Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Abdulrasheed Bawa, has charged stakeholders in the film and movie industry to portray Nigeria and the EFCC in good light.

The EFCC boss made the call in Abuja on Thursday, August 4, 2022, when the Executive Director, National Film and Video Censors Board, NFVCB, Alhaji Adedayo Thomas led other stakeholders in the industry to the Commission’s headquarters on a Courtesy Visit.

The EFCC’s boss who appreciated the commitment, passion, originality and creativity of operators and stakeholders in the industry, enjoined them to work with the Commission in areas beneficial to the country. “The relationship can be established, the relationship is welcome, and we have a full- fledged Department of Public Affairs headed by a Director. We can develop, we can work together and we can give you stories. We can also give you our own modus operandi which you can use to portray us in a good light, because Nigeria is the only country that we have. You can make or mar the reputation of the country by the way you are depicting it, not only the EFCC but also Nigerians as a whole”.

Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has called on youths across the country to put the internet to more productive uses rather than employing it to commit crimes.

He stated this on Thursday, August 4, 2022 at the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Orientation Camp, Issele Uku, Delta State. According to him, the ample prospects of the internet should be explored by youths to achieve more beneficial results for society.

"The internet does not necessarily have to be an avenue to impersonate, manipulate or fabricate lies to defraud others. Let the youths begin to use the internet for socially desirable things like offering solutions to the needs of industries, homes, government and other engagement of life”, he said.

The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal on Thursday, August 4, 2022, set aside the judgment of a Federal High Court, Abuja which discharged and acquitted a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar of money laundering charge to the tune of N66 million.

The former Air Chief was prosecuted on one count of money laundering involving N66 million allegedly stolen from the account of the Nigerian Air Force during his tenure between 2010 and 2012.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba had in the judgment ruled that the prosecution failed to provide any evidence that Umar gave the instruction for the transfer of the said funds for the renovation of his private property in Abuja.

The Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on August 4, 2022 secured the conviction of Awopetu Gbolahan Emmanuel and Johnbull Kingsley before Justice M. Itsueli of the Edo State High Court, Benin City.

Kingsley was arraigned on one count charge of possession of documents containing false pretenses and misrepresentation, while Emmanuel was arraigned for making false statement to an officer of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The charge against Kingsley reads: “that you, Johnbull Kingsley on the 23rd day of May, 2022 in Benin, Edo State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud did knowingly have in your possession documents containing false pretenses and misrepresentation and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 6 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under the section 8 read together with section 1(3) of the same Act”.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has warned real estate operators, landlords and property managers in the country to desist from renting out, leasing or selling properties to individuals that do not comply with the “Know Your Customer”, KYC policy.

This warning was given in Ibadan on July 30, 2022 by the Ibadan Zonal Commander of the EFCC, Assistant Commander of the EFCC, ACE Kanu Idagu while addressing a Town Hall meeting with members of the Kolapo Ishola Government Reservation Area, GRA, Residents Association, held at Rolat Event Centre, Akobo, Ibadan, Oyo State.

According to him, “one major regulatory concept that was set up by the government to uphold and maintain the standard of conducting business and sanitizing the economy is the concept of KYC and it simply means Know Your Customer. This has become a regulatory mandate, which requirement is not only limited to the private sector but to all sectors of the Nigerian economy with the primary objective of mitigating fraud”.

Operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested one Adetuberu Christopher Adetoyese, a corps member currently serving in Ogbomosho, Oyo State over offences bordering on cyber-fraud in Ilorin, Kwara State.

Adetuberu, 28, who hails from Ilesha, Ilesha West Local Government Area of Osun State was arrested at Ogele area of Eyenkorin, Ilorin.

The suspect’s arrest followed credible intelligence on the activities of fraudsters otherwise known as “Yahoo-Yahoo Boys” within Ilorin metropolis and its environs.

The Ibadan Zonal Commander of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, July 29, 2022 secured the conviction and sentencing of one Olaniyi Roqueeb Ajibola before Justice Bayo Taiwo of the State High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State on one count charge which bordered on impersonation, an offence contrary to Section 484 and 419 of the Criminal Code Law Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

Upon his arraignment, he pleaded “guilty” to the charge filed against him by the EFCC.

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Wednesday, August 3, 2022, secured the conviction of one Shittu Taiwo before Justice Darius Khobo on a one count charge.

The charge reads; “That you, Shittu Taiwo (aka York Exchange) between June and July, 2022 at Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, attempted to commit an offence and in such an attempt did a certain act towards the Commission of the said offence, to wit; falsely presented yourself as York Exchange ( a white woman) to several unsuspecting victims on several online social media applications in order to cheat them and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 57 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law of 2017 and punishable under Section 309 of the same Law”.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arraigned one Adamu Idi- Dan Suleiman before Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna State High court on one count charge bordering on property fraud to the tune of N 11,000,000.00.

The charge reads; “That you, Adamu Idi Dan-Suleiman sometime in August, 2021 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N11,000,000.00 ( Eleven Million Naira) only from Salisu Tasiu Imam for the sale of a property known as No.6 Abu Aslam Street, Millennium City Kaduna which you claimed to be the rightful owner, a pretence you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2096 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act”.

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, arrested 17 suspected internet fraudsters.

The suspects are Ogunnowo Aderosola, Adebesin Adeyinka, Nkeokelonye Stanley Ifeanyi, Afolabi Babatunde Oluwaseun, Onyeka Nwokoro, Micheal Adedayo Owolabi, Musah Esosa Hakeem, Osim Happiness, Sanusi Timilehin Olawale, Sanusi Timilehin Rasak, Emmanuel Obogo Adeja, Ogunnowo Eniola, Idahosa Samuel Osas, Alabi Ajekola Peter, Timilehin Damilola Emmanuel, Egbuno Ifeanyi Favour and Jimoh Oluwapelumi Ibrahim.

They were arrested in a sting operation at Kay-Farm Estate, Ishaga axis of Lagos State following credible intelligence on the activities of members of an Organised Cybercrime Syndicate Network who are into internet fraud.