N1.4bn Fraud: EFCC calls first witness against NBA president, Usoro

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission called its first witness on Wednesday in the money laundering trial of the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr Paul Usoro (SAN). Usoro is being prosecuted before a Federal High Court, Lagos, for allegedly laundering N1.4bn belonging to Akwa Ibom State. The witness, Udom Idongesit, a relations manager at the Aka Road Zenith Bank branch in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, mounted the witness box on Wednesday after Justice Rilwan Aikawa dismissed an application by the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel,…

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Covenant University lecturer docked over N141.6m fraud

A Senior IT lecturer at Covenant University, Otta, Ogun State, Owolo Onorouiohene Dan, was on Monday, arraigned before a Federal High Court, Lagos, on alleged fraud of N141. 632, 416.65 million. Owolo was arraigned before the court presided over by Justice Saliu Saidu, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on a three counts charge bordering on the alleged fraud. EFCC in a charge marked FHC/L/202c/19, alleged that the defendant committed the offence between December, 2017 and March, 2019. The charged which was filed by Rotimi Oyedepo stated that…

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Belgore tells court how N450m received for 2015 election was shared to security agents, others

Mr. Dele Belgore (SAN) has narrated to a Federal High Court, Lagos, how parts of the sum of N450 million he allegedly received from the former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Madueke, during 2016 general election, was shared to the Police, Army, Department of State Security (DSS) and others. Belgore alongside Professor Abubakar Sulaiman, a former Minister of National Planning, are standing trial before the court over N450 million fraud. The duo are being prosecuted by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a nine-count charge bordering on the alleged offences. They,…

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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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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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