JUDGE FACING 81MIL FRAUD CHARGES SAYS TRIAL JUDGE IS BIASED

BY OLUGBENGA SOYELE, Lagos – Suspended judge of the Federal High Court, Bayelsa Division, Justice Hyeladzira Ajiya Nganjiwa, yesterday, asked Justice Adedayo Akintoye of the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere to hand off his ongoing trial over alleged unlawful enrichment. Justice Nganjiwa, who made the request through his counsel, Chief Robert Clarke (SAN), accused the trial judge of bias in favour of the prosecution. The embattled judge is asking in the alternative, order dismissing the charge which he said constitutes double jeopardy against him. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission…

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2 CIVIL SERVANTS SENTENCED TO 105 YEAR JAIL TERM FOR FRAUD

A Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Jabi on Monday sentenced two civil servants — Mohammed Audu and Yusuf Ayodeji — to 105-year imprisonment, for fraudulent activities. The convicts, who were procurement officers in the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in July 2016. Audu was arraigned on 10 counts, while Ayodeji faced five counts, both bordering on conspiracy, abuse of office and awarding contracts to companies in which they had interests, among others. The convicts were brought pursuant…

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MAN POSES AS SPIRIT TO DEFRAUD ANOTHER MAN OF 20MIL NAIRA, BAGS 77 YRS JAIL TERM

EFCC, today November 6th, 2017 secured the conviction of one Mohammed Yusuf before Justice Zainab Bage Abubakar of the Federal High Court, Gusau, Zamfara State. . The convict was sentenced to 7 years’ imprisonment on each of the eleven count charge preferred against him by the EFCC. Yusuf had defrauded one Ya’u Mohammed to the tune of N20million between November 2012 and January 2013 in a classic advance fee fraud scheme. . Posing as a ‘spirit’ named ‘Asmau’, based in Niger Republic, the convict was able to convince the complainant…

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2 MEN ARRESTED FOR IMPERSONATING AMBODE, ATTEMPTING 50MIL FRAUD

For allegedly impersonating Lagos Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode in a text message and attempting to commit N50m fraud, two men — Rilwan Jamiu and Balogun Oyewole — were on Monday remanded at Kirikiri Prisons. Jamiu and Oyewole are facing a three-count bordering on attempting to commit a felony and obtaining money by false pretences at an Ikeja High Court. The duo denied the charges. According to the prosecutor, Mr Adebayo Haroun, the duo committed the offences at 12.52 p.m. on February 10, 2016 at Block 11, State Treasury Office, Ministry of…

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3 ARRAIGNED FOR DUPING AND RAPING A LADY

Three suspected fraudsters have been arrested and charged before a Lagos court for obtaining N600,000 from a lady and gang raping her in the process. The suspects were Chibueze Osuji, 37, Lawrence Nwogu, 44 and Anthony Nwadike. The incident happened at Arida area of Idimu, Lagos, PM Express reports. The trio initially accosted their victim who was on her way to church, took her to an undisclosed location were they first defrauded and then raped her. The victim was accosted by a woman who identified herself as Prophetess Patience Adams,…

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NIGERIAN STUDENT IN THE US SENT TO JAIL FOR 4 YRS OVER 3.7MIL DOLLARS FRAUD

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja A Nigerian student living in the United States, Amechi Amuegbunam, has been sentenced to 46 months in prison for perpetrating fraud to the tune of $3.7m. Amuegbunam, 30, was also ordered to pay $615,555.12 in restitution for his role in a sophisticated email phishing scam otherwise known as Business Email Compromise that caused $3.7m loss to US companies. The convict and other individuals were said to have between November 2013 and August 2015 sent fraudulent emails to companies in the Northern District of Texas and elsewhere containing…

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HOW JONATHAN’S AIDE, DUDAFA LAUNDERED 5.1 BIL FOR PATIENCE JONATHAN, COURT TOLD

A prosecution witness, Orji Chukwuma, in the ongoing trial of a former Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, has told Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, how Mr. Dudafa allegedly laundered several billions of Naira for a former First Lady, Patience Jonathan. Dudafa is standing trial alongside Joseph Iwuejo, his ex-account officer, who allegedly aided him to perpetrate the fraud. Messrs. Dudafa and Iwuejo, who also claimed to be ‘Taiwo Ebenezer’ and ‘Olugbenga Isaiah’, between June 2013 and June 2015,…

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NATIVE DOCTOR SWINDLES 72-YR OLD WOMAN 500K OVER LOVE PORTION, SENT TO JAIL

CYRIACUS IZUEKWE A 50-year old retired Customs officer turned native doctor, Akin Babalola, has been convicted and handed two years imprisonment without an option of fine for defrauding a 72-year old woman, Mrs Dinah Grace over ‘love portion’. The convict had alleged that the victim paid him N500,000 to prepare ‘love portion’ in order to win back her estranged husband after they had separated for some years. However, the presiding Magistrate, Mrs J.O.E Adeyemi found his claim spurious, declared him guilty of fraud and sentenced him accordingly. The Osun State-born…

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POPULAR ENUGU PASTOR REMANDED IN PRISON FOR FRAUD

A popular cleric in Enugu State, Bishop Ginika Obi, has been remanded in prison after being arraigned for conspiracy and Advance Fee Fraud. Obi was remanded at the Enugu Maximum Prison after his arraignment before Justice A. Liman of the Federal High Court. The case was adjourned to November 1 and 2nd. The Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ebere Amaraizu, said that Bishop was charged for conspiracy and Advance Fee Fraud. He was alleged to have, along with other suspects now at large, defrauded some victims with a…

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BUSINESSMAN ARRAIGNED FOR DEFRAUDING BANK 335MIL NAIRA

Ojoma Kizito A 47-year-old businessman, Henry Ekuase, has been brought before an lkeja Magistrate’s Court, Lagos State, for alleged fraud. The police said Ekuase fraudulently obtained the sum of N335m from a Union Bank branch at Marina Stallion Plaza on the Lagos Island. PUNCH Metro learnt that Henry had acquired the sum as a loan from the bank to trade in beverages. He was arraigned on Monday on three counts bordering on false pretences and fraud to which he pleaded not guilty. The police prosecutor, Inspector N. Peter, said Henry committed…

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