Justice E.A Obile of the Federal High Court, Calabar, Cross River State on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 convicted and sentenced Paul Etim and Okon Edet Okon to 6 years imprisonment each without an option of fine, on a 2-count charge of illegal dealing in petroleum products preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court, Asaba on June 6, 2016 convicted and sentenced Stephen Othuke Perry alias Martins Leon and Ogaga Ovuapkorie to seven years imprisonment each. The duo were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on February 21,2013 on a 12 counts charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N24 ,812,905 (Twenty four million, eight hundred and twelve thousand and five naira.
The Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Bayo Onanuga, has expressed the readiness of the agency to further support the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in its fight against corruption.
The Chirman, Senate Committee on Financial Crimes Anti-corruption, Senator Chukwuka Utazi, has expressed the Committee’s resolve to support the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in its anti-graft war.
In recent times, a lot of interest has been generated by the action of the Commission in freezing the accounts of suspects that were investigated or are currently being investigated. Some commentators have tended to ascribe vindictive motives to this action. In order to prevent misinformation, it is imperative to explain the reason behind the Commission’s actions in this regard.
The trial of Abba Moro, a former Minister of Interior, continued on Friday, June 10, 2016 with the former Comptroller-General of Nigerian Immigration Service, David Shikfu Paradang giving detailed account of how the ministry over-ruled former President Goodluck Jonathan in the ill-fated recruitment into the Service held on March 15, 2014 which led to the death of scores of Nigerian job seekers.
The trial of a former governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye, who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on charges bordering on money laundering and diversion of funds, witnessed a turn of events on June 10, 2016 as the defence counsel, G. S. Pwul, SAN, rather than open its defence, told the court that “we intend to raise a no-case submission”.
Justice Fatu Riman of the Federal High Court, Kano, has convicted one Bashir Musa of Hotoro Dan Marke Quarters of Kano City on two counts of personation and obtaining money by false pretence.
Desmond Nunugwo, a suspect under investigation by the EFCC, passed away today June 10, 2016 few hours after he was taken into custody. His demise was confirmed at the hospital where he was rushed after he suddenly took ill.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, June 9, 2016 arraigned one Signor Kanu before Justice A. O. Otaluka of the FCT High Court sitting in Lugbe, Abuja on one count charge of fraud.