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EFCC Operatives Receive Military Training At NDA

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Ahead of their graduation from the Nigerian Defence Academy(NDA) in Kaduna State, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has commenced training for cadet officers.

The training, according to EFCC  is part of efforts by the commission to expose and equip the officers  with modern skills in the fight against corruption.

Addressing the cadets during their training at the NDA old parade ground, the commission’s Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu, said that the rising corruption cases in the country necessitated the training.

Magu, who was represented by the Commandant of EFCC Academy, Professor Ladi Hamalai, posited  that officers need to be adequately exposed and equipped with modern investigation and prosecution skills that will enable them  discharge their duties effectively.

“Are you mentally prepared to repair some of the wrongs of the society? Are you prepared to fight corruption? Corruption is stronger than a strong army, do you know that?

“Are you strong enough to fight it? If I ask whether you are strong enough to fight corruption, the next thing is that do you have the will to fight corruption? Somebody can call you, bribe you and say, please leave this alone. Do you take the bribe?

“If somebody threatens to kill you if you don’t stop this, what should you do? So can the nation rely on you?” she asked.

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The participants, while responding  chorused in affirmative that the nation can rely on them in the fight against corruption.

 

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Court jails two internet fraudsters, convicts another

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office has secured the conviction of two internet fraudsters, namely: Rasak Olayinka Balogun and Ayodeji Oluwaseun Olatona, who all pleaded guilty to separate one-count charge of criminal impersonation.

The offence runs contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) of Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) (iv) of the same Act.

 

While Balogun was sentenced to seven months jail term by Justice Mohammed Abubakar of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, Olatona had his date with Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, who sentenced him to six months imprisonment.

Apart from his jail term, Balogun was ordered to restitute $4,000 (Four Thousand United States Dollars) to his victim, one Mantonia Duncan, and also forfeit his laptop, Samsung Galaxy S8 phone and iPhone 11 Pro Max to the federal government, while Olatona will restitute $500 (Five Hundred United State Dollars) to his victim and forfeit his iPhone 7 to the Federal government.

In a similar development, Justice Peter Lifu of the Federal High Court, Osogbo, convicted one Timilehin Awojoodu of criminal impersonation, but reserved his sentence till July 21, 2020. Besides the conviction, the judge ordered Awojoodu to restitute the sum of $2,500 (Two Thousand, Five Hundred United States Dollars) to his victim and forfeit his iPhone 7 and Infinix Hot 7 phone to the government.

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Buhari okays Magu’s suspension, Umar now chairs EFCC

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Niheria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has on Friday confirmed the suspension of Mr Ibrahim Magu as acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Magu’s suspension by the President, which takes immediate effect, was announced in a statement from the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

The minister’s Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Umar Gwandu, who signed the statement explained that the presidential directive was to allow unhindered inquiry by the Presidential Investigation Panel under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act and other relevant laws.

He disclosed further  that President Buhari has directed the EFCC Director of Operations, Mohammed Umar, to take charge and oversee the activities of the commission.

Umar will oversee EFCC’s activities pending the conclusion of the ongoing investigation and further directives in that regard.

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South-east governors absent as FG inaugurates zone 13 police headquarters in Anambra.

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The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu on Wednesday inaugurated the Zone 13 Nigeria Police Headquarters at Ukpo, near Awka in Anambra.

Ukpo is housed by Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra. The newly-created zone covers the three South-East states of Ebonyi, Enugu and Anambra.

Interestingly, the governors in the zone were conspicuously absent. The governors who were not present at the event, were Willie Obiano of Anambra state; Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state and their Ebonyi state counterpart, Dave Umahi.

It will be recalled that Ebonyi was previously under Zone 6 in Calabar, while Enugu and Anambra were under Zone 9 with headquarters in Umuahia.

In a message read on his behalf by a Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG), Mr Celestine Okoye, Adamu noted that in Ukpo that siting the zonal headquarters in Anambra would boost the operations of the police in the South-East.

He disclosed that the process of locating the zonal headquarters at Ukpo was not easy, thanking President Muhammadu Buhari for approving Ukpo community as zone 13 headquarters.

The IGP also hinted that the police authorities would soon inaugurate a Mobile Police Base in Nsugbe in the Anambra East Local Government Area.

He lauded Mr Arthur Eze, an indigene of Ukpo for his contributions toward the location of the zonal headquarters at Ukpo.

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Eze, a philanthropist said he was thankful to Buhari and the police high command for their choice of his community as the headquarters of zone 13.

“Buhari has shown love and interest in the development of the South-East since he took over as the nation’s president.

“He is currently rehabilitating the Enugu-Onitsha highway, constructing the 2nd Niger Bridge and has approved this new police zone 13 for our people.

“We cannot thank him enough, and as a leader from the zone, I must say that we the Igbo people are happy with President Buhari and will continue to support his people-oriented programmes”.

Eze, who later handed over the key of the complex to the Okoye, said that policemen deployed to the zone would have a fruitful working experience.

A former Commissioner of Police in Enugu and Edo States, AIG. Danmallam Mohammed, has since assumed duties as the pioneer officer in-charge of the new zone.

The inauguration ceremony was well attended by scores of traditional rulers, business executives and politicians from the three states in the zone.

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