N3.3bn Fraud: Fayose’s lawyer expresses displeasure over transfer of case to another Judge

One of the lawyers to Mr. Peter Ayodele Fayose, the former governor of Ekiti State, who is standing trial for alleged N3.3 billion, before a Federal High Court, Lagos, Mr. Olalekan Ojo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), today, said the Court’s Chief Judge, Justice Adamu Abdul-Kafarati, committed constitutional error for transferring the case to another judge for trial.  The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had commenced the trial of Fayose and his company, Spotless Limited, on an 11 count charge of alleged N3.3 billion fraud before Justice Cecilia Mojisola…

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I gave NNDC N3.6bn to ‘settle’ Niger-Delta Youths – EFCC witness

An Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) witness in the trial of Engineer Tuoyo Omatsuli, a former executive director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and three others, today, told a Federal High Court, Lagos, how he got a contract from the Commission and ended up paying the sum of N3.6 billion to a private account in the name of ‘settling the Niger Delta youths’ who have been harassing members of the Commission. The anti-graft agency had on November 8, 2018, docked Omatsuli alongside Don Parker Properties Limited, Francis…

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Money laundering: Gov. Udom fails to stop NBA president, Usoro’s trial

Justice Rilwan Aikawa of a Federal High Court, Lagos, today, dismissed an application filed by Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa-Ibom state challenging the court’s jurisdiction to entertain the charge slammed on the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Paul Usoro (SAN). Usoro is currently facing a N1.4 billion money laundering charge, filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before the court and in the charge name of Governor Udom’ alongside his commissioners and Account – General of the state were conspicuously mentioned.  Following the…

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PDP chieftain, 2 INEC officials rearraigned over N179.8m fraud

The Deputy National Chairman (South) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Yemi Akinwonmi alongside two officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were today, rearraigned before a Federal High Court, Lagos, on alleged N179.8 million fraud. The two INEC officials who were rearraigned by the Economic and Financial  Crimes Commission (EFCC) alongside Akinwommi are: Dickson Atiba and Ogunmodede Oladayo. The three defendants were first arraigned before Justice Sule Hassan, on July 30, 2018, during the court’s annual vacation, while they were granted bail by Justice (Professor) Chuka Austine Obiozor,…

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N650m fraud: EFCC to re-arraign ex FCT minister, Olajumoke, others

A Lagos Federal High Court has fixed June 11, for rearraignment of a former minister of the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT) Jumoke Akinjide, and others, charged with N650 million fraud. The charge is preferred against the defendants by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Akinjide was first arraigned before Justice Sule Hassan, alongside two chieftains of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ayo Adeseun and Olarenwaju Otiti, on an amended 24 counts charge bordering on the alleged offence.  They had each pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted…

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Court adjourns FG suit seeking final forfeiture of Patience Jonathan’s $5.7m, N2.4bn till May 24

A Lagos Federal High Court, today, further adjourned hearing of a suit by the federal government of Nigeria seeking final forfeiture of the sum of $5.7 million and N2. 421, 953, 522.71 said to be in some accounts belonging to the former first lady, Patience Jonathan till May 24. The court presided over by Justice Cecilia Mojisola Olatoregun, had on April 26, 2017, ordered the temporary forfeiture of the monies, sequel to an ex-parte application by Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the order which was affirmed by both Court of Appeal and Supreme…

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EFCC arraign Ecobank, staff for defrauding Army General of $60,000, N9.2m 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), today, arraigned Ecobank Nigeria Plc and one of its employees, Mr Anieka Udoh before a Federal High Court, Lagos, for allegedly defrauding a Major-General in the Nigerian Army, of the sum of $60,000. The victim of the alleged fraud is Major-General Mohammed Umoru. Ecobank and its employee were slammed with on a five count-charge of Advance Fee  Fraud and other fraud related offence,  popularly called 419. The defendants were arraigned before Justice Saliu Saidu. The EFCC in the charged marked FHC/L/55c/19, alleged that…

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EFCC seeks finally forfeiture of N426.7m in Army General’s account

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has asked a Federal High Court, Lagos, for the final forfeiture of the total sum of N426.704,820.88, linked to one Brigadier-General John Onimisi Ozigi, to the federal government of Nigeria, for been proceeds of unlawful act. The said sum was said to be hidden in a company, Diamond Head Ventures and Development Company Limited’s accounts with numbers 1010399694 and 4010007344, domiciled in Zenith Bank Plc and Polaris Bank respectively. It would be recalled that the court presided over by Justice Sule Hassan, had…

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N6.9bn Fraud: I was Investigated for financial crimes  -Obanikoro

A former Minister of State for Defence , Senator Musiliu Obanikoro Tuesday, admitted before a Federal High Court in Lagos, that he was investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for being privy to illicit transfer of funds. Obanikoro made the statement while giving evidence in the criminal trial of immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, facing charges of N6.9 billion fraud.  Fayose was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on October 22, 2018, alongside a company Spotless Investment Limited, on 11 counts.…

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Due Process: Court fixes Mar. 11 for Judgment In criminal case against IoD president, others

A Federal High Court, Lagos, today, fixed March 11, for judgment in a criminal charge filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against Mr. Samuel Akinyemi Akeju, President of Institute of Directors (IoD), and two others. The court presided over by Justice Ibrahim Nasir Buba, fixed the date for judgment, after the prosecution and counsel to the defendants had argued their final written address. Akeju alongside the Secretary of Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Plc (NSPM), Mrs Abieyuwa Aideyan and a limited liability company, First Grant Nigeria Limited, were…

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