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00:09

EFCC to begin anti-corruption studies in schools – Executive Chairman Bawa




The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, has unveiled plans to implement anti-corruption studies in school curriculum as part of measures aimed at preventing corruption in the country.

NAN reports that Bawa, who made this known during an interview with newsmen, also stated that one of the best means to fight corruption in the country is for Nigerians to have attitudinal change.

The EFCC boss emphasised the need to promote anti-corruption and culture of integrity in schools to make Nigeria a corrupt-free nation.


“We developed a manual that we intend to give to faith-based institutions to give to their followers and will also discuss the need to partner with the EFCC.
“We want to tap on our religious strength in Nigeria because corruption can be checked with a change in attitude.

“There are also plans to establish anti-corruption studies in the school curriculum.

“We already have anti-corruption clubs in some tertiary institutions and we are trying to push at the national level to include anti-corruption study in students’ curriculum.

“The trend around the world is to include anti-corruption in students’ curriculum to be able to catch them young in terms of their understanding,” he said. Dailypost
09:10

Bankers help fraudsters – Activist backs EFCC on asset declaration



A human rights activist, Adeniyi Sulaiman, has hailed the directive by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to bankers to declare their assets.

Sulaiman accused some financial institutions and their officials of aiding the fraudulent activities that made several Nigerians lose their hard earned money.

The Chairman, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) said bankers and unions should not be afraid of EFCC if they had nothing to hide.

Sulaiman maintained that the staff including Tellers, Marketers and Managers were perpetrating fraud in the industry.

“Abdulrasheed Bawa, the EFCC Chairman, touched the wounds of the bankers by requesting their Assets Declaration form June, 2021.

“They are not comfortable with the new policy because some of their hands have soiled with fraud”, the activist said.

The CHRSJ recalled that it dragged the banks before the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the EFCC over alarming infractions against their customers.
The group warned if the scams committed by bankers are not probed, it would launch “#EndBankingFraud” nationwide protest. Dailypost
23:18

EFCC arrests former Power Minister Mohammed Wakil




The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a former Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil in his residence in Abuja at the weekend.

He will be arraigned in the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Monday over some payments involving Power Holding Company Limited (PHCN).

The anti-corruption agency had in June 2019 arraigned Wakil and four others at the Federal High Court, Maiduguri, Borno State.

That case was for alleged collection of $115million from former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, ahead of the 2015 presidential election.

Born on February 6, 1965, in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State, the law graduate from the University of Maiduguri, was Minister during the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

He was a member of the National Assembly and Vice Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (North East).

Wakil was the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives during the Fourth Republic. Dailypost
00:46

EFCC: Fake Chevron staff docked for N4.5m contract scam




The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned a fake Chevron Nigeria staff, Uguru Ozoemena Justus, before Justice Phoebe Msuan Ayua of the Federal High Court, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.

Justus was docked on a one-count charge of obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N4.5 million.

Between June 2019 and November 2019, Uguru allegedly defrauded a hotelier and ex-governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi, Edward Nkwegu, on the pretext of securing a contract for him at Chevron.

The offence is contrary to Section 1(1) (a) and punishable under Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.

The defendant pleaded “not guilty” to the charges preferred against him by the EFCC.

Nuradeen Shehu Ingawa, prosecution counsel, asked for a trial date. Daniel Uwadiegwu, the defence counsel, tabled an oral application for bail.

Justice Ayua granted Justus bail in the sum of N1 million and one surety who must be a responsible citizen with landed property within the jurisdiction.

The surety must deposit two passport photographs with the Court, while his residence must be verified by the EFCC.

The court adjourned the matter until March 23, for trial. Dailypost
23:32

NIMC: EFCC warns against selling of NIN



As Nigerians struggle to acquire the National Identity Number (NIN) from offices of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) across the country, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) have disclosed that some unscrupulous persons are cashing in on the excercise to induce enrollees to sell their NIN for a fee.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, who disclosed this in Abuja, explained that the buyers of the numbers are also trading with them to persons whose motives are anything but noble.

Clarifying that it is not legal to sell their NIN, Uwujaren warned that they stand the risk of vicarious liability for any act of criminality linked to their NIN.

“In other words, they risk arrest and prosecution for any act of criminality linked to their NIN whether or not they are directly responsible for such crimes,” Uwujaren said.

“The Commission warns members of the public against selling their NIN and to report anyone seeking to buy their NIN, to the nearest office of the EFCC or other law enforcement agencies.”

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01:50

Endsars: EFCC disowns lawyer who claims he resigned to Join protesters against police brutality and bad governance

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has disowned a lawyer who claimed he resigned from the agency to join protesters against police brutality and bad governance.


EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement said the claim was untrue.

“The EFCC wishes to inform the public that Akpan is not a staff of the Commission,” Uwajaren said.

“He merely served as a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member in the Port Harcourt zonal office of the Commission from November 2019 to October 16, 2020, when he completed his national service.


“He, therefore, could not have resigned from the EFCC to join the #End SARS Movement.

“The stunt by Akpan is nothing but crass opportunism. And, seeking to achieve his selfish objectives riding on the crest of the popular protests by the youth, clamouring for institutional reform in Nigeria, is a disservice to the EndSARS Movement.”

The EFCC spokesman also dispelled a claim by a group of hackers Anonymous that it attacked the anti-graft agency’s website at the weekend.

“Though there were attempts, over the weekend, to compromise the website by some cyber criminals the attacks were successfully repelled.” Guardianng
02:52

EFCC: Court jails teenager for N37.6m fraud


The Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja on Friday sentenced 21-year-old Paul Adesanya to 21 years’ imprisonment for defrauding an American-based woman, Mrs Oluwatoyin Akinwole, of the sum of N36.7m.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) also told Justice Mojisola Dada that Adesanya posted Akinwole’s nude pictures on the social media, and thereafter reported that she committed suicide by jumping over the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos in 2017.

The prosecuting counsel for the EFCC, Samuel Daji, said Adesanya acted contrary to sections 1(1) and 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud Act; as well as sections 278 and 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State.

In her judgment on Friday, Justice Dada convicted Adesanya of the three counts filed against him by the EFCC.

The judge said she was satisfied that the prosecution proved the charges beyond reasonable doubts. Punch
22:31

EFCC arraigns Sokoto banker, 2 others for fraud


The Sokoto Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned a banker, Ezeagbor Chijioke, and his accomplices, Anthony Nneji and Ibenegbu Francis, before Justice Muhammad Muhammad of the Sokoto State High Court on fraud.


The defendants were arraigned on four counts bordering on conspiracy, forgery, and obtaining money by false pretences.

The men were arrested after the EFCC received a complaint against them for alleged conspiracy to defraud one Olajide Misbahudeen of N1m.

The victim alleged that the suspects asked him to invest in the Central Bank of Nigeria Treasury Bills, and then allegedly forged and issued him a fake certificate.

The charges read in part, “That you, Ezeagbor Chijioke, while being the direct sales agent of First City Monument Bank Plc; Anthony Nneji and Ibenegbu Francis of the C.S Paper works Business Centre; on or about February 20, 2020, at Sokoto, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with intent to defraud, falsely obtained the total sum of N1m from one Olajide Misbahudeen, under the guise of investing the money in the Central Bank of Nigeria Treasury Bills, which you knew to be false, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006, and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”

The men pleaded not guilty.




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The prosecutor, S. H. Sa’ad, urged the court to remand the defendants in prison.

The defence counsel informed the court of a bail application for the men.

Justice Muhammad adjourned the matter till September 24, 2020, for commencement of trial and remanded them in prison. Punch
21:42

Kwara govt receives N147m recovered looted funds from EFCC


The Ilorin zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has handed over a draft of N147m looted funds recovered from some officials of the immediate past government in Kwara State.

Handing over the money to the state Commissioner for Finance and Planning, Florence Olasunbo Oyeyemi, the zonal head of the commission, Kazeem Oseni, said the sum of N138m was recovered from contractors who handled projects from the state internal revenue service, KWIRS.

He disclosed that another N9m was recovered from officials of the state Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB.

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The commission recently quizzed some officials of SUBEB including its suspended Permanent Secretary in Kwara, Alhaji Bayo Onimago, for alleged insertion of some ghost workers in its payroll.

Oseni, while handing over the money said, “The Acting Chairman of the commission, Umar Muhammed, approved that the sum of N147m recovered from suspected treasury looters be returned to the Kwara State government.

He said, “In our humble efforts to sanitize the system, we try to investigate all crimes committed in the society and bring the culprits to book.”

He said, “We are using this opportunity to tell you that the commission will recover more monies for both the state government and individuals who are cheated in one way or the other.”

Receiving the money on behalf of the state government, the Commissioner for Finance, commended the efforts of the anti-graft agency in the efforts to stamp out corruption and abuse of public office from the system.

She assured that the recovered money would be utilised for the public’s intended purpose. Dailypost

01:38

EFCC uncovers 35 illegal lottery firm operators



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has said it has uncovered 35 illegal lottery operators in the country.

The anti-graft agency, in a series of tweets on its verified Twitter handle on Thursday, noted that the operators were operating without core licences or permits and were uncovered during an attempt to end fraud-related tax in the lottery and betting industry in the country.


According to the EFCC, only 21 operators and 18 firms were licensed by the National Lottery Regulatory Commission to operate in the country.

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It stated, “The 35 illegal companies’ names were unravelled during an investigation that was carried out on the operations of lottery companies in the country, supported by a document from the National Lottery Regulatory Commission, based on the request of the EFCC.


“The illegal companies are Emerald Bets International Limited (Emerald Bet), Saharabets Sports Limited (Surebet247), Bimm Entertainment Limited (Easy Bet), Champion Superbet (Superbet), EbonyBet, 360Bets Limited, Bet Now Global Business Services Limited, Caryle Investment Limited (BetMunster), Camlake Limited (Wakabet) and West Africa Betting Company Limited (PMUbet).


“Others are Playwin International Limited (RukkaBet), Ana Lottery Limited, ParknBet Champion Bookmakers Nigeria Limited, Space Gaming, Fane International Sports Tour Limited (First Fane Sports), Zandalex International Nigeria Limited, Gidi Games, Uwin Bets Limited, Megawin Bets Limited, Vertical Bets and Gaming Limited, Smart Bet Limited (Power Bet), EasyGold Network (Awoof Bet), Melbet and 22Bet.


“Some others, which were discovered to be operating illegally, are LovingBet, LionBet, NetBet, Nairapower Bet, SupaBet, SportBet, KorectWin, 2SureBet, Betwin9ja and Western Sportbet Nigeria Limited.”

The agency, which noted that investigation was ongoing into the activities of the operators, said any one operating contrary to the relevant laws and guidelines would face the wrath of the law. Punch
01:11

Blogger behind fake tweet on EFCC cell arrested


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Port Harcourt Zonal Office, has arrested a blogger, Mr Dikeocha Chukwuebuka, for publishing a photograph of a crowded open cell on his Twitter handle.


Chukwuebuka had on his Twitter handle, @TheRealDayne, claimed that the crowded cell belonged to the Port Harcourt zonal office of the EFCC, an allegation that was denied by the anti-graft agency.

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Irked by the said false publication, the Zonal Head of the EFCC, Mr Usman Imam, while briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt on Thursday, said the suspect was picked up around 4pm on Wednesday on the premises of a new generation bank on Ada George Road, Port Harcourt.


Imam said the arrest was in fulfilment of the vow he made to track and apprehend the author of the malicious tweet.

He said the tweet caused a most embarrassing moment for the commission, adding that the fake news represented the opposite of what the EFCC stood for as far as care of detainees was concerned.


“I want to assure the suspect and indeed the media that the commission will follow through this investigation and ensure that justice is served in accordance with the law,” he said.

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Imam warned social media influencers to be circumspect in using information, which they had not verified in order to save the society from the ordeal of fake news.


A remorseful Chukwuebuka admitted his error in publishing the picture, which he said belonged to another agency.

He apologised to the EFCC and his followers for the false and misleading report. Punch
21:49

Another wanted FBI suspect arrested - EFCC



The long arms of the law has caught up with another United States Federal Bureau of Investigations suspect indicted for alleged involvement in internet fraud.



The Ilorin Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, announced the arrest of the 38-year-old Nigerian, Festus Akinyemi Abiona, Monday, whom it claimed had been on the wanted list for the past eight months over alleged fraud case before luck ran against him and was finally arrested in his hideout.

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The agency said Akinyemi was fished out Wednesday February 6,2020, at his duplex residence in Arepo, Ogun state despite refusing to step out of his house since he got wind of the EFCC/FBI case for past five months to avoid arrest, but as the slogan of the EFCC says, “wherever you are,we will get you.”


In the petition dated July 10, 2019, the FBI alleged that the suspect was involved in business email compromises (BEC)and other computer enabled fraud.

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Investigation into the case by the EFCC revealed that the person behind the business email compromise, is Festus Akinyemi Abiona and his syndicate members. Millions of naira have been traced to his bank accounts and some of the emails used in perpetrating the fraud have been taken over from the suspect.


The suspect according to the EFCC,on sighting the operatives of the anti-graft agency,flushed all his Sim cards into the toilet and destroyed all his Automated Teller machines cards (ATMs) in order to destroy evidence, and also refused to make statements since his arrest. Dailypost
20:20

EFCC scandalising me - Saraki tells court


Former Senate President and two-term Kwara State governor, Dr Bukola Saraki, has urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to dismiss a suit filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The suit seeks the permanent forfeiture of Saraki’s houses in Ilorin.



Saraki described the suit as an abuse of court processes and a move to scandalise him.

He argued that it was a ploy by the EFCC to review the July 6, 2018 decision of the Supreme Court
“discharging the applicant from culpability arising from the same money and houses, which are the subject matter of this action.”


The EFCC had, in the suit filed before Justice Rilwan Aikawa, claimed that the houses on Plots No. 10 and 11, Abdulkadir Road, GRA, Ilorin, Kwara State were acquired with proceeds of unlawful activities allegedly perpetrated by Saraki while he was the Kwara State governor between 2003 and 2011.


Justice Aikawa had on December 2, 2019 ordered the temporary forfeiture of the houses to the Federal Government.

The judge adjourned for Saraki to appear before him to give reasons why the houses should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.


In response, Saraki, through his lawyer, Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN), filed a preliminary objection, challenging the territorial jurisdiction of the court to entertain the suit.

Ogunwumiju said the new suit by the EFCC was an abuse of court processes because it was filed at a time when a suit on the same subject matter was still pending at the Federal High Court in Abuja.


According to him, Justice Taiwo Taiwo had on May 14, 2019 made an order for parties in the Abuja suit to stay action on the subject matter pending the determination of an originating motion on notice.


The ex-Kwara governor said the new EFCC’s suit was meant to “irritate, annoy and scandalise” him and urged Justice Aikawa to dismiss it.

The judge, on Tuesday, adjourned till February 5 to take arguments on Saraki’s objection.


The EFCC, in the suit, told the court that it received “a damning intelligence report, showing monumental fraud perpetrated in the treasury of the Kwara State Government between 2003 and 2011,” when Saraki was the governor of the state. Punch
23:29

EFCC: Sani trade words over $20,000 extortion allegation

Senator Shehu Sani has accused the Federal Government of attempting to silence him over his criticism of  the Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) regime.


But the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said the embattled former lawmaker had a case to answer for alleged involvement in extortion and name-dropping

Sani, who alleged that he had been framed,  insisted that “criminalising me or framing me will not silence me”.

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The People’s Redemption Party   chieftain  was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission December 31, 2019,  for allegedly using the name of the acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu,  to extort money from members of the public.


He was  said to have   demanded   $20,000 from  the owner of ASD Motors,  Alhaji Sani Dauda, to help him influence  cases at the EFCC and Supreme Court. Dauda  petitioned  the EFCC after the allegedly gave Sani $10,000.

The human rights activist, who represented Kaduna Central   in the Senate from 2015 to 2019, was also said to have demanded N4m  from    Dauda to bribe the  Chief Justice of Nigeria, Muhammad Tanko, and  four other judges to  influence the Supreme Court  to rule in his favour.

However, the CJN has since denied the allegation.


The anti-corruption body  on Wednesday searched   two homes and an office in Abuja belonging to the ex-lawmaker as  part of the  probe of the allegation of  extortion  levelled against him.

But in a statement on Friday, Sani claimed  the government  was  using his accuser through the EFCC to frame him.

Speaking for the first time on the extortion allegation, the   politician, a fiery critic of the government, maintained his innocence.


In  his  statement  to our correspondent via WhatsApp, Sani said,  “The allegation of ‘extortion’ against me is baseless, fact-less, unfounded, hollow and unsubstantial.

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Meanwhile, acting EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade, explained in a statement in Abuja on Friday, that Sani is currently facing criminal investigation, and is being detained ”in a very conducive environment based on a valid court order.”

The commission dismissed insinuations that Sani was held for being a critic of the President, stressing that those defending the ex-lawmaker were not conversant with his alleged crime. Punch
03:38

EFCC celebrates man who sells sachet water in corporate wear


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday celebrated a young man, who hawks sachet water wearing suit, Micheal Iloduba.


While announcing Iloduba as its “#YoungNLegit Pick of the Week” on Twitter, the anti-graft agency described him as a “determined guy.”

EFCC tweeted, “Meet Michael Iloduba @AuthenticMiche3, the guy who dresses in corporate wears to sell bottle water called Corporate Water. Not deterred by limitations around him, he is determined to make a difference.”

The agency also shared pictures of Iloduba selling sachet water and a Corporate Affairs Commission’s certificate showing that his business had been registered.


Illoduba, who is a National Diploma holder, sells pure water in major markets on Lagos Island – CMS, Apogbon, Mandilas, Balogun, Tinubu Square and Idumota.

In an interview with Punch, Illoduba said he wore suit to sell sachet water to attract more customers.

He said, “I was inspired to sell ‘pure water’ dressing corporate because we are in Lagos and for you to make it out of the entire stress, you have to package your business in a way that attracts more audience.

“So, I thought of selling pure water in a different way by dressing corporately to attract more customers to my business.


“I make about N2500 daily, selling about 30 bags of pure water and 10 to 15 packs of bottled water.”

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When asked how his parents felt seeing him selling sachet water, Iloduba added, “When I started this business, I could not tell my parents because I was scared that they might not agree to it.

“They later found out that I was selling pure water through one of my pictures on social media and my mother was quite happy with the fact that I distinguished myself.” Punch

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06:59

EFCC: N18bn retained in account linked to Mompha

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has filed 14 counts of fraud against Internet celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, alias Mompha, before the Federal High Court in Lagos.



In a copy of the charge sheet sighted by our correspondent on Friday, Mompha, among other things, was accused of procuring Ismalob Global Investment Limited to retain in its bank account an aggregate of N18.05bn.

According to Punch News, The EFCC said he ought to have reasonably known that the money formed part of proceeds of unlawful act, to wit: fraud.

The anti-graft agency said Mompha acted contrary to sections 18(c) and 15(2)(d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 and he was liable to be punished under Section 15(3) of the same Act.



It was learnt that Mompha will be arraigned before the Federal High Court in Ikoyi on Monday.

He was arrested by the EFCC in October at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on his way to Dubai.

The EFCC said it arrested him based on “actionable cross-border intelligence received from collaborative law enforcement agencies about his alleged involvement in the criminal activities.”



The anti-graft agency said, “Ismaila, who allegedly perpetrates his fraudulent activities under the guise of being a bureau de change operator, is always seen with his little son flaunting huge amount of foreign currencies on his social media platforms.

“Investigations have also revealed that Ismaila is only using the BDC business he jointly owned with his siblings as a decoy to launder his proceeds of crime.”
23:44

EFCC arraigns sacked Ecobank staff over alleged stealing


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Wednesday, arraigned a bank staff, Anieka Udoh for allegedly stealing $8,907 belonging to Majo-General Umaru Mohammed.



Udoh was made to appear before Justice Sherifat Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja.

Dailypost recalls that Udoh is also standing trial in a similar case before Justice Saliu Seidu of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren said this in a statement in Abuja.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge when read to him.



Upon the defendant’s plea, prosecution counsel, Kufre Uduak asked the court for a trial date and to remand the defendant in a Correctional Centre, pending the determination of the case.

But the defence counsel, O.J. Owoh told the court that a bail application had been filed and served on the prosecution on behalf of his client.

He, therefore, urged the court to admit the defendant to bail on liberal terms.



In his ruling, Justice Solebo granted the defendant bail in the sum of N2million and two sureties in like sum.

One of the sureties, he said must be resident in Lagos, with proof of residence.

He also adjourned the case to November 28, for commencement of trial and remanded the defendant in the Nigerian Correctional Service custody pending the perfection of his bail conditions.
06:32

EFCC arraigns FCMB Bank, staffs for alleged criminal negligence

The Makurdi Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Monday, arraigned the First City Monument Bank, FCMB, alongside two of its employees over alleged advanced fee fraud and criminal negligence.



According to Daily post, The suspected bank employees are Timothy Shoon, an account officer and Obende Thomas, head of operations.

The trio were made to appear before Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon of the Federal High Court, Makurdi, Benue State.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.

But the suspects reportedly pleaded not guilty to the charges.

It was on this ground that the prosecution counsel, G. G. Chia-Yakua asked the court for a trial date and for the defendants to be remanded in prison custody.



However, the Counsel to defendants, F.M.E. Nezan made an oral application for their bail on liberal terms.

In his ruling, Justice Olajuwon granted them bail in the sum of N1,000,000. 00 (One Million Naira) each, with one surety in like sum.

He also ordered that the sureties must come from reputable companies or banks and not below the level of the defendants.



The presiding Justice added that the sureties must also present a letter of identification from their employers to the court and must show evidence of tax clearance, as well as submit two recent passport photographs of themselves, while their addresses and documents presented to the court must be verified by the registrar and the prosecutor.

Also, the case was adjourned to December 10 for trial, while the defendants were remanded in a Correctional Centre, pending the perfection of their bail conditions.
01:56

N14bn loan: EFCC detains 16 Kwara LG chairmen


The Kwara State Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has detained 16 local government chairmen suspended by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.

They allegedly misappropriated N4bn loan and 10 per cent of the state’s internally generated revenue.
   

   
The local government chairmen arrested on Friday included Risikat Opakunle, Saidu Yaru Musa, Umar Belle, Ayeni Dallas, Fatai Adeniyi Garba, Lah Abdulmumeen, Raliat Funmi Salau, Aminat Omodara, Muyiwa Oladipo.

Others are, Oladipo Omole, Abdullahi Abubakar Bata, Saka Eleyele, Lateef Gbadamosi, Oni Adebayo Joseph, Omokanye Joshua Olatunji and Jibril Salihu.

   

    The EFCC in a statement by Head of its Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, said the commission gathered that the council chairmen, after securing the loans, held a meeting and decided that N100m of it be shared among themselves.

According to the EFCC, the council bosses had, on February 7, 2018, written to the Ilorin branch manager of Sterling Bank requesting a N4bn loan to pay the salary arrears of the State Universal Basic Education Board teachers, local government staff and the local government pensioners, while the provisions for N100m for council chairmen were not appropriated in the request.
   

   
It alleged that the council chairmen were also accused of diverting monthly 10 per cent of the internally generated revenue for their personal use, which was paid directly into their personal accounts.

The EFCC said the politicians were still being held in custody and might spend the weekend there.

It said they would be charged to court after the investigations had been concluded. Punch

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