Consul of the Honorary Consulate of Lebanon in Kano, Khalil Musleimani, on Friday, December 17, 2021, visited the Kano Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and solicited improved partnership with the Commission.

While seeking guidance on how to conduct their businesses in line with extant economic and financial crime laws and regulations, Musleimani urged the EFCC to provide avenue that will strengthen the partnership between the Commission and the Lebanese community in Kano.

A Kogi State High Court sitting in Lokoja today, December 17, 2021, adjourned till January 27, 2022, hearing of the application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, challenging the interim injunction order of the court restraining it from taking any further action in respect of the N19.3billion Kogi bailout funds recovered from a hidden account in Sterling Bank.

The EFCC had on November 19, 2021 announced the recovery following the return of the funds to the Central Bank of Nigeria by Sterling Bank.

The Lagos Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, December 17, 2021, secured the conviction and sentencing of one Linda Mabi-Praise, a self-acclaimed prophetess, before Justice S.O. Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos for an alleged N128 million fraud.

Mabi-Praise, who was charged with three counts, was alleged to have, with intent to defraud, dishonestly obtained the said sum from Accelsor Investment Partners Limited in the guise that her company, Mutano Energy Ltd., was an accredited oil and gas dealer and that she was into oil and gas dealership.

The Lagos Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, December 17, 2021, arraigned Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation, before Justice O.O. Abike-Fadipe of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on 12 counts bordering on use of false documents, use of fabricated evidence, procuring execution of documents by false pretence, and fabricating evidence.

One of the counts reads: "That you, Femi Fani-Kayode, on or about the 11th day of October, 2021 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, by fraudulent representation procured one Dr. Ogieva Oziegbe to execute a document titled: MEDICAL REPORT ON OLUFEMI FANI KAYODE 60 YEARS/MALE/HOSP. NO. 00345 DATED 11/10/2021 and procured the same to have been issued by Kubwa General Hospital."

Operatives of the Ibadan Zonal Command of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested one Ajayi Oluwabukola Temitope, for allegedly obtaining money to the tune of N24, 955, 000. 00 (Twenty Four Million, Nine Hundred and Fifty Five Thousand Naira) by false pretence.

The 42-year-old Ibadan socialite was arrested following a series of petitions in which the suspect who claims to be a registered dealer with soft drinks manufacturers in Ibadan, Oyo state promised to supply products to complaints but failed after collecting money from them.

The ongoing trial of Abubakar Ali Peters and his company, Nadabo Energy Limited, over a 21-count charge bordering on forgery and subsidy fraud to the tune of N761, 628,993.84 before Justice S.S. Ogunsanya of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos continued on Thursday, December 16, 2021, with the cross-examination of the Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa.

Abubakar and his company are being prosecuted by the EFCC, for offences bordering on obtaining money under false pretence, diversion of Federal Government funds and forgery to the tune of N761,628,993.84.

The Lagos Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, December 16, 2021, secured the conviction and sentencing of Adewunmi Sunday, Donald Thomas, Ansad Global Resources Limited and Riggers Maintenance & Servicing Co. before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on a three-count charge bordering on stealing and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N5, 280,000.

A three-man panel of the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, dismissed the application filed by one Francis Momoh and affirmed the final forfeiture of properties worth N1.8bn recovered from a former Executive Director, Projects, Niger Delta Development Commission, NNDC, Tuoyo Omatsuli, to the Federal Government.

Justice Chuka A. Obiozor of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, had, on Monday, December 10, 2018, ordered the final forfeiture of the properties which include Block 117, Plot 4, Lekki Peninsula Scheme, TPAO 992, Ikate Ancient City, Eti-Osa L.G.A, Lagos, measuring 1804.089Sqm and Plots 1-18, Block 43, TPAO 992, Ikate Ancient City, Lekki Peninsula, Eti-Osa, Lagos, measuring 10,000Sqm.Others are: Plot 1b, Northern Business District, Lekki Peninsula Scheme 1, measuring 1000Sqm and Plot 1; Block 25, Lekki Peninsula Residential Scheme 1, Eti-Osa L.G.A, measuring 2989.10Sqm, to the Federal Government.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court Abuja, Tuesday, December 14, 2021 adjourned the trial of Shamsudeen Bala, son of former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed, till February 28, 2022 when his expected to open his defence.

Bala was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, along with four companies – Bird Trust Agro Allied Limited, Intertrans Global Logistic Ltd, Diakin Telecommunications Ltd and Bal-Vac Mining Nigeria Ltd – on a 20-count charge bordering on money laundering.

The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 set aside the judgment of Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court Abuja refusing the final forfeiture application of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in respect of the sums of $500,000 and N500m allegedly looted from the Zamfara state’s share of the Paris Club refunds made by the Federal Government to the 36 states.