BENUE ASSEMBLY CLERK ARRESTED BY EFCC OVER 220MIL FRAUD

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday said it arrested the Clerk of the Benue State House of Assembly, Torese Agena, over alleged  N220 million fraud. The Publicity Head of the anti-graft agency in Benue State, Nwanyinma Okeanu, who disclosed this in a press statement made available to our correspondent in Makurdi, said the commission also handed the suspect’s wife and two daughters over to the police for invading the commission and assaulting the security operatives on duty. According to the statement, the clerk was arrested on Thursday and…

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HOW MAINA GAVE ME 150MILLION CASH TO BUY PROPERTY FOR HIM, BROTHER TELLS COURT

Eric Ikhilae, Abuja   More revelations were made on Thursday in relation allegation of how former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina allegedly laundered the over N1billion he was said to have diverted. Khalid Aliyu, who is described as one of Maina’s younger brothers, gave details before a Federal High Court in Abuja, of how Maina allegedly gave him United States dollar equivalent of N150million to buy a property at Life Camp area of Abuja on his behalf. Aliyu, who spoke while testifying as the fifth…

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HOW I LOST 68.9 MIL NAIRA TO FAKE AIRLINE SHARES- EX- MINISTER

Former Minister, Bashir Dalhatu Our Reporter A former Minister of Power and Steel, Mr. Bashir Dalhatu, on Wednesday told an FCT High Court in Zuba, FCT that he lost N68.9 million to a fraudster. Testifying as a prosecution witness in a case filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against a businessman, Imeh Akpan, charged with two counts bordering on criminal breach of trust, the former minister said he was introduced to the accused person sometime in 2004 through his friends, the late Alhaji Aliyu Alkali and Haruna…

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PENSION FRAUD: MAINA’S SISTER DISOWNS FRAUDULENT ACCOUNT USED TO SIPHON MONEY

Mrs Nafisat Aliyu, younger sister to Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of defunct Pension Reform Task Team, on Wednesday disowned a bank account opened in her name before. She spoke before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the account number: 4510002792, in one of the commercial banks in the country, is linked to Maina, who is currently facing a 12-count charge bordering on money laundering. NAN also reports that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on October 25, 2019, charged…

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COURT DISMISSES EFCC REQUEST TO HIDE THE IDENTITY OF WITNESS IN MAINA’S CASE

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday dismissed the application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to screen its fourth prosecution witness (PW4) in the current trial of Abdulrasheed Maina, ex-Pension Reform boss. Justice Okon Abang gave the order after listening to arguments of counsel to the parties in the case. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the screening a witness in a case is to enable the witness testify under shield to protect him or her from public view. At the resumed trial on Tuesday,…

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SHEHU SANI’S BANK ACCOUNTS FROZEN, FORCED TO DECLARE HIS ASSETS AIDE ALLEGES, RAISES QUESTIONS OVER EFCC POROUS CASE

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has frozen the bank accounts of Shehu Sani, a former senator from Kaduna state, his aide alleges. In a statement on Sunday, Suleiman Ahmed, senior special adviser to Sani, also said the former lawmaker was “forced to declare his assets”. The EFCC had arrested Sani for allegedly demanding money from Sani Dauda, owner of ASD Motors, to bribe Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the anti-graft agency, so as to influence an investigation. Although the former lawmaker denied the allegation, the anti-graft agency insisted…

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SHEHU SANI HAS CASE TO ANSWER SAYS EFCC

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has said the embattled former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani, has a case to answer for the alleged involvement in extortion and name-dropping. The commission stated that Sani was being detained for allegedly obtaining $25,000 from an auto dealer, Alhaji Sani Dauda, in order to shield him from criminal investigations by the anti-graft agency. Acting EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade, explained in a statement in Abuja on Friday, that Sani is currently facing a criminal investigation, and is being detained “in a very…

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EFCC SPEAKS ON ARRAIGNMENT OF ATIKU ABUBAKAR

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has rubbished news that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar was arraigned for an alleged fraud of N75.3 billion. The commission, in a statement, said its attention had been drawn to an online report which claimed that the Commission on Thursday arraigned Atikur before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court, Ikeja, Lagos for an alleged fraud of N75.3biilion and wished to state categorically that nothing of such took place. “The Commission also wishes to state that no statement or…

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I AM INNOCENT, CRMINALISING ME OR FRAMING ME WILL NOT BEND OR STOP ME FROM CRITICISING GOVT- SHEHU SANI

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja A former lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Senator Shehu Sani, has accused the Federal Government of attempting to silence him over his criticism of the regime led by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), using fronts. Sani alleged that the government is using his accuser, through the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, to “frame” him in the extortion scandal. Operatives of the EFCC had on Wednesday searched  two houses and an office of the embattled Senator Shehu Sani in Abuja. The action was part of…

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COURT SET TO BEGIN MOMPHA’S TRIAL JANUARY 15

The trial of suspected internet fraudster, Ismail Mustapha, popularly called Mompha, before a Federal High Court in Lagos, has been adjourned till January 15. Due to the yuletide vacation observed by the court, the trial could not go on yesterday as scheduled January 15 was chosen as a new date for the commencement of the trial, at the instance of Morpha’s counsel, Mr. Ademola Adefolaju who stood in for Mr. Gboyega Oyewole (SAN), and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) lawyer who were in court yesterday. Mompha was on November…

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