Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has declared that the agency will come after any persons alleged to be corrupt.
While distancing himself and the anti-graft agency from political inclination, the EFCC boss said. “I don’t care who you are, where you come from. The political inclination is not an issue, so there is no question of identifying the chairman of a political party under investigation.
“If you are corrupt, I’ll go after you. You can see the two governors who were convicted were APC governors; there is no doubt about that.”
He disclosed that the agency does not invite people on a hear-say basis, but only when there is something linked to the person.
“If you are corrupt, we usually conduct a very thorough preliminary investigation before we go after you, that’s why if you are invited by EFCC, there must be something.
“I think the fear factor is helping a lot,” he added.
EFCC arrests 94 suspected cyber fraudsters in Osogbo
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan zonal office has raided a nightclub in Osogbo, the Osun State capital and arrested cyber fraudsters numbering 94.
The anti-graft agency in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, on Monday alleged that the nightclub popularly known as ‘Club Secret Underground’ is notorious for hosting parties for suspected internet fraudsters.
Uwujaren added that the nightclub is located on the Ibadan-Iwo Expressway of the Osun State capital.
According to the statement, ” the raid led to the arrest of 94 suspects and confiscation of 19 exotic cars, laptops, scores of sophisticated mobile phones and other items.
“The wee-hour operation was sequel to an intelligence report hinting that the suspected internet fraudsters were organising a night party for Sunday, October 13 during which some of them intended to celebrate their loots.
“A discreet operation on the club had earlier been carried out to ascertain the authenticity of the intelligence”.
The EFCC informed that the suspects are currently undergoing further interrogation, and those indicted would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.
In Kwara, EFCC presents N112m recovered loot to Gov. Abdulrazaq
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has presented N112million recovered from treasury looters to the Kwara state governor, Mr Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.
Speaking at the presentation, the Head of the Ilorin office, Isyaku Sharu disclosed that the Zone which started its operations in February has achieved a lot in terms of assets recovery and conviction of corrupt individuals.
According to him, “we have 29 convictions and over N500million (five hundred million naira) recovery for both assets and cash; part of this recovery is the N111, 428, 891.00 cash recovered for the Kwara state government.
“This recovery is from suspected Kwara state treasury looters. The suspects allegedly misappropriated landed properties of Harmony Holdings while others diverted funds meant for micro small and medium enterprises credit scheme. The suspects cut across political office holders, traditional rulers and top civil servants,” he added.
Mr Sharu, while assuring of the agency’s steadfastness in ridding the state of all acts of corruption and other economic crimes, stressed that he was mandated by the acting chairman of the Commission, Ibrahim Magu to present a draft for the recovered fund.
Governor Abdulrazaq, in his response thanked the EFCC, just as he hinted that the cash will be used for the social investment programme in the state to lift poor people out of poverty.
“We are overwhelmed because history is being made in Kwara state with the return of our monies recovered by the EFCC especially now that there are many projects to embark on.
“As we promised to replicate the federal government social investment programmes, this cash would be used for that programme and we will make our people realise that the seed money for social investment programme, before we came into power, was also recovered.
“We would let our people know that it is the money realised by the EFCC we are giving them so that they can pay back when they get the loan. It will help to lift thousands of people out of poverty,” the governor averred.
N65m recovered by EFCC from INEC office in Zamfara
Nigeria’s anti graft agency, the Economic and Finacial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Sokoto zonal office has recovered money to the tune of N65,548,000 (Sixty-five Million, Five Hundred and Forty-eight Thousand Naira) from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Zamfara State.
The monies which comprise of 81 bundles of N1000 notes, 97 bundle of N500 notes and 96 pieces of N500 notes were stacked in two fireproof safes during a search conducted in offices of the HOD Accounts and Cashier of the INEC, the EFCC on Wednesday revealed.
The money is suspected to be 40% illegally deducted on funds released to the INEC Zamfara office to cater for the rent of Canopies, Tables, and Chairs and also funds for RAC (Registration Area Center) and movement of men and materials to Polling Units, by the HOD Accounts & Cashier.
The raid, as gathered followed a petition by one of the INEC ad-hoc staff during the 2019 presidential and gubernatorial elections in Zamfara State. The staff alleged that the Adhoc INEC officials were denied payment of their N6,000 movement allowances each for the two elections.
According to the complainant, while INEC in Zamfara allegedly paid its ad hoc staff the sum of N9,000, others in states like Sokoto were paid N12,000.
Also, the recovered fund is suspected to be part of the funds illegally deducted from releases meant to cater for the movement of materials and electoral officials as well as the provision of chairs, tables and canopies for the 2019 governorship and presidential elections in the state
Before now, the Commission had arrested four officials of INEC in the state. The officials, which included Hassan Sidi Aliyu, Administrative Secretary, Hussain Jafar, Head of Operations, Abdullahi Yusuf Abubakar, State Accountant and the Cashier Labaran Ishaka, were picked for alleged conspiracy, breach of trust and criminal diversion of Ad hoc staff allowance to the tune of N84, 696,000 (Eighty Four Million, Six Hundred and Ninety Six Thousand Naira).
The investigation by the EFCC unearthed that none of the 10,500 presiding officers who participated in the elections were paid their entitlements commutatively put at N84, 696,000 (Eighty-Four Million, Six Hundred and Ninety-Six Thousand Naira).
The 14 Electoral Officers of the state were also arrested and they are: Abdullahi Sumbawa, Zurmi LGA; Aliyu Jafaru Goronyo, Maradun LGA; Balarabe Ahmed S Gobir, Gummi LGA; Amadu Ibrahim, Gusau LGA; Mohammed Bashir Musa, Kaura Namoda LGA; Dalhatu Usman Musa,Birnin Magaji LGA; Abdulmumin Usman, Maru LGA; Muhammad Nasir Saidu, Talatu Mafara LGA; Abdullahi A. Ukashatu, Tsafe LGA; Tukur Garba Kaita, Bungudu LGA; Salihu Musa Abdullahi, Bukuyun LGA; Sadiq Abdullahi, Fari Anka LGA; Lawali Muhammed, Argungu Bakura LGA; Jafaru Gide, Shinkafi LGA; Tanimu Muhammad, Shinkafi LGA; and Hassan Abdullahi,Shinkafi LGA.
The investigation, according to the EFCC is still ongoing while efforts are being made to recover all the illegal deductions.