The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, December 2, 2022, re-arraigned Trinity Biotech Nigeria Limited, one of the over thirty companies associated with $9.6b Process and Industrial Development, P&ID, fraud, before Justice D.U. Okorowo of the Federal High Court Abuja on a six count amended charge bordering on money laundering. Also charged along with the company are its directors, James Nolan (at large), Adam Quinn (at large) and Gerrard Nash, with the alias Gerry Nash (also at large).

One of the counts reads; “That you, Trinity Biotech Nigeria Limited, being a Designated Non-financial institution; James Nolan(at large), Adam Quinn(at large), and Gerrard Nash, alias Gerry Nash(at large), being the controlling minds and management of Trinity Biotech Nigeria Limited, sometime in January 2014, in Abuja within the Abuja Judicial Division of the Federal High Court, failed to comply with the requirements of submitting to the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, a declaration of the activities of Trinity Biotech Nigeria Limited contrary to Section 16(1)(f) read together with section 5(1)(a)(ii) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011(as amended) and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 16(2)(b) of the same Act.”

The General Manager, Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG, Mr. Alagoa Joseph on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, paid a courtesy visit to the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Joseph disclosed that the purpose of his visit was to appreciate the Commission for their ceaseless fight against economic and financial crimes and also the unwavering support the company has been enjoying over the years especially in the fight against crude oil theft within the South-South zone of the country.

He also decried the increasing rate of internet fraud activities and how they are ready to support EFCC personnel in the fight.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Port Harcourt Zonal Command on Thursday, December 1, 2022 arraigned the duo of Judith Oluchi Nwoguete and Joy Atora before Justice M.O. Opara of the State High Court on a 4-count charge bordering on alleged issuance of Dud Cheque and obtaining money under false pretense.

The offence runs contrary to Section 419 of the Criminal Code Cap c37, laws of Rivers State of Nigeria 1999.

They were accused of diverting their victim’s money for their personal use and, thereafter, presented cheques which were dishonoured by the bank.

An internet fraudster who defrauded his victim of €20,000 whilst posing as an Italian Engineer has been convicted upon arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The Abuja Zonal Command of the anti-graft agency on Thursday December 1, 2022 docked Areh Ikenna Christian before Justice Aliyu Yunusa Shafa of the High Court of the FCT Gwagwalada Abuja on one count charge of fraudulent impersonation.

He pleaded guilty to the charge.

Areh alias Chris Hakikiene used the social media Apps, Facebook and WhatsApp with international number +971504720129 and posed as an Italian engineer working at sea. With the false identity, he induced an unsuspecting Anna Bushare to deliver €20, 000 (Twenty Thousand Euros) to him to maintain his health and working machines, after he made her believe he was in love with her.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abuja Zonal Command on Thursday, December 1, 2022, arraigned the duo of Orji Kenechukwu Emmanuel and Samuel Okwo Mark before Justice Aliyu Yunusa Shafa of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Gwagwalada Abuja for alleged cyber related crimes

Orji is alleged to have pretended to be Kohler Kaycee, a Gabonese national and induced one Albert Leo Martino to deliver $149 USD (One Hundred and Forty Nine United States Dollars) to him with claims to invest in a crypto trading company.

Okwo on the other hand, impersonated a Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI agent named Sarah and cheated one Arnold who delivered $500 USD (Five Hundred United States Dollars) to him for his personal use.

The Makurdi Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, December 1, 2022, secured the conviction and sentencing of one Odokor Andrew before Justice N. I. Afolabi of the Federal High Court, Lafia, Nasarawa State on one count charge bordering on Internet fraud.

The charge reads: “That you, Odokor Andrew sometime in July 2022 in Makurdi, Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud sent electronic messages to one ERVIN, an unsuspected foreigner, that materially misrepresented facts which reliance was place upon and caused her a loss, thereby committed an offence, contrary to Section 14(2) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under the same Section of the Act".

Albert Bassey, senator representing Akwa Ibom North East at the National Assembly was on Thursday, December 1, 2022 convicted and sentenced to 42 years imprisonment by Justice Agatha Okeke of the Federal High, Uyo, Akwa Ibom state. The court found him guilty of six-count of money laundering preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Senator Bassey was prosecuted by the anti-graft agency on allegation of receiving vehicle valued at N204 million as bribe from companies linked to one Olajide Omokore, a contractor who executed a N3billion contract for the Government of Akwa Ibom State whilst Senator Bassey was Commissioner for finance and Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Direct Labour Coordinating Committee.

The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, December 1, 2022, arraigned one Onoja Peter before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on a six-count charge bordering on an alleged theft to the tune of N72,449,000.

The offence is contrary to Section 278 (1) (a) and (b) and Section 285 (1) of the Criminal of Lagos State of Nigeria 2021.

One of the counts reads: "Mr. Onoja Peter, sometime between February 2016 and December 2016 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, stole by fraudulently converting to your own use the sum of N15,900,000, property of National Union of Food Beverages and Tobacco Employee, NUBTE."

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, December 1, 2022 secured the conviction of Professor Magaji Garba, a former Vice Chancellor of Federal University Gusau, as Justice Maryam Hassan Aliyu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Garki, Abuja, found guilty of a five count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence and forgery and sentenced him to 35 years jail term.

Garba was arraigned by the EFCC on October 12, 2021, for allegedly extorting various sums from a contractor on the pretext of awarding him a N3 billion contract for the perimeter wall fencing of the University.

The offence is contrary to section 1 (1) (a) and punishable under section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.

The Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, closed its case in the ongoing trial of the Auditor General for Local Government, Yobe State, Alhaji Idris Yahaya before Justice Muhammad Lawu Lawan of the Damaturu State High Court, Yobe State.

The defendant allegedly obtained the said sum from the Office of the Auditor General for Local Government and Emirate Affairs, Yobe State, for the purchase of an official vehicle, a 2015 Toyota Corolla and diverted part of the money to his personal use.
The count read: ''That you, Yahaya Lawal Idris, being the Auditor General for Local Government, Yobe State, between the 20th to 21st day of May 2017 at Damaturu, Yobe State within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, received the sum of N19,900,000.00 via your personal account number 1001480930 with account name Alhaji Yahaya Idris domiciled with United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) from the Local Government Audit Account Number 5030030060 domiciled with Fidelity Bank Plc for the purchase of a brand new Toyota Corolla 2015 Model, did dishonestly misappropriate the gross sum of N10,100,000.00 (Ten Million, One Hundred Thousand Naira) only being the money made for the purchase of the said brand new Toyota Corolla 2015 for the Office of the Local Government Auditor General, Yobe State, and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 308 of the Penal Code Cap 102 Laws of Yobe State of Nigeria and punishable under section 309 of the same Law.”