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  •  The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC says it will continue to partner with the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to curb vote buying especially during the 2023 general elections The Chairman of the EFCC Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa said this in an interview with journalists in Abuja on Thursday shortly after defending the commission s 2023 budget before the Senate Committee on Anti Corruption We will continue to do what we have to do we are trying to ensure that illegitimate funds are not finding their way into our electoral processes he said Bawa said that the commission would partner with INEC to arrest and prosecute persons involved in vote buying The commission s chairman said that cases of those arrested for vote buying in previous elections were ongoing in court Bawa also thanked the National Assembly for supporting the commission via landmark legislations designed to further assist it to deliver on its mandate I want to use this opportunity to thank the National Assembly for their support as EFCC Chairman particularly the committee on anti corruption They have been with us 100 per cent You remember recently they have worked with us to pass landmark Acts and legislations and the President has assented to it So we are working with them towards ensuring that this country is free of economic and financial crimes he said The EFCC chairman lauded the redesigning of naira notes by the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN adding it was a welcome development We welcome the policy it is a good thing that the country is designing its currency because how can you have an effective monetary policy when you don t have control over 85 per cent of your currencies Out there people are holding it people are using it to speculate on foreign currencies and so coming out with this policy the government is trying to contend with it According to him with the new policy the commission will be able to monitor people holding currencies legitimately and illegitimately I am sure that those people that are holding back this money whether legitimately or illegitimately we will be able to monitor and the right cause of the law will take its course he added On fight against cybercrimes Bawa urged youths to support the commission to rid the nation of cybercrimes and other criminal activities associated with cyberspace According to him their activities are tarnishing the image of the country in the global arena Bawa revealed that as of Oct 22 the commission succeeded in securing 2 847 convictions of cybercrime perpetrators These are Nigerians from the youthful constituency they should join me in fighting the scourge of Cybercrime It is part of our mandate to fight cybercrime to fight advance fee fraud and we are working in conformity with the law I am pleading with them not to stop doing such things at this time of transition of the country in terms of elections in terms of government efforts to see that the economy is back on track Bawa added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: EFCC pledges support for INEC to curb vote buying
     The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC says it will continue to partner with the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to curb vote buying especially during the 2023 general elections The Chairman of the EFCC Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa said this in an interview with journalists in Abuja on Thursday shortly after defending the commission s 2023 budget before the Senate Committee on Anti Corruption We will continue to do what we have to do we are trying to ensure that illegitimate funds are not finding their way into our electoral processes he said Bawa said that the commission would partner with INEC to arrest and prosecute persons involved in vote buying The commission s chairman said that cases of those arrested for vote buying in previous elections were ongoing in court Bawa also thanked the National Assembly for supporting the commission via landmark legislations designed to further assist it to deliver on its mandate I want to use this opportunity to thank the National Assembly for their support as EFCC Chairman particularly the committee on anti corruption They have been with us 100 per cent You remember recently they have worked with us to pass landmark Acts and legislations and the President has assented to it So we are working with them towards ensuring that this country is free of economic and financial crimes he said The EFCC chairman lauded the redesigning of naira notes by the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN adding it was a welcome development We welcome the policy it is a good thing that the country is designing its currency because how can you have an effective monetary policy when you don t have control over 85 per cent of your currencies Out there people are holding it people are using it to speculate on foreign currencies and so coming out with this policy the government is trying to contend with it According to him with the new policy the commission will be able to monitor people holding currencies legitimately and illegitimately I am sure that those people that are holding back this money whether legitimately or illegitimately we will be able to monitor and the right cause of the law will take its course he added On fight against cybercrimes Bawa urged youths to support the commission to rid the nation of cybercrimes and other criminal activities associated with cyberspace According to him their activities are tarnishing the image of the country in the global arena Bawa revealed that as of Oct 22 the commission succeeded in securing 2 847 convictions of cybercrime perpetrators These are Nigerians from the youthful constituency they should join me in fighting the scourge of Cybercrime It is part of our mandate to fight cybercrime to fight advance fee fraud and we are working in conformity with the law I am pleading with them not to stop doing such things at this time of transition of the country in terms of elections in terms of government efforts to see that the economy is back on track Bawa added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: EFCC pledges support for INEC to curb vote buying
    General news3 months ago

    2023: EFCC pledges support for INEC to curb vote buying

    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it will continue to partner with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to curb vote  buying, especially during the 2023 general elections.

    The Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa said this in an interview with journalists in Abuja on Thursday, shortly, after defending the commission’s 2023 budget before the Senate Committee on Anti Corruption.

    “We will continue to do what we have to do, we are trying to ensure that illegitimate funds are not finding their way into our electoral processes,” he said.

    Bawa said that the commission would partner with INEC to arrest and prosecute persons involved in vote buying.

    The commission’s chairman said that cases of those arrested for vote buying in previous elections were ongoing in court.

    Bawa also thanked the National Assembly for supporting the commission, via landmark legislations designed to further assist it to deliver on its mandate.

    “I want to use this opportunity to thank the National Assembly for their support as EFCC Chairman, particularly the committee on anti corruption.

    “They have been with us 100 per cent. 

    You remember recently they have worked with us to pass landmark Acts and legislations and the President has assented to it .

    “So, we are working with them towards ensuring that this country is free of economic and financial crimes,” he said.

    The EFCC chairman lauded the redesigning of  naira notes by the Central Bank of Nigeria,(CBN), adding it was a welcome development.

    “We welcome the policy; it is a good thing that the country is designing its currency, because how can you have an effective monetary policy when you don’t have control over 85 per cent of your currencies.

    “Out there, people are holding it, people are using it to speculate on foreign currencies, and so coming out with this policy ,the government is trying to contend with it.

    ” According to him, with the new policy, the commission will be able to monitor people holding currencies legitimately and illegitimately.

    “I am sure that those people that are holding back this money whether legitimately or illegitimately, we will be able to monitor and the right cause of the law will take its course,” he added.

    On fight against cybercrimes, Bawa urged youths to support the commission to rid the nation of cybercrimes and other criminal activities associated with cyberspace.

    According to him, their  activities are tarnishing the image of the country in the global arena.

    Bawa revealed that as of Oct. 22, the commission succeeded in securing 2,847 convictions of cybercrime perpetrators.

    “These are Nigerians from the youthful constituency, they should join me in fighting the scourge of Cybercrime.

    “It is part of our mandate to fight cybercrime, to fight advance fee fraud,and we are working in conformity with the law.

    “I am pleading with them not to stop doing such things at this time of transition of the country in terms of elections, in terms of government efforts to see that the economy is back on track,” Bawa added.


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  •  The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC has applauded the move by the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN to redesign and reissue higher denominations of the Nigerian currency the Naira The CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele on Wednesday announced that the apex bank had obtained the approval of the Federal Executive Council to redesign and issue new N200 N500 and N1000 notes According to Emefiele the new notes will come into circulation by Dec 15 2022 while the old notes will no longer be accepted after Jan 31 2023 The EFCC Chairman Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa hailed the move as a well considered and timely response to the challenges of currency management in the country Bawa said in a statement issued by Mr Wilson Uwujaren EFCC s spokesperson on Wednesday in Abuja that the challenges of currency management has negatively impacted the country s monetary policy and security imperatives The EFCC the CBN and some other regulators in the financial sector have worked closely in the recent past to determine how best to stabilise the country s monetary policy environment It is heart warming that the CBN has demonstrated courage in taking this bold decision which I believe will bring sanity to the currency management situation in Nigeria he said Bawa called on operators in the Nigerian financial services sector especially deposit money banks and bureau de change operators to work within the guidelines provided by the CBN to ensure seamless withdrawal of the old currency He warned that the EFCC would monitor the process to ensure that unscrupulous players and currency speculators and their cohorts among the BDCs do not undermine the exercise The EFCC chairman also charged banks to be alive to their reporting obligations and not assist unscrupulous customers in laundering proceeds of crimes through their system Bawa pointed out that the objectives of the CBN s currency redesign and reissuance were in tandem with the provision of the Money Laundering Prevention Prohibition Act 2022 The Act criminalises the conduct of cash transactions above a certain threshold ISection 2 1 of the Act states that No person or body corporate shall except in a transaction through a financial institution make or accept cash payment of a sum exceeding N5 000 000 or its equivalent in the case of an individual or N10 000 000 or its equivalent in the case of a body corporate He expressed optimism that the new currency measure would encourage more Nigerians to embrace banking culture and acceptance of cashless transactions Bawa recalled that the EFCC recently took operational action against currency hoarders in major commercial cities of Nigeria It is therefore pertinent to issue this stern warning to Bureau de Change operators to be wary of currency hoarders who would attempt to seize this opportunity to offload the currencies they had illegally stashed away He noted that currency hoarders readily made their hoard available to criminal enterprise Bawa therefore said that the commission would spare no effort in bringing to book any financial services operator who runs foul of extant laws and regulations NewsSourceCredit NAN
    EFCC hails CBN’s move to clampdown on currency hoarders
     The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC has applauded the move by the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN to redesign and reissue higher denominations of the Nigerian currency the Naira The CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele on Wednesday announced that the apex bank had obtained the approval of the Federal Executive Council to redesign and issue new N200 N500 and N1000 notes According to Emefiele the new notes will come into circulation by Dec 15 2022 while the old notes will no longer be accepted after Jan 31 2023 The EFCC Chairman Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa hailed the move as a well considered and timely response to the challenges of currency management in the country Bawa said in a statement issued by Mr Wilson Uwujaren EFCC s spokesperson on Wednesday in Abuja that the challenges of currency management has negatively impacted the country s monetary policy and security imperatives The EFCC the CBN and some other regulators in the financial sector have worked closely in the recent past to determine how best to stabilise the country s monetary policy environment It is heart warming that the CBN has demonstrated courage in taking this bold decision which I believe will bring sanity to the currency management situation in Nigeria he said Bawa called on operators in the Nigerian financial services sector especially deposit money banks and bureau de change operators to work within the guidelines provided by the CBN to ensure seamless withdrawal of the old currency He warned that the EFCC would monitor the process to ensure that unscrupulous players and currency speculators and their cohorts among the BDCs do not undermine the exercise The EFCC chairman also charged banks to be alive to their reporting obligations and not assist unscrupulous customers in laundering proceeds of crimes through their system Bawa pointed out that the objectives of the CBN s currency redesign and reissuance were in tandem with the provision of the Money Laundering Prevention Prohibition Act 2022 The Act criminalises the conduct of cash transactions above a certain threshold ISection 2 1 of the Act states that No person or body corporate shall except in a transaction through a financial institution make or accept cash payment of a sum exceeding N5 000 000 or its equivalent in the case of an individual or N10 000 000 or its equivalent in the case of a body corporate He expressed optimism that the new currency measure would encourage more Nigerians to embrace banking culture and acceptance of cashless transactions Bawa recalled that the EFCC recently took operational action against currency hoarders in major commercial cities of Nigeria It is therefore pertinent to issue this stern warning to Bureau de Change operators to be wary of currency hoarders who would attempt to seize this opportunity to offload the currencies they had illegally stashed away He noted that currency hoarders readily made their hoard available to criminal enterprise Bawa therefore said that the commission would spare no effort in bringing to book any financial services operator who runs foul of extant laws and regulations NewsSourceCredit NAN
    EFCC hails CBN’s move to clampdown on currency hoarders
    Defence/Security3 months ago

    EFCC hails CBN’s move to clampdown on currency hoarders

    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has applauded the move by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to redesign and reissue higher denominations of the Nigerian currency, the Naira.

    The CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, on Wednesday announced that the apex bank had obtained the approval of the Federal Executive Council to redesign and issue new N200, N500 and N1000 notes.

    According to Emefiele, the new notes will come into circulation by Dec. 15, 2022 while the old notes will no longer be accepted after Jan. 31, 2023. The EFCC Chairman, Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa hailed the move as “a well-considered and timely response” to the challenges of currency management in the country.

    Bawa said in a statement issued by Mr Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC’s spokesperson on Wednesday in Abuja, that the challenges of currency management has negatively impacted the country’s monetary policy and security imperatives.

    “The EFCC, the CBN and some other regulators in the financial sector have worked closely in the recent past to determine how best to stabilise the country’s monetary policy environment.

    “It is heart-warming that the CBN has demonstrated courage in taking this bold decision which I believe will bring sanity to the currency management situation in Nigeria”, he said.

    Bawa called on operators in the Nigerian financial services sector, especially deposit money banks and bureau de change operators, to work within the guidelines provided by the CBN  to ensure seamless withdrawal of the old currency.

    He warned that the EFCC would monitor the process to ensure that unscrupulous players and currency speculators and their cohorts among the BDCs do not undermine the exercise.

    The EFCC chairman also charged banks to be alive to their reporting obligations and not assist unscrupulous customers in laundering proceeds of crimes through their system.

    Bawa pointed out that the objectives of the CBN’s currency  redesign and reissuance were in tandem with the provision of the Money Laundering Prevention Prohibition Act 2022. The Act criminalises the conduct of cash transactions above a certain threshold.

    ISection 2 (1) of the Act states that, “No person or body corporate shall, except in a transaction through a financial institution, make or accept cash payment of a sum exceeding N5,000,000 or its equivalent in the case of an individual or N10,000,000 or its equivalent, in the case of a body corporate.

    ” He expressed optimism that the new currency measure would encourage more Nigerians to embrace banking culture and acceptance of cashless transactions.

    Bawa recalled that the EFCC recently took operational action against currency hoarders in major commercial cities of Nigeria.

    “It is therefore pertinent to issue this stern warning to Bureau de Change operators to be wary of currency hoarders who would attempt to seize this opportunity to offload the currencies they had illegally stashed away.

    ” He noted that currency hoarders readily made their hoard available to criminal enterprise.

    Bawa, therefore, said that the commission would spare no effort in bringing to book, any financial services operator who runs foul of extant laws and regulations.


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  •  The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa said that the commission had secured 2 781 convictions as at Oct 24 on some persons arrested for various financial crimes Bawa stated this on Tuesday in Lagos during a one day workshop on financial crimes reporting organised for some journalists by the commission The chairman who spoke to the participants through the e conference platform said that the commission was happy and proud to have recorded such number of convictions stressing that the commission was committed to making more arrests and convictions He said that assets running into several billions of naira had also been recovered by the Commission The commission s boss said that the workshop was designed to further promote the ethos of journalism profession and also impart participants with proficiencies particularly in reporting financial crimes Bawa noted that the gathering was an evidence of the importance which the commission attached to the media as a partner in the fight against economic and financial crimes He pointed out that the role of the media in projecting the work of the EFCC over the last 19 years had been remarkable Bawa said that some of the financial crimes perpetrated could have been prevented if members of the public had the right information stressing that it was for this reason that the commission was intensifying public enlightenment engagements with stakeholders He said in a few weeks time the commission would witness the formal launch of its radio station It is only fitting that we reciprocate your contributions by seeking to further expand your capacity to deliver this onerous national duty in expanding the space of transparency and accountability in our public life Even with all the milestones recorded by the Commission since its inception the EFCC has never been under the illusion that it can fight and win the war on corruption without the support of other stakeholders As the fourth estate of the realm the media has a constitutional responsibility to fight corruption and other forms of economic and financial crimes he said The EFCC boss called for greater collaboration and information sharing between the media and the Commission stressing that journalists through their various contacts could gather information that would help the commission to serve the country better and faster On the forthcoming 2023 general elections Bawa said that the commission was beaming it searchlights on some politicians He said the commission was also paying serious attention to the activities of some lawyers car dealers estate operators precious stone dealers accountants construction companies amongst others stressing that investigations revealed that they had become channels of money laundering The chairman urged journalists to get familiar with the new money laundering law so as not to run afoul of its provisions and to help educate other citizens I am sure that most of us are aware of the legislative reforms that recently birthed the Money Laundering Prevention and Prohibition Act 2022 There are certain provisions of this new law that I believe will affect you directly or indirectly One is secrecy of financial transactions The new law criminalises the operation of numbered accounts and also mandates financial institutions to ascertain the beneficial owners of accounts before opening such accounts he noted The News Agency of Nigeria reports that participants were drawn from the crime the judiciary and the financial beats Papers were presented on the challenges of prosecuting economic and financial crimes in Nigeria best practices in financial crimes reporting and peculiarities trends typologies and the challenges of cybercrimes enforcement in Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    EFCC has secured 2,781 convictions so far, says Chairman
     The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa said that the commission had secured 2 781 convictions as at Oct 24 on some persons arrested for various financial crimes Bawa stated this on Tuesday in Lagos during a one day workshop on financial crimes reporting organised for some journalists by the commission The chairman who spoke to the participants through the e conference platform said that the commission was happy and proud to have recorded such number of convictions stressing that the commission was committed to making more arrests and convictions He said that assets running into several billions of naira had also been recovered by the Commission The commission s boss said that the workshop was designed to further promote the ethos of journalism profession and also impart participants with proficiencies particularly in reporting financial crimes Bawa noted that the gathering was an evidence of the importance which the commission attached to the media as a partner in the fight against economic and financial crimes He pointed out that the role of the media in projecting the work of the EFCC over the last 19 years had been remarkable Bawa said that some of the financial crimes perpetrated could have been prevented if members of the public had the right information stressing that it was for this reason that the commission was intensifying public enlightenment engagements with stakeholders He said in a few weeks time the commission would witness the formal launch of its radio station It is only fitting that we reciprocate your contributions by seeking to further expand your capacity to deliver this onerous national duty in expanding the space of transparency and accountability in our public life Even with all the milestones recorded by the Commission since its inception the EFCC has never been under the illusion that it can fight and win the war on corruption without the support of other stakeholders As the fourth estate of the realm the media has a constitutional responsibility to fight corruption and other forms of economic and financial crimes he said The EFCC boss called for greater collaboration and information sharing between the media and the Commission stressing that journalists through their various contacts could gather information that would help the commission to serve the country better and faster On the forthcoming 2023 general elections Bawa said that the commission was beaming it searchlights on some politicians He said the commission was also paying serious attention to the activities of some lawyers car dealers estate operators precious stone dealers accountants construction companies amongst others stressing that investigations revealed that they had become channels of money laundering The chairman urged journalists to get familiar with the new money laundering law so as not to run afoul of its provisions and to help educate other citizens I am sure that most of us are aware of the legislative reforms that recently birthed the Money Laundering Prevention and Prohibition Act 2022 There are certain provisions of this new law that I believe will affect you directly or indirectly One is secrecy of financial transactions The new law criminalises the operation of numbered accounts and also mandates financial institutions to ascertain the beneficial owners of accounts before opening such accounts he noted The News Agency of Nigeria reports that participants were drawn from the crime the judiciary and the financial beats Papers were presented on the challenges of prosecuting economic and financial crimes in Nigeria best practices in financial crimes reporting and peculiarities trends typologies and the challenges of cybercrimes enforcement in Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    EFCC has secured 2,781 convictions so far, says Chairman
    Defence/Security3 months ago

    EFCC has secured 2,781 convictions so far, says Chairman

    The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, said that the commission had secured 2,781 convictions as at Oct. 24 on some persons arrested for various financial crimes.

    Bawa stated  this on Tuesday in Lagos during a one-day workshop on financial crimes’ reporting organised for some journalists by the commission.

    The chairman, who spoke to the participants through the e-conference platform, said that the commission was happy and proud to have recorded such number of convictions, stressing that the commission was  committed to making  more arrests and convictions.

    He said that assets running into several billions of naira had also been recovered by the Commission.

    The commission’s  boss said that the workshop was designed to further promote the ethos of journalism profession and also impart participants with proficiencies, particularly, in reporting  financial crimes.

    Bawa noted that the gathering was an evidence of the importance which the commission attached to the media as a partner in the fight against economic and financial crimes.

    He pointed out that the role of the media in projecting the work of the EFCC over the last 19 years had been remarkable.

    Bawa said that some of the financial crimes perpetrated could  have been  prevented if members of the public had the right information, stressing that it was for this reason that the commission was intensifying public enlightenment engagements with stakeholders.

    He said in a few weeks’ time, the commission would  witness the formal launch of its radio station.

    “It is only fitting that we reciprocate  your contributions by seeking to further expand your capacity to deliver this onerous national duty in expanding the space of transparency and accountability in our public life.

    “Even with all the milestones recorded by the Commission since  its inception, the EFCC has never been under the illusion that it can  fight and win the war on corruption without the support of other stakeholders.

    “As the fourth estate of the realm, the media has a constitutional responsibility to fight corruption and other forms of economic and financial crimes,” he said.

    The EFCC boss called for greater collaboration and information sharing between the media and the Commission, stressing that journalists through their various contacts could  gather information that would help the commission to serve the country better and faster.

    On  the forthcoming 2023 general elections, Bawa said that the commission was beaming it searchlights on some politicians.

    He said the commission was also paying serious attention to the activities of some lawyers, car dealers, estate operators, precious stone dealers, accountants, construction companies amongst others, stressing that investigations revealed that they had become channels of money laundering.

    The chairman urged journalists to get familiar with the new money laundering law so as not to run afoul of its provisions and to help educate other citizens.

    “I am sure that most of us are aware of the legislative reforms that recently birthed the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Act, 2022. “There are certain provisions of this new law that I believe will affect you directly or indirectly.

    One is secrecy of financial transactions.

    “The new law criminalises the operation of numbered accounts and also mandates financial institutions to ascertain the beneficial owners of accounts before opening such accounts,” he noted.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that participants were drawn from  the crime, the judiciary and the financial beats.

    Papers were presented on the  challenges of prosecuting economic and financial crimes in Nigeria, best practices in financial crimes’ reporting and peculiarities, trends, typologies and the  challenges of cybercrimes’ enforcement in Nigeria.


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  •  The Police Command in Kwara has pledged to work more closely with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC to tackle illegal mining activities in the state The Commissioner of Police in the state Paul Odama made the pledge when he paid a courtesy visit to the EFCC Zonal Command on Friday in Ilorin Odama said that the collaboration was necessary to decisively deal with all economic saboteurs in the state The commissioner of police who recently assumed duty commended the bold steps being taken by the EFCC to curb illegal mining activities in Kwara I was amazed when I saw some of the impounded trucks on my way to your office this morning and I said to myself that EFCC is doing a wonderful job We will collaborate with you in tackling the menace of illegal operators who are mining the mineral deposits in the state for personal enrichment It is a criminal offence under the law it is indeed an act of economic sabotage Odama said He said that the visit was to strengthen existing collaboration between the Police and EFCC particularly in the area of fighting economic and financial crimes He said that the collaboration would enhance peace and security across the state According to him the police and EFCC have come a long way in building good working relationship over the years We are a family I can assure you that we will provide you whatever you require operationally or in any other capacity to stamp out corruption which has stagnated the progress of our country he added In his response the EFCC Zonal Commander Michael Nzekwe appreciated the police commissioner for the visit and the police command s support and contributions to EFCC s operations Nzekwe described the police as a pillar of support to the commission adding that enhanced collaboration between the two organisations would help to curb economic and financial crimes We appreciate the Nigeria Police for the support and contribution it has rendered to the EFCC in discharging its duties over the years We are grateful and we look forward to more of the working relationship he said According to him the commission recently arrested no fewer than 80 persons suspected of involvement in illegal mining activities Nzekwu added that about 24 truck loads of assorted minerals were impounded by EFCC operatives in different locations in the state www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Police, EFCC collaborate in fight against illegal mining in Kwara
     The Police Command in Kwara has pledged to work more closely with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC to tackle illegal mining activities in the state The Commissioner of Police in the state Paul Odama made the pledge when he paid a courtesy visit to the EFCC Zonal Command on Friday in Ilorin Odama said that the collaboration was necessary to decisively deal with all economic saboteurs in the state The commissioner of police who recently assumed duty commended the bold steps being taken by the EFCC to curb illegal mining activities in Kwara I was amazed when I saw some of the impounded trucks on my way to your office this morning and I said to myself that EFCC is doing a wonderful job We will collaborate with you in tackling the menace of illegal operators who are mining the mineral deposits in the state for personal enrichment It is a criminal offence under the law it is indeed an act of economic sabotage Odama said He said that the visit was to strengthen existing collaboration between the Police and EFCC particularly in the area of fighting economic and financial crimes He said that the collaboration would enhance peace and security across the state According to him the police and EFCC have come a long way in building good working relationship over the years We are a family I can assure you that we will provide you whatever you require operationally or in any other capacity to stamp out corruption which has stagnated the progress of our country he added In his response the EFCC Zonal Commander Michael Nzekwe appreciated the police commissioner for the visit and the police command s support and contributions to EFCC s operations Nzekwe described the police as a pillar of support to the commission adding that enhanced collaboration between the two organisations would help to curb economic and financial crimes We appreciate the Nigeria Police for the support and contribution it has rendered to the EFCC in discharging its duties over the years We are grateful and we look forward to more of the working relationship he said According to him the commission recently arrested no fewer than 80 persons suspected of involvement in illegal mining activities Nzekwu added that about 24 truck loads of assorted minerals were impounded by EFCC operatives in different locations in the state www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Police, EFCC collaborate in fight against illegal mining in Kwara
    Defence/Security3 months ago

    Police, EFCC collaborate in fight against illegal mining in Kwara

    The Police Command in Kwara has pledged to work more closely with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to tackle illegal mining activities in the state.

    The Commissioner of Police in the state, Paul Odama made the pledge when he paid a courtesy visit to the EFCC Zonal Command on Friday in Ilorin.

    Odama said that the collaboration was necessary to decisively deal with all economic saboteurs in the state.

    The commissioner of police, who recently assumed duty, commended the bold steps being taken by the EFCC to curb illegal mining activities in Kwara.

    “I was amazed when I saw some of the impounded trucks on my way to your office this morning, and I said to myself that EFCC is doing a wonderful job.

    “We will collaborate with you in tackling the menace of illegal operators who are mining the mineral deposits in the state for personal enrichment.

    “It is a criminal offence under the law, it is indeed, an act of economic sabotage”, Odama said.

    He said that the visit was to strengthen existing collaboration between the Police and EFCC particularly in the area of fighting economic and financial crimes.

    He said that the collaboration would enhance peace and security across the state.

    According to him, the police and EFCC have come a long way in building good working relationship over the years.

    “We are a family.

    I can assure you that we will provide you whatever you require operationally or in any other capacity to stamp out corruption which has stagnated the progress of our country, he added.

    In his response, the EFCC Zonal Commander, Michael Nzekwe, appreciated the police commissioner for the visit and the police command’s support and contributions to EFCC’s operations.

    Nzekwe described the police as a pillar of support to the commission, adding that enhanced collaboration between the two organisations would help to curb economic and financial crimes.

    “We appreciate the Nigeria Police for the support and contribution it has rendered to the EFCC in discharging its duties over the years.

    “We are grateful and we look forward to more of the working relationship”, he said.

    According to him, the commission, recently arrested no fewer than 80 persons suspected of involvement in illegal mining activities.

    Nzekwu added that about 24 truck loads of assorted minerals were impounded by EFCC operatives in different locations in the state.

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  •  An Ikeja Special Offences Court on Friday fixed Dec 6 for trial of of the former Attorney General of Lagos State Olasupo Shasore SAN charged with corrupt offers to public officers Shasore served as the Attorney General of Lagos State and the Commissioner for Justice during the tenure of Mr Babatunde Fashola as the governor The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC charged the embattled senior lawyer on a two count charge bordering on corrupt offers to public officers The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge Following his not guilty plea the EFCC Counsel Bala Sanga SAN requested for a trial date to prove the allegation against the defendant Justice Mojisola Dada granted the defendant bail by releasing him to his counsel with a promise to undertake to present him at the next adjourned date Dada adjourned the case until Dec 6 for the commencement of trial Earlier the prosecution alleged the defendant corruptly gave the sum of 100 000 dollars to one Mrs Olufolakemi Adelore the Director Legal Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources on account of the role she played in the arbitral proceedings instituted by Process and Industrial Developments Ltd P amp ID against the ministry It was also alleged that the defendant corruptly gave the sum of 100 000 to one Ikechukwu Oguine Secretary to the Cooperation and Coordinator NNPC on account of role he played in the arbitral proceedings instituted by P amp ID against the ministry The defence counsel led by Mr Yemi Candide Johnson SAN applied for his bail on liberal terms or on self recognizance arguing that the defendant flight risk and that the alleged offences were bailable The prosecution did not object the bail application According to the prosecution the offence contravenes the provisions of Section 9 1 a b of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2020 www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Alleged corrupt offers: Court fixes Dec. 6 for ex-Lagos AG Shasore’s trial
     An Ikeja Special Offences Court on Friday fixed Dec 6 for trial of of the former Attorney General of Lagos State Olasupo Shasore SAN charged with corrupt offers to public officers Shasore served as the Attorney General of Lagos State and the Commissioner for Justice during the tenure of Mr Babatunde Fashola as the governor The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC charged the embattled senior lawyer on a two count charge bordering on corrupt offers to public officers The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge Following his not guilty plea the EFCC Counsel Bala Sanga SAN requested for a trial date to prove the allegation against the defendant Justice Mojisola Dada granted the defendant bail by releasing him to his counsel with a promise to undertake to present him at the next adjourned date Dada adjourned the case until Dec 6 for the commencement of trial Earlier the prosecution alleged the defendant corruptly gave the sum of 100 000 dollars to one Mrs Olufolakemi Adelore the Director Legal Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources on account of the role she played in the arbitral proceedings instituted by Process and Industrial Developments Ltd P amp ID against the ministry It was also alleged that the defendant corruptly gave the sum of 100 000 to one Ikechukwu Oguine Secretary to the Cooperation and Coordinator NNPC on account of role he played in the arbitral proceedings instituted by P amp ID against the ministry The defence counsel led by Mr Yemi Candide Johnson SAN applied for his bail on liberal terms or on self recognizance arguing that the defendant flight risk and that the alleged offences were bailable The prosecution did not object the bail application According to the prosecution the offence contravenes the provisions of Section 9 1 a b of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2020 www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Alleged corrupt offers: Court fixes Dec. 6 for ex-Lagos AG Shasore’s trial
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    Alleged corrupt offers: Court fixes Dec. 6 for ex-Lagos AG Shasore’s trial

    An Ikeja Special Offences Court on Friday fixed Dec.6 for trial of  of the  former Attorney-General of Lagos State, Olasupo Shasore, SAN, charged with  corrupt   offers to public officers.

    Shasore served as the Attorney-General of Lagos State and the  Commissioner for Justice during the tenure of Mr Babatunde Fashola as the governor.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged the embattled senior lawyer on a two-count charge bordering on corrupt offers to public officers.

    The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.

    Following his not guilty plea, the EFCC Counsel, Bala Sanga, SAN, requested for a trial date to prove the allegation against  the defendant.

    Justice Mojisola Dada granted the defendant  bail by  releasing him to his counsel with a promise to undertake to present him at the next adjourned date.

    Dada adjourned the case until Dec.6 for the commencement of trial.

    Earlier, the prosecution alleged the defendant corruptly gave the sum of 100,000 dollars to one Mrs Olufolakemi Adelore, the Director Legal, Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources on account of the role she played in the arbitral proceedings instituted by Process and Industrial Developments Ltd (P&ID) against the ministry.

    It was also alleged that the defendant corruptly gave the sum of $100,000 to one Ikechukwu Oguine, Secretary to the Cooperation and  Coordinator, (NNPC) on account of role he played in the arbitral proceedings instituted by P&ID against the ministry.

    The defence counsel, led by  Mr Yemi Candide-Johnson (SAN), applied for his bail on liberal terms or on self-recognizance, arguing that the defendant flight risk and that the alleged offences were bailable.

    The prosecution did not object the bail application.

    According to the prosecution, the offence contravenes the provisions of Section 9(1)(a)(b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2020. www.

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  •   EFCC arraigned the former Attorney General of Lagos State Mr Olasupo Shasore SAN before an Ikeja Special Offences Court on Friday for alleged corrupt offers to public officers The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Shasore was also arraigned on Thursday before a Federal High Court Lagos on a four count charge of money laundering NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FLASH: EFCC arraigns Lagos State’s former Attorney-General for alleged corrupt offers
      EFCC arraigned the former Attorney General of Lagos State Mr Olasupo Shasore SAN before an Ikeja Special Offences Court on Friday for alleged corrupt offers to public officers The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Shasore was also arraigned on Thursday before a Federal High Court Lagos on a four count charge of money laundering NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FLASH: EFCC arraigns Lagos State’s former Attorney-General for alleged corrupt offers
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    FLASH: EFCC arraigns Lagos State’s former Attorney-General for alleged corrupt offers

     EFCC arraigned the former Attorney-General of Lagos State, Mr Olasupo Shasore (SAN)  before an Ikeja Special Offences Court on Friday for alleged corrupt offers to public officers.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Shasore was also arraigned on Thursday before a Federal High Court, Lagos, on a four-count charge of money laundering.


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  •  A Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin on Thursday sentenced one Olasunkanmi Fapohunda to three years imprisonment over offences bordering on internet fraud Fapohunda 23 a laundry man and an indigene of Ado Ekiti in Ekiti State was prosecuted on a count charge by the anti graft agency which he pleaded guilty to The charge against him reads That you Fapohunda Paul Olasunkanmi sometime in the month of August 2018 in Ekiti within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court did fraudulently impersonate one Ethan Jones you re your email 53ethanjones53 gmail com with intent to gain advantage for yourself and you did benefit 930 Thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 2 b i of the Cybercrime Prohibition Prevention Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22 2 b iv of the same Act The EFCC prosecutor MrAndrew Akoja had earlier reviewed the facts of the case and urged the court to convict the defendant as charged In his judgment Justice Muhammed Sani agreed with the prosecution counsel that the EFCC had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt thereby convicting the defendant Sani sentenced Fapohunda to three years imprisonment with option of fine to the sum of N400 000 The judge also ordered that one iphone 12 promax apple iphone 6 macbook laptop Benz CLA 250 and the sum of 930 which he raised as restitution be forfeited to the Federal Government According to the EFCC operatives of the zonal command on Ap NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Cybercrime: laundryman jailed 3 years for ‘yahoo yahoo’ in Kwara
     A Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin on Thursday sentenced one Olasunkanmi Fapohunda to three years imprisonment over offences bordering on internet fraud Fapohunda 23 a laundry man and an indigene of Ado Ekiti in Ekiti State was prosecuted on a count charge by the anti graft agency which he pleaded guilty to The charge against him reads That you Fapohunda Paul Olasunkanmi sometime in the month of August 2018 in Ekiti within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court did fraudulently impersonate one Ethan Jones you re your email 53ethanjones53 gmail com with intent to gain advantage for yourself and you did benefit 930 Thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 2 b i of the Cybercrime Prohibition Prevention Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22 2 b iv of the same Act The EFCC prosecutor MrAndrew Akoja had earlier reviewed the facts of the case and urged the court to convict the defendant as charged In his judgment Justice Muhammed Sani agreed with the prosecution counsel that the EFCC had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt thereby convicting the defendant Sani sentenced Fapohunda to three years imprisonment with option of fine to the sum of N400 000 The judge also ordered that one iphone 12 promax apple iphone 6 macbook laptop Benz CLA 250 and the sum of 930 which he raised as restitution be forfeited to the Federal Government According to the EFCC operatives of the zonal command on Ap NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Cybercrime: laundryman jailed 3 years for ‘yahoo yahoo’ in Kwara
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    Cybercrime: laundryman jailed 3 years for ‘yahoo yahoo’ in Kwara

    A Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin on Thursday sentenced one Olasunkanmi Fapohunda to three years imprisonment over offences bordering on internet fraud.

    Fapohunda, 23, a laundry man and an indigene of Ado-Ekiti in Ekiti State,  was prosecuted on a count charge by the anti-graft agency, which he pleaded guilty to.

    The charge against him reads: “That you, Fapohunda Paul Olasunkanmi sometime in the month of August 2018 in Ekiti within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court did fraudulently impersonate one Ethan Jones you’re your email [email protected]

    com with intent to gain advantage for yourself and you did benefit $930. “Thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention Act) 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) (iv) of the same Act”.

    The EFCC prosecutor, MrAndrew Akoja had earlier reviewed the facts of the case and urged the court to convict the defendant as charged.

    In his judgment, Justice Muhammed Sani agreed with the prosecution counsel that the EFCC had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt thereby convicting the defendant.

    Sani sentenced Fapohunda to three years imprisonment with option of fine to the sum of N400,000. The judge also ordered that one iphone 12 promax, apple iphone 6, macbook laptop, Benz CLA 250 and the sum of $930 which he raised as restitution be forfeited to the Federal Government.

    According to the EFCC, operatives of the zonal command on Ap
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  •  By Umeh Sandra EFCC arraigns former Attorney General of Lagos State A former Attorney General of Lago State Mr Olasupo Shashore was on Thursday arraigned before a Federal High Court Lagos on a four count charge of money laundering He however pleaded not guilty to all counts Details shortly NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FLASH: EFCC arraigns former Attorney General of Lagos State Shasore
     By Umeh Sandra EFCC arraigns former Attorney General of Lagos State A former Attorney General of Lago State Mr Olasupo Shashore was on Thursday arraigned before a Federal High Court Lagos on a four count charge of money laundering He however pleaded not guilty to all counts Details shortly NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FLASH: EFCC arraigns former Attorney General of Lagos State Shasore
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    FLASH: EFCC arraigns former Attorney General of Lagos State Shasore

    By Umeh Sandra EFCC arraigns former Attorney General of Lagos State A former Attorney General of Lago State, Mr Olasupo Shashore, was on Thursday arraigned before a Federal High Court Lagos on a four-count charge of money laundering.

    He, however, pleaded not guilty to all counts.

    Details shortly….


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  •  A Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin on Wednesday sentenced a 29 year old Chinese national Gang Deng to five years imprisonment over offences bordering on illegal mining and possession of crude minerals The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC secured the conviction after arraigning Deng alongside his company Sinuo Xinyang Nigeria Ltd before the court Justice Muhammed Sani in his judgment sentenced Deng to five years imprisonment with an option of fine in the sum of N1 million Sani also ordered that the 25 tons of the mineral recovered from him at the point of arrest be forfeited to the Federal Government The charge against Deng reads That you Sinuo Xinyang Nigeria Ltd and Gang Deng sometime in the month of September 2022 at Share along Tsaragi Road in Edu Local Government Area of Kwara State within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court without lawful authority purchased mineral to wit 25 tons of mineral worth the sum of N2 490 000 00 conveyed in a DAF TRUCK with Registration Number KLRAD85XCOE603462 and thereby committed an offence contrary and punishable under Section 1 8 b of Miscellaneous Offences Act 1984 The defendant pleaded guilty on one count amended charge read to him but entered not guilty plea for his company Upon his plea counsel to the EFCC Innocent Mbachie reviewed the facts of the case and tendered documents which were admitted in evidence Mbachie urged the court to convict the defendant as charged Sani in passing judgment said that mining without licence is a criminal offence under the law It is an act of economic sabotage punishable under Section 1 8 of the Miscellaneous Offences Act which stipulates life imprisonment for offenders he said The judge however considered the allocutus made by Deng s counsel who pleaded for clemency on the grounds that the convict was a first offender and a responsible citizen The court thereafter adjourned to Nov 17 for further hearing in the case of the convict s company Sinuo Xinyang Nigeria Ltd to which he pleaded not guilty to the amended charge NAN recalls that Deng was arrested along Tsaragi Road in Share Edu Local Government Area of Kwara on Sept 9 by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC He was found to be in possession of 25 tons of crude minerals suspected to be lepidolite Lepidolite is a raw material usually transported to China for production of batteries for vehicles cell phones cameras and other electronic devices NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Illegal mining: Chinese national bag 5-year imprisonment
     A Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin on Wednesday sentenced a 29 year old Chinese national Gang Deng to five years imprisonment over offences bordering on illegal mining and possession of crude minerals The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC secured the conviction after arraigning Deng alongside his company Sinuo Xinyang Nigeria Ltd before the court Justice Muhammed Sani in his judgment sentenced Deng to five years imprisonment with an option of fine in the sum of N1 million Sani also ordered that the 25 tons of the mineral recovered from him at the point of arrest be forfeited to the Federal Government The charge against Deng reads That you Sinuo Xinyang Nigeria Ltd and Gang Deng sometime in the month of September 2022 at Share along Tsaragi Road in Edu Local Government Area of Kwara State within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court without lawful authority purchased mineral to wit 25 tons of mineral worth the sum of N2 490 000 00 conveyed in a DAF TRUCK with Registration Number KLRAD85XCOE603462 and thereby committed an offence contrary and punishable under Section 1 8 b of Miscellaneous Offences Act 1984 The defendant pleaded guilty on one count amended charge read to him but entered not guilty plea for his company Upon his plea counsel to the EFCC Innocent Mbachie reviewed the facts of the case and tendered documents which were admitted in evidence Mbachie urged the court to convict the defendant as charged Sani in passing judgment said that mining without licence is a criminal offence under the law It is an act of economic sabotage punishable under Section 1 8 of the Miscellaneous Offences Act which stipulates life imprisonment for offenders he said The judge however considered the allocutus made by Deng s counsel who pleaded for clemency on the grounds that the convict was a first offender and a responsible citizen The court thereafter adjourned to Nov 17 for further hearing in the case of the convict s company Sinuo Xinyang Nigeria Ltd to which he pleaded not guilty to the amended charge NAN recalls that Deng was arrested along Tsaragi Road in Share Edu Local Government Area of Kwara on Sept 9 by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC He was found to be in possession of 25 tons of crude minerals suspected to be lepidolite Lepidolite is a raw material usually transported to China for production of batteries for vehicles cell phones cameras and other electronic devices NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Illegal mining: Chinese national bag 5-year imprisonment
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    Illegal mining: Chinese national bag 5-year imprisonment

    A Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin on Wednesday sentenced a 29-year-old Chinese national, Gang Deng, to five years imprisonment over offences bordering on illegal mining and possession of crude minerals.

    The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) secured the conviction after arraigning Deng alongside his company, Sinuo Xinyang Nigeria Ltd, before the court.

    Justice Muhammed Sani in his judgment sentenced Deng to five years imprisonment with an option of fine in the sum of N1 million.

    Sani also ordered that the 25 tons of the mineral recovered from him at the point of arrest be forfeited to the Federal Government.

    The charge against Deng reads: “That you  Sinuo Xinyang Nigeria Ltd and Gang Deng, sometime in the month of September 2022 at Share, along Tsaragi Road in Edu Local Government Area of Kwara State, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, without lawful authority purchased mineral to wit.

    “25 tons of mineral worth the sum of N2,490,000.00 conveyed in a DAF TRUCK, with Registration Number KLRAD85XCOE603462, and thereby committed an offence, contrary and punishable under Section 1 (8) (b) of Miscellaneous Offences Act 1984.” The defendant pleaded guilty on one count amended charge read to him, but entered “not guilty plea” for his company.

    Upon his plea, counsel to the EFCC, Innocent Mbachie, reviewed the facts of the case and tendered documents, which were admitted in evidence.

    Mbachie urged the court to convict the defendant as charged.

    Sani, in passing judgment, said that mining without licence is a criminal offence under the law.

    “It is an act of economic sabotage, punishable under Section 1 (8) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, which stipulates life imprisonment for offenders,” he said.

    The judge however considered the allocutus made by Deng’s counsel, who pleaded for clemency on the grounds that the convict was a first offender and a responsible citizen.

    The court thereafter adjourned to Nov. 17, for further hearing in the case of the convict’s company, Sinuo Xinyang Nigeria Ltd, to which he pleaded not guilty to the amended charge.

    NAN recalls that Deng was arrested along Tsaragi Road in Share, Edu Local Government Area of Kwara, on Sept. 9, by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC.

    He was found to be in possession of 25 tons of crude minerals suspected to be lepidolite.

    Lepidolite is a raw material usually transported to China for production of batteries for vehicles, cell phones, cameras and other electronic devices.


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  •  The trial of former Governor of Adamawa Muritala Nyako and his son Abdulaziz charged with alleged N29 billion money laundering was on Tuesday stalled due to the absence of defence counsel Mr Kanu Agabi SAN Nyako his son and other co defendants are being tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC on alleged money laundering to the tune of N29 billion At the resumed hearing of the case at the Federal High Court Abuja Counsel to the EFCC Mr Rotimi Jacobs SAN decried the absence of Agabi in court saying it was a deliberate ploy to frustrate the trial Jacobs recalled that since after the court ruling dismissing their no case submission the 1st and 2nd defendants had been exhibiting unwillingness to open their defence The absence of the lead counsel to the 1st and 2nd defendants is deliberate and orchestrated to frustrate the trial After the ruling on their no case submission the court had adjourned the case to March 9 10 and 11 for them to open their defence The three days were however vacated at the instance of the defendants The court then adjourned the case until June 20th to 24th at the instance of the defence On those five days Agabi wrote a letter to the court to the effect that he wanted to travel abroad and that he wanted to handle the case personally This court graciously bent backwards and granted the adjournment and fixed today Oct 18 19 and 20 but here we are today that a party to which the court vacated eight days of trial is not ready to proceed My Lord I submit that they have exhausted their right of adjournment but I however ask the court to give them one more adjournment If they fail to appear in court on the next adjourned date the court should close their defence Jacobs said Other defence counsel did not object to the application for adjournment In his ruling the trial judge Justice Okon Abang agreed with the prosecutor that the absence of the defence counsel had frustrated the day s proceedings However with the agreement of counsel the judge adjourned the matter until Wednesday for the defendants to open their case www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Alleged money laundering: Absence of ex-governor’s counsel stalls proceedings
     The trial of former Governor of Adamawa Muritala Nyako and his son Abdulaziz charged with alleged N29 billion money laundering was on Tuesday stalled due to the absence of defence counsel Mr Kanu Agabi SAN Nyako his son and other co defendants are being tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC on alleged money laundering to the tune of N29 billion At the resumed hearing of the case at the Federal High Court Abuja Counsel to the EFCC Mr Rotimi Jacobs SAN decried the absence of Agabi in court saying it was a deliberate ploy to frustrate the trial Jacobs recalled that since after the court ruling dismissing their no case submission the 1st and 2nd defendants had been exhibiting unwillingness to open their defence The absence of the lead counsel to the 1st and 2nd defendants is deliberate and orchestrated to frustrate the trial After the ruling on their no case submission the court had adjourned the case to March 9 10 and 11 for them to open their defence The three days were however vacated at the instance of the defendants The court then adjourned the case until June 20th to 24th at the instance of the defence On those five days Agabi wrote a letter to the court to the effect that he wanted to travel abroad and that he wanted to handle the case personally This court graciously bent backwards and granted the adjournment and fixed today Oct 18 19 and 20 but here we are today that a party to which the court vacated eight days of trial is not ready to proceed My Lord I submit that they have exhausted their right of adjournment but I however ask the court to give them one more adjournment If they fail to appear in court on the next adjourned date the court should close their defence Jacobs said Other defence counsel did not object to the application for adjournment In his ruling the trial judge Justice Okon Abang agreed with the prosecutor that the absence of the defence counsel had frustrated the day s proceedings However with the agreement of counsel the judge adjourned the matter until Wednesday for the defendants to open their case www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Alleged money laundering: Absence of ex-governor’s counsel stalls proceedings
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    Alleged money laundering: Absence of ex-governor’s counsel stalls proceedings

    The trial of former Governor of Adamawa, Muritala Nyako and his son, Abdulaziz, charged with alleged N29 billion money laundering was on Tuesday stalled due to the absence of defence counsel, Mr Kanu Agabi, SAN.

    Nyako, his son and other co-defendants are being tried  by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on alleged money laundering to the tune of N29 billion.

    At the resumed hearing of the case at the Federal High Court, Abuja, Counsel to the EFCC, Mr Rotimi Jacobs, SAN decried the absence of Agabi in court saying it was a deliberate ploy to frustrate the trial.

    Jacobs recalled that since after the court ruling dismissing their no- case submission, the 1st and 2nd defendants had been exhibiting unwillingness to open their defence.

    “The absence of the lead counsel to the 1st and 2nd defendants is deliberate and orchestrated to frustrate the trial.

    “After the ruling on their no-case submission, the court had adjourned the case to March 9,10 and 11 for them to open their defence.

    “The three days were however, vacated at the instance of the defendants.

    The court then adjourned the case until June 20th to 24th at the instance of the defence.

    “On those five days, Agabi wrote a letter to the court to the effect that he wanted to travel abroad and that he wanted to handle the case personally.

    “This court graciously bent backwards and granted the adjournment and fixed today, Oct. 18, 19 and 20 but here we are today, that a party to which the court vacated eight days of trial is not ready to proceed.

    “My Lord I submit that they have exhausted their right of adjournment but I however, ask the court to give them one more adjournment.

    “If they fail to appear in court on the next adjourned date, the court should close their defence,” Jacobs said.

    Other defence counsel did not object to the application for adjournment.

    In his ruling, the  trial judge, Justice Okon Abang agreed with the prosecutor that the absence of the defence counsel had frustrated the day’s proceedings.

    However, with the agreement of counsel, the judge adjourned the matter until Wednesday for the defendants to open their case.

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