade Level 13 and a Deputy Chief Detective Superintendent. A lawyer, Osuagwu Ugochukwu, subsequently filed a suit before a Federal High Court in Abuja seeking to stop the Senate confirmation o...
Three Brothers, 13 Others Declared Wanted By EFCC For Fraud
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Three Brothers, 13 Others Declared Wanted By EFCC For Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commissions Commission (EFCC) on Friday declared three brothers alongside 13 others wanted for various fraud related cases. The Commission in a tweet via its official Twitter account said that the brothers, Lasisi Ridwan Adeniyi, Lasisi Sodiq Fahm and Lasisi Wasiu Adeleke are wanted in a case of obtaining by false pretence. According to the EFCC, the siblings are natives of Ijebu-Ode Local Government Area of Ogun state, and their last known addresses are all located in Lagos state. “The following suspects have all been declared wanted for committing various fraudulent crimes. “The trio, Ridwan, Sodiq and Waisu are all natives of Ogun state and their last known addresses are as follows; No. 5 Tobiloba Lawal Street, Ocean Breeze Estate, Ologolo...
EFCC Uncovers Another Internet Fraud Training Centre In Abuja
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EFCC Uncovers Another Internet Fraud Training Centre In Abuja

Operatives of the Abuja Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have uncovered yet another underworld ‘academy’ for the grooming of internet fraudsters. The ‘academy’ located in Arab Contractors Area of Mpape Hills, a suburb of Abuja, was discovered when operatives, acting on intelligence, stormed the base on Thursday February 18, and arrested 27 internet fraud suspects. The coordinator of the ‘academy’ is said to be 30-year-old Emmanuel Clement, and his ‘students’ are mostly young school leavers, ladies inclusive, within the age range of 18 to 25 years. Items recovered from the suspects include a Toyota Venza car, 30 mobile phones and one laptop. They will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.
Ex-Customs Boss, Abdullahi DikkoEx-Customs Boss, Abdullahi Dikko is Dead
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Ex-Customs Boss, Abdullahi DikkoEx-Customs Boss, Abdullahi Dikko is Dead

The immediate past Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Abdullahi Dikko, is dead. He died today Thursday, February 18 after a protracted illness. Dikko serviced in office from 2009 to 2015. Born on May 11, 1960, in Musawa town, a local government area of Katsina State, the late ex-Customs chief attended Government College, Kaduna, in 1974 where he obtained the West African Senior School Certificate in 1980. He later obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Master of Science degree in Finance from the University of Dimitrov Apostle Tshenov, Svishtov, Bulgaria. Dikko joined the Nigerian Customs Service in 1988 and served in various commands, including Seme Border, Tincan Island Port, Apapa, Imo Command, Kaduna, Badagry Area Command, Inves...
“Send Metuh Back To Prison” — EFCC Appeals To Supreme Court
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“Send Metuh Back To Prison” — EFCC Appeals To Supreme Court

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has asked the supreme court to send Olisa Metuh, former national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), back to prison. Metuh was on February 25, 2020, convicted on seven counts of money laundering for allegedly receiving N400 million from the office of the national security adviser. Okon Abang, the trial judge, sentenced him to seven years in prison. However, the court of appeal voided Metuh’s conviction on December 16 on the grounds that the trial judge exhibited bias in the case. The appellate court also nullified the judgment of the trial court against Destra Investment Limited. In a separate appeal, the court also quashed parts of the trial court’s judgment which indicted Sambo Dasuki, a former ...
EFCC Arrests Medical Doctor, 17 Other Alleged Internet Fraud Suspects In Owerri
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EFCC Arrests Medical Doctor, 17 Other Alleged Internet Fraud Suspects In Owerri

Operatives of the Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 arrested a 28-year-old medical practitioner, Chijioke Precious and 17 others over alleged internet fraud in Owerri, Imo State. The 17 others whose ages range between 21 and 34 are; Anthony Joshua, Henry Mezie, Chukwuebuka Ahiwe, Michael Chinagorom, Jossy Irokwe, Ibe Chukwuebuka, Iroadinma Chibuike, Uchechukwu Divine and Nwosu Emmanuel. Others include Kenneth Williams, Mmesoma Oparanozie, Chikezie Ogochukwu, Uchenna Ejiogu, Victor Chijioke, Chidera Cyprian, Chukwuebuka Precious and Anyaehie Kelvin. They were arrested based on intelligence around 1am on Wednesday at Umuguma area of "World Bank" in Owerri, Imo state. Recovered are 7 luxurious cars which includ...
‘Justice Has Not Been Served’ – Magu’s Lawyer Reacts To Bawa’s Appointment
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‘Justice Has Not Been Served’ – Magu’s Lawyer Reacts To Bawa’s Appointment

A counsel to embattled former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Tosin Ojaomo on Tuesday lamented that justice has not been served on Ibrahim Magu’s case. Ojaomo stated this during an interview on Channels TV – ‘Politics Today’ monitored by The Nation. The Nation reports the Ayo Salami-led presidential panel was commissioned to investigate the suspended acting chairperson of the anti-graft agency. He said: “Suddenly, no report came out, and another appointment was made… Justice has clearly not been done in this matter, to Magu, we are talking about people’s integrity, reputational damage has been done to people. “It is not just about Magu alone, there are other people at the commission that have been suspended, all these people, their int...
EFCC Dismisses Corruption Allegation Against Abdulrasheed Bawa
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EFCC Dismisses Corruption Allegation Against Abdulrasheed Bawa

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday absolved its new Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, of corruption allegations levelled against him. Hours after his nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari as the EFCC chairman on Tuesday, reports of his involvement in corruption surfaced But the commission defended him, saying he had no corruption record. Spokesman of the EFCC, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, said this in a statement on Tuesday while reacting to reports that Bawa was arrested and removed from his position as Port Harcourt zonal head of the commission for allegedly diverting 224 forfeited trucks. The diversion of 224 forfeited trucks was one of the allegations levelled against Magu which was brought up before the Salami-led panel. Bawa was also said to have a...
28 Men Arrested in Lagos for Internet Fraud
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28 Men Arrested in Lagos for Internet Fraud

28 young men have been arrested by operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. The suspects are; Emanuel Duke, Fortune Stephen, Okpesa Kenneth, James Taiwo, Lamina Toyeeb, Amusa Ahmed, Lezor Ture Bright, Kehinde Adeleye, Godwin Obayuwana, Ajao Sodiq, Adebimpe Ayo, Iwuala Jesse, Joseph Duke Otega, Amusa Ridwan, Ememerurie Daniel, and Gift Ogbaro. Others are: Ayokunmi Adeyinka, Michael Stephen, Lateef Olatayo, Sunday Richard, Kazeem Jubril Alade, Muhammed Abubakar, David Stephen Jonah, Usman Olatunbosun Ituah Eghoboi, Tayo Joshua, Osume Collins, and Musa Husseini. The suspects were arrested at different locations in the Abule Egba area of Lagos State. Luxury cars, sophisticated phones, and laptops were recovered from them during th...
Buhari Names Abdulrasheed Bawa To Replace Magu As EFCC Chairman
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Buhari Names Abdulrasheed Bawa To Replace Magu As EFCC Chairman

President @MBuhari has asked the Senate to confirm Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa as substantive Chairman of @officialEFCC. In a letter to President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, the President said he was acting in accordance with Paragraph 2(3) of Part1, CAP E1 of EFCC Act 2004. Bawa, 40, is a trained EFCC investigator with vast experience in the investigation and prosecution of Advance Fee Fraud cases, official corruption, bank fraud, money laundering, and other economic crimes. He has undergone several specialized trainings in different parts of the world, and was one of the pioneer EFCC Cadet Officers in 2005. Bawa holds a degree in Economics, and Masters in International Affairs and Diplomacy.
Couple Bags 40 Years Jail Term for N53m Fraud
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Couple Bags 40 Years Jail Term for N53m Fraud

A couple has been sentenced to 40 years imprisonment each. Ebiesuwa Abayomi Fredrick and his wife, Tinuola Idayat Oyegunle were sentenced to 40 years imprisonment each by Justice Joyce Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State today, February 15, 2021. They were found guilty on all four counts of conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence brought against them by the Ibadan Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. The couple, in a classic advance fee fraud scheme, scammed one Dunni Olateru Olagbegi of the sum of N53, 713, 260.00 (Fifty-Three Million, Seven Hundred and Thirteen Thousand, Two Hundred and Sixty Naira) in cash and bank transfer. They claimed they were performing a spiritual cleansing in order to avoid calamitous...
Ex-Oyo Court Registrar Bags Fresh Three-year Jail Term Over Dud Cheque
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Ex-Oyo Court Registrar Bags Fresh Three-year Jail Term Over Dud Cheque

An Ex-Oyo court registrar alreadyserving a jail term, has been sentenced to fresh three years in prison over a dud cheque. On Friday, February 12, the EFCC secured the conviction of a former Deputy Chief  bordering, charge, of the Oyo State High Court, Mutiat Omobola Adio. She was convicted after pleading guilty to a fresh charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretense and issuance of Dishonored Cheque contrary to Sections 419 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap. 38, Laws of Oyo State, 2000and Section 1 (1) (b) of the Dishonored Cheque (Offences) Act, Cap. D11, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 Adio is alleged to have obtained a 2000 Model Toyota Pathfinder SUV valued at N1, 500,000 (One Million and Five Hundred Thousand Naira) from one Fabunmi Olatunji Samuel of Fatai ...
20 Suspected Internet Fraudsters Arrested in Imo State
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20 Suspected Internet Fraudsters Arrested in Imo State

Twenty suspected internet fraudsters have been arrested by the operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. The suspects were arrested on Friday, February 12, 2021, at New Owerri, Eminike Estate, Norble Abode, Owerri, Imo State. The suspects are: Onyebuchi Victor,  Isreal Victor,  Emeka Clinton, Stanley Uche,  Onyemachi Stanley,  Ikechukwu Agbalieze, Franklin Ugoegbu, Nze Collins, Nwokoro Santus, and Agocha Johnson. Others are: Oscar Anumata, Emeka Clinton Nkeoga, Ogwu Chukwu Akagha Marvis, Victor Obioha, Charles Onymesi, Awunnaya Victor, Henry Stephni, Jerrard Uwaima, Franklin Uzoma and Obidike Abuchi. In a statement, the agency said the recovered from the suspects: Forty (40) mobile phones, seventeen (17) laptops of d...
EFCC Declares Man Wanted for Fraud for Business Email Compromise and Internet-related Offences
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EFCC Declares Man Wanted for Fraud for Business Email Compromise and Internet-related Offences

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commissions Commission (EFCC) has declared one Emmanuel Elegbenosa Aitanu wanted for Business Email Compromise and Internet-related Offences. The Antigraft agency issued the declaration via its Facebook page, stating Mr. Emmanuel is an indigene of Esan South Local Government in Edo State. According to EFCC, his last known address is B4, Brown Stone Estate, Ikate, Elegushi, Lagos State. See full photo below. 
14 Suspected Internet Fraudsters Arrested in Lagos
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14 Suspected Internet Fraudsters Arrested in Lagos

14 suspected internet fraudsters have been arrested by the operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. The agency said they arrested the suspects at 1004 Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos on Thursday, February 4, 2021, following series of intelligence on their alleged fraudulent activities. The suspects are: Akin Abiola Daramola, Stephen Augustine Terungwa, Oluwateru Abiodun Samson, Jeffrey Imariagbe Ehis, Uwajiala Odion Henry, Solomon Abidiran Pelumi, Adebayo Oluwatobi Isaac Olamide, and Odunifa Joseph Opomulero. Others are: Adulkarim Samad Olalekan, Anne Davidson, Ibrahim Enakere Emmanuel, Abayomi Oluwagbenga Olowoake, Israel Jigah Sokoamtu, Oluwaseun Olajuwon Ibrahim and Isaiah Effiong. According to EFCC, the suspects have all...
EFCC Arrests Nine Yahoo Boys In Benin City
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EFCC Arrests Nine Yahoo Boys In Benin City

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Benin Zonal Office today, Tuesday, February 9, 2021 arrested  nine suspected internet fraudsters in an early morning operation in Benin City,  Edo State. The suspects who were arrested following intelligence received by the Commission are Okosun Godspower, Imo Harry Hamilton, Efosa Desmond, Odiase Aifuwa, Idoko Onakpa, Dogìo Samson, Okukoje Godstime, Onuigbo Julius and Osamulu Sunday. Items recovered from them include laptop computers, mobile phones, a Toyota Camry car and a Luxus Jeep. The suspects have made useful statements and will be charged to court as soon as investigations are completed.
EFCC Arrests 14 For Internet Fraud In Lagos
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EFCC Arrests 14 For Internet Fraud In Lagos

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 14 persons following series of intelligence on their alleged fraudulent activities. They were arrested at 1004 Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos on Thursday, February 4, 2021. The suspects are: Akin Abiola Daramola, Stephen Augustine Terungwa, Oluwateru Abiodun Samson, Jeffrey Imariagbe Ehis, Uwajiala Odion Henry, Solomon Abidiran Pelumi, Adebayo Oluwatobi Isaac Olamide and Odunifa Joseph Opomulero. Others are: Adulkarim Samad Olalekan, Anne Davidson, Ibrahim Enakere Emmanuel, Abayomi Oluwagbenga Olowoake, Israel Jigah Sokoamtu, Oluwaseun Olajuwon Ibrahim and Isaiah Effiong They have been interrogated and will soon be arraigned in court.
Kwara Lecturer, Opashola Abdullahi Pleads Guilty to Romance Scam
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Kwara Lecturer, Opashola Abdullahi Pleads Guilty to Romance Scam

Opashola Abdullahi, a lecturer of the Kwara State College of Health Technology, Offa, has pleaded guilty to a charge of romance scam. The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, February 8, 2021, arraigned him before Justice Adenike Akinpelu of the Kwara State High Court, Ilorin. Opashola was among the 32 internet fraud suspects arrested in Offa on September 14, 2020. His offence contravenes Section 95 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 324 of the same Law. The charge reads "That you, Opashola Abdullahi, (alias Devin Snow), sometime in the month of August 2020 in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did attempt to cheat by personation, by portraying yourself as a female named Devine Snow via your em...
₦7.1 Billion Fraud: Why EFCC Must Stop My Fresh Trial – Orji Kalu
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₦7.1 Billion Fraud: Why EFCC Must Stop My Fresh Trial – Orji Kalu

The Abuja division of the Federal High Court on Monday gave a former Abia State Governor and Senate Chief Whip, Dr. Orji Kalu the permission to challenge his retrial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on alleged money laundering charges. Consequently, Justice Inyang Ekwo has ordered that the planned re-arraignment of the politician in the alleged N7.1billion money laundering charges be put on hold until the resolution of the legal questions raised against his retrial. In a motion exparte which was moved an argued by his counsel, Prof. Awa Kalu (SAN), Igbere TV reports that Senator Kalu asked for an order of Court prohibiting the EFCC from retrying him on same alleged money laundering charges against him. He contented that having been tried, convicted and se...
Court Grants Orji Kalu Leave To Apply For Order To Stop EFCC From Arresting Him
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Court Grants Orji Kalu Leave To Apply For Order To Stop EFCC From Arresting Him

Court grants Senator Orji Kalu leave to apply for an order prohibiting the Federal government , through the EFCC her officers, agents, privies and any other person or bodies driving authority from the Federal Republic of Nigeria, from retrying, harrassing and intimidating him with respect to the charges which he was convicted and sentenced. The court also ordered a stay of proceedings until the determination of the application Applicant granted 7 days to file his application and serve same on the respondent.
EFCC Reacts To The Young Man Who Jumped From 7th Floor Of 1004 Estate
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EFCC Reacts To The Young Man Who Jumped From 7th Floor Of 1004 Estate

EFCC Statement Incident at 1004 in Lagos The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to news circulating in the social media, purporting that a young man jumped to his death at an EFCC operations in Lagos. It is true that some operatives of the Commission went for an operation at the 1004 Estate in Lagos today, February 4, 2021 and left without incident. It was later discovered from residents that a young man in one of the wings of the estate jumped from the 7th floor, probably out of fright, and sustained injuries. The incident is being investigated by the Bar Beach Division of the Nigeria Police.
Maina’s Son, Faisal Jumps Bail, Fled To US, EFCC Tells Court
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Maina’s Son, Faisal Jumps Bail, Fled To US, EFCC Tells Court

Faisal Maina, son of Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT), has fled to the United States of America (USA), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said. The EFCC’s counsel, Mohammed Abubakar, on Thursday told Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja. Abubakar said from the information at the disposal of the anti-graft agency, Faisal fled to the USA through the Republic of Niger. Earlier at the sitting, Justice Abang, in a committal proceeding ruling, ordered Faisal’s surety, who is a member of the House of Representatives, Sani Dan-Galadima. representing Kaura-Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara, to forfeit a property used as a bail bond. According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Faisal was granted...
Man Jumps To His Death After EFCC Stormed 1004 Estate Lagos For Arrest
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Man Jumps To His Death After EFCC Stormed 1004 Estate Lagos For Arrest

A yet to be identified man has reportedly died after he jumped from the 6th floor of the 1004 Estate in Lagos this morning. According to reports, EFCC officials stormed the Estate this morning to arrest some suspected fraudsters. Eyewitnesses say the operatives went from one apartment to the other, knocking, and if denied access, they would break into the apartment. The eyewitnesses say upon hearing that the operatives were around the Estate, the deceased allegedly became apprehensive and jumped from the 6th floor and reportedly died. See video below. https://youtu.be/uSSeCnVmrqE
Judge Issues Arrest Warrant For Exxonmobil’s Richard Laing
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Judge Issues Arrest Warrant For Exxonmobil’s Richard Laing

A federal court in Abuja has signed off on a warrant to arrest the head of oil major ExxonMobil in Nigeria to compel him to appear before anti-graft investigators, a statement for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said on Wednesday. The EFCC said it sought the warrant after Richard Laing, managing director of ExxonMobil Nigeria, rebuffed three invitations to appear before investigators probing alleged procurement fraud involving a pipelines project. Justice Okon Abang granted the EFCC’s bench warrant application on January 29, the EFCC said. It has not charged Exxon or others with wrongdoing, and its investigation is ongoing. EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren told Reuters news agency that the investigation is into the company, and not Laing personally. “EFCC ...
“Let EFCC come, let FBI come, we’ll settle them,” Obieze Nestor says while buying Rolls Royce Phantom 8 2020 model weeks before he died in Dubai police custody
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“Let EFCC come, let FBI come, we’ll settle them,” Obieze Nestor says while buying Rolls Royce Phantom 8 2020 model weeks before he died in Dubai police custody

Prince Obieze Nestor, a Nigerian man based in Dubai, was filmed inspecting the Rolls Royce Phantom 8 2020 model just weeks before he was arrested by Dubai police and died in custody.   In a video taken weeks before his death, Nestor is heard saying he had paid for the Rolls Royce and he's taking it to Nigeria after inspection.   He added that he isn't bothered about the anti-graft agency, EFCC.   "Let EFCC come, let FBI come, we'll settle them," he said as those in the background agreed with him and laughed.   His friend is also seen in the video buying a Rolls too and saying he was bringing it to Nigeria.   Obieze Nestor was arrested not long after he took to Instagram to flaunt wads of Dollars in a video.   He reportedly d...
‘Stop Tarnishing My Image’ — Mompha Reacts To Inclusion In N157m Fraud Charge
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‘Stop Tarnishing My Image’ — Mompha Reacts To Inclusion In N157m Fraud Charge

Instagram celebrity Ismaila Mustapha alias Mompha has rejected reports he was named in an amended charge instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against an automobile dealer Sarumi Babafemi alias 606. According to reports, in an amended nine counts marked FHC/L/CS/374c/2019, the EFCC accused Babafemi, Mompha, Ridwan Allison aka Osama, said to be at large, and Richard Ogbah of laundering the total sum of N157.1million. However, in an Instagram post on Monday evening, Mompha said it was all lies to tarnish his image. “Why all this (sic) lies ��� Please stop tarnishing my image because none of this is true Abeg ooo I no want wahala ooo una won use my name trend abi,” he said. Mr Babafemi had been arraigned alongside his companies; 606 Autos Limited; 606 M...
19 Yahoo Boys Caught By EFCC In Abuja Guest House
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19 Yahoo Boys Caught By EFCC In Abuja Guest House

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC have apprehended nineteen suspects allegedly involved in internet and related criminal activities. They were smoked out of their hideout, a guest house located in the Mpape suburb of Abuja on January 29, 2021. The arrest followed actionable intelligence on their alleged criminal activities. The suspects are Sheyi Abimbola,Ogunsanmi Mola, Akinyemi Ayomide, Babatunde Owoeye, Ife–Oluwa Gbadebo, Friday Owocho, Olorunwa Emmanuel, Jibrin Sediq, Jonah Maxwell, Ibrahim Mustapha and Shaibu Chris. Others are Gabriel Ekele, Kolawole Omitogun, Washma Samuel, Yusuf Ayomide Abdulazeez, Moshood Awowole, Farouk Olamilekan, Adebayo Samuel and Lekan Olufowobi. Items recovered from them include mobile phones and laptop comput...
Court Shifts Re-Arraignment Of Orji Uzor Kalu To June 7
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Court Shifts Re-Arraignment Of Orji Uzor Kalu To June 7

The re-arraignment of Former Abia state governor , Senator Orji Uzor Kalu and two others slated for the 2nd of February has been shifted to the 7th of June 2021. This followed the request by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to transfer the Arraignment to Lagos where the alleged offence was committed by the defendants. EFCC counsel Mr chile okoroma, told Justice inyang Ekwo that the anti graft agency has written the Cheif judge of the Federal High Court demanding that the trail be moved from Abuja to Lagos based on a Supreme Court judgement. The counsel told the Court that the two letters dated Jan 20 and February 1 is yet to get the response of the cheif judge and consequently applied for the matter to be adjourned indefinitely. However, justice ekwo who decline...
EFCC to arraign Orji Kalu for Fraud Eight months after Retrial Verdict
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EFCC to arraign Orji Kalu for Fraud Eight months after Retrial Verdict

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to arraign Orji Kalu, former governor of Abia state, before a federal high court in Abuja on charges of alleged fraud. The arraignment of the former governor is fixed for Tuesday, February 2, before Inyang Ekwo, a federal high court judge. Kalu who is currently the chief whip of the senate was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment in December 2019 after he was convicted for diverting N7.1 billion from the coffers of Abia state during his time as governor. The EFCC had preferred a 36-count charge against him and Ude Jones Udeogu, a former director of finance and account in Abia. Udeogu was also convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Displeased with the judgement, Udeogu had filed an appeal to challenge the co...
Mompha Named in Fresh N157m Fraud Charge Against 606 Autos’ blBoss
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Mompha Named in Fresh N157m Fraud Charge Against 606 Autos’ blBoss

  Instagram celebrity, Ismail Mustapha a.k.a Mompha has been named as a defendant in the amended N157.1million fraud charge filed against an auto dealer, Sarumi Babafemi, alias 606. While Babafemi had before now been accused by the EFCC of being an agent of fraud suspects named by the United State’s Federal Investigation Bureau (FBI), Mompha on the other hand has been facing a separate 14-count N32.9 billion money laundering charge since  November 25, 2019. In the amended nine-count charge of January 22, 2021 brought against Babafemi and Mompha before Justice Chukwujeku Aneke on Monday February 1, two suspects identified as Ridwan Momodu Allison, a.k.a. Osama (said to be at large) and Richard Ogbah were also listed as defendants. Babafemi, Mompha, Ridwan and Richard were a...
Crime

EFCC Arrests 10 Students In Abuja For Yahoo-Yahoo

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on January 29, 2021 arrested 10 suspects over computer-related fraud known as ‘Yahoo-Yahoo’. They were arrested at their Academy in Bwari axis of Abuja where they were said to be learning the trade of cyber trickery. The suspects aged between 20 and 30 years, are Sixtus Jude, Moses Samuel, Isalan Johnny, Dapet Nimshak, Samuel Ogboche, Victor Samuel, Victor Asuquo, Ibrahim Yunusa, Yahaya Usman and Chijoke Ikwuoha. They were arrested with different incriminating items such as mobile phones and computers. The promoter of the Academy is however on the run. Investigations showed that the sponsor recruits and train young individuals who show interest in internet fraud. The sponsor gets his percentage of their earnings based on an...
EFCC Arrests Three Dubai-based Suspected Internet Fraudsters, 14 others in Lagos
Crime

EFCC Arrests Three Dubai-based Suspected Internet Fraudsters, 14 others in Lagos

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, have arrested three Dubai based suspected internet fraudsters and 14 others in Lagos. They were arrested, Tuesday January 26, and Wednesday 27, 2021 at different locations following series of intelligence detailing their alleged involvement in internet fraud and other related offences in Nigeria and abroad. The Dubai- based suspects who were arrested at Victory Nest Estate, Jakande, Lekki, Lagos today January 27, 2021. are; Samuel Oluwasegun Olayinka, Afeez Fajumobi and Olamide Olamilekan Olaofe. While their accomplice caught with them include Amao Oluwatobi, Amao Joshua, Adeyemo Olatunde, Solomon Emelike, Lawrence Nwodu and Philip Olamilekan. Others suspects who were arrested at 41c, Murita...
EFCC Arrests 8 Internet Fraudsters Including A Lady In Port Harcourt
Crime

EFCC Arrests 8 Internet Fraudsters Including A Lady In Port Harcourt

The Port Harcourt Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested eight individuals including a lady suspected to be internet fraudsters. The agency said the suspects were all arrested on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at their hideouts in Mandela Housing Estate, Rumuokoro and Street 1, Radio Road Estate, Ozuoba, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The suspects, comprising seven young men and one lady, are Vandross Ebre; Tochukwu Mbonu; Charles Mba; Okoroma Robinson; Ruth Allison; Timothy Godspower, Kingsley Obilor, and Sampson Ajaka. Their arrest followed intelligence reports on alleged internet-related fraudulent activities, the agency said in a statement. Items recovered from them include nine (9) phones, eight (8 ) Laptops of different brands, one ...
EFCC Arrests 16 Alleged Internet Fraudsters In Lagos
Crime

EFCC Arrests 16 Alleged Internet Fraudsters In Lagos

The Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) has effected the arrest of 16 young men in Lekki, a cosmopolitan area in the state, for allegedly engaging in internet fraud, popularly known as yahoo yahoo. The suspected internet fraudsters are: Habeeb Adebayo, Marcus Wisdom, Caleb Triumphant Ezikiel, Akinduro Henry, Osarobo Osasere, and Oyelami Olatunji. Others are: Pelumi Glory, Ehibor Joseph, Emmanuel Timileyin, Jefta Akpan, Okirhie Rukewe, Oxford Robbinson, Onyeka Odika, Uzoma Gideon, Adebayo Oluwatobi, and Isreal Ugochukwu. They were rounded-up on January 21, 2021 at the Ziroc Residence Hotel, Lekki, Lagos by operatives who have been tracking their activities. Upon interrogation, they all confessed to engaging in different forms of compute...
Court Discharges Atiku’s Lawyer, Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie Over Alleged $2m Fraud
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Court Discharges Atiku’s Lawyer, Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie Over Alleged $2m Fraud

A Federal High Court in Lagos has dismissed a $2million money laundering charge filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie, a lawyer to former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar. Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke held, among others, that the EFCC failed to establish that the money said to have been delivered to former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2019, was illegal.
EFCC Arrests 11 Suspected Internet Fraudsters With 12 Cars In Osun
Crime

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...
N2m Credit Alert Sends Ilorin Driver To Prison
Crime

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...
Ayo Olowonihi, Director Demoted By Magu Emerges Head Of EFCC Academy
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Ayo Olowonihi, Director Demoted By Magu Emerges Head Of EFCC Academy

A Director with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ayo Olowonihi, has been appointed as the Commandant of the EFCC Academy, the EFCC has said. Olowonihi, who was on Grade Level 17 was suspended by the then acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, in 2015 and then demoted to Grade 16 by Magu in 2017. The aggrieved director subsequently instituted a case against the EFCC before the National Industrial Court. According to court documents, Olowonihi said Magu had on November 19, 2015, summoned him to his office accusing him of being behind some damning online publications on the activities of the commission and against the person of the chairman. He said on Magu’s directive, he was interrogated, his official computer taken away, while he two phones (MTN and GLO) we...
FG Asks EFCC To Forward Cases On Patience Jonathan
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FG Asks EFCC To Forward Cases On Patience Jonathan

The Federal Government has asked the acting Chairman of the Eco­nomic and Financial Crimes Com­mission (EFCC), Mohammed Umar Abba, to make available details of all cases concerning former first lady, Patience Jonathan. A presidency source revealed that Abubakar Malami, the Attor­ney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, gave the direc­tive and extended it to include rela­tives of former President Goodluck Jonathan. According to the source, the direc­tive may be ominous but Dayo Apata, the Solicitor-General of the Feder­ation and Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Justice, has communicated the government’s position to the EFCC. The source told Daily Indepen­dent that the EFCC is expected to give a comprehensive update of investigation into cases involvi...