The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today said it has achieved some success in the prosecution of pension fraud cases. Briefing journalists in Abuja, the agency’s Head, Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, said the Commission has called several witnesses in many of the cases under trial and succeeded in securing the final forfeiture of a property linked to Shuaibu Teidi, former director, Pension Accounts, Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, who is facing a 22-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence, conspiracy to commit fraud and concealing the origin of stolen pension funds to the tune of N18.3 billion.
Justice Olasumbo Goodluck of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja has adjourned to June 4, 2014 for ruling on whether the court has jurisdiction to hear the N1.4 billion oil subsidy case involving the duo of Helyn Aninye, Chizobam Aniebonam and their company, Pon-specialized Services Limited.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, March 24, 2014 told a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja that an application filed by Wole Olanipekun, SAN, counsel to a former Managing Director of Intercontinental Bank, Mr. Erastus Akingbola, challenging the jurisdiction of the court, was premature and a ploy to delay his trial.
Justice B.O.Quadri of the Federal High Court, Gombe today March 24, 2014 sentenced one Abubakar Dan-Inna alias Goni Bukar to 2 years imprisonment with hard labour. The convict, who was arraigned on October 3, 2013, was convicted on each of the two count charge of conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence.
An Operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Jonathan Barde, was on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, knocked down by a Honda Accord car, desperately driven by a fleeing suspect, Tajudeen Oluwanishola, who was trying to escape arrest over a case of fraud being investigated by the Commission.
A Laboratory Chemist, Idris Tahir who is a witness in the on-going trial of a police officer, Dodo Chilla Bulus, an Assistant Superintendent of Police today, March 24, 2014 told Justice E.S Chukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja that the result of the analysis of the product allegedly siphoned by the accused and his cohorts confirmed that it was crude oil
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, March 20, 2014 opposed an application filed by Mr. Charles Edosomwan, SAN, counsel to Mr. Fred Ajudua, before a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja, seeking bail for Ajudua, who is standing trial for defrauding two Dutch businessmen, Messrs Remy Cina and Pierre Vijgen of the sum of $1.69million.
The arraignment of Timipre Marlin Sylva, former governor of Bayelsa State and six others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC before Justice A. Y Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja could not go on today.
The withdrawal of defence counsel, Mahmood A. Magaji, SAN today ( March 20, 2014) stalled further hearing in the ongoing trial of Aliyu Bello, a former special assistant to the director of administration, Pension Account, office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation and Abdullahi Omeiza, a sokoto-based school teacher, alongside their companies Fafama Estate Developers and Fafama Oil and Gas Limited.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on March 19, 2014 arraigned one Emmanuel Sunday before Justice P.I. Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Benin, Edo State on an 8-count charge bordering on conspiracy, impersonation and obtaining money under false pretence.