EFCC docks businesswoman for forgery

EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 arraigned a businesswoman, Amal Hassan, before Justice M. A. Nasiru of the Federal Capital Territory High court sitting in Jabi, Abuja, on a 2-count charge bordering on forgery contrary to Section 366 of the Penal Code Act Cap 532 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (Abuja) 1990 and punishable under Section 364 of the same Act.

Count one of the charge reads:“That you, Amal Hassan, being one of the directors of the Outsource Company Ltd, on or about the 2nd day of September, 2015 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court forged the signature of one Sam Nda- Isaiah on a document titled ‘The Federal Republic of Nigeria Company and Allied Matters Acts, 1990 Company Ltd by Share Special Resolution of the Outsource Company Ltd RC: 1133186 dated 2nd September, 2015’ with the intention of causing it to be believed that the said document was jointly signed by you and Sam Nda-Isaiah who you knew did not sign it.”

Defendant pleaded not guilty to the counts.

In view of her plea, counsel to the EFCC, Takon Ndifon, urged the court to fix a date for trial.

However, Counsel to the defendant, Francis Mgboh, orally applied that his client be admitted to bail. He said that the defendant had been on administrative bail granted to him by the EFCC since the start of the investigation and had not breached any of its terms.

Ndifon opposed the bail application saying “there must be material facts before granting bail”. According to him, the court cannot use its discretion on speculations. He urged the court to refuse the application.

Justice Nasiru admitted the accused person to bail in the sum of N5million with two sureties in like sum. The sureties must be resident within the Federal Capital Territory and must be civil servants not below Grade Level 12.

The judge, thereafter, adjourned to April 23, 2018 for trial and ordered the defendant to be remanded in prison pending the satisfaction of the bail condition.

Bureau de change operator bags 3 years for fraud

Justice Abdullahi Yusuf of the Katsina state High Court on Thursday March 8, 2018 convicted and sentenced one Sale Mohammed Elleman to three years imprisonment for offences of criminal breach of trust, cheating, misappropriation and diversion of funds. The convict’s journey to prison began when the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, received a petition from one Salisu Tambaya who alleged that Elleman, a Bureau De Change operator allegedly induced him in parting with the sum N13,000,000 under the pretext that the money would be invested in the BDC business.
One of the charge read that “you Saleh Mohammed Elleman Between the 27th may, to 25th June 2014 in Katsina within the judicial division of High Court of Justice of Katsina state being entrusted with certain property to wit the sum of N13, 000.000.00 by one Salisu Tambaya. Committed Criminal Breach of Trust and that you thereby committed an offence punishable under section 312 of the penal code”.
Upon arraignment, he pleaded not guilty to the charge.
After diligent prosecution, Justice Yusuf was convinced that the convict was entrusted with the property in question, based on the testimonies of witnesses and the exhibits tendered.
“Although, the accused claimed to have invested the money, there was no evidence as to when the business commence, no any record whatsoever of the purported business transactions provided; it is in evidence that the accused could not give a satisfactory account of the said money,” the judge observed.
He consequently found the accused person guilty and sentenced him to three years imprisonment without option of fine.
The convict was also ordered to restitute the sum of N12, 200,000 (Twelve Million Two Hundred Thousand Naira Only) to the complainant.

Witness reveals how FSMLT Provost, Etukudo, accomplices mismanaged N359m

EFCC

The trial of the Provost of Federal School of Medical Laboratory Technology, FSMLT, Jos, Plateau State, Dr. Nkereuwem Sunday Etukudo, and four others over their alleged complicity in the diversion of funds to the tune of N359million continued on Thursday, February 22, 2018 before Justice D.D.Longi of the Plateau State High Court, Jos.

Other accused persons are Yusuf Samuel, Accountant, FSMLT; Ernest Demtoe, Secretary of Tenders Board, FSMLT; Goodluck Echewa, and Esio Udoh, both contractors of FSML.

Etukudo and his co-accused are standing trial on a 15-count charge of conspiracy, diversion of funds and official corruption preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The matter, had on December 12, 2017, been adjourned to 21 and 22 February, 2018 for trial to commence de novo, following the re-arraignment of the defendants upon the appointment of former trial judge, Justice Y. G. Dakwak, as the state’s Chief Justice.
However, proceedings were stalled on February 21, after Justice Longi disallowed the witnesses subpoenaed by the prosecution to testify owing to the absence of their names in the proof of evidence.

At resumed proceedings on Thursday February 22, the prosecution presented its first witness, Mrs Ethel Ekam, former staff of the FSMLT.

Led in evidence by Samuel Okeleke, Ekam who testified as PW1, narrated to the court her knowledge of the matter before it.

“I was posted to FSMLT, Jos in November 2006 and transferred out in March 2014. My main duties were: lecturer, head of department, parasitology, project supervisor, project coordinator, practical coordinator and exam supervisor. My ad hoc duties were: hostel supervisor, student affairs officer, secretary, academic board, secretary, senior staff committee, secretary, scientist association, secretary to some organizing committees.

“I was invited by the EFCC to their office in Abuja sometime in March 2014. On reaching there, I was shown a petition written by some concerned staff of the school against the provost (the first defendant). I agreed with the petition and adopted it because it was the situation of things in the school at that time.”

Ekam narrated to the court how a 7-member committee had been nominated by the school for foreign trainings in the United Kingdom and Ethiopia, but was not informed or mobilized accordingly, despite the funds being allegedly disbursed to some other persons.

“I was the sixth person on the list of nominated committee members to travel to Ethiopia for professional conference and to travel to the UK for professional training. I am here to say that I did not travel for any professional training. I was never paid any duty tour allowance or estacode for journeying abroad in respect of that training”.

Thereafter, cross examination by the counsel representing the first, third, fourth and fifth defendants commenced.

However, attempts by the defence counsel to pose questions to the witness relating to a document was objected to by the prosecution as the document referred to was not in an admissible form.
Justice Longi, thereafter adjourned the matter to April 19-20, 2018 for continuation of cross examination and trial.

Ex- Katsina Perm Sec jailed for fraud

A former permanent secretary in the administration of former governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shehu Shema, Yusuf Sule Saulawa was today December 29, 2017 convicted by Justice Sanusi Tukur of the Katsina State High Court of one count of obtaining by false pretense.

The convict fraudulently obtained the sum of N2,500,000 ( Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira Only) from the complainant while he was a permanent secretary attached to the office of the Deputy Governor of Katsina State on the pretext that the office would award the complainant a contract for the supply of fertilizer to all the Local Government areas in Katsina State.

Sulawa claimed that the money was for the purchase of bidding documents. It was further alleged that after obtaining the money, the convict cut all contacts with the complainant.

In the course of prosecution, EFCC counsel Sa’ad Hanafi Sa’ad called 3 witnesses and tendered many exhibits.
After both parties closed their case on the 3rd of October, 2017, final written addresses were adopted and the case was subsequently adjourned to December 29 for judgement.
In his judgement, Justice Tukur said he was convinced that the prosecution had proved the case beyond reasonable doubt and pronounced the accused guilty as charged.
Saulawa was accordingly convicted and sentenced to seven years imprisonment without option of fine.

EFCC arests fake investigator over attempt to defraud Gov. Al Makura

EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission today, December 22, arrested one Mohammed Momoh, a farmer, for attempting to defraud the governor of Nasarawa State, Alhaji Tanko Al- Makura.
The suspect while posing as a “Private investigator from the Villa“ had approached the wife of the governor with a proposition to help stop a purported investigation of two accounts belonging to the governor, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. He claimed he came across information regarding the two accounts that had been under investigation since 2011 and also intercepted mails and gotten wind of investigation report purportedly sent to First Bank by the EFCC.
The suspect had requested for N8 million but was offered N6 million. Suspicious about the proposal, the governor’s family contacted the Commission and were asked to play along with the suspect. The suspect was arrested in a sting operation after he collected marked N2million.
The suspect is presently in custody and would be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.
In a related development, a serving Police Officer, Mohammed Nuhu Maina, has been arrested for impersonation. The suspect who claimed to be Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP, attached to the Commission, had approached his victim with offer to help him recover his money, N21m; which is subject of investigation by the EFCC.
Maina allegedly collected several sums of money from his victim before he became suspicious.
The suspect called the victim on December 21, 2017 and demanded for more money.
The victim immediately contacted the EFCC and he was accompanied by Operatives of the Commission who tracked Maina and arrested him opposite Rockview Hotel, close to the EFCC head office in Wuse 2, Abuja.
In the course of arrest, Maina was found with EFCC Vehicle Auction Certificates, EFCC Stickers, EFCC writing pads, amongst others.
Maina is currently in custody, assisting the investigation.
The EFCC has consistently warned members of the public to be wary of impostors who go about extorting unsuspecting members of the public. The Commission again implores the public to report any solicitation for gratification either by genuine or fake EFCC operatives to the nearest office of the Commission or police station.

EFCC arraigns one for currency counterfeiting

Counterfeiting

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission today December 14 , 2017 arraigned one Mohammed Rabiu Musa before honourable Justice S.M Shuaibu of the Federal High Court Kaduna on 8-count charge of currency counterfeiting.

The defendant was arrested by the officers of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC in Kaduna while he was in possession of counterfeit N1000 and N500 notes.

The defendant was subsequently transferred to the commission for further investigation and prosecution..

Forensic analysis of the currencies revealed that they were counterfeit.

Rabiu pleaded not guilty after listening to the eight count charge against him.

Prosecution counsel Musa Isah requested the court for trial date in view of the plea of the defendant.

The case has been adjourned to  February 21 , 2018 while the defendant was remanded in prison custody.

NSCDC officer convicted for job scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on December 12, 2017 secured the conviction of one Joshua Dan-Daura a Deputy Superintendent of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps,NSCDC, who was prosecuted for job scam before Justice Dije Abdu Aboki of the Kano State High Court.
The convict was arraigned by the Commission on December 22, 2016 for allegedly defrauding the complainant the sum of N450,000 (Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira Only) under the pretext of securing job for him.
Upon arraignment, the convict pleaded not guilty which compelled the prosecution counsel Musa Isah to proceed to trial that lasted for 12 months.
Delivering judgment on Tuesday, Justice Aboki found the accused person guilty as charged and convicted him.
After listening to the plea for mercy from the defence counsel Amos Ango, Justice Aboki sentenced the convict to 9 months imprisonment with option of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira Only) fine.
The convict was also ordered to restitute the sum of N370,000 to the complainant or spend 18 additional month in prison if he fails to do so.

EFCC raises alarm over job scam

EFCC

It has come to the knowledge of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission that some unscrupulous individuals are seeking to exploit the current recruitment exercise in the Commission for private gain by soliciting payment from unsuspecting job seekers in order to facilitate their employment into the Commission.

This is a scam and members of the public are warned not to deal with anyone with such proposition as the agency does not collect money from jobseekers. Candidates that participated in the recent aptitude test by the Commission should  avoid falling prey to tricksters by shunning any promise of employment for a fee.  The employment process in the EFCC is open and transparent and cannot be compromised through bribery.

Members of the public are advised to report any request for money for employment into the Commission at the nearest office of the EFCC or police station.

Court jails Femi Adesina’s Impostor for 8 years

Adesina

A fraudster who impersonated the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, and attempted to fleece a Bayero University don of N300, 000 for a nonexistent appointment in the Presidency has been convicted.

Christian Efe Oyovweyho was on Tuesday convicted and sentenced to 8years imprisonment by Justice Z.B. Abubakar of the Federal High Court Kano. The convict was prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,  on a 2-count charge that borders on conspiracy and attempt to obtain, in contravention of  sections 8(a) and (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.

The convict’s journey to prison started when the Commission received a petition that he had  impersonated  Adesina. The petitioner, Professor  Dalhatu Mohammed Galadanci of the Bayero University Kano further stated that the convict had attempted to obtain the sum of N300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira Only) from him.

According to Galadanci, sometime in July 2016, the convict sent him a text message claiming to be Femi Adesina, SA to the president on Media and Publicity. The defendant fraudulently claimed to be speaking on behalf of the president and that the name of the professor has been forwarded for appointment in the presidency. The complainant further stated that the defendant claimed to be searching for a better office for him. Subsequently, the defendant asked the professor to make payment of the sum of N300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira Only) in order to facilitate his appointment to one of  Nigeria Port Authority, Nigerian Railway Cooperation and Rural Electrification Agency. At that point, the professor got suspicious and reported the matter to the commission.

Upon arraignment on the 16th of March, 2017, the convict pleaded not guilty and the prosecution counsel, Musa Isah proceeded to trial during which two prosecution witnesses gave evidence while the convict stood as the only defense witness.

In her judgment, Justice Abubakar found the convict guilty of the offence he was charged with after she was convinced that the prosecution had  proved the case against him beyond reasonable doubt.  She subsequently sentenced him to 4 years imprisonment without option of fine on each of the two count charge.  The sentence is to run concurrently.

How Goje diverted N1bn agric loan- EFCC witness

Goje

The trial of Senator Danjuma Goje, a former governor of Gombe State, on charges bordering on conspiracy and money laundering, continued on November 21, 2017 with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) presenting four more witnesses, who testified as the 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd witnesses.
Goje is standing trial along with Aliyu El-Nafaty, S.M. Dokoro and Sabo Muhammad Tumu, before Justice Babatunde Quadri, of the Federal High Court, sitting in Jos, Plateau State, for alleged financial impropriety, including rigging of contract for food supply to the state government house, during Goje’s tenure, and diversion of loan facilities from banks.
PW22 Rabiatu Saidu, Account Officer from Union Bank, while being led in evidence by prosecution counsel, Wahab Shittu, stated that the Gombe State government applied for a commercial Agricultural Credit loan of N1billion from the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN through Union Bank in 2010. The loan was approved and disbursed into Gombe State Fertilizer Company’s account. However, she said the bank received instruction to transfer the loan into a different account unrelated to the purpose for which the loan was obtained. She tendered documents which were admitted in evidence.
Documents tendered by other witnesses include cheque leaflets of three different banks- Union Bank, Habib Bank and Diamond Bank ( about 25) amounting to N1, 450,000,000 for supply of food items between 2003 to 2011.
The case was adjourned to 6th and 7th of February, 2018 for further hearing.

Source: EFCC