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12:51

EFCC Invites late TB Joshua’s Disciples Over Alleged Looting Of Funds (Full List)




The crisis in the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) seems not to be ending anytime soon as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reportedly invited some disciples of the late founder, Prophet TB Joshua, over alleged financial fraud and diversion of the church’s funds.


It was gathered that the anti-graft agency invited the disciples who included Nigerian and foreign prophets and prophetesses of the church.


A letter released by the commission has directed the church to release the disciples for an interview through the Special Investigation Team (STI).


The Commander of EFCC in Lagos State, Ahmed Ghali, in the letter, said the disciples are being questioned for allegedly syphoning funds and breaking of the church’s vault.


The disciples reportedly invited by the Commission include Obasa Damilola Tinuola, Obasa Folake, Mosun Adeloju, Yakubu Abeni, Omoitoh Omoye, Adebola Olamide Morenike, Bousso Racine, Eugune Rademeyer, Cindy Elizabeth Widjaja, Fanny Elma Alfred, Angela Marie Brandt, Graham Nadine, Tonge Christopher, Catherine Ann Farr, Enrique Miguel, Olayinka Deborah Egbejobi, Mari-Anne Uchechi Ibe, David Omojevbe Joseph, Tonge Ruth, Polo Sandoval Allison.


A source who spoke with The Guardian on the incident, disclosed that the disciples who are close to the late prophet allegedly emptied a vault located in the church and also put up his private aircraft for sale.


“They have carried out huge fraud that has made many of them multi-millionaires since Baba’s death. Many of them are on the list of EFCC. They are up to 20. They seized the church immediately after the Prophet died in June and didn’t want his wife, Mrs Evelyn Joshua, to be part of the church. 


They have made themselves Overseers. They have established a governing council with some living in the prayer mountains. They went to the vault at night and used a Ghana-Must-Go bag to loot money. They also went to open the Emmanuel global network where they asked international partners to donate without the knowledge of Evelyn.”


The source added that the contact information on four of the late T.B Joshua’s mobile phones was wiped off weeks after his death.


“T.B Joshua’s phones were seized by some disciples for some time and when Mama was asking for his phones and it became an issue they returned the phones to Evelyn and wiped out both the memory and contacts in the phone. They had worked with Baba over the years and they are Prophet and Prophetess and people who travelled a lot with Baba before his death. Some of them are 50 years of age and some were asked to go in the past.”


Meanwhile, the wife of the late founder of SCOAN, Evelyn has been appointed as the leader of the church. Naijanews

06:51

Nigerian official reportedly commits suicide after EFCC invitation




A Nigerian government official, Christopher Orji, has reportedly committed suicide in Abuja.

Orji, 59, was an assistant director at the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA).

He was the agency’s Bioresource Centre coordinator in Langtang, Plateau State.

Orji’s body was found dangling with a rope tied to a ceiling fan at his residence in Federal Housing Authority Estate, Lugbe.

The police are investigating the circumstances surrounding his demise, Daily Trust quoted NABDA sources.

Orji died on the day he was expected to honour an invite by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

NABDA’s acting Head of Communications and Protocol, Nkiru Amakeze declined comment. Dailypost
01:25

Lady Arrested By EFCC Hours After Showing Off On Facebook, Jailed




A Nigerian lady identified as Deborah Okiemute who was arrested by the Economic for Financial Crime Commission hours after showing off on Facebook has been sentenced to three years in prison for internet fraud.

Naija News recall that Deborah, a Benue State University graduate was arrested shortly after making a post about herself, posed by the side of a flashy car and a designer bag whilst calling on guys with royal blood to link up with her.

According to reports, Justice Obiora Atuegwu Egwuatu of the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja convicted and sentenced Deborah Okiemute and Damisa Gideon (aka Captain Kim Lee) to various jail terms, having found them guilty of offences bordering on personation and internet fraud.

The charge against Damisa reads:

“That you, Deborah Okiemute, sometime in November 2020, at Makurdi, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did by concealment retain the control of the sum of Four Hundred and Seventy One Thousand Naira (N471,000.00) only, in account No. 0102333502, domiciled in Access Bank Plc belonging to you, being the proceeds of a criminal conduct on behalf of one Nelson Irobo, knowing that the money is as a result of criminal conduct by the said Nelson Irobo and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 17(a) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, 2004 and punishable under Section 17(b) of the same Act”.

The charge against Gideon read: 

 “That you, Damisa Gideon (aka Captain Kim Lee) sometime in May, 2020 at Makurdi, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court fraudulently impersonated one Kim Lee of the US Army Air Force Base from California via your email, kimlee9065@gmail.com and obtained the sum of Eleven Million Naira (N11,000,000.00) only, from one Kim Soo Yeon (A Chinese Citizen) and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(2)(b)(ii) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) (iv) of the same Act”.

 The defendants pleaded ‘guilty’ to their respective charges.

Delivering judgment, Justice Obiora said “from the totality of the evidence placed before the Court, the plea of guilt entered by the defendants as well as their statements where they confessed to the crime, the Court believes that the prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.”
 
Chukwuani Victoria is a fine-tune entertainment and lifestyle journalist who's passionate about storytelling. She holds a BSC in Biology and is also a certified Radio presenter with BRMC. She likes to read, research, hang out with her friends and play scrabbles. Naijanews
02:55

High Court Orders EFCC to Seize Nora Johnson’s Assets




A Federal High Court, Hon. Justice A. Lewis Allagoa of Lagos Division, has ordered the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) to take possession of all property owned by Ms Nora Johnson.


The anti-graft agency had received a petition over some infractions allegedly committed by Ms. Johnson in her former office.


It was learnt that Ms. Johnson was accused of over-invoicing on purchase of vehicles, inflating air ticket fares and more, and the amount in local and foreign currencies were in excess of N1 billion. This then prompted the interim forfeiture of some properties and bank accounts on the order of Justice A.M. Liman on February 16, 2021, following an application on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria by the EFCC.


However, on March 21, 2021, Ms Johnson and the other Respondents in the suit: Babajide Aremu Johnson, Olabose Ibrahim Falobi, Steve Nnamdi Izebu, Steve Ibem and Bakoliza Limited, went to court to suspend or stay execution on Justice Liman’s order.


They had sought an order to discharge the interim order of forfeiture of assets, an order discharging the final forfeiture, and any other orders as deemed fit by the court.


In his judgement, after hearing J.O. Adeyemi Counsel for the Applicant/Respondent and V.C. Nwokafor Counsel for the 1st, 2nd and 6th Respondent/Applicants, Justice Allagoa ordered that the motion of Ms. Johnson and the other Respondents dated March 12, 2021, is “hereby set aside”.


The judgement delivered on July 15, 2021 stated further: “That the order of Justice Liman stands in all its ramifications”, and “That the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) are entitled to take possession of all that property subject of the Order of my Lord A.M. Liman on 16th day of February, 2021”.


Ms Johnson then released a video which went viral, where she was seen wailing, gnashing her teeth, and making wild allegations against her former employers. Those who are aware of this unfortunate incident, believe that Ms Johnson’s display in the video was simply a calculated, underhand attempt to blackmail her former employers and garner sympathy for herself in the court of public opinion, on account of her melodramatic display which was nothing more than a last ditch attempt to escape liability, and prevent the Federal Government from taking possession of her assets purportedly acquired from the proceeds of fraud perpetrated against her former office, as was ordered by the court.


EFCC sources say her fellow conspirators have refunded over N400 million of the money allegedly misappropriated, proof of a prima facie case against her.

Discerning members of the public are therefore, wondering why she won’t prove her innocence in court, if indeed, she believes there is no case against her, or that she is being witch-hunted. However, Ms Nora Johnson has since recanted that she and co-conspirators, have repaid some funds.


The EFCC has confirmed that N507 million has been recovered from Ms Johnson and her co-conspirators, the Sierra Leonean woman involved in the case of the Billion Naira fraud against her former employers. It was gathered that while Ms Johnson refunded N100m on account of her involvement in the fraud to the EFCC, some of her co-conspirators in the years-long racket refunded N400 million, while another accused person refunded N7 million on behalf of Ms Johnson. According to the EFCC source, she reneged on paying the expected balance, which led to her present predicament. Thisdaylive 

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
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