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EFCC Distances Self from Dismissed Staff who still Parades himself as one its Operatives
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EFCC Distances Self from Dismissed Staff who still Parades himself as one its Operatives

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has distanced itself from a dismissed staff, Mr. Peter Akpanke. In a statement issued via its official Twitter page, the commission said they received reports that Mr. Peter still parades himself as one of its operatives, and had been using a false identity to harass and extort unsuspecting members of the public in Akwa Ibom and Cross River states. The disclaimer also warned members of the public to desist from relating with Akpanke over any affairs concerning the commission. Read the statement below The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC wishes to notify the public that a certain Peter Akpanke is no longer a staff of the Commission and has no authority to represent it or carry out any business in the name of the...
30 suspected Yahoo-Yahoo Boys busted in Ilorin, 10 exotic cars recovered
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30 suspected Yahoo-Yahoo Boys busted in Ilorin, 10 exotic cars recovered

Operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 30 internet fraud suspects, also known as Yahoo-Yahoo Boys, in Ilorin, Kwara State.   The suspects include: Adigun Oladapo, Olamilekan Ogunsola, Fuad Abidemi, Haastrup Samuel, Olamide Adeyemi, Akinola Abideen, Ebenezer Haastrup, Kehinde Adeyemi, Quadri Kareem, Abubakar Abdulbashit, Damilola Akinola, Ola-Oluwa Samuel, David Oyewole, Mojereola Toheeb, Isaac Chikezie, Joshua Chiekezie, Abdulsalam Opeyemi and Abawonjo Abdulazeez. Others are, Ganiyu Olanrewaju, Adeleke Ibrahim, Taiwo Ganiyu, Oke Gideon, Olakunle Adebisi, Ajani Samuel, Joshua Ogizien, Sodiq Olasupo, Olamilekan Mubarak, Adeniyi Olashile, Rotimi Adeyemi and Rasaq Olanrewaju. A statement issued by EFCC‘s spoke...
Access Bank staff arrested for alleged diversion of N34m
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Access Bank staff arrested for alleged diversion of N34m

A staff of Access Bank PLC, Elizabeth Modupe Osunjuyigbe has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for allegedly diverting over N34 million.   She was arrested by the EFCC on Friday, April 30, 2021. A statement issued by EFCC’s spokesman, Wilson Iwujaren, said the Lagos Zonal Office of the commission made the arrest. The EFCC said the suspect allegedly sent a fraudulent request sometime in January to the Branch Service Manager of Access Bank, Adeola Odeku, Lagos State, to issue a draft of the sum of N31, 330, 165. 00 in favour of one Best Timland Nigeria Limited. The commission said investigations revealed that the suspect allegedly forged a solicitor’s letter dated January 19, 2021 directing the bank to issue the draft in favour of Best T...
EFCC Arrests Lagos Banker for N34m Fraud
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EFCC Arrests Lagos Banker for N34m Fraud

A Lagos banker identified as Elizabeth Modupe Osunjuyigbe has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for an alleged fraudulent diversion of funds to the tune of over ?34m. The suspect was arrested on Friday April 29, 2021 after she allegedly sent a fraudulent request sometime in January to the Branch Service Manager of Access Bank, Adeola Odeku, Lagos State, to issue a draft of the sum of ?31,330,165 in favour of one Best Timland Nigeria Limited as payment of rent to the landlord of one of the bank’s branches in Akwa-Ibom State. The statement read; “The suspect, who was arrested on Friday April 29, 2021, allegedly sent a fraudulent request sometime in January to the Branch Service Manager of Access Bank, Adeola Odeku, Lagos State, to issue a draft o...
EFCC Arrests 33 Suspected Yahoo Boys In Abeokuta
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EFCC Arrests 33 Suspected Yahoo Boys In Abeokuta

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan Zonal Office, has arrested 33 suspected Internet fraudsters in Abeokuta, Ogun. This is contained in a statement signed by the EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, and made available to newsmen on Thursday in Ibadan. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted the spokesman as saying that the suspects were arrested by the operatives of EFCC on Tuesday at Adigbe, Oloke, Ibara Housing Estate Extension, and Idi Ori areas of Abeokuta. He said that the arrest, followed actionable intelligence earlier received on their alleged criminal activities of the suspects. Uwujaren said that items recovered from the suspects include: 18 cars, mobile phones, laptops, and several other incriminating documents. He said that the suspects...
Young man arrested for alleged $10,000 fraud
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Young man arrested for alleged $10,000 fraud

The Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested one Adeshina Lukman for an alleged case of obtaining money by false pretence and stealing to the tune of $10,000. The Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement that Mr. Adeshina was arrested on April 14, in the Ipaja/Ayobo area of Lagos, following a complaint received by the Commission from one Isa Abdulhamid Mohammed. Mohammed, in his petition, alleged that one Bashir Haruna Isa, a Bureau De Change operator, sometime in March 2020, approached him with an offer to sell $10,000, while he (Mohammed) would pay the Naira equivalent of the Dollars to him. He further alleged that when Isa requested a Dollar account where the money would be paid into, he was ...
Lagos Not Trying To Protect Tinubu With Anti-Graft Law – Gbenga Omotoso
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Lagos Not Trying To Protect Tinubu With Anti-Graft Law – Gbenga Omotoso

The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, said in a statement that the palliative entailed the cutting and removal of asphalt as well as the placement of a steel plate on the affected parts of the bridge. Lagos commissioner for information, Gbenga Omotosho, says the Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration is not seeking to protect any personality with the anti-graft law it recently signed. On Sunday, newsmen reported that the governor signed a law establishing an anti-corruption agency with “exclusive” rights to probe cases of corruption that have to do with the state. This nascent agency will take over cases relating to Lagos from agencies like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Rela...
EFCC To Set Up Chemical Lab To Fight Illegal Oil Bunkering
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EFCC To Set Up Chemical Lab To Fight Illegal Oil Bunkering

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to establish a fully-integrated chemical laboratory in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, to combat the scourge of illegal oil bunkering in the Niger Delta region. EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement quoted the Port Harcourt zonal head of the commission, Chief Detective Superintendent (CDS) Aliyu Naibi, as making the disclosure while hosting the executives of the Petroleum Products Retail Outlet Owners Association of Nigeria (PETROAN), System 2E Eastern zone, who paid him a courtesy visit. According to him, the issue of illegal oil bunkering was rampant in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria and the EFCC had been relying on the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) for product analysis, in the investigation of su...
EFCC Cautions Nigerians Against Bitcoin, Forex Trading, Others
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EFCC Cautions Nigerians Against Bitcoin, Forex Trading, Others

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has warned Nigerians against what it described as any investment that promises returns that looks too good to be true. “Though risk-taking is considered by some as the oxygen that drives investment decisions, the commission warns the public against taking unmitigated risk in desperation to earn a windfall. “Investment in Bitcoin, for instance, is a high risk activity as the terrain is largely unregulated, and prone to fraud,” the anti-graft agency said. EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, who gave the warning in Abuja, said the commission was alarmed at the rate Nigerians send petitions to the anti-corruption agency on fraudulent investments that promise high return with little risks to investors.
Afegbua Storms EFCC, ICPC Offices, Wants PDP National Chairman, Secondus Probed
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Afegbua Storms EFCC, ICPC Offices, Wants PDP National Chairman, Secondus Probed

Prince Kassim Afegbua, former Commissioner for Information in Edo state and chieftain of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has made true his promise to subject the leadership of the Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee (NWC) to financial scrutiny by submitting a petition to the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC). Afegbua, who stormed the EFCC and ICPC offices on Monday at about 10.30 am handed over his petition and asking the EFCC to look into the financial transactions of the National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, in the spirit of transparency, accountability and book-keeping in line with the exisiting anti-corruption laws. He noted that much of the financial transactions of the PDP under Prince Uche Secondus has been shrouded in mystery...
Lawyers Disagree Over Sanwo-Olu’s Attempt To Takeover Corruption Cases From EFCC
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Lawyers Disagree Over Sanwo-Olu’s Attempt To Takeover Corruption Cases From EFCC

Legal experts have expressed divergent views over a new law signed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State which mandates agencies like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), and other anti-graft agencies to hand over corruption cases to the state government. According to the legislation titled ‘Lagos State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission Law’ signed by Sanwo-Olu last week, a new anti-corruption agency will have the exclusive rights to investigate financial crimes and corruption cases involving the finances of the Lagos State Government. Section 13(3) of the law reads, “The commission shall upon the commencement of this law take over the investigation of all anti-c...
Instagram Comedian, Pankeeroy Arrested by EFCC for Alleged Internet Fraud
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Instagram Comedian, Pankeeroy Arrested by EFCC for Alleged Internet Fraud

Instagram comedian/social media Influencer, Pankeeroy has been arrested by the operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for alleged involvement in computer-related fraud. Pankeeroy, whose real name is Nwagbo Oliver Chidera, was paraded on Thursday, April 22, alongside 34 others. According to EFCC, the suspects were arrested on Wednesday, April 21, at their hideout in James Court, Lekki, Lagos, following verified intelligence received by the Commission about their alleged criminal activities. The commission said in a statement that, Chidera, who claimed to have gone into a Bitcoin scam after he suffered depression, had been presenting himself as a vendor who redeems bitcoin vouchers using the bitcoincoretrading.com platform...
EFCC Arrests Former Zamfara Governor, Abdulaziz Yari
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EFCC Arrests Former Zamfara Governor, Abdulaziz Yari

Former Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, has been detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over alleged illegal financial dealings and misappropriation of funds. Yari, who was arrested on Tuesday by operatives of the anti-graft agency, was taken to the Sokoto office of the commission where he was detained after being drilled for hours. EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, who confirmed the arrest and detention of Yari, said the ex-governor was interrogated for over seven hours before he was detained. Another official of the EFCC, who confirmed the development, said due to the enormity of the corruption charges against Yari, he may have to be in the commission’s custody for at least one week while investigations go on. “The cases involving ex-gov...
South South Governor, Emir Ensured My Release From EFCC Custody – Okorocha
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South South Governor, Emir Ensured My Release From EFCC Custody – Okorocha

A former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, on Sunday disclosed that an unnamed governor from the South-South region, an emir and a former senator from the North ensured his release from the custody of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Okorocha in a statement on Sunday by his spokesperson, Sam Onwuemeodo, asked the state Governor, Hope Uzodimma, to stop fighting him. The statement added that Uzodinma had usurped the position of the spokesperson of the EFCC in his case with the anti- graft commission. Onwuemeodo disclosed that the statement credited to Uzodimma’s Senior Special Assistant on Print Media, Modestus Nwamkpa, that Okorocha was freed from the EFCC facility on health grounds was false. The statement read in part, “About 45 minutes after the officers of...
“I Had The Opportunity Of Inspecting EFCC’s facilities…” – Okorocha
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“I Had The Opportunity Of Inspecting EFCC’s facilities…” – Okorocha

Former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha has shared his experience with Nigerians after his detention at the Economics and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, facility over alleged financial misappropriation during his tenure. Recall that Mr Okorocha was arrested by the EFCC operatives at about 4:10pm on Tuesday at his Unity House office located at Garki, Abuja. He was released on Thursday after spending two nights with the anti-graft agency. But speaking through his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo, Mr Okorocha said the anti-graft agency only invited him for clarifications on matters that are already in courts. Writing on his social media handle on Friday, the Senator representing Imo West said, after inspecting the EFCC facilities during his detention, he concluded that the f...
27 Suspected Internet Fraudsters Arrested in Lagos
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27 Suspected Internet Fraudsters Arrested in Lagos

27 suspected internet fraudsters have been arrested by the operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. The suspects are: David Promise, Cyril Okodogbe, Taiwo Femi, Jasa Oghenerwede Frank, Adesokan Ibrahim, Femi Emmanuel Phillip, Jimoh Olayinka Alimi, Anene Dominic, Victor Damola, Israel Attah, Alonge Oluwadamilare, Muhammadu Sani Garba, Luis Fred, and Adu Olaoluwa. Others are: Precious Utomi, Oladosu Samuel, Andrew John, Olayiwola Ojo, Ekong Samuel Enobong, Oluwakemi Ezekiel, Okewole Segun, Olawale Adekunle, Ajibade Idris Adeniyi, Imeobong-Odion Promise, Karaole Lateef, Rowland Emmanuel, and Nelson Lucky. They were arrested on April 9, 2021, in the Ayobo-Ipaja area of Lagos State, following intelligence received by the Co...
EFCC Releases Ex-Imo Governor, Okorocha
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EFCC Releases Ex-Imo Governor, Okorocha

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has released the former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha after he spent two nights in detention. Okorocha was released on Thursday evening, according to Daily Trust. The former Governor is presently at his Maitama residence in Abuja. DAILY POST recalls that the EFCC invited Okorocha on Tuesday for questioning. Okorocha, who governed Imo between 2011 and 2019, has been accused of embezzlement and misappropriation of state funds by the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma. In February, the lawmaker accused Uzodinma of unleashing the EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) against him. Okorocha refuted the allegations, saying the state government had not been able to prove corruption allegations...
I Have No Problem With EFCC Arresting Me – Okorocha
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I Have No Problem With EFCC Arresting Me – Okorocha

The embattled former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has said that there is nothing wrong for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arresting him to answer some questions arising from numerous petitions against him. This was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday night by Okorocha’s Special Adviser (Media), Sam Onwuemeodo. The senator, representing Imo West Senatorial District in the Senate, also accused the Imo State government of fuelling his ordeal via petitions written against him to the anti-graft agency, noting that as a result, legal actions instituted against the commission were pending at various courts. The statement, which was released following the phone calls put to the Senate Committee Chairman on Culture and Tourism’s Media Aide, said: “We...
EFCC Is Not A Slaughter House, I Was Only Invited – Okorocha
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EFCC Is Not A Slaughter House, I Was Only Invited – Okorocha

A former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has broken his silence on his arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged misappropriation of public funds. Okorocha was arrested by the EFCC operatives at about 4:10pm on Tuesday at his Unity House office located at Garki, Abuja. Speaking through Sam Onwuemeodo, his media aide, Okorocha said since the anti-graft agency was doing its job, he would cooperate with the officials. Although an EFCC official, who spoke with Daily Trust off the record, confirmed Okorocha’s arrest, the former governor claimed he was invited by the anti-graft agency. “To us, the Commission is doing its job and should be given the needed co-operation. And Okorocha being a law-abiding citizen, would always cooperate with t...
Court Convicts 11 Internet fraudsters in Port Harcourt
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Court Convicts 11 Internet fraudsters in Port Harcourt

Justice Adamu Turaki Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt on Friday, April 9, convicted and sentenced 11 internet fraudsters to various prison terms, for fraud. Those convicted are Anhwo Samson, Harry Omo-egbekun Hamilton, Odiase Martins, Okuson Godspower, Destiny Ighalo, Andrew Onoyoa, Omebu Happy, Enofe Michael, Adelakun Abdulkareem, Akpowowo Favour, and Imaah Joseph. The convicts were prosecuted by the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for offences bordering on impersonation and obtaining by false pretence. The charge reads: “that you Anhwo Samson (aka Anhwo Samcity), Adelakun Abdulkareem (aka Terry Walker), Omebu Happy (aka Christ David), Imaah Joseph (aka Pietro Jones) Enofe Michael (aka Charlotte Crypto B.T.C...
Paris Loan funds Bribery Accusation: Fayemi, Name The Bribers
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Paris Loan funds Bribery Accusation: Fayemi, Name The Bribers

The public saga around the return of the Paris Club loan funds has taken a strange twist. It seems a coterie of individuals and companies are trying hard to pinch much of the $419 million from the government’s coffers. This is the tale within the tale. These businesses claim they are due handsome commissions for helping to procure the Paris club paybacks. These claims are dubious and backed by contracts in need of the most ardent scrutiny. The EFCC and the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) scorn most of these claims and cast significant doubt on others. However, the powerful claimants who have swiftly obtained judgments based on these claims are not without their allies. Amassed on their side purportedly stand several ministers and senior members of the president’s...
EFCC Hands Recovered ¥370,000, $1,800 USD To Japanese Victim Of Fraud
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EFCC Hands Recovered ¥370,000, $1,800 USD To Japanese Victim Of Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Thursday, April 1, 2021 handed over the sums of ¥370,000 Japanese Yen and $1,800 USD, recovered from a fraudster, to the Japanese victim through officials of the Japanese Embassy, Abuja. The money was recovered by the EFCC following a complaint by one Hatsumi Ozeki on January 19, 2019. Investigation established that Ozeki was duped by one Evans Ewean-Obayagbona but the proceeds of crime was wired to him through the accounts of his accomplices- Samson Okonofua, Osifo Onaiwi-Kelly and Igbenedion Iyobor Mikel. Speaking while handing over the money to officials of the Japanese Embassy at the EFCC headquarters, Abuja, the Director of Operations, Abdulkarim Chukkol, reiterated the Commission’s commitment to the fight against cybe...
EFCC Arrests 400 Yahoo Boys And Girls In 3 Months ― Bawa
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EFCC Arrests 400 Yahoo Boys And Girls In 3 Months ― Bawa

The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa today disclosed that the Commission arrested more than 400 young Nigerians for internet-related fraud in the first three months of the year. He made the disclosure in his office while receiving a delegation from the University of Abuja led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abdulrasheed Na ‘Allah. According to the EFCC Chair, “From January 2021 to date, we have arrested more than 400 Nigerians suspected to be involved in various cybercrime or advanced fee fraud-related offences and that is to tell you how huge the problem is.” He added that “less than 48 hours ago we arrested 18 individuals in Abuja”. Among those arrested, he said, are students of tertiary institutions. While bemoaning the...
EFCC Arrests 34 Yahoo Boys In Ibadan, Lagos
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EFCC Arrests 34 Yahoo Boys In Ibadan, Lagos

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested a total of 34 suspected internet fraudsters, also known as Yahoo Yahoo Boys. They were apprehended in separate operations in Ibadan, Oyo state and Lagos. Twenty four of the suspects, most of whom claimed to be undergraduates, were rounded up today April 1, 2021 at their hideout in Apete area of Ibadan, Oyo State by operatives from the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Commission. The suspects are, Isiaka Quadri Olawale, Ojubanire Akindimeji Abdulquadri, Shobowale Michael Morenikeji, Adeyemi Yusuf Ekundayo, Alabi Gift Jesse, Owolabi Yakubu Josebh, Olasupo Ogooluwa Ayomide, Emmanuel Segun Omogbolahan, Mufutau Sarafa Adewale, and Adekunle Habeeb Olamilekan. Others are, Usman Abdullahi Olamilekan, Adurota Emmanuel Tosin, Adek...
EFCC Arrests Female Internet Fraud Suspect In Delta State
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EFCC Arrests Female Internet Fraud Suspect In Delta State

Operatives of the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday March 26, 2021 arrested one Queen Jonathan, for suspected internet fraud in Oghara, Delta State. 24-year-old Jonathan is alleged to be involved in Bitcoin Scam. She presented herself as one Sophia Rodriguez, an expert in Bitcoin, on Instagram, to defraud unsuspecting victims. Items recovered from her include an Infinix Hot 8 mobile phone. The suspect has made useful statement and will be arraigned in Court as soon as investigation is completed.
Man Jailed over Dud Cheque In Akure, Two Others Convicted In Abeokuta
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Man Jailed over Dud Cheque In Akure, Two Others Convicted In Abeokuta

A 49-year-old man, Gabriel Akinsanmi, has been sentenced to four years imprisonment for issuance of dud cheque, contrary to Section 1(1)(b) of the Dishonoured Cheques (Offences) Act, Cap D11, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under Section 1(1)(b)(i) of the same Act. He was convicted on Friday, March 26, 2021 by Justice O. A. Adegbehingbe of the Ondo State High Court, sitting in Akure on two counts of a four-count charge of stealing and issuance of dud cheque brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office. His journey to prison started when the Commission received a petition dated June 8, 2017, from one Adebayo Alabi alleging that he (the complainant) paid the sum of N105,000,000 (One Hundred and Five Million Na...
I Will Resign if Asked to do Anything Against my Conscience – EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa
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I Will Resign if Asked to do Anything Against my Conscience – EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa

Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa has said that he will resign if he is asked to do anything against his conscience. The 40-year-old EFCC Chairman who said this in an interview on NTA, said he will be guided by the law in all his actions. Bawa also urged Nigerians to stop glorifying corruption and corrupt people in the society. He said in the interview; “We need to change our attitudes in Nigeria. We are in the habit of worshipping people that have money in the society, but never bother to ask questions about their source of income. “In winning the fight against corruption, we are engaging all stakeholders including religious leaders, community leaders and others. “We are going to embark on massive public enlightenment to se...
Avoid Illegal POS Transactions – EFCC Warn POS Operators
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Avoid Illegal POS Transactions – EFCC Warn POS Operators

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has warned operators of Mobile Money and Banks Agents otherwise known as POS operators against illegal cash transactions. The Commission’s Zonal Head in Sokoto CDS Bawa Usman Kaltungo gave the warning March 25, 2020 at a meeting with the Sokoto Chapter of Mobile Money and Banks Agents Association, (MMBA) Sokoto State Chapter in his office. He express concern at the high rate of mobile money fraud in the zone, and called on the association to join hands in the fight against money laundering and electronic transaction fraud. “The EFCC is ready to deal with individuals, groups and organizations that conspire with some bad eggs among us to perpetrate the act of illegal transactions and money laundering,” he said. Kaltungo furt...
EFCC Arrests Mother And Son For Alleged ₦50 Million Internet Fraud
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EFCC Arrests Mother And Son For Alleged ₦50 Million Internet Fraud

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office, have arrested Ibeh Theophilus Uche, Chief Executive Officer, CEO, 10 Kobo Wine Place, Ikotun, Lagos alongside his mother for their alleged involvement in computer-related fraud to the tune of about N50million in Lagos. The 28-year-old suspect was arrested recently in his room in Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, following credible intelligence reports about his alleged criminal activities. During interrogation, Uche, who presents himself variously as Rachael Armstrong , Keanu Reeves, Rebekah Schwarzenberger, Keanu Private, Elizabeth Hortman and Stefan Paulson, confessed to being into Bitcoin investment scam, romance scam and identity theft. The suspect also confessed to ha...
EFCC Declares Four Persons Wanted
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EFCC Declares Four Persons Wanted

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Plot 301 - 302 , Research and Institution Cadastral District, Jabi, Abuja, Nigeria Hotlines: 09-9044751, 09-9044752, 09-9044753 I www.efccnigeria.org InofficialEFCC officialEFCC t ofFicialEFCC 121 officialEFCCU officialEFCC WANTED SILAS DAYO GBENGA The public is hereby notified that SILAS DAYO GBENGA whose photograph appears above is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a case of Conspiracy and Obtaining Money under False Pretence. Gbenga is a 32 year-old native of Ilorin South Local Government of Kwara State. His last known addresses are: No 10, Sunmonu Obolarin Close, Flower Garden GRA, Ilorin South; No 6, Akinola Dosunmu Basin, Ilorin; No 10, Alanamu Street, Flower Garden GRA, Ilorin, Kwara State; and Angwa Yor...
EFCC Secures Seven Convictions In Abeokuta, Ibadan
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EFCC Secures Seven Convictions In Abeokuta, Ibadan

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Ibadan zonal office on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 secured seven convictions before Justice Mohammed Abubakar of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, Ogun State and Justice Bayo Taiwo of the Oyo State High Court, Ibadan, Oyo State The convicts are: Oshoboke Sasaeniyan Joseph, Disu Faruk Timileyin,Lawal Emmanuel Olajide,Oyebanji Olabisi Oluwafemi, Adeleke kehinde Abdulhafeez, Adebola Adedare Temitope and Opeyemi Adedamola They were convicted for fraudulent impersonation, contrary to section 22(2) (b) (i) and (ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc.) Act, 2015 and sentenced to various jail terms. They all pleaded guilty to the one count charge of impersonation separately filed against them by the Economic and Financial Cri...
EFCC Docks Man For N17.4 Million, $6,300 Fraud In Lagos
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EFCC Docks Man For N17.4 Million, $6,300 Fraud In Lagos

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office, on Monday, March 22, 2021, arraigned one Nanpan Salihu Yaniyang before Justice O.O. Abike-Fadipe of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja , Lagos on a four-count charge bordering on stealing and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N17,449,000 ( Seventeen Million Four Hundred and Forty-nine Thousand Naira) and $6,300( Six Thousand Three Hundred United States Dollars). One of the counts reads: "Nanpan Salihu Yaniyang , sometime in 2020 in Lagos State , within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N17,449,000 (Seventeen Million Four Hundred and Forty-nine Thousand Naira) from Valerie Okoli and her co-investors under the pretence that you would help them ...
Whistleblowers With False Information To Be Prosecuted – Bawa
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Whistleblowers With False Information To Be Prosecuted – Bawa

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has expressed concern about the activities of supposed whistleblowers who misled the agency through false information. The Chairman of the Commission, Abdurasheed Bawa, said despite due diligence by the EFCC, scarce investigative resources have been wasted by the agency in following up false leads that frequently come to dead ends. He said the activities of false whistleblowers detract from the noble intendment of the Whistleblower Policy of the Federal Government which seek to incentivize information leading to the recovery of stolen wealth. Noting that the Whistleblower Policy was not designed as a tool for unscrupulous citizens to send law enforcement agencies on wild goose chase or set them against their perceived enemies, he vo...
Three Men Accused of Giving EFCC False Information About ex-Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, Remanded in Prison
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Three Men Accused of Giving EFCC False Information About ex-Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, Remanded in Prison

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abuja Zonal Office, on Thursday, March 18, 2021, arraigned the trio of Theophilus Omambala, Lawal Umar and Alexander Danjuma before Justice Musa Usman of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Bwari, Abuja on one count charge bordering on false and misleading information. The charge brought before the court by the EFCC stated that the trio gave information to the agency that monies were stashed in the Abuja home of former Minister of Agriculture, Audu Innocent Ogbeh, a claim that was later discovered to be false. The charge sheet brought before the court read “that you Theophilus Omambala sometime in 2021at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, gave false information to officers of the Economic and Financial...
EFCC Docks Two Men over Alleged Internet Fraud in Ibadan
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EFCC Docks Two Men over Alleged Internet Fraud in Ibadan

Two men have been arranged for their alleged involvement in Internet Fraud. The suspects, Aremu Ridwan Kunle and Adegboyega Adisa Adebayo were arraigned on Thursday, March 18 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC before Justice Iyabo Yerima of the Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan. Aremu was separately charged with eight counts while Adegboyega was docked on a two-count charge. Their charges border on obtaining money under false pretence contrary to Section 1(2) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act. Aremu pleaded ‘guilty’ to counts 1,2,5,7 and 8 and ‘not guilty’ to counts 3, 4 and 6 of his charge, while Adegboyega pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the two counts preferred against h...
Court Restrains EFCC From Arresting Ozekhome
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Court Restrains EFCC From Arresting Ozekhome

Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Thursday, restrained the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, from either inviting, harassing and threatening to arrest or detain a renowned constitutional lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, for criticising its former Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu. Justice Ekwo gave the order while delivering judgement in a fundamental right enforcement suit filed by Ozekhome against EFCC. Respondents in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/324/2018, were the EFCC, Magu and one of its lead operatives, Abubakar Aliyu Madaki. By the suit, Ozekhome had claimed that EFCC continued to harrass him for being an outspoken critic of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in terms of the anti-corruption war led by Magu. The court he...
EFCC Investigates Monguno’s Aide, Mohammed Jafaru Over Oil Depot, Properties
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EFCC Investigates Monguno’s Aide, Mohammed Jafaru Over Oil Depot, Properties

Brigadier-General Mohammed Jafaru, the director of Finance in the office of the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, is facing investigations over questionable ownership of multi-billion naira properties. In the course of over one-year-long investigation, arrests of accomplices and execution of search warrants, the commission made startling discoveries of assets linked to the general. DAILY NIGERIAN reliably gathered that ownership of an oil depot, several filling stations, shopping plazas, mansions, plots in choice areas, among other assets in key cities were linked to Mr Jafaru. Investigations showed that he allegedly acquired the properties within the last five years. Sources familiar with the case told DAILY NIGERIAN that the general’s children own 90 percent of...
EFCC Gets Court Order To Seize Properties Linked To NSA Monguno
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EFCC Gets Court Order To Seize Properties Linked To NSA Monguno

EFCC had obtained an interim forfeiture order in respect of the properties linked to a former Director of Finance in the Office of the NSA, Brigadier-General Jafaru Mohammed. Fresh facts have emerged as to how properties allegedly belonging to the National Security Adviser, Babagana Mungono, but held in proxy might be confiscated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). SaharaReporters gathered that the EFCC had obtained an interim forfeiture order in respect of the properties linked to a former Director of Finance in the Office of the NSA, Brigadier-General Jafaru Mohammed. In her ruling, Justice Folashade Ogunbanjo granted an ex parte application for interim forfeiture of the assets and property by the chairman of the EFCC, made on March 9. The court ordere...
How FIRS Director, Peter Hena Received N700m Cash Payment — EFCC
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How FIRS Director, Peter Hena Received N700m Cash Payment — EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has revealed how a former Coordinating Director of Federal Inland Revenue Service, Peter Hena, received over N700 million cash between January 2017 and December 2018. Investigations by the anti-graft agency indicated that Hena and eight others shared N4.5 billion in illegal estacodes and fraudulent Duty Tour Allowances. The Commission had last Thursday arraigned Hena on 42-count before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja. Also arraigned were the Director of Finance ,Mohammed Auta; Amina Sidi (Finance and Account department); Umar Aduka (Internal Audit); Mbura Mustapha (Deputy Manager); Obi Malachy (Services Group); Obaje Adofu (Head of Budget); Udo-Inyang Alfred (Officer II) and Benjamin Jiya (Assistant ...
EFCC Gets Order For Forfeiture Of 8 General Jafaru Mohammed’s Properties
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EFCC Gets Order For Forfeiture Of 8 General Jafaru Mohammed’s Properties

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has obtained an interim forfeiture order in respect of eight properties linked to Brigadier-General Jafaru Mohammed. Justice Folashade Ogunbanjo granted an ex parte application for interim forfeiture of the assets and property by the chairman of the EFCC, made on March 9. The court ordered the publication of the interim forfeiture of the assets and invited people “who may have interest in the assets and properties listed in the schedule to show cause, within 14 days of such publication, why a final order of forfeiture to the Federal Government of Nigeria of the said assets and properties should not be made.” The assets traced to the proxies and associates of the General include: House on Plot 7, God’s Own Estate, Road 1, Wamna Distr...
Man Bags Three Months in Prison for Love Scam
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Man Bags Three Months in Prison for Love Scam

Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Monday, March 15, convicted and sentenced one Ajibola Hammed, to three-months in prison. According to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) he was convicted after he pleaded guilty to an amended charge bordering on impersonation, contrary to Section 22(2)(b)(i) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention, Etc.) Act 2015 and Punishable under the same Act. The defendant, in a classic love scam, represented himself as Jessica Mercy, a white woman, to one Juan Angle, an American man with whom he claimed to be deeply in love, the agency said. He pleaded guilty to the charge, having entered a plea agreement with the EFCC, culminating in the amendment of his charge. In view of his plea, Ju...
EFCC Grills Fashola Over Corruption, Demands Asset Documents
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EFCC Grills Fashola Over Corruption, Demands Asset Documents

Babatunde Fashola, a top-tier member of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet, has been interrogated by the EFCC over corrupt practices tied to his questionable asset declaration and an ongoing probe of Babatunde Fowler, the disgraced former chairman of the FIRS, two senior anti-graft detectives have told Peoples Gazette. Officials familiar with the works minister’s ordeal told the Gazette he was called in for questioning after detectives were tipped off about his involvement in Mr. Fowler’s loot during his days as the head of Lagos Inland Revenue Service and most recently at the FIRS. The EFCC also wrote to the Code of Conduct Bureau seeking the former Lagos governor’s asset declaration documents in order to further establish another phase of the investigation, according to a let...
P&G Head Of Sales, Emmanuel Chigozie Eze Spent Firm’s N20m On Online Betting
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P&G Head Of Sales, Emmanuel Chigozie Eze Spent Firm’s N20m On Online Betting

Emmanuel Chigozie Eze, Head of Sales for Procter & Gamble company, has been arrested after blowing N20m Company Fund on online betting. Eze was arrested by EFCC operatives along ‘K Line area’ of Ewet Housing Estate in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, following a petition. The petitioner alleged that Eze used his position as Head of Sales for Procter & Gamble, to supply goods worth over N20m to customers and converted the proceeds into personal use. According to the complainant, the suspect between March 2020 and January 2021, sold goods worth the said amount and fraudulently collected monies from various customers using his personal account rather than the company’s account. Investigations into the matter revealed that the suspect was a gambling addict as he spent over N4m pla...
EFCC To Demand Bankers’ Asset Declaration Forms June 1
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EFCC To Demand Bankers’ Asset Declaration Forms June 1

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, on Tuesday said the commission will from June 1 be demanding the asset declaration forms of bankers. He said the decision was in line with the provisions of the Bank, Employees Declaration of Asset Act. Bawa disclosed this in an interview with State House correspondents after a meeting he had with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). The EFCC boss said he was working hard towards creating a new commission that will be different in the way it handles cases. He said he would do his job to ensure that Nigeria is free of financial crimes. He said, “We understood that at the tail end of every financial crime, it is for the criminal to have access to the funds that he or she has ...
Why I Recommended Bawa For EFCC Job – Malami
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Why I Recommended Bawa For EFCC Job – Malami

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, says he recommended Abdulrasheed Bawa for the chairmanship of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission because of his high level of dedication and capacity. Malami, in an exclusive interview, said contrary to reports that he singlehandedly picked Bawa to be the chairman of the EFFC, four names were submitted to the president for consideration and Bawa was subsequently picked.Malami also denied being related to the EFCC boss.“I am happy that most of the comments made are not on his capacity, intelligence, competence and associated ability to deliver. His capacity to deliver was never questioned across the nation.“The question is whether justice has been served, whether public interest has been serve...
EFCC Arrests 19 Yahoo Boys In Abuja, Abeokuta And Ibadan
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EFCC Arrests 19 Yahoo Boys In Abuja, Abeokuta And Ibadan

Luck ran out on a syndicate of 13 cybercrime suspects on Thursday March 11, when operatives of the Abuja Zonal Office of the EFCC raided their hideouts and apprehended them. Five of the suspects were picked up at an N8m a year apartment in Gilmore Estate, Jahi, while the other eight were arrested at Katampe Extension, all in Abuja. The breakthrough followed actionable intelligence on their alleged criminal enterprise. Incriminating items recovered from them include iPhones, laptops, gaming consoles, 1 Toyota Avalon and a Lexus SUV. The suspects have given valuable information and will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded. IBADAN Court Jails Six for Internet Fraud The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office, on Wednes...
EFCC arrest Nigerian man who defrauded US state of Virginia and collected COVID-19 relief cheque
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EFCC arrest Nigerian man who defrauded US state of Virginia and collected COVID-19 relief cheque

Collins Samuel, a Nigerian man who fraudulently obtained $8,000 COVID-19 benefit from the U.S. State of Virginia has been arrested and remanded in EFCC custody. The suspect who was arraigned before Justice P. Mallong of the Federal High Court in Kaduna, pleaded  ‘not guilty’ to the one count charge that borders on impersonation and obtaining by false pretences. Collins was reportedly arrested in Jos, Plateau State where he fraudulently represented himself as Ashley Cooper, an American citizen affected by COVID–19. It was alleged that he obtained $8,000 in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) from Virginia, United States and reportedly redeemed the $8,000 benefit through bitcoin wallet addresses he got from various cryptocurrency traders. Justice Mallong adjourned the case...
EFCC Boss, Bawa Testifies In ₦1.4 Billion Oil Subsidy Fraud Trial
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EFCC Boss, Bawa Testifies In ₦1.4 Billion Oil Subsidy Fraud Trial

Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa on Wednesday appeared before an Ikeja High Court to give evidence in a N1.4 billion fraud trial involving an oil company, Nadabo Energy. Led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Saidu Ateh before Justice C. A. Align, the EFCC boss analysed the email correspondences of the defendant. He said investigation revealed that the defendants, contrary to their claims took about 6 million litres PMS from the mother vessel to their chartered vessel. He said the email further confirmed that the same quantity was discharged at Port-Harcourt. "In addition, the email also informed us that one Mr Jide Akpan was the agent of the vessel. "We invited the said Akpan and during the course of our interrogatio...

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