EFCC arraigns oil marketer over N45m fraud

John Chikezie       The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Thursday arraigned an oil marketer, Mohammed Babagana Alkali before an Ikeja Special Offences Court, Lagos over an alleged N45 million fraud. Alkali was charged alongside his companies; The Million Oil and Gas Limited and Yafandi Oil and Gas Limited. The oil marketer and his companies were docked on a 26-count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery, obtaining money by false pretences and retaining a stolen property. The EFCC prosecutor, Joy Amahian, told the court that the defendant used his two companies…

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EFCC re-arraigns Ikuforiji, aide for N673m fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has re-arraigned a former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji and his aide, Oyebode Atoyebi, for alleged laundering of N673 million at a Federal High Court in Lagos. They were re-arraigned yesterday on a 54-count charge bordering on the alleged offence before Justice Mohammed Liman. Upon the reading of the charge to them, they, however, pleaded not guilty to all the counts. Afterwards, EFCC’s lawyer, E. E. Iheanacho, sought for a trial date and asked that the defendants…

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EFCC raids Zamfara INEC office, recovers N65m

The Sokoto Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday carried out an operation at the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Zamfara State leading to the recovery of N65,548,000. The money in higher denominations of Naira notes was recovered from two fire proof safes during a search in the offices of the head of accounts and cashier of INEC in the state. “The operation was sequel to a petition by an ad hoc staff of the electoral body, alleging that officials of the…

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Employee compensation: Reps threaten to drag employers to EFCC

The leadership of the House of Representatives has threatened to refer employers of labour who default in remitting the statutory contribution into the Employee Compensation Scheme to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The House also threatened to prosecute all employers who forged documents, including receipts and certificates issued by the fund. Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila issued the threat while declaring open the investigative hearing into the non-remittance of contributions into the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) by federal, state and local government parastatals, public corporations and companies from…

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Ekiti contractors deny petitioning EFCC over SUBEB accounts

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Contractors working with the Ekiti State Government have denied the allegation that they were behind the secret petitions leading to the freezing of the operational accounts of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB). The group under the auspices of Ekiti SUBEB Contractors Association, said though the board was hugely indebted to members on contracts executed, but insisted that would not influence their decision to petition the anti graft agency. Acting on a petition a few weeks back, operatives of the EFCC, had placed restriction order on SUBEB accounts to…

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Fake lawyer impersonates EFCC, tears statement

The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a 53-year-old man, Muhammed Bolaji Abdulraheem for allegedly parading himself as a lawyer and obtaining money under false pretence. Abdulraheem was accused of using dubious means to defraud his client, Mallam  Yusuf Bello, of N300,000. Bello in his petition to the EFCC, which was assigned to Counter Terrorism and General Investigations Section of the Commission, alleged that Abdulraheem recovered the said amount from his debtor and claimed that the money was in the custody of the…

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EFCC arrests bank’s agent over N137m alleged fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has announced the arrest of a sales agent of Fidelity Bank Plc, one Mr. Kehinde  Agbabiaka, over alleged diversion of N137 million. He was alleged to have diverted the huge cash from a customer’s personal and corporate account in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. The Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said operatives of the Ibadan zonal office apprehended the suspect following a petition the bank’s Regional Security Officer and the Cluster Control and Compliance Manager. “The Economic and Financial…

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EFCC arrests 13 Internet fraud suspects

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested 13 suspected internet fraudsters in Abuja, and Ilorin in Kwara State. Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, who made the disclosure in a statement yesterday, said eight of the suspects were apprehended at the Life Camp area of Abuja, while the remaining five were nabbed by operatives at a location in Ilorin. He said: “Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abuja and Ilorin Zonal Offices, have arrested 13 suspected internet fraudsters in separate operations.…

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EFCC arrests graduate over $4m Internet fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, has announced the arrest of one John Ani Chukwuebuka, over his alleged involvement in computer-related fraud to the tune of $4 million. The disclosure was made in a statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren. “The suspect, a 30-year-old graduate, was arrested on August 5, 2019 in the Jakande-Lekki Area of Lagos during a collaborative operation by the EFCC and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI. “Chukwuebuka, alongside his conspirators, Idowu Adetokunbo Taiwo…

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