A Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday told the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that it cannot probe states finances. According to the court, the anti-graft agency can only do that with a report of indictment from states’ Houses of Assembly. Justice Taiwo O. Taiwo made the declaration in a judgement delivered in a suit filed by Ekiti State Government against the EFCC, the Inspector General of Police, the Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, the Clerk and 13 others. The state’s Attorney General filed the suit after the commission sent letters of invitation to some government officials seeking details of some financial transactions of the state. The EFCC also sent letters to the banks seeking financial books of the state in their custody. Justice
On July 4, 2017, African leaders unanimously endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari to champion the fight against corruption on the continent. The endorsement, which took place during the 29th Session of the AU, was in recognition of his personal commitment and acclaimed anti-graft drive at the domestic level. The President Buhari accepted his nomination on July 25, 2017, in a letter to President Alpha Conde of Guinea, the outgoing AU Chairperson. Mr Magu at the ongoing 30th AU summit in Addis Ababa told journalists that African leaders must therefore support President Buhari in his task as the champion of AU’s fight against corruption for successful anti-corruption war. The head of Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency said further that the political will is the driving force of
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement he signed on Thursday. The highlight of the President’s engagements during the visit will be his statement under the historic theme for the AU Summit, “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.” This is the first time in the 54-year history of the AU that anti-corruption will be made a theme of the gathering of the regional leaders. On July 4, 2017, African leaders unanimously endorsed President Buhari to champion the fight against corruption on the continent. The endorsement, which took place during the 29th Session of the AU, was in recognition of his personal commitment and acclaimed anti-graft drive at the domestic level.
The EFCC Acting Head of Media and Publicity, Mr Samin Amaddin, confirmed this to Channels Television on Wednesday. Mr Amaddin said the former SGF is cooperating with investigators and has been making useful statements. He added that his interview with the anti-corruption agency would continue on Thursday. More details to come soon..........
Oba was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja by officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, while she was returning from Dubai with her family. She was subsequently handed over to the EFCC. A statement by the EFCC said Oba’s name tallied with one of the frozen accounts of the former First Lady as she was the sole signatory to the account. The statement said, “From our findings, the closing balance in the account was N317,397,458.26 as at August 10, 2017. “The inflows came without a clear narration as to the source. However, investigation is being intensified in that direction. “Her claim is that the company was owned by their mother who is deceased. However, major inflows into the account occurred after the demise of their mother, Mrs.
Metuh and his company, Destra Investments Limited, are being prosecuted for fraudulently receiving the sum of N400million from the Office of the National Security Adviser in 2014. The trial was adjourned on Monday, January 22 after he was said to be on admission at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra State making him be absent from court on Monday. The prosecution on Tuesday, January 23 then asked the court to revoke Metuh’s bail and commit him to prison to ensure that he attends his trial. The prosecutor who was reacting to an application seeking for the further adjournment of the case because of Metuh’s ill health accused the defence of trying to scuttle the trial. He said that besides the letter which cannot be proven to be from the Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching h
The case is being tried before Justice Yalim S Bogoro. Bogoro adjourned the case to February 20, 2018 after the court heard the arguments of the prosecution and defence counsels. Aliyu is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alongside his chief of staff, Umar Nasko, on an 8-count charge of abuse of office and money laundering to the tune of N2 billion. A statement by the EFCC said: “the money, which was said to be part of ecological funds released by the federal government to the state in 2014, was allegedly diverted by the former governor for political purposes.” The offence, the statement said, is contrary to section 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under section 15 (3) of the same ac
The case was on Monday adjourned after the counsel to Metuh informed the court that his client is currently on admission at the Nnamdi Azikwe University Teaching hospital for an undisclosed ailment. The case was therefore adjourned to January 23, 2018. The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang adjourned the case to Tuesday to enable cross-examination of Metuh’s 9th witness.
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) detectives have allegedly uncovered another withdrawal of $1.3 billion made by former Petroleum minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke on the directive of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. The money was removed from the accounts of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). The cash was ostensibly to fight kidnapping and other security threats in the Niger Delta, according to The Nation. The withdrawal was neither authorised by the National Assembly nor the Federal Executive Council (FEC). Former Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is also believed to be unaware of the deductions. Diezani Alison-Madueke is reported to have only relied on a memo from ex-Presid...
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, on Tuesday, ordered a temporary forfeiture of N6, 584, 785,000; $222,000 and Aso Savings Limited shares valued at N2, 028, 800,000 believed to be have been acquired proceeds of the sale of Severance Insurance Premium by Power Holdings Company of Nigeria (PHCN) to the Federal Government. He gave the order while ruling on an ex-parte motion by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).Federal High Court, Abuja Justice Dimgba also ordered an interim forfeiture of 12 houses and plots of land located in Lagos, Ibadan and Abuja believed to be proceeds of corruption. This followed the granting of motion in chambers moved by EFCC’s lawyer, Mr. Ben Ikani. In his ruling, Justice Dimgba directed the EFCC to pub