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How Ope Saraki procured 80 KVA generators against 100 KVA approved by govt – Witness
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How Ope Saraki procured 80 KVA generators against 100 KVA approved by govt – Witness

A prosecution witness of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Adedayo Muyideen Dunmoye, in the ongoing trial of Ope Saraki, a cousin to the former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Monday, narrated how the defendant executed the contract awarded to McDrive Logistics and Institute Limited, by the previous Kwara state government. He detailed how the defendant knowingly acquired indirect interest in the said contract. The offence according to the anti-graft agency is contrary to Section 12 of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences, ICPC Act 2000. Adebayo Dunmoye, led in evidence by Sesan Ola, Counsel to the EFCC, told the court presided by Justice Adenike Akinpelu, that his company, McDrive Logistics and Institute Lim...
‘Leave Igbos Alone’ – Group Asks EFCC To Release Obi Cubana Immediately
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‘Leave Igbos Alone’ – Group Asks EFCC To Release Obi Cubana Immediately

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has been told to release billionaire businessman, Obinna Iyiegbu aka Obi Cubana still in their custody. The call was made by a pan-Igbo sociopolitical pressure organisation, the South East Revival Group (SERG). Recall that Obi Cubana was detained after he had on Monday honoured and invitation by the anti-graft agency at its Abuja Headquarters. It was gathered that the EFCC questioned the socialite on tax evasion, money laundering among others. Reacting in a statement signed by its President and National Coordinator, Willy Ezugwu, the SERG queried the rationale behind Obi Cubana’s arrest. The group stated that sons and daughters of the South East have become targets by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. The group, ...
EFCC arrests 11 ‘Yahoo boys’ in Edo
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EFCC arrests 11 ‘Yahoo boys’ in Edo

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested 11 suspected internet fraudsters in Benin, Edo State. The commission said the suspects were arrested in separate locations in the city based on actionable intelligence on their alleged involvement in cybercrime. They were identified as Osahon Bright, Aigbe Joseph, Stephen Isibor, Trust Odagwe, Francis Ezomo, David Courage, Ehis Okenedo, Omoragbo Paul, Obehi Owman and Godwill Jacob. Mobile phones and eight exotic cars – a Mercedes Benz GLK 350, Mercedes Benz C300, Mercedes-Benz C250, Mercedes-Benz C300, Mercedes Benz GLE63, Range Rover, Toyota Camry and Toyota Venza were recovered. The agency added that the suspects have made useful statements and will be arraigned in court as soon as the investigations are complet...
Binta Balarabe bags 10 years for N5.5m land scam in Kaduna
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Binta Balarabe bags 10 years for N5.5m land scam in Kaduna

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured the conviction of Binta Balarabe Kubau. She was sentenced to ten-year imprisonment by Justice M. T. M. Aliyu of the Kaduna State High Court on one count charge of cheating. In the charge, Binta, in August 2020, induced Yahaya Mohammed Idris to deliver N5,500,000 “for the purchase of a plot situate at No. C1 Block ‘PR’ on TPO 833A revised Kaduna Millennium City Mixed Commercial Layout when you claimed to be the owner”. The offence was contrary to Section 306 (a) and punishable under Section 307 of the Penal Code Laws of Kaduna State, 2017. Binta pleaded guilty to the charge. Prosecution counsel, J. Musa urged the court to enter the terms of a plea bargain agreement as the judgment. The defence counsel, Sule Shu’a...
Ex-Rivers Governor, Peter Odili placed on EFCC watchlist
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Ex-Rivers Governor, Peter Odili placed on EFCC watchlist

Former Rivers State Governor, Peter Odili, has been placed on the watch list of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC ) over an alleged economic issues. Odili, a medical doctor, deputy governor between 1992 and 1993 and two term substantive governor of Rivers State between 1999 and 2007, is the husband of Justice Mary Odili of the Nigeria’s Supreme Court. The former governor had dragged the Nigeria Immigration Service and its Comptroller General before a Federal High Court in Abuja, challenging the seizure of his passport at the Nnamdi Azikwe International airport in Abuja for undisclosed reasons. In the fundamental rights enforcement suit, he claimed that the international passport with numbers B50031305 was seized from him on June 20, 2021 by operatives of...
Man nabbed after obtaining N38m from ‘Yahoo boys’ to stop EFCC arrest
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Man nabbed after obtaining N38m from ‘Yahoo boys’ to stop EFCC arrest

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested Ladeji Kelvin Babatunde. He was nabbed after allegedly obtaining over N38,000,000 from suspected internet fraudsters. Babatunde had boasted that he would prevent their arrest by the commission. An EFCC statement on Facebook said the defendant posed as an operative to perpetrate the act. “A four-bedroom uncompleted apartment located at Ikola Road, Alagbado, Lagos, which was developed with the proceeds of the fraud, was recovered from him”, it reads. Babatunde will be charged to court after the completion of investigation.
EFCC arrests ex-Abia gov Orji, detains him, son in Abuja
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EFCC arrests ex-Abia gov Orji, detains him, son in Abuja

EFCC arrests ex-Abia gov Orji, detains him, son in Abuja.. A former governor of Abia State, Theodore Orji has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Orji, who is a sitting Senator was arrested on Thursday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja while trying to board a flight. Operatives of the anti-graft agency took him straight to their headquarters in Abuja for questioning. Following his arrest, Orji’s son, Chinedu turned himself in after he learnt of his father’s arrest. Chinedu, who is the Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly is currently detained and undergoing questioning. The former governor, alongside his two sons, Chinedu and Ogbonna, have been under EFCC radar over alleged misappropriation of public funds and...
EFCC arrests son, mother, others for internet fraud
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EFCC arrests son, mother, others for internet fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested the quartet of Lucky Ebhogie, Richman Kas Godwin, Israel Justin and Precious Iwuji. They were picked in the Sabo area of Kaduna, following intelligence on their alleged involvement in internet-related fraud. EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement said preliminary investigation revealed the suspects engaged in impersonation and romance scam. They allegedly faked the identities of United States military personnel on foreign missions to deceive their targets. Ebhogie was said to have used his mother’s bank account to launder proceeds of crime. The suspect, on July 30, 2021, purchased a Mercedes Benz GLK for N7million through the mum’s account. Iwuji was discovered to have sold her photographs and Faceb...
Saraki back home after being grilled by EFCC
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Saraki back home after being grilled by EFCC

Saraki back home after being grilled by EFCC Former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki is back home after being grilled by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Saturday in Abuja. A statement issued by Yusuph Olaniyonu from Saraki’s Media Office confirmed that Saraki went to the EFCC’s office on Saturday afternoon, on his own volition. It said Saraki visited the office of the EFCC to clarify any issue that the commission might have wanted to raise with him. “It will be recalled that following the order of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on the Fundamental Human Rights case filed by Dr. Saraki during the period of the former Chairman of the EFCC which precluded the commission from investigating him until the matter is dispensed with, the commission at the la...
EFCC Arrests Ex-Senate President, Saraki Over Renewed Allegations Of Corruption
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EFCC Arrests Ex-Senate President, Saraki Over Renewed Allegations Of Corruption

A former president of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The ex lawmaker is in EFCC custody over allegations of theft and money laundering, according to PREMIUM TIMES. Mr Saraki, a former Kwara State governor, was detained on Saturday, sources familiar with the development said, a situation that may trigger another episode of troubles for the politician. As senate president between 2015 and 2019, Mr Saraki spent a considerable time facing allegations of corruption and false declaration of assets. He was acquitted by the Supreme Court in June 2018. However, in his new case with the EFCC, PREMIUM TIMES understands, Mr Saraki is to answer questions over alleged theft and laundering of public funds using a netw...
Six suspected internet fraudsters arrested in Port Harcourt
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Six suspected internet fraudsters arrested in Port Harcourt

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Port Harcourt Zonal Office on Tuesday, June 29, arrested six suspected internet fraudsters, at No. 2 Elewowrks Close, off First Avenue by Las Vegas Bus Stop, Rumuibekwe, Port Harcourt, Rivers state.   The suspects identified as Kingsley Peters; Christian Ndibe; Kingsley Dominic; Marvin Dominic, Ogbonda Deric, and Morgan Chinda were all arrested based on verified intelligence by the EFCC. Preliminary investigations linked them with suspected internet fraud.   According to a statement from the antigraft agency, items recovered from them include: one black- colored Toyota Corolla car; seven different models of iPhones; two laptops; one black Asus; two ECOWAS international passports; one driver's license; t...
Job racketeer arrested at EFCC headquarters’ gate
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Job racketeer arrested at EFCC headquarters’ gate

A suspected job racketeer identified as Umar Sale has been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).   Sale was arrested after he arrived the headquarters of the commission located at Jabi, Abuja, to keep an appointment he had fixed with his victim.   The arrest was effected after the victim, Mohammed Goniri filed a complaint alleging that Sale had accosted him at the commission's entrance gate, demanding for the N50,000 to facilitate his employment with the EFCC.   He was asked to schedule a meeting the suspect to pay the money he requested. Spokesman of the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwujaren further stated that the commission is not recruiting.   Uwajuren said;   “Following this information, he was ...
From the time I took over, we have recovered over N6 billion, over $161 million, over £13,000- EFCC boss, Abdulrasheed Bawa
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From the time I took over, we have recovered over N6 billion, over $161 million, over £13,000- EFCC boss, Abdulrasheed Bawa

The chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, says the commission has recovered $261 million, N6 billion, and 13,000 pounds illegally acquired by suspected criminals since he assumed office.   Speaking at the presidential media team ministerial briefing at the statehouse Abuja on Thursday, June 18. He said also recovered by the anti-graft agency were 30 real estates, 32 automobiles, a farmland, and other properties acquired by suspected fraudsters.   Bawa added that the commission is set to prosecute 800 cybercrime cases in various courts beginning from next week.   “I have a full breakdown of all funds recovered by the commission from its activities. This is in line with the accountability process of proceeds of fu...
Death Threats Won’t Stop Me, EFCC Will Prosecute Orji Kalu, Others – Bawa
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Death Threats Won’t Stop Me, EFCC Will Prosecute Orji Kalu, Others – Bawa

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, has said threats to his life won’t stop him from prosecuting many pending cases under trial. Naija News reports that the EFCC chairman stated this Thursday while addressing journalists during the weekly ministerial chat at the State House in Abuja. He revealed that the commission will restart the prosecution of former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu. 100 days He disclosed that since his first 100 days in office, the anti-graft agency has been working on a number of proactive strategies including a special control unit against money laundering, established particularly to address non-designated financial institutions including car dealers, real estate, jewellery dealers, among others. Th...
Politics 2023: I’ll cease to be Nigerian if Tinubu becomes president – Bode George
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Politics 2023: I’ll cease to be Nigerian if Tinubu becomes president – Bode George

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Bode George, has said he will cease to be a Nigerian should national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, become president come 2023. Tinubu has neither confirmed or denied the growing speculation that he is planning to run in the 2023 presidential election as the flag bearer of the ruling APC. But appearing on Arise TV programme on Friday, George, an elder statesman, wondered why the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has yet to open an investigation into the financial activities of Tinubu during his time as Governor of Lagos state. He also wants the financial crimes commission to look into Tinubu’s alleged involvement with Alpha Beta Consulting, a tax firm. “If, by whatever yardst...
EFCC Arrests 16 Alleged Internet Fraudsters In Lagos
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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...
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.

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