IHEDIOHA SETS UP PANEL TO PROBE OKOROCHA’S POLITICAL APPOINTEES OVER FRAUD

Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha Imo State Governor Emeka Ihedioha has appointed Chief Eze Duruiheoma as Chairman of a five-man panel to investigate alleged corruption against former council chairmen and political appointees under former Governor Rochas Okorocha. Other members of the committee to probe Okorocha’s appointees between 2011 and 2019 are, Dr. Ken Uzoechi (Secretary), Ngozi Ogbu, Ezekiel Chukwukere, and Anogwi Anyanwu. Inaugurating the panel yesterday, Deputy Governor of the state, Gerald Irona, said the Ihedioha administration would be anchored on openness, transparency, and accountability, urging the committee members not…

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BILLION-NAIRA FRAUD: ICPC RAIDS OFFICE OF SURVEYOR-GENERAL

ICPC raids office of Nigeria’s surveyor-general enmeshed in corruption scandals Premium Times Nigeria / Taiwo-Hassan Adebayo / 10 hours ago Operatives of Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, ICPC, on Wednesday, raided the office of Nigeria’s surveyor-general over suspected corrupt practices, including allegations of contract frauds and theft of public asset. PREMIUM TIMES had in April reported how corruption allegations, including N1.4 billion suspected scam in one case and alleged theft of three vehicles in another, was raised against the surveyor-general, Ebisintei Awudu, and his office in various audit reports. Mr Awudu at the time denied any…

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UNBELIEVABLE: 25BIL FRAUD STORY: GOJE DENIES EVER BEING CHARGED TO COURT

Senator Danjuma Goje, has said he had never faced a N25 billion corruption charge preferred by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Goje, the senator representing Gombe Central at the National Assembly, disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). His denial is, however, running contrary to a story published by the EFCC on their website in 2013 which clearly stated that the former Gombe State Governor was standing trial along four others for 25 billion alleged fraud. The…

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BAYELSA ASSEMBLY SUSPENDS GOVERNOR’S IN-LAW OVER CONTRACT FRAUD

Samuel Nkemakolem, Yenagoa Bayelsa State House Assembly has passed a three-point resolution ordering the suspension of Mr Walton Liverpool as the Executive Secretary of the State Universal Basic Education Board for illegal award of contracts. The suspension was sequel to a motion for matter of urgent public importance moved by the Leader of Business, Mr Monday Obolo, during the plenary on Wednesday. The assembly also invited the Commissioner for Education, Mr Jonathan Obuebite, chairman and directors of projects in SUBEB, as well as members of the state tender board to…

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BANKER WHO STOLE 8.7MIL FROM UNION BANK CUSTOMER’S ACCOUNT ENTERS PLEA BARGAIN

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has accepted a plea bargain proposal by a former banker, Kazeem Adeniyi, who was accused of defrauding a customer. He was charged at the Federal High Court in Lagos with withdrawing N8.7million from the customer’s account. The alleged offence, EFCC said contravened sections 22, 22(2) and 37 of the Cyber Crimes Prohibition Act, 2015. EFCC alleged that Adeniyi, on May 8, last year, while working at Union Bank, failed to obtain proper data of a customer, Alexander Cherembem, before processing Unionmobile application for…

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ABUJA HIGH COURT LACKS JURISDICTION TO SEIZE MY ASSETS SAYS EMBATTLED SENATOR

The Senator Representing Delta North senatorial zone, Peter Nwaoboshi, has said that the Federal High Court in Abuja lacks jurisdiction to order an interim forfeiture of his assets. Senator Nwaoboshi, speaking through his Kaduna-based lawyer, Mr. Muhammad Katu, argued that the court’s order of interim forfeiture of the Senator’s assets constituted an abuse of court process. Senator Nwaoboshi had applied to the Federal High Court in Abuja to vacate an order of interim forfeiture of his alleged assets made on July 2, 2019. The Presiding Judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, had…

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EFCC REVEALS HOW FANI USED 108 CHEQUES TO FLEECE 4.9BIL NAIRA

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has tendered as evidence 108 bank cheques used by Femi Fani-Kayode, the former Minister of Aviation, to allegedly launder money during the 2015 general election. The anti-graft agency tendered the cheques before Justice Rilwan Aikawa, on Thursday during the hearing of the alleged N4.9 billion fraud, at the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos. The bank cheques were alleged to have been used by Fani-Kayode, Nenadi Esther Usman, a former Minister of Finance and Danjuma Yusuf, one time Chairman of Association of Local…

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COURT ORDERS ARREST OF PINNICK, OTHERS OVER FRAUD IN NFF

Federal High Court in Abuja has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick and four other officials of the organisation accused of misappropriating funds belonging to the football body. Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu gave the order on Monday after the case involving the NFF officials was called and they were absent in court. Also, the be affected by the arrest order are NFF Secretary, Sunusi Mohammed; the 1st Vice-President, Seyi Akinwumi; the 2nd Vice-President, Shehu Dikko and an Executive member,…

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