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EFCC Finally Breaks Silence, Says ‘We Have Not Dropped Charges Against Diezani, Others’

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC)  on Wednesday said it attention has  been drawn to reports currently circulating in the social media, purporting that the Commission had dropped the criminal charge against a former minister of petroleum resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke and other persons indicted for money laundering.

The EFCC also enjoined members of the public to disregard the report which it described as false and misleading.  It added that , “at no time did the Commission withdraw the charge, which is still before Justice Muslim Hassan of the Federal High Court, Lagos.

“The only development was that the Commission took a prosecutorial decision to split the initial 14-count charge to enable separate arraignment of the defendants following a spate of adjournments that prevented the arraignment of the defendants more than one year after the case was listed.

“The charges were first filed on November 28, 2018. Since then, every attempt to arraign the defendants had been frustrated by one excuse or the other. In more than four times that the matter was called for arraignment, it was either that Lanre Adesanya was sick and bedridden in a London Hospital or Nnamdi Okonkwo was hypertensive and on admission in a hospital or StanleyLawson had had a domestic accident and could not appear in court.

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“It was clear that these recurring excuses were ploys to frustrate the arraignment. To get around this, the Commission took a deliberate decision, which was disclosed in open court, to separately prosecute the defendants in different courts. This explains why the four-count amended charge brought against Dauda Lawal, a former executive director of First Bank, did not include other defendants, except the two who are at large( Diezani Alison-Madueke and Ben Otti). And the ingredients of the offence stated therein only pertains to Lawal’s involvement in the alleged crime, which is the receipt of $25million from the $153million 2015 Peoples Democratic Party presidential election slush fund.

“The non-inclusion of other defendants in the original charge in the amended four-count charge does not mean that they have been exonerated by the Commission of any criminal allegation”, EFCC explained via its official twitter handle

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Court Orders DSS To Release Sowore, Bakare Within 24 Hours

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the DSS to release Omoyele Sowore and Bakare within the next 24 hours. 

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PHOTOS : EFCC Storms Yahoo-Boys Den, Arrest Kingpin, 26 Others

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Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, has busted a Lagos hotel believed to be a hideout for internet fraudsters.

The target, as reliably gathered was one Rasaq Balogun, a suspected internet fraud kingpin, whose illicit activities dominated intelligence gathered from the recently arrested ‘police spies’ during a raid on their Abeokuta base.

 

 

The EFCC added that Balogun harbours an army of young men recruited to carry out financial frauds through the use of the internet.
Some other were also arrested at his Beckley Estate residence, also in Lagos State.
The raid on his hotel, Modzak Hotel, at Abule-Egba, Lagos State, sufficiently gave credence to the suspicion as a retinue of young men were caught haboured in his hotel with no specific mission.

The suspected kingpin and 26 other young men ranging between the ages of 18 and 35 years were arrested at the scene. Some other were also arrested at his Beckley Estate residence, also in Lagos State. They were all brought to the Commission’s Ibadan zonal office for further interrogation.

Officer of the anti-graft agency also recovered three vehicles, fetish item, laptops, mobile phones and documents suspected to contain fraudulent data from the suspect.

The indicted will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

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Court Sentences Three Internet Fraudsters To Prison

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, on Tuesdayy secured the conviction of Adetunji Abayomi Ademola (a.k.a Clara Mantione Musellman), Blessing Daniel Aladetutu and Adebowale Fadairo.

 

Ademola stood before Justice K. Babs of the Federal High Court 1, Ado-Ekiti Judicial Division, while the duo of Aladetutu and Fadairo were convicted by Justice Ayo Emmanuel of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State.

They had earlier approached the Commission for a plea bargain agreement which informed the amended charge of impersonation of which they were found guilty on Tuesday.


Based on the agreement, Justice Babs convicted and sentenced Ademola to four months in prison.

He equally ordered him to restitute a total sum of $413 (Four Hundred and Thirteen United States Dollars) to his victim through the EFCC, and forfeit his Samsung laptop, Infinix smart phone and one MTN modem to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

While Aladetutu bagged three months jail term, Fadairo was sentenced to nine months in prison.

Justice Emmanuel also ordered Aladetutu to restitute to his victim through the EFCC the sum of $400 (Four Hundred United States of America Dollars), and forfeit his iphone 7 Phone to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

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Fadairo was ordered to restitute the sum of $500 (Five Hundred Dollars) to his victim and also forfeit his Tecno Phone to the Federal Government.

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