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Ibrahim Magu, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has congratulated the pioneer Chairman of the EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, for winning the most coveted Global Lifetime Award for Anti-Corruption.

Magu, who worked closely with Ribadu as one of the pioneer staff of the anti-graft agency, described the honour conferred on Ribadu by the Qatar-based Think Tank, Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Centre, as “a testament to the formidable work which you have done in promoting good governance and accountability in the conduct of public affairs in Nigeria, Africa and across the world”.

While describing the award as a very well-deserved one, Magu, noted that “it is delightful that the world has not forgotten your pioneering efforts in establishing the culture of accountability especially in Africa”.

“Your trailblazing exploits as pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was a turning point in smashing the global stereotype of Africa as a corrupt continent,” he added.

According to Magu, “For us at the EFCC, this award is both a source of personal joy, as it is an affirmation of the work of the agency, which you led between 2003 and 2007, as well as an inspiration to continue in your footsteps, assured that whatever sacrifices we make today, will not be in vain.”

For Magu, the award of Ribadu, was an “encouragement that it is profitable to uphold the virtues of integrity at a time that rogue elements in our midst will have the people believe otherwise”.

“With this honour, we have no doubt that your place in the league of respected icons of anti-corruption is fully cemented,” he said.
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The Enugu State Command of the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, has said that its commitment to the partnership with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC in the fight against corruption remains unwavering and unshaken.

The NIS gave the assurance through the Enugu State Comptroller of Immigration, S.I. Chinda, while receiving a delegation from the EFCC Enugu Zonal Office, led by the Zonal Head, Usman Imam, on December 11, 2018. “We have no option than to work in synergy with the EFCC, because we have come a long way and there is no going back than to forge ahead”, he said.

He said that the NIS was aware of the Federal Government’s stance on corruption and the “enormous” mandate it placed on the EFCC to champion the fight against corruption which makes it virtually necessary for all stakeholders to support the Commission.

He said: “The cooperation we give you will never be reduced, but rather increased because the Comptroller General has always insisted that we must sustain the fight against corruption.

“As far as Enugu State Command is concerned we will give you 100 per cent support, work in tandem with you and whatever assistance we can render in the discharge of your duty, call on us and we will be there”.

Earlier, the EFCC zonal Head expressed his appreciation for the warm reception accorded him and his entourage saying he came to familiarise himself with the Command and seek for closer collaboration.

He said: “We are here because we recognize that the Nigeria Immigration Service has been a critical stakeholder in the fight against economic and financial crimes.

“Indeed the relationship in terms of assistance rendered to the Commission has been wonderful.”

Speaking further, Imam stated that having recognised the level of relationship existing between the two organisations especially on the assistance rendered to EFCC in arrest of suspects, the need to come personally was imperative.

“That is why I find it necessary to meet with you, and ask that we sustain the already existing relationship and cooperation between the two organisations,” he added.

Among the EFCC delegation was the Head of Legal and Prosecution Unit, Mahmud Bello and Head, Public Affairs, Chris Oluka.
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Office has re-arraigned one Ebenezer Adeolu Alonge, a bank Cashier alongside his wife, Isakunle Olamide Oyinlola and his mother-in-law, Isakunle Eunice Moradeke before Hon. Justice Lekan Ogunmoye of the High Court of Ekiti State, Ado-Ekiti division. They were arraigned on an 12-count charge of conspiracy and stealing contrary to section 390 (9) of the Criminal Code Laws Cap 16 Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.

The defendants however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.

In view of their plea, counsel to the EFCC, Adeola Elumaro, applied for a date for trial. However, the defense counsel, Fasina A. Olayemi filed applications praying the court to admit the defendants to bail.

Justice Ogunmoye, however, granted the defendants bail in the sum of Two Million Naira each and two sureties in like sum. One of the surety shall be a government official not below grade level 12 while the other surety must be resident within jurisdiction.

The case has been adjourned to February 5, 2019 for trial.

One of the Count Charge preferred against reads: That you Ebenezer Adeolu Alonge ‘M’ , Isakunle Olamide Oyinlola ‘F’ and Isakunle Eunice Moradeke ‘F’ between the month of January 2017 and March 2017, at the premises of Sterling Bank PLC Ado-Ekiti branch, did steal the sum of N2,400,800.00 (Two Million, Four Hundred Thousand and Eight Hundred Naira) only property of Sterling Bank, by diverting same to the personal account of Isakunle Olamide Oyinlola with account number, 0047750660 and the personal account of Isakunle Eunice Moradeke with account number 0064222881, all with the Sterling Bank, Ado-Ekiti branch, being money for Ekiti State Primary and Secondary Education Development levy, and thereby committed an offence”.

The journey to the dock started when the illicit activities of Ebenezer got exposed through a petition to the EFCC from one of the new generation banks (name withheld) alleging that one of her staff by name Ebenezer Adeolu Alonge was involved in fraudulent activities.

It was alleged that sometimes in February, 2018 the bank received a complaint bothering on the financial impropriety of the sum of N62, 400.00 in respect of a customer’s account.

According to the petitioner, sometimes in February 15, 2017 a customer lodged the said sum into her account but the transaction could not be traced to the customer’s account even after the customer presented a copy of the slip signed by Ebenezer.

The incident was however, investigated and the said transaction was allegedly traced to Ebenezer Alonge’s wife account. Further investigation however, revealed that there was a turnover of over N21, 000,000.00 (Twenty One Million Naira) as deposit from other customers in his wife’s account. Also, it was alleged that other sums were traced to his mother-in-law’s account, who were also beneficiaries of the fraudulent act.
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on December 12, 2018 arraigned and secured the conviction of one Aminu Abubakar Sadiq before Justice A. B Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri, on a one-count charge bordering on inducement to the tune of N864,000 (Eight Hundred and Sixty Four Thousand Naira) only.

Sadiq was accused of conning his victim into parting with the said sum, in exchange of helping the son secure employment with the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS.

The count reads: “That you, Aminu Abubakar Sadiq sometimes on the 4th June, 2018 at Maiduguri within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, dishonestly induced one Yakubu Umar Jibrin to deliver to you the sum of N864,000 (Eight Hundred and Sixty Four Thousand Naira) only. That the said sum would be used in processing/securing employment with Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) in favor of his son, Nurudeen Yakubu, and thereby committed an offence contrary and punishable under sections 320 (a) and 322 of the Penal Code Law of Borno State Cap. 102 Vol.3 of the 1994 respectively.”

He however, did not waste the time of the court, as he pleaded “guilty” to the charge.

Prosecuting counsel, Arthur Eniang Offiong, thus prayed the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.

Justice Kumaliya while delivering judgment said: “The accused having pleaded guilty to the charge is hereby convicted.” The court also sentenced him to one year in prison with an option of fine in the sum of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) only.

In another related development, the EFCC arraigned one Fannaram Adam before Justice Fadawu Umar of the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri, on a one-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust to the tune of N949,000 (Nine Hundred and Forty Nine Thousand Naira) only.

Adam was accused of dishonestly converting the said sum to her personal use, which she was entrusted with by the petitioner.

The petitioner alleged that, after the death of her son, his house was sold and the money was shared to his heir and her. The N949,000 being the petitioner’s share and her grandchildren was transferred to the defendant’s account by one Jafar Abba Ahmed.

The charge reads: “That you Fannaram Adam sometime in April 2018 at Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, being entrusted with the sum of N949,000 (Nine Hundred and Forty Nine Thousand Naira), by one Bintu Mustapha being the inheritance money of herself and her grandchildren, which was deposited in your bank account in Keystone by one Jafar Abba Ahmed on behalf of Bintu Mustapha, which you dishonestly converted same to your personal use and thereby committed an offence of Criminal Breach of Trust contrary to section 311 and punishable under section 312 of the Penal Code Law Cap 102, Laws of Borno State”.

Adam pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to her.

Counsel for the prosecution, Halima Shehu, prayed the court for a date for trial to commence.

Justice Umar, thereafter, adjourned to January 10, 2018 for commencement of trial, and ordered the defendant be remanded in prison custody.