EFCC RE-ARRAIGNS JUSTICE AJUMOGOBIA AND OBLA

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday re-arraigned a Judge of the Federal High Court, Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Godwin Obla, over alleged money laundering charges. EFCC charged Ofili-Ajumogobia and Obla on 18 counts bordering on conspiracy, unlawful enrichment, retention of crime proceeds and money laundering. The defendants are standing trial before Justice Rilwan Aikawa. Both defendants pleaded not guilty to all counts of the charge. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the defendants were first charged before an Ikeja Division of the High Court, which…

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LAGOS LAW FIRM ALUKO & OYEBODE REACTS TO MONEY LAUNDERING ALLEGATION

Davidson Iriekpen A leading law firm, Aluko & Oyebode, has dismissed the allegation of money laundering levelled against its Chairman, Mr. Gbenga Oyebode, on his role in the establishment of Nigeria SEZ Investment Company Limited, a special purpose public-private partnership entity initiated by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment. It noted that at no time was any money laundering allegation made against Oyebode, any of its partners or AO Secretarial Services Limited by the agencies of the federal government. In a press statement released in Lagos at the…

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EFCC SEEKS TRANSFER OF FAYOSE’S MONEY LAUNDERING CASE TO ANOTHER JUDGE

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has written to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, seeking the transfer of the trial of the immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, from Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos to another judge. The EFCC before now, has called 10 out of the 14 witnesses listed in the trial, which started last year November and had enjoyed accelerated hearing. In a petition dated March 21, 2019 and addressed to the Honourable Chief Judge of…

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SUSPECTED RITUALIST CAUGHT WITH HUMAN HANDS IN EKITI

A young man was apprehended yesterday with two human hands in a polythene bag in Ijero Ekiti area of Ekiti state. He is suspected to be a ritualist. It was gathered that on Monday, a robbery gang sent a letter to the town that they were coming to rob the residents, and due to that message, police officers and plain-clothed detectives have been patrolling round the town to stop and search anybody suspicious. It was during this stop and search process that the suspect identified as Nifemi Opeloyeru was found…

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NIGERIAN BANKS BECOMING MONEY LAUNDERING INSTITUTIONS SAYS MAGU

[FILE PHOTO] Ibrahim Magu, Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission The Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has declared that banks were being turned into fraud and money laundering institutions in Nigeria. The EFCC boss said some bankers give cover to fraudsters, corrupt politicians and foreign nationals to operate, adding that recent discovery by the Commission showed that some foreign nationals sponsor terrorism through banks in the country. Magu stated this yesterday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, during a meeting with officers of banks in the South-South…

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