The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Kano Zonal Command on August 16, 2021 arraigned Rashida Ibrahim Usman before Justice Maryam Ahmed Sabo of the Kano State High Court sitting in Milla Road, Bompai, Kano State.

The defendant was arrested by operatives of the Commission following a complaint by one Hajiya Wasila who alleged that sometime in April 2018 she was introduced to the defendant by her sister, Pricia Shaaibu with the information that she is a well-connected businesswoman who runs a business called Golden Premier Club.

Subsequently, the defendant invited the complainant to Abuja where she explained the details of the business to her. The complainant showed interest in the business and invested the total sum of N13, 780,000 (Thirteen Million, Seven Hundred and Eighty Thousand Naira Only) in five instalments through the defendant’s account domiciled in Diamond Bank Plc with account N0. 0099629622.

The Maiduguri Zonal Commander of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Onwukwe C. Obiora has called on the people of the Northeast to join hands with the anti-graft agency in the fight against economic and financial crimes in the country by reporting corrupt activities using the ‘‘Eagle Eye’’ mobile application recently launched by the EFCC chairman, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, as a way of embracing the whistle blowing policy of the Federal government.

The Commander gave the charge through the Head, Public Affairs Department of Maiduguri Command, Egbodofo Olumide, during a Town Hall meeting held at Dujima International Hotel Maiduguri, Borno State on Saturday, August 14, 2021, organized by a Non- Governmental Organization, Wadata Media and Advocacy Centre (WAMAC), with support from MacArthur Foundation, with the theme: “Community Participation in the Fight Against Corruption in Nigeria Using Local Languages”.

Justice A.T. Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has convicted and sentenced Morgan Innocent Chinda (aka Richard Johnson Adams) and Joshua Pina to three years imprisonment, for internet- related offences.

They were jailed recently after pleading “guilty" to one- count separate charge bordering on impersonation and Internet fraud, upon their arraignment by the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

 

The Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, August 13, 2021 arraigned a serial fraudster, Al-Ameen Idris and one Zanna Malla before Justice Aisha Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri on a-two count charge for obtaining N10, 750,000.00 (Ten Million, Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) by false pretence.

The duo, between 11th August and 13th September 2020, obtained the sum from one Alhaji Bukar Kime under the pretext of selling to him a purported plot of land measuring 50×50ft laying and situate at Pompomari Residential layout, Maiduguri which did not belong to them.

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

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Command, on Friday August 13, 2021, secured the interim forfeiture of the sum of N241, 000,000: 00 (Two Hundred and Forty-one Million Naira) and an interim attachment of a property lying, being and situate at Plot, No. 1121, Ekukinam Street, Utako District, Cadastral Zone, FCT, Abuja, which funds and property the Commission reasonably suspected to be proceed of unlawful activity of one Abdulsalam Bawa of the Account Department of the Sustainable Development Goals Office.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court, Lagos Judicial Division, sitting in Ikoyi gave the order following an ex-parte application filed by the EFCC.

Operatives of the Enugu Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC have arrested 42 suspected internet fraudsters in separate operations in Awka and Enugu.

Twenty-nine (29) of the suspects were arrested in Awka while thirteen (13) were arrested in Enugu following intelligence on their alleged involvement in internet fraud.

The suspects are: Chimezie Anyamutaku, Chinonso Dominic, Onyekachi Nwankwo,Ikenna Austin, Chinonso Anthony Caesar,Felix Okechukwu Chikagu, Dera Okoye, Victor Onyebuchi, Emmanuel Ifeanyi,Emeka Izu John, Raphael Gbughemobi,Okorie Charles,Onyeoji Chukwuemeka,Enem Bontis Obinna Udoka,Chibueze Udechukwu Ofor, Lawrence Oyegu, Soburu Kingsley, and Ikechukwu Umeakunne.

The Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, Lagos Command, has sought greater collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the areas of data and credible intelligence sharing.

Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Lagos Zonal Command of the EFCC on Friday, August 13, 2021, Assistant Comptroller- General, ACG, O.A. Talabi, said: “The EFCC is a strategic agency in the fight against economic and financial crimes, and the importance of this synergy cannot be over-emphasized. All hands must be on deck to support what the EFCC is doing to smoke out these unwholesome elements from their abodes and jail them accordingly.

The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to a report captioned: Even If you Go to Court… I have a Good Working relationship with Judges, attributed to the Benue Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Justin Gbagir and which was published in the online media on Monday August 9, 2021.

The Commission wishes to state that the comment ascribed to the Executive Chairman, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, is patently false and should be discountenanced.

The Benin Zonal Commander of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Muhtar Bello on Friday August 13, 2021 charged youths and teenagers to embrace discipline and shun all forms of criminality.

The Zonal Commander stated this while speaking to a group of youths and teenagers under the aegis of Royal Ambassadors, Calvary Baptist Church, NIFOR, near Benin City.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Command has arraigned one Fakunle Ganiyu Abiola before Justice Bayo Taiwo of the Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan on one count charge of obtaining under false pretence.

Fakunle, sometime in 2017 had promised to assist his victim secure admission into a US university for a fee of Eight Hundred Thousand Naira (N800, 000).

But after collecting a deposit of N300, 000, the victim neither got the promised admission or a refund of the deposit paid.