The Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa is among the heads of Nigerian Anti-corruption Agencies attending the 9th Conference of the States Parties (CoSP) to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). The delegation is led by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN.
The EFCC boss on Monday, December 13, 2021, was a panelist at a High Level side event on “Cross-Border Cooperation to end Corruption” by Global Operational Network of Anti-Corruption Law Enforcement Authorities (GlobE Network), where Ms. Ghada Waly, the Executive Director of the UNODC delivered the opening address.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Monday, December 13, 2021 commenced the enforcement of Covid-19 vaccination compliance by staff of the agency in its offices across the country. In Abuja, staff of the Commission’s head office in Jabi were screened by management staff led by the Secretary to the Commission, Dr. George Ekpungu, with officers who were yet to be vaccinated being made to write their names in a special register. Duly vaccinated staff also put down their names and were admitted into the sprawling facility.
The exercise which commenced as early as 6.30 am caught a number of staff unaware with some having to return home to fetch their vaccine cards.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested members of a syndicate who specialize in counterfeiting foreign currencies, especially the dollar, for sale to unsuspecting members of the public.
Acting on verified intelligence, the Commission in a joint operation with operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, arrested four members of the syndicate on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at Swiss Pearl Continental Hotel, Koforidua Street, in the Wuse 2 Area of Abuja with $427,400 fake United States Dollars.
Justice O.O. Abike-Fadipe of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, reserved ruling on an application filed by a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, who was to be arraigned today by the Lagos Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a 12-count charge bordering on an alleged forgery, till Friday, December 17, 2021.
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 Ozeigbe to execute a document titled: “Medical Report on Olufemi Fani-Kayode/60 Years/Male/Hospital No.00345 Dated 11/10/2021 and purported same to have been issued by Kubwa General Hospital.”
A 45-year-old farmer and marketer, Ahmad Isah was on December 9, 2021 convicted and sentenced to one year imprisonment by Justice J.A. Awak of the High Court of Gombe, Gombe State on a two count charge bordering on adulteration of maize and millet seeds, forgery and counterfeiting contrary to 379 of the Penal Code brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Gombe Zonal Command.
The defendant pleaded guilty to the charges when they were read to him and was convicted accordingly.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, presented the fifth prosecution witnesses, in the ongoing trial of Professor Magaji Garba, former Vice Chancellor, Federal University Gusau, before Justice Maryam Hassan Aliyu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Jabi, Abuja on a five count charge, bordering on obtaining money by false pretense and forgery to the tune of over N260m.
The defendant allegedly extorted various sums from a contractor on the pretext of awarding him a N3 billion contract for the perimeter wall fencing of the University.
Justice A. T. Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has convicted and sentenced a fake oil magnate, Dr. Vincent Ayigor to a total number of one hundred and seventy five ( 175) years imprisonment, for duping an American, Joseph Crews, a sum of $ 629, 287 (Six Hundred and Twenty Nine Thousand, Two Hundred and Eighty Seven US Dollars only), in a crude oil supply scam.
He was jailed on Wednesday, December 8, 2021.
Ayigor was arraigned, alongside his company, Vanyigor Concepts Limited, before Justice M. A. Liman of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt by the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on December 7, 2016 on 25-count charges bordering on conspiracy, uttering, forgery and obtaining money by false pretences.
A witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has told Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Lagos State High Court, sitting in Ikeja how forensic analysis of the phones of one Amusa Abiodun Azeez standing trial for an alleged N88.1million fraud, revealed that he was into internet fraud.
Amusa is facing four counts bordering on possession of fraudulent documents and retention of proceeds of criminal conduct to the tune of N88,187,773.64 (Eighty-eight Million One Hundred and Eighty-seven Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy-three Naira Sixty-four Kobo).
The Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, December 9, 2021 arraigned one Christian Okonkwo Aniagu before Justice I. M Buba of the Federal High Court Sitting In Enugu, on a three count charge bordering on obtaining N16m ( Sixteen Million Naira) by false pretence.
He allegedly sold plots of land purportedly located at Ugwuaji to one Emmanuel Chukwu Ejiofor who later discovered that, the land in question does not exist. And, all attempts to retrieve his money from the defendant proved abortive.
The Zonal Commander of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Gombe Zonal Command, Babashani Umar Sanda has charged students and staff of Federal University, Kashere, Gombe state to take the issue of corruption seriously and be whistleblowers against the malaise in their immediate environment.
Babashani gave the charge in a lecture titled – “ Ponzi and Employment Scams in Nigeria,” delivered on his behalf by Chris Oluka, the Head, Public Affairs in the Zone on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at the Entrepreneurship Auditorium of the University. “It is a pleasant and welcomed development that this public lecture falls on the day the world is marking anti-corruption day. We are primarily here to sensitize you people on the dangers of corruption, especially Ponzi and employment scams and at the same time, solicit your utmost partnership as our foot soldiers - our eyes and ears who will be willing and ready to blow the anti - corruption whistle whenever any form of corruption is observed,” he stated.