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EFCC freezes N10billion linked to ex-Lagos gov Ambode

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Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Tuesday, ordered the freezing of the sum of N9.9bn belonging to the Lagos State government but linked to former Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.

Justice Chuka Obiozor gave the order, following an ex-parte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The EFCC had prayed the court to freeze the account pending the conclusion of investigation and possible prosecution of Adewale Adesanya, the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Chief of Staff to Ambode.

The applicant, EFCC, in an affidavit deposed to by Kungmi Daniel, an operative of the Commission, stated that there was “a huge inflow of N9,927,714,443.29” from the state accounts into an FCMB bank account opened on September 17, 2018 during the administration of the immediate past governor of the state, Akinwunmi Ambode, and operated by Adesanya.

It was further stated that the schedule of the FCMB account showed how Adesanya and other signatories to the account made fraudulent transfer from the accounts of the Lagos State Government and dissipated the funds housed in the said accounts.

In his submission, counsel to the EFCC, Mohammed Abbas, said “The trend in the account is that the account always witnessed huge inflow from Lagos State Government in the above scheduled accounts managed by the respondent (Adesanya)”.

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Abbas, therefore, prayed the court to grant an order to temporarily attach and take over the accounts to enable it conclude its investigations.

“There have been concerted efforts and attempts to dissipate the contents of the accounts listed in the schedule to this application.

“Without freezing the nominated accounts and temporarily forfeiting the money to the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, there is no way the fraud being perpetrated using the scheduled accounts can be stopped,” he further told the court.

Consequently, Justice Obiozor granted the prayers of the counsel to the Commission.

The Judge adjourned further proceedings to September 9, 2019.

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PHOTOS: Makinde Joins EFCC In Anti-Corruption Road Walk, Rallies Support For Campaign

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Oyo State Governor, Engr  Seyi Makinde on Monday  joined officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, in a road walk to commemorate the International Anti-Corruption Day.

The governor, who used the occasion to mobilise the people of the state in the fight against corruption, noted that no meaningful development can take place in a society that fails to curb corruption.


He describe the fight against corruption as duty in which all citizen must partake to secure better life and atmosphere for good governance.

“Do you want good road? Do you want stable electricity? Do you want security? Do you want good healthcare? Do you want free education for children? We must all rally against corruption,” he declared.

Governor Makinde was accompanied by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun; Deputy Chief of Staff, Mojeed Mogbojubola, and other top government functionaries.

The Ibadan zonal head of the Commission, Friday Ebelo, had earlier addressed journalists to intimate them on the essence of the day and why the EFCC was marking it with a road walk.

“Corruptions remains the most potent threat to human existence. It is at the root of every tragedy that ever befell mankind. It has also been identified as the ultimate potential impediment to the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals proposed for full actualisation by the year 2030.

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“It is the realisation of these threats and the need to nip them in the bud that countries of the world came together under the auspices of the United Nations to pass the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) in December 2003. As of today, 186 member-states are parties to the treaty. The document currently has 140 signatories and 30 ratification. Those are in addition to the full involvement of notable Non-Member states of the global body,” he recalled.

Ebelo reeled out to the press some of he successes of the zone for the year.
“In the last one year, particularly from January 2019 till date, the zone received 691 petitions. 213 of these were returned unapproved as issues raised therein did not fall under the purview of our mandate.

“In the course of investigations, the zone arrested 878 persons. Out of the 268 prosecuted, 171 have been convicted. Our investigations also led to temporary fixing of 1044 bank accounts, while 56 automobiles and 14 houses were impounded. We equally have several laptops android phones and many other electronic devices confiscated in compliance with court orders,” he said.

 

The rally took off from the premises of the Ibadan zonal office, through Dugbe, and came to a halt at the take-off point.

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Official of sister security agencies including the Department of State Service, Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigeria Immigration Service, among others, as well as members of non-governmental organisations participated in the road walk.

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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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