Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja on Friday remanded Kayode Odukoya , Managing Director, FirstNation Airways over N1.7billion fraud case. Odukoya was arraigned by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, on a four-count charge bordering on forgery, use of false information, perjury and stealing to the tune of N1, 741, 994, 962.04 (One Billion, Seven Hundred and Forty- one Million, Nine Hundred and Ninety -four Thousand, Nine Hundred and Sixty -two Naira, Four Kobo). The defendant allegedly forged the Memorandum of Loss of Lagos State Certificate of Occupancy in respect of a property located in Lagos, so it could be acted upon as genuine. One of the counts reads: “That you, Kayode Odukoya, on or ab
Operatives of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday met with Delta State governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Chief Judge of Delta State, Justice Marshall Umukoro as well as State Commissioner for Police, Muhammed Mustaf. The meeting was part of the familiarization tour by officers of the Benin Zonal office of the Commission to States under the zone. Speaking during the visit, Delta State governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa called on Nigerians to support the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the fight against corruption in order to secure the nation’s economy. The governor stated this when he received officers of the Benin Zonal office of the Commission who paid him a courtesy visit in his office. He said: “Partnering with the EFCC and other
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has obtained a warrant to arrest the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Leo Ogor. Ogor who just returned to the country after his medical leave is being investigated over allegations of some contract scam hanging on his neck. It was gathered that the anti-graft agency is set to declare Ogor wanted for refusing to honour series of invitations for over a year. According to Punch source at the EFCC; “We have been inviting the lawmaker to explain his role in the scam since last year but he has refused to come forward. Rather, he sent word to us saying he would not be able to come until December. “We have therefore obtained a warrant for his arrest and we will declare him wanted soon.” However, Ogor replied
A lecturer with the college of medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus Dr. Theophilus Akachidelu Udeani has been arraigned over on one count charge that borders on obtaining the sum of N3,000,000 (Three Million Naira ) under false pretences. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC ,Enugu Zonal Office on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 arraigned the lecturer before Justice A.M Liman of the Federal High Court, Enugu. Udeani, who is the Vice Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, UNEC chapter, was alleged to have sold two plots of land belonging to the union at Isiagu Ugwuaji-Awkunanaw, Enugu to a professional colleague on the pretense that the said land were not encumbered which later turned out to be false. Investigation revealed that the
A Federal High Court in Abuja has ruled that the Senate is conferred with the authority to ensure the choice of “only suitable and credible persons for appointment to the office”. The court gave the ruling in determining the suit challenging the Senate’s authority to deny an appointee to the office of Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) under the EFCC Act. A copy of the judgement obtained by Channels Television on Thursday revealed that Justice John Tsoho gave the ruling on January 15, 2018. A lawyer Mr Oluwatosin Ojamo had filed a suit in January 2017, questioning whether the Senate President and the Senate can reject a valid appointment made by the President as it relates to Acting ECFF Chairman Mr Ibrahim Magu, in accordance with the pr
An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has dismissed an application of alleged breach of fundamental rights brought against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission by former first lady, Patience Jonathan. Mrs. Jonathan had asked the court to compel the EFCC to pay N2 billion for the alleged abuse of her fundamental rights. The application, which was filed on June 30, 2017 by Mrs. Jonathan’s lawyers, claimed an abuse of the applicant’s rights on account of the fact that accounts belonging to Mrs. Jonathan had been frozen by the commission. But in a judgement delivered by Justice John Tsoho, the Newsguru reports that the court said there were three issues seeking determination regarding the matter: “Whether the application is not an abuse of the court process; whether
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), has arrested and detained the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, for alleged fraud to the tune of N223m. Mr. Lawal is detained in the Abuja headquarters of the anti-graft agency where he will face investigators over his role in the controversial contracts, ALEDEH is reporting. The former SGF was removed by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2017 following allegations that he diverted aid funds intended for the humanitarian crisis in North-east Nigeria.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested the younger sister to Mrs. Patience Jonathan, the wife of the immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan, over suspicious payments of N3bn made into her many accounts The accounts, with a combined balance of N3bn, are in Skye Bank, Stanbic IBTC, Diamond Bank and Ecobank. It was learnt that the suspect, Esther Oba, was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Monday shortly after returning from Dubai with her husband and three children. Mrs. Oba first came under the EFCC radar in 2016 when the commission was investigating Mrs. Jonathan. The commission had discovered that an account with Oba’s Bank Verification Number bearing Mrs. Jonathan signature had a balance of $429,381.87 and subsequently fr
Innocent Chukwuma, CEO, Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited, has filed a N200 billion lawsuit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The lawsuit was filed at the Enugu High Court by Joseph N. Mbadugha of McCarthy Mbadugha & Co, counsel to Innocent Chukwuma. Chukwuma is suing the EFCC for defamation, malicious falsehood and unlawful imprisonment. The Innoson boss had been arrested by the capital market and insurance fraud unit of the EFCC on December 19, claiming that he resisted arrest and used forged documents to get tax waivers, Independent had reported. Chukwuma maintained that at no time did he receive an invitation or was invited by the EFCC or was there any time he jumped an administrative bail granted by the EFCC, his spokesperson, Cornel Osigwe,
Hundreds of students from the Niger Delta region have protested the continued trial of former militant leader, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The students want the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency to quash all charges preferred against Tompolo, saying that though the trial are politically motivated, Tompolo has maintains his support for national security. Some of the placard bore by the students read in parts; "Tompolo is not guilty. "Tompolo is a prominent builder of the future of youths in Nigeria", "EFCC must drop all charges against Tompolo", "Though politically prosecuted, Tompolo maintains his support for national security," among others The students who were drawn from vari...