Justice Dije Abdu Aboki of the High Court of Kano State today July 22, 2013 convicted and sentenced Usman Salifu to two years imprisonment for stealing.
The chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde on Friday July 19, 2013 charged the newly recruited operatives of the Commission to uphold the tenet and core values of the Commission. "The agency that you are about to become a part of, is not your regular government agency. If you have not gotten that in the past six months, then you do not deserve to be here. We do not entertain or manage second-bests here; if there is any bar set in the public service for professionalism, EFCC surpasses it and if there is any bar set for integrity, EFCC easily scales it. Therefore, professionalism, integrity and discipline must be your watchwords at all times."
The chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde today reiterated the importance of the support of the European Union to the Commission in the fight against economic and financial crimes. Lamorde made this assertion while receiving members of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific/European Union (ACP-EU) parliament in his office.
Justice Lateefa Okunnu of a Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 refused to accept as exhibit, minutes of the meeting of board members of the former Bank PHB, now Keystone Bank. The court turned down the tendering of the exhibit as it re- opened the trial of the N27billion theft charge against the former managing director, Mr Francis Atuche, his wife Elizabeth and Ugo Anyanwu.
A Federal Capital Territory High Court presided over by Justice O. Goodluck was on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 told how a University don, Stephen Abah who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission obtained $48.500 from one Godwin Udeh Orokpu by false pretence.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today July 17, 2013 arraigned Bashir Murtala and Circular Trust Bureau de Change Limited before Justice Darious H. Kobo of the Kaduna State High Court on one count charge that borders on stealing and criminal breach of trust.
Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde will on Wednesday July 17 appear before the House of Representatives Committee on Drugs, Narcotics and Financial Crimes which is conducting a public hearing to determine the status of assets seized or recovered by the EFCC since inception. Though Lamorde was scheduled to appear before the committee today, he was unable to do so due to some prior commitment. He however sent a letter of apology to the Committee. The letter was delivered by a team of top EFCC management led by the Director of Finance and Accounts, Mr. Bukar Abba. He told the Committee that Lamorde travelled to Lagos for an earlier scheduled appointment and therefore pleaded with the Committee to allow him appear at another date.
Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo of a Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, on Monday, July 15, 2013 dismissed an application of "no case submission" brought before it by a former Managing Director of Intercontinental Bank Plc, now Access Bank, Dr. Erastus Akingbola. The court held that the application brought by Akingbola in a case of N47billion fraud involving him and Bayo Dada of Tropics Finance Limited, lacked merit and was an abuse of court process. The court also held that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, that instituted the case against the two former bankers, had succeeded in establishing a prima facie case against Akingbola.
Ramoni Alabi, senior manager, Internal Audit Investigation Unit of the First Bank of Nigeria Plc, who is a prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of Uzoma Cyril Attang and six other persons accused of abuse of office, theft and diverting over N20 billion in the police pension scam today told the court that one of the accused persons, Veronica Onyegbula drew a total of 303 cheques in a day. "When we investigated the account on request from the EFCC, we found out that more than 200 cheques were paid daily. And in an attempt to beat the threshold of reporting to the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, NFIU, on currency transaction, these cheques were drawn in the range of 500,000.00 to 4.9Million, hence the bank could not see the transaction as suspicious," he told the court
The Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, today July 12, 2013 arraigned one Chukwuma Paul Chukwuma before Justice Salisu Garba of the FCT High Court, Abuja, on a 14-count charge bordering on issuance of dud cheques and obtaining money by false pretence. The accused is alleged to have sometime in 2012, issued various cheques amounting to N120 million which when presented for payment were dishonoured. He is also said to have obtained by false pretence the sum of N8 million from one Dr. Obiora Okonkwo.