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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.
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Office has arraigned twenty four students of Olabisi Onabanjo University and the National Open University of Nigeria who were arrested for alleged involvement in various cyber crimes.


Ten of the defendants which include: Agboola Taiwo, Adetayo Tade Ademiluyi, Rabiu Daniel, Sokoya Oluwaseyi, Fredrick Shaibu, Oshikoya Gbolahan, Adegbola Kazeem Aina, Ademosun Opeyemi, Tosin Awobona and Babarinde Jacob were arraigned Monday, 10th December, 2018 before Hon. Justice Ibrahim Watilat of the Federal High Court 2 sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Fourteen others, comprising of Adeleke Oluwamayowa, Banjo Femi, Towolawi Olanrewaju, Tijani Babatunde, Sarafadeen Abibullahi, Adebowale Abimbola, Osunkoya Korede, Mufutau Yusuf Akorede, Salisu Ajibola, Olamikan Oluwasiji, Oduwole Gbenga, Damilare Adelaja, Bakare Azeez Adebola and Edward Ayodeji were arraigned on Tuesday 11th December, 2018 before Hon. Justice M. S. Abubakar of the Federal High Court 1 sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The defendants were all arraigned on separate charges bordering on obtaining money by false pretences, impersonation and possession of fraudulent documents.

They all pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.

One of the charges against one of the accused persons reads: “That you, Rabiu Daniel (a.K.a. Agent Howard Hall) on 23rd June, 2018 at Abeokuta within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud, knowingly had in your possession documents containing false pretences to wit: an e-mail address, howardhall900@gmail.com wherein you represented yourself as; Agent Howard Hall, working for the Government/Facebook Compensation Bonus and Poverty Eradication, and other false pretences, thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 6, and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006”.


Another charge reads: “That you Adegbola Kazeem Aina (a.K.a. Marry Linson) sometimes in 2018, at Abeokuta within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of $350 (Three Hundred and Fifty United State of American Dollars) from David Davis, a United State of American Citizen when you falsely represented that you are a woman (Marry Linson), which money you use to collect through Itunes Gift Card and sell them in Naira through AFRBTC.Com
, which representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (1)(a) and punishable under Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006”.

While Six out of the first ten defendants earlier arraigned were granted bail immediately on varying conditions, four of them were denied bail. However, the other fourteen defendants were all granted bail also on varying conditions.

All the defendants were remanded in prison custody at Abeokuta pending the perfection of their bail conditions. While the cases of the first ten (10) were adjourned to the 28th of January, 2019 for trial, the cases of the fourteen (14) were adjourned till 5th, 6th, 7th and 12th of February, 2019 for trial.

The journey to the dock for the suspect began when the EFCC got wind of their activities through series of intelligence alleging that the suspected fraudsters engaged in fraudulent activities of obtaining money by false pretences through sending emails to unsuspecting victims mostly in the United States of America while others were engaged in romance scam on several dating sites.
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President Muhammadu Buhari extends heartfelt condolences to the Ikedife family as well as the government and people of Anambra State on the death of their illustrious son, Dr Dozie Ikedife.


The President also commiserates with Ohanaeze Ndigbo on the passing of the former President-General of the pan-Igbo socio-cultural group.

The President joins them in mourning the veteran obstetrician and gynaecologist who spent over fifty years of his life as a medical practitioner, working bravely to save countless lives in the country and charting new developments in the medical field through research.

As a medical practitioner, respected community leader and political actor, President Buhari believes that Dr Ikedife will be sorely missed and honoured for his commitment to the development of his community, devotion to his professional calling, zeal for democratic values and passion for the preservation of Igbo ethos and tradition.

The President hopes that family, friends, associates and the many doctors trained by the elder statesman find comfort and inspiration in his diligence and generosity of heart of giving his best to humanity.

The President prays God to grant the deceased eternal rest and comfort all who mourn him.
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