NJC sacks Justices Ajumogobia, Agbadu-Fishim

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26 judges face probe Judge to refund 2-year salary over age falsification   The National Judicial Council (NJC) yesterday recommended the dismissal from office of Justice R. N. Ofili-Ajumogobia of the Federal High Court and Justice James T. Agbadu-Fishim of the National Industrial Court (NIC) of Nigeria. The Council, under the chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, arrived at the decision to sack the two judges at its 87th Meeting which was held on October 3rd. Also, the NJC ordered Justice Joshua E. Ikede of the…

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Fayose to Magu: You have personal hatred against me

Outgoing Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose has accused the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu of harbouring “unprovoked personal hatred and malice” against him. Fayose who was reacting to the commission’s request to appear before it on Thursday, September 20, 2018, said he would not honour such invitation before October 16 when his tenure as governor would expire. In the letter, which was dated September 14, the Ekiti governor who also doubles as Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum, said to do…

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BUHARI MISFIRED, MAGU INCOMPETENT–NBA, SANs

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has come under attack from lawyers for accusing some members of the inner Bar of frustrating the anti-corruption war by helping corrupt politicians take advantages of the loopholes in the laws. The EFCC’s boss had in a piece titled, ‘Need for Ethical Reforms as NBA Conference Begins’, berated the Senior Advocates of Nigeria who are taking advantage of their expertise to abuse the country’s laws. He lamented that the silks were putting their know-how at the disposal…

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Account freezing: A’Ibom slams N50bn suit on EFCC

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Akwa Ibom State Government has filed N50 billion lawsuit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State over the freezing of its account recently. In the Writ of Summons marked FHC/07/CS/13/18, other defendants alongside EFCC are: Attorney General of the Federation, Zenith Bank Plc., Skye Bank Plc. and the United Bank for Africa Plc. The court is asked to determine whether the accounts of Akwa Ibom State government held with banks or financial institutions fall within the financial crimes…

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Defection: We’re still prosecuting Akpabio’s alleged fraud case –Magu

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…says commission obtained 146 convictions in 7 months     The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has denied speculation that the commission had dropped all alleged corruption charges against the former Akwa Ibom State Governor, Senator Godswill Akpabio. Magu, who spoke at a stakeholders’ meeting organised by veteran media practitioners on Thursday in Kano, said those who defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) could not be exonerated, saying, “such rumours are concocted by unpatriotic Nigerians to create bad names for the…

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EFCC re-opens probe of N21.7bn IPP project

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reopened its investigation into a N21.74 billion Independent Power Plant (IPP) project in Oghara, Delta State. The contract for the project was awarded by the Delta State Government to an indigenous firm, Davnotch Nigeria Limited, on June 23, 2009 for the supply and installation of two Rolls Royce Trent Gas Turbine Generators to boost power generation and distribution in the state. It had an initial contract term of 60 per cent down payment and completion period of 24 months. On June 24,…

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Some Nigerian banks almost collapsing — Magu

Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has said some Nigerian banks were already on the verge of collapse due to the activities of unscrupulous individuals. Mr Magu also asked banks to provide a list of unscrupulous customers ahead of the 2019 general elections. A statement by the EFCC Spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, quoted Mr Magu as saying that the move would help curb the level of corruption in the country. According to the statement, Mr Magu said this in Lagos on Tuesday during a…

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Pastor held for N1.8bn contract scam

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Officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested a fake pastor, James Ezekiel, for allegedly defrauding an unsuspecting victim of N1,330,000 by deceiving him to enlist as one of the “financiers” of a spurious contract in the sum of N1,800,000,000. He was arrested by Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the EFCC. The Head, Media and Publicity of EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said Ezekiel, a purported “Presiding Pastor of One Touch Power Ministry,” Agudama, Epie, Bayelsa State, allegedly claimed to have won a contract for the roofing of a…

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EFCC has recovered N500 billion – Magu

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said it recovered a total of N500 billion between 2015 and 2018. This was as the EFCC further noted that 486 convictions were secured during the period under review. Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, made the disclosure at the commissioning ceremony of the Commission’s Head office. President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated the ultra-modern office complex. “From January to date, we have secured 89 convictions. We have secured 486 convictions in two and half years. “So far, we have recovered over…

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Unending battle over Patience Jonathan’s $29m, N12.7bn

Is former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan the owner of $29 million and N12.7 billion? If yes, why does Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seek to forfeit Jonathan’s $29 million and N12.7 billion? AKEEM NAFIU and TUNDE OYESINA report   For former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, the battle over $29 million and N12.7 billon has begun. While the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is rooting for final forfeiture of the funds, describing it as proceeds of fraud, Patience Jonathan insisted that the funds were from genuine sources.…

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