The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a legal practitioner, Barrister Ayodele Owoka, 47, over allegations of bribery. He was arrested on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at the Commission’s office in Ikoyi, Lagos as he attempted to bribe a team of operatives investigating a case of contract inflation, abuse of office, stealing, embezzlement and misappropriation of funds at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State.
Senator Victor Lar, Chairman Senate Committee on Drugs, Narcotics, Financial Crimes and Anti-Corruption has commended the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for the number of convictions it secured in 2013. He made the remark Thursday at the 2014 Budget defense of the EFCC. The Commission recorded a total of 117 convictions in 2013. An elated Lar said the record is significant in the face of the erroneous perception by some persons that the Commission was not doing much. “The 117 convictions is a very good record. We hope that the Commission will put in more efforts” he said.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on February 25, 2014 arraigned the trio of Pastor Glory Okeoghene Abrefera, Reverend Vincent Okpogo and their company, Mustard Seed Microfinance Limited before Justice Inagite- Kuejubola of the State High Court, Effurun, Warri on a 38-count charge bordering on conspiracy, diversion and stealing.