A three-man panel of the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, on Thursday, September 30, 2021, dismissed the application filed by Dr. Olufemi Martins Thomas, a former Executive Secretary, National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, seeking to stop the alleged $2,198,900 fraud charges leveled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Thomas was re-arraigned alongside one Kabiru Sidi, a Bureau De Change operator, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on an amended seven-count charge of money laundering to the tune of $2,198,900.00 before Justice Ayokunle Faji of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos.

The Australian government has pledged to support the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the fight against economic and financial crimes. The Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. John Donnelly, made the pledge on Thursday, September 30, 2021 during a courtesy visit to the EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, at the Commission’s headquarters, Abuja.

The High Commissioner said that he was impressed with the Commission's Annual Report and the achievements of Bawa in his 100 Days in office, adding that he has seen how prepared the Commission was, in tackling corruption.

Justice Joyce Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 convicted Alade Oluwasegun Kolawole and Tosin Kunle Kehinde on separate one count charge of fraudulent impersonation brought against them by the Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The offence is contrary to Section 22(2) (b) (i) and is punishable under Section 22(2) (b)(iv) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act, 2015.

The defendants pleaded guilty to the charges upon arraignment.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has convicted and sentenced one Yakubu Samaila before Justice M.T. M Aliyu of the Kaduna State High Court, Kaduna for fraudulently withdrawing the sum of N 935,000 ( Nine Hundred and Thirty Five Thousand Naira) from the account of one Isiyaku Yawale, domiciled at Keystone Bank without his consent,

Investigation by the Kaduna Zonal Command of the EFCC revealed that the defendant fraudulently did a welcome back on the SIM card of Yawale, his neighbor, and upon discovering that the victim had N935, 000 (Nine Hundred and Thirty Five Thousand Naira) in his bank account, the defendant obtained the NIN slip, bank verification details and falsely swore to an affidavit in the name of the complainant and used the details to open two accounts with one of the new generation banks. Thereafter, he transferred money in twenty two tranches from the victim’s account.

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 secured the conviction of one Akinluyi Damilola Gabriel, a worker currently in the employ of Tranex Courier service, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, for internet-related fraud and love scam.

Akinluyi, 29, was prosecuted on one count before Justice Mohammed Sani of the Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin.

He was among the 34 suspected internet fraudsters arrested in different locations of Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State Capital on March 8, 2021.

The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, secured the conviction and sentencing of a retired Navy Captain, Jerry Ogbonna, before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos for stealing and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N45million.

Ogbonna, alongside his company, Obyke System Consult Limited, obtained the sum of N45 million from Diamond Bank Plc by falsely presenting to the bank that the said money represented the mobilisation fee from the Department of Petroleum Resources of the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources.

The convict had previously appeared before Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of the Lagos State High Court in 2016, before the case was struck out after several attempts to have him take his plea proved abortive.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 arraigned Abel Lesi Goka for offences bordering fraud before Justice Modupe Osho Adebiyi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Gudu, Abuja.

Goka was arraigned alongside, Caminus Tochukwu Nwabineli of Kambelly Logistics who is currently at large and Alhaji Ibrahim Aminu, also at large, on twenty three counts of forgery, conspiracy, obtaining by false pretence and internet fraud contrary to Section 8 (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 secured the conviction of one Akinluyi Damilola Gabriel, a worker currently in the employ of Tranex Courier service, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, for internet-related fraud and love scam.

Akinluyi, 29, was prosecuted on one count before Justice Mohammed Sani of the Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin.

Operatives of the Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 arrested 21 suspected internet Fraudsters a sting operation at World Bank Housing Estate, Umuahia, Abia state.

The arrested suspects are: Onwuka John Urum, Nwigwe Favour Uzochukwu, Marvelous Igwe Chikaodiri, Egbulef Promise, Okolo Christopher, Okoye Kosiso Chukwu, Uzor Kingsley Nzube, Okafor Jeremiah Onyedikachi, Okoji Franklin Akachukwu and Emmanuel Chibuike.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission will appeal the ruling today by Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court stopping the Commission from retrying a former governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu.

Kalu was serving a 12-year jail term for N7.1billion fraud when the Supreme Court, ruling on an appeal by Kalu’s co-defendant, Ude Udeogu, on 8 May 2020, nullified the proceedings leading to their conviction.