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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N1.4bn fraud: Court vacate arrest order against Akwa-Ibom officials 

Justice Mohammed Aikawa of a Federal High Court in Lagos, today, vacated the Bench warrant issued against three officials of Akwa-Ibom state government and one, Margaret Ukpe, who are named in alleged N1.4 billion fraud against the President of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Paul Usoro (SAN) This was sequel to the granting of an application dated March 4, 2019, asking that the Bench warrant be set aside.  The court had on March 1, 2019, upon a request by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), ordered the arrest of the…

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Again, Court adjourns hearing of criminal charge against Ex-NIA DG, wife

A Federal High Court, Lagos, today, further adjourned a criminal charge against former director general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Ayo Oke and his wife Folashade, over $205 million crime concealment.  The defendants are charged before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on counts of Money Laundering, fraud, concealment of crime proceeds, and criminal breech of trust.  The case which was earlier scheduled for arraignment of the defendants, was today, further adjourned to a date that will be communicated to parties, as the court did…

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How ministers fraudulently transfered N1.5bn from Ministry’s account to fund Jonathan’s campaign 

An investigator with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC )  Shiabu Shehu on Monday told a Federal High Court, Lagos, how two ex-Ministers and others transferred the sum of N 1.5 billion from the Impress account of Ministry of External Affairs with Central Bank of Nigeria ( CBN ) to fund political campaign of former President Goodluck Jonathan, in 2015. Shehu who was the third EFCC’s witness in the ongoing trial of former Minister of State for Finance, Mrs. Esther Nenadi Usman under Jonathan, former Minister of Aviation,…

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Looters’ list: Court dismisses contempt suit against Lai Mohammed

Justice Rilwan Aikawa of a Federal High Court, Lagos, today dismissed a contempt application filed by a former Minister of State for Finance, Mrs. Esther Nenadi Usman, seeking to commit the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed to prison for the inclusion of her name in the ‘looters’ list’ he released to the public. Justice Aikawa described the application as a distraction which could interfere with the speedy determination of the matter. Mrs. Usman, who is facing allegations of money laundering brought against her and a former Minister of Aviation,…

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N2.2bn fraud: Court fixes Nov. 12 for  hearing of final forfeiture suit against Amosu                               

A Federal High Court, Lagos, Tuesday, fixed November 12, to hear a motion, seeking final forfeiture to the federal government, of the sum of N2.2 billion recovered from a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu. Justice Mojisola Olatoregun had issued an interim order of forfeiture of the sum on June 14, following an exparte motion filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Joined as respondents in the suit are Amosu, and a company, Solomon Enterprises Limited. The EFCC had argued that the sums were reasonably…

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Court fixes Nov. 12 for adoption of written addresses in N1.6bn Dudafa, other’s fraud trial

Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed November 12 as the date for parties to adopt their written addresses in the trial of a former Senior Special Assistant to ex-President Gooluck Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, Dr. Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, over alleged N1.6 billion fraud. The date was fixed following the conclusion of cross-examination of Dudafa’s co-accused, Iwejuo Joseph, by lawyer to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Rotimi Oyedepo. At yesterday’s proceedings, a video clip showing Dudafa and his co-accused being interrogated by an official…

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Court dismisses ex-Jonathan’s aide, Dudafa, other’s no-case-submission over N1.6bn fraud

Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court, Lagos, today, told the Dr. Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, who is charged before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on alleged N1.6 billion fraud, to open his defence against the alleged financial crime. Justice Idris ordered Dudafa, a Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, alongside his co-accused,  Iwejuo Joseph Nna, to open their defence to the allegation, while delivering ruling on no-case-submission applications, filed before the court by the duo. In dismissing the no-case-submission filed by Dudafa and Iwejuo,…

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Court sentences 10 oil bunkers to 12 years imprisonment

A Federal High Court, Lagos, on Monday August 6, convicted a vessel, MV Peace alongside its ten crew, for conspiracy and unlawful dealing in  200 metric tons of petroleum product. The court presided over by Justice Mohammed Idris after pronouncing the vessel and its crew guilty of the three counts charge brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), sentenced each of the vessel’s crew to a total of 12 years imprisonment, while ordered that the vessel, MV Peace and the stolen petroleum product be forfeited to…

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EFCC arraigns three INEC officials over alleged N179.8m fraud

The Economic ad Financial Crimes Commissione (EFCC), on Monday July 30, arraigned three staff of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before a Federal High Court. Lagos, on alleged fraud of N179. 8 million. The three accused who are from Ogun State INEC office are: Yemi Akinwonmi, Dickson Atiba and Ogunmodede Oladayo. They were arraigned before Justice Sule Hassan led-court on an eight count-charge bordering on conspiracy, but befitting from proceeds of crime, receiving various cash sums without going through financial institutions and accepting various cash sums exceeding amount authorized by…

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