FG ASKS EFCC TO SUBMIT PATIENCE JONATHAN’S CORRUPTION CASE FILES

The Federal Government has asked the acting Chairman of the Eco­nomic and Financial Crimes Com­mission (EFCC), Mohammed Umar Abba, to make available details of all cases concerning former first lady, Patience Jonathan. A presidency source revealed that Abubakar Malami, the Attor­ney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, gave the direc­tive and extended it to include rela­tives of former President Goodluck Jonathan. According to the source, the direc­tive may be ominous but Dayo Apata, the Solicitor-General of the Feder­ation and Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Justice, has…

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MILITANTS GIVE ULTIMATUM TO BUHARI OVER CONTINUED REFUSAL OF EFCC TO LEAVE TOMPOLO PREMISES DESPITE COURT ORDER AS WELL AS REFUSAL TO UNFREEZE HIS ACCOUNT

A militant group, the 21st Century Youths of the Niger Delta and Agitators with Conscience (21st CYNDAC), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently intervene in the alleged refusal of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to vacate the property of Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo and unfreeze his accounts. The group, in an electronic mail statement on Sunday by its Coordinator, ‘General’ Izon Ebi, said the appeal became necessary to avoid the development snowballing into another round of unrest and agitations in the Niger Delta region. The…

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HOW ABDULRASHEED MAINA STOLE 14BIL NAIRA PENSION FUND, EFCC WITNESS TELLS COURT

A Prosecution Witness, in the ongoing trial of a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, on money laundering charges, Mrs. Rouqayya Ibrahim, yesterday, told the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja how the defendant stole over N14billion from the federal pension account. Testifying as PW-9, Mrs. Ibrahim, said investigations revealed that Maina pilfered pension funds, in connivance with the former Head of Service of the Federation, Mr. Stephen Oronsaye. The witness, who is an investigator with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, attached to…

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TRIAL OF EX-PENSION CHIEF, ABDULRASHEED MAINA BEGINS IN ABSENTIA

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday commenced the trial of a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, in his absence. Maina, who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on N2bn money laundering charges, had last attended court on July 2, 2020, during the cross-examination of the sixth prosecution witness by his legal team. He had however failed to attend subsequent proceedings since September 29, 2020, prompting the judge, Justice Okon Abang, to adjudge him as having…

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CODE OF CONDUCT TO TRY MAGU OVER PORT HARCOURT PROPERTY

The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) will arraign Ibrahim Magu, suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CTC) any moment from now, TheCable understands. According to sources in the know, Magu is to be prosecuted for allegedly failing to list a bank account in his asset declaration form. TheCable understands that the First Bank account had not been operated by Magu for 5 years and gone dormant. The CCB has also listed a property in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, allegedly…

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MONEY LAUNDERING CASE: MOMPHA KNOWS FATE IN DECEMBER

Oladimeji Ramon The Federal High Court in Lagos has further adjourned till December 9 to rule on the no-case submission filed by Internet personality, Ismaila Mustapha, alias Mompha, in response to the money laundering charges slammed on him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Justice Mohammed Liman had earlier scheduled the ruling for Wednesday, but the parties were told by the court that the ruling was not ready. They were directed to return on December 9. The EFCC arraigned Mompha and a firm, Ismalob Global Investment Limited, on 22…

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COURT TOLD HOW 2.2BIL WAS SPENT ON PRAYERS IN NIGERIA AND SAUDI ARABIA FOR THE COUNTRY TO WIN WAR AGAINST BOKO HARAM

An EFCC investigating officer, Mr Adariko Michael, on Tuesday alleged that N2.2 billion was spent on prayers in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia to win the war against insurgency in the country. Michael was giving evidence as the first prosecution witness (PW1) in the trial of retired Col. Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser (ONSA) to President Goodluck Jonathan in the alleged two billion dollars arms deal fraud. Others charged with Dasuki are a former General Manager with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Aminu Baba-kusa, Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance…

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EFCC REVEALS THE REAL REASONS TUNDE FOWLER WAS ARRESTED, THE ABBA KYARI CONNECTION, OTHERS TO BE INVITED TOO

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja A former Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Babatunde Fowler, is currently in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Lagos responding to questions on alleged diversion of funds. Fowler, who was also the Chairman of the Lagos Inland Revenue Service, is responding to questions over his links to a firm which helps Lagos State to reconcile taxes for a fee of 10 per cent monthly. A source at the EFCC also told The PUNCH that Fowler was being questioned for the revenue shortfall of…

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EX ZAMFARA GOVERNOR’S TRIAL HELD UP BECAUSE OF DEATH OF CO-DEFENDANT

The trial of a former Governor of Zamfara State, Mahmoud Aliyu Shinkafi before Justice Fatima Aminu has been adjourned till November 17 and 18, 2020 for continuation of trial. The is sequel to the death of Shinkafi’s co-defendant, Ibrahim Mallaha.   Shinkafi is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC alongside three others,  Ambassador Bashir Yuguda, Ibrahim Mallaha ( now deceased) and Aminu Ahmed Nahuche  for allegedly collecting the sum of N450,000,000 (Four Hundred and Fifty Million Naira Only) from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources,  Deizani…

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BUHARI SEEKS TO UNBUNDLE EFCC, ICPC, OTHERS THROUGH PROCEEDS OF CRIME BILL, NEW AGENCY TO EMERGE

Sends bill to create new agency President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, initiated moves to unbundle the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and create a new body, Proceeds of Crime Recovery and Management Agency. President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, who read a letter from President Buhari on the proposed bill tagged: “Proceeds of Crime Bill” said it would address the problem of lack of transparency and accountability associated with the management of recovered funds by anti-corruption agencies in the country. Buhari in the letter explained that the transmission of the…

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