Ex-Minister Akinjide’s Plea Bargain Offer Rejected-EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has rejected the plea bargain offer of a former minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Ms Jumoke Akinjide.

According to the anti-graft commission’s lawyer, Nnemeke Omenwa, the agency would however continue with the trial

The EFCC had admitted to the court that it had recovered the N650m allegedly laundered by Ms Akinjide and two others at the last sitting of the court  at the last sitting of the court on February 6.

The Commission had, however, emphasised that the case before the court was not merely about the funds but was rather about the nature of the funds and the manner the defendants handled them.

The case consequently proceeded to trial on Thursday with the first prosecution witness already giving evidence.

Proceeds Of Unlawful Activities

On January 16, the anti-graft agency had arraigned the former minister and two others for allegedly receiving N650m cash from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, in the build-up to the 2015 general elections.

The EFCC claimed that the funds were proceeds of unlawful activities, adding that Akinjide and the others handled the N650m cash without going through any financial institution, contrary to the provisions of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act.

Those charged along with Akinjide are Senator Ayo Adeseun and Mr Olanrewaju Otiti.

The trio, however, pleaded not guilty to the 24 counts filed against them.

EFCC Rejects Akinjide’s Settlement Options In N650m Fraud Suit

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday opened its case against a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Jumoke Akinjide, who was charged with an alleged fraud of N650m.

The anti-graft agency called its first witness in the case, after rejecting the proposal by the ex-minister and her co-defendants to settle the case out of court.

Counsel for the EFCC, Mr. Nnaemeka Omewa, told the court that as the settlement terms proposed by the defendants did not comply with the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act on plea bargain, the anti-graft agency was opting for full trial.

Court Grants EFCC Permission To Freeze Ex-Naval Officer’s Accounts

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday granted permission to the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to freeze the accounts of Admiral Tahir Yusuf, a retired naval officer.

The judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu made the order following an ex parte order filed by Mrs Elizabeth Alabi on behalf of the EFCC chairman.

“An order is hereby made granting the chairman of the EFCC or any officer of the commission, powers to instruct the Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc or the Chief Compliance officer of Zenith Bank to issue a freezing order.

“The freezing order is in respect to the accounts shown in the application until investigation into the matter is concluded.”

The judge made a similar order directing the managing director of Skye Bank to also issue a freezing order in respect to the same accounts in his bank.

She further ordered that should investigations reveal a prima facie case against the respondent, the EFCC should take steps to prosecute appropriately as stipulated by law.

Earlier, Alabi informed the court that the commission received intelligence report with regards to some unusual transactions between the account of the Nigerian Navy and those of Yusuf.

She said that upon investigation, it was discovered that huge sums of money were transferred from the navy’s account to the account of Yusuf and Babajide Oguntade, both retired officers of the navy.

“We discovered an inflow of about N2 billion into a joint account they had opened. On further investigation, we realized that the money had been spent.

“We also uncovered about seven accounts belonging to Yusuf with the bank and these are the accounts we want the court to freeze so we can conclude our investigation, “she said.

The counsel said that investigations were still on to unravel why monies were moved from the Nigerian Navy’s account into the individual accounts.

Justice Ojukwu adjourned the matter until April 20, for counsel to report back.

Breaking: APC Members Drag Troubled Oyegun To EFCC

A pressure group within the All Progressives Congress called BUHARI/APC ANTI-CORRUPTION SUPPORT GROUP has staged a protest to the Abuja office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday asking the anti-graft agency to look into the financial records of the APC which they alleged is shrouded in secrecy since the inception of Chief John Odigie Oyegun.

The group which had earlier rallied in the Julius Berger area of the FCT in support of the anti-corruption fight of the current administration, later proceeded to the EFCC office to submit the petition.

The group is praying the EFCC to compel the ruling Party’s national chairman to get the Party’s account audited and for the EFCC to probe the finances of the Party in the last four years which they claimed has been a ” one man show” by the embattled chairman.

The group that displayed several banners and placards with various messages like:

“EFCC Must Prope Oyegun Now!”

“Audit APC’s Account Now”

“Oyegun Is Killing the Anti-Corruption Policy of Buhari”

EFCC officials who attended to the group however refused to collect the petition citing non-attachment of necessary documentary evidence and facts to the petition. After several minutes of argument with the EFCC officials who stood their ground, the group leaders angrily left, threatening to resort to legal actions against the APC Nat’l chairman and the EFCC.

The group led by Ishola Adeshina  APC stalwart and supported by the Southwest Public Relations Officer of the Party Amuda Kamilu

Ishola lamented the refusal of EFCC agents to acknowledge and accept the petition.  “I’m thoroughly disappointed by the attitude displayed by the EFCC today. At least they should have collected the petition and if it lacks merit after investigation, they can drop it. The EFCC is mandated to investigate all corruption allegations, but it has woefully failed in that respect today. We are heading to court” he submitted.

Just yesterday, another pro-Buhari group prorested at the party’s headquarters Calling for the sack of Chief John Odigie Oyegun.

EFCC vs Shema: Katsina High Court Fixes New Date To Commence Trial

Justice Mai Kaita Bako, of the Katsina High Court, has fixed April 10, 11, 12, 2018 to continue the trial between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and former governor of Katsina state, Ibrahim Shema.

This comes after the Appeal Court sitting in Kaduna had trashed the application filed by the former governor to stop his ongoing trial by the Katsina State Government on grounds that he was not availed documents pertaining to the petition against him.

The court, however, admitted the right of an accused to be availed documents pertaining to charges against him but said, Shema’s application could not stand as it was filed prematurely and before a plea was taken.

Shema is being charged alongside three others, Sani Hamisu Makana, Lawal Ahmad Safana and Ibrahim Lawal Dankaba before Justice Maikaita Bako of the Katsina State High Court for the alleged offences of criminal breach of trust, abuse of office and conversion of public funds to the tune of over 11 billion Naira during his tenure as governor.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), had on September 26, 2016, declared the former governor wanted for an alleged fraud amounting to 76 billion Naira.

The anti-graft agency said the decision was made because Mr Shema had ignored all invitations since 2015 to answer questions about the allegations made by the current governor of the state, Governor Aminu Masari.

The agency further added that the former Katsina governor is wanted for criminal conspiracy, inflation of contracts, abuse of office, diversion of funds and embezzlement, adding that all efforts to locate him has also proved unsuccessful.

But the incumbent governor of the state, Bello Masari is said to have been displeased with the handover note he received from his predecessor and thereafter set a panel to investigate the management of the state’s finances by Mr Shema, vowing to ensure that all stolen funds are returned to the government coffers.




Patience Jonathan Pleads To Settle Outside Court With EFCC After New Evidence Emerges

The Former First Lady Patience Jonathan has finally swallowed her pride and begged to settle out of court with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission after new evidence has emerged revealing how she spent as much as $41,438 in a day on shopping.

The Commission also revealed $11,849,069.03 which 31 individuals and companies paid into her two domiciliary accounts. The accounts, which  are Skye Bank (2110001712) and First Bank (2022648664) had “questionable deposits” between 2013 and 2017.

The Skye Bank account had about $7,452,319.32 lodged in it. Detectives found $4,036,750.00 in the second account with First Bank.

The ex-First Lady allegedly spent the cash at TFS stores, Selfridges,  John Lewis, Kingsgate,  Sainsbury’s, Harrods, Marks and Spencer, Dolce and Gabbana, and Gina.

She went on a shopping spree in expensive outlets in the United States, Britain, Germany, Hong Kong, UAE, Italy and China.

The highest shopping was  at Goyard Beijing  in Beijing CN on January 28, 2014 where Mrs. Jonathan shelled out $28,388.72.

On the same day at Hulian Xinguang Beijing CN, she blew $13, 069.68 on some luxury items.

There were transactions traced to Oakham School,  Natwest Bank and $26, 228. 18 spent at Hotel Nassaeur HOF Wishbaden DE on November 20, 2015.

Perhaps overwhelmed by the EFCC probe and its likely consequences, the ex-First Lady has applied for an out-of-court settlement with the EFCC.

In “a major breakthrough by EFCC with international collaboration” detectives found that about $7,452,319.32 suspicious funds were deposited in the ex-First Lady’s account with number 2110001712 between 8th February 2013 and 7th April 2015.

The account was opened on  September 12, 2013  by a former Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan Hon. Dudafa Waripamo Owei depositing  $1,948,400.00.

About 23 other individuals, including  the ex-First Lady allegedly deposited cash into  the account as follows: Festus Iyoha ($287,100.000); Ocheche Emmanuel ($150,000);  Philemon Buoro ($150,000);  Festus Isidahomen ($100,000);  Felicia Apatake ($148,900); Patricia Okogun ($ 99,700); Buoro Ojo  ($400,000); Stella Wasiu  ($250,000);  Amaka Adebayo  ($250,000);  Segun Moses  ($249,400); Jimoh Peter ($246,700);  Ahmed Musa ($196,400); Ibrahim Musa($198,300); Dame P. Jonathan ($100,000);  Ayemere Sunday ($ 250,000);  Eneji A.P ($300,000); Johnson Ojo ($300,000);  Mary Buoro ($400,000); Jude  Bosede ($500,000); Festus Iyoha ($400,000);  Jimoh Moses ($400,000) and  Ahmed Musa ($100,000).

“The balance in this account as at 9th September 2016 was about $5,831,173.55,” the EFCC said.

The second account was opened on February 22, 2013 at First Bank.

Cash deposits were made into the account between 26th February 2013 and 30th April, 2017 which altogether was $4,036,750.

Apart from the ex-First Lady who deposited $2,037,650 in nine tranches, other lodgments ranged  from $98,900 to $400,000.

The former SA Domestic, Dudafa Waripamo Owei, led the pack of depositors on 27th February 2013 with a deposit of $400,000. Other depositors are: Germaine ($100,000); Dudafa ($400,000); Germani ($200,000); Ade Suleiman ($200,000); Mohammed Adamu ($300,000); Francis Muhd ($300,000); Kunle Peter ($200,000); Suleiman Ade ($299,900,00) and Jonathan Patience ($2,037,650).

“Detectives traced the transactions pattern placed the card holder in various countries to United States, Great Britain, Germany, Hong Kong, UAE and Italy.

The card was allegedly used in highbrow shops, such as Marks and Spencer,  Kingsgate, Natwest Bank, Gina stores and Harrods.

“ The balance in this account as at 9th September 2016 was $3,691,145.48.”

A source in EFCC said: “We have gone far in our investigation of the ex-First Lady to prove that it is not  a case of witch-hunt in any manner whatsoever. We are already trying to verify the names of the depositors if they really existed or they are fake.

“ Since we have uncovered all these suspicious deposits, we only need her to account in court on how she came about them. Our crack teams worked day and night to trace these funds.

“With international collaboration, there is no hiding place for Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) because some of these malls sometimes  report suspicious transactions or spending. They marvelled at where top Nigerian political office holders and their spouses got the cash being lavished.”

The former First Lady, however,  seems to be tired of litigation over her fortune. In a January 30, 2018 letter, titled “Proposal for out-of-Court Settlement of all cases related to Dame (Mrs.) Ibifaka Patience Jonathan,” she told the EFCC of her intention to settle the matter.

The letter, which was written by her counsel, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), is being considered by the EFCC.

The letter said: “As senior counsel,  representing Dame (Mrs.) Patience Jonathan (former First Lady) and companies linked to her and some family members, associates,  companies and NGOs, we have thought it fit to engage your commission in a discussion over all issues involving her and the commission with a view to having amicable resolution of all cases as stated above.

“This will enable both sides create an atmosphere for mutual understanding and peaceful coexistence. We will therefore appreciate it, if you can give us an appointment at your earliest convenience to have a discussion over all matters involving her and members of her family.

“We believe that an amicable settlement will be in the best interest of both your commission and our client.

“We assure you of our utmost commitment and sincerity of purpose in this connection,  and we solicit your cooperation in this regard. Please, accept the assurances of our warm regards.”

Another EFCC source said: “We have received a letter from the ex-First Lady, we are studying it on whether or not to accept the out-of-court settlement or allow justice to take its course.”

Apart from the cash, the ex-First Lady is linked to 12 choice properties and a plot of land on which a building is being built.

The investigative team had recommended that Section 7 of the EFCC Establishment Act 2004 be invoked on the properties after due verification.

The assets linked to Mrs. Jonathan in Port Harcourt  are:  Former Customs Service officers mess; two duplexes at 2/3 Bauchi Street; landed property with blocks at Ambowei Street; 3 Luxury apartments of 4-bedroom each at Ambowei Street;  and Grand View Hotel along airport road.

In Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, are two marble duplexes at Otioko GRA by Isaac Boro Expressway;  Glass House along Sani Abacha Expressway which is housing Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring  Board; Akemfa Etie Plaza by AP filling Station, Melford Okilo  Road; and Aridolf  Resort, Wellness and Spa on Sani Abacha Expressway.


  • Festus Iyoha
  • Ocheche Emmanuel
  • Philemon Buoro
  • Festus Isidahomen
  • Felicia Apatake
  • Patricia Okogun
  • Buoro Ojo
  • Stella Wasiu
  • Amaka Adebayo
  • Segun Moses
  • Jimoh Peter
  • Ahmed Musa
  • Ibrahim Musa
  • Dame P. Jonathan
  • Ayemere Sunday
  • Eneji A.P
  • Johnson Ojo
  • Mary Buoro
  • Jude  Bosede
  • Festus Iyoha
  • Jimoh Moses
  • Ahmed Musa
  • Germaine
  • Dudafa
  • Germani
  • Ade Suleiman
  • Mohammed Adamu
  • Francis Muhd
  • Kunle Peter
  • Suleiman Ade
  • Jonathan Patience



Reps Accuse AGF, EFCC Of Manipulating Course Of Justice In Saraki’s Trial

The House of Representatives on Thursday accused the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of alleged “manipulation” of justice by reopening the corruption case against the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar.

The House noted that Malami and the EFCC had earlier cleared Umar of any wrongdoing in the alleged corruption act involving about N1.8billion.

However, the House said the same AGF and EFCC had made a U-turn recently by filing two corruption charges against Umar before the Federal Capital Territory High Court.

Umar presides over several high-profile corruption cases at the CCT, including the celebrated case involving the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, and some top judicial officers.

In a resolution in Abuja, lawmakers condemned the actions of the AGF and the EFCC in the renewed filing of corruption charges against Umar, accusing them of plotting to arm-twist Umar so that he could deliver judgments in a “pre-determined direction” on the cases before him at the CCT.

The Minority Whip of the House, Mr. Yakubu Barde, who moved a motion on the matter, recalled that the same AGF and EFCC had “previously cleared the said Umar of the very same allegations that form the basis of the two-counts (against him).”

He argued that it was not possible for the same judge who was facing corruption trial to preside over other corruption cases, including Saraki’s, and be expected to be fair to all parties.

The motion reads partly, “The House is further concerned that the EFCC had previously issued a statement absolving Justice Umar of any wrongdoing and is now being charged and asked to try the Senate President with the tendency to give an impression that a game is being arranged to meet certain pre-determined result, portraying our legal system as capable of being manipulated, should be of great concern to everyone.”

“Nigeria Problems Caused By Corruption”

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, says most of the problems plaguing Nigeria are caused by corruption.

He added that even cancer could be traced to corruption.

Magu said this when he visited the Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday.

The EFCC boss said, “Corruption is the worst enemy of Nigeria. It is a disaster. It causes all evils. Even cancer is caused by corruption. Every evil you find in society is caused by corruption directly or indirectly. So, it is high time you and I stamped corruption out.”

Magu called on Nigerians to assist the commission to tackle corruption, adding that the EFCC could not do it alone.

He also commended INEC for helping to tackle corruption.

The EFCC chair added, “We are all Nigerians and we all have equal responsibility of fighting corruption. Everybody in his home has a responsibility in the fight against corruption and no one can sit down and say he can fight corruption alone. Corruption is affecting everybody.

“Everyone must join in the fight against corruption. Corruption is a disaster, it has done too much damage in this country and I believe INEC is fighting corruption indirectly. They may not be fighting corruption the way we are fighting it. That is why I said fight corruption whichever way you want to fight it.”

In his remarks, the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said over 200 INEC officials had been either suspended or sacked for alleged corrupt practices.

He, however, said most of the officials of INEC were not corrupt but honest people, adding that at least 7,000 officials were promoted for their honesty and diligence last year.

EFCC Arrests Former INEC Officials Linked To Diezani’s Case

Former staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr. Christian Nwosu, who had previously acknowledged he collected N30 million from Mrs. Allison Diezani Maduekwe the former Minister of Petroleum to manipulate the outcome of the 2015 general elections has been re-arrested by the Economic and Finical Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The funds was among the billions distributed by Diezani out of her ‘goodwill to the  nation’ to influence thelast presidential election in favour of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan.

Mr. Nwosu and the second defendant, Tijani India Bashir, were re-arrested shortly after their ongoing trial at the Federal High Court In Ikoyi, Lagos.  The development was necessitated due to the new revelation on how the former INEC officials diverted the sum of N450m to a company called Advaita Nig. Limited through the cashier of INEC.

According to the operative of the commission, Mr. Nwosu is a signatory to the account where this funds was transferred to. It was also alleged that his wife benefited N11.8m from the said proceed of unlawful activities.

The anti-graft agency stated further that Mr. Bashir, who is the head of account department in INEC, benefited the sum of N25 million Naira through a company called Heiza Nig. Ltd owned by his relative, one Mr. Saliu Yakubu.

Prior to the arrest, the Commission had tendered an account statement of Mr. Nwosu, also a former Administrative secretary of INEC in Kwara State Mr. Usman Zakari, an investigative officer of EFCC, led by the commission’s lawyer, Mr. Abdullahi Idris, who presented the document to show where the N30 million Mr. Nwosu allegedly benefited was warehoused. The defense did not object to the admissibility of the  document.

At the last adjourned date, lead counsel to EFCC on the matter. Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo has sought for an adjournment to enable him certify the documents.

Mr. Zakari had in October of last year, tendered some title document of land allegedly acquired through proceed of unlawful activities. The defense team also hinted that in view of the evidence provided by the  prosecution, the defense intends to file a no case submission.

Justice Mohammed Idris, the presiding judge, thereafter adjourned the case to the 7th of March 2018 for defendants to argue the no case submission application.

The two INEC officials are standing trial for allegedly conspiring with two other INEC officials to take a bribe of N264.8m from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, to compromise the elections.

Mr. Nwosu was arraigned alongside two of his colleagues on April 4 for the offence.

In a plea bargain agreement he had with the EFCC, he pleaded guilty to collecting the money before he later change his guilty to not guilty. The offence was said to have been committed in March 2015.


EFCC To Expose VCs, Past JAMB Registrars For Diversion Of Funds

Ibrahim Magu, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, partially revealed that  the agency is presently carrying out an investigation on the allegation that low remittances was made by past registrars of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB.

Although he admitted while speaking to newsmen at the JAMB headquarters in Bwari, after a courtesy visit to the JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede that the investigation was too early to disclose any information he also hinted that there was also an ongoing probe of some of the nation’s universities’ Vice Chancellors over allegation of monthly diversion of N450 million as furniture allowances, vowing that no one found wanting in the act would be spared.

When asked how far he has gone with investigation on the alleged low remittances by the board’s past registrars, he said:

”I think it’s too early for me to comment on that, we are working. It’s too early for me to comment on that.”

While also responding to question on the level of investigation on alleged monthly diversion of N450 million as furniture allowances by some Vice Chancellors, the EFCC insisted that no one found wanting in the act would be spared.

” We would not spare anybody,” he said.

Earlier, in his mission statement to the board’s registrar, he said his visit was informed by major things chief among which was to partner the tertiary institutions examination body on fight against examination malpractices in the country. According to him, the first reasons he was at JAMB was to commend Oloyede for transparancy he had brought to JAMB by remitting exactly what the board was generating to the government.

Second, he said he wanted to come and show appreciation to JAMB for the confirmation and promotion examinations for EFCC personnel it has been handling and to also hail the JAMB’s Registrar for the anti-corruption crusade he has been championing in the nation’s tertiary institutions examination body. He said

”For showing that this is what is available and it should go to where it supposed to go, that’s very commendable and it shows a lot of transparency. ” I hope everybody will emulate what you have done when you said this money belongs to this people, give Caesar what is Caesar’s. I think it’s a very commendable efforts.”

“When you are fighting corruption, the best way to fight it is to mobilise and bring everybody on board. We want to invite everyone to join us in the fight against corruption, corruption is everywhere. “You don’t have to do it the way I do it, you just have to find a way to do it,even if you educate the younger ones at home, you are still fighting corruption.

“But there are areas we can collaborate with JAMB in the fight against corruption and that is the area of examination malpractice.

“This is only the reason why I came here, I also came to thank you for the area JAMB has assisted us in arranging our confirmation examinations and also promotion examination. I’m sure it has taken a lot of efforts, a lot of resources in handling this.

“And since I’m here, I also want to use the opportunity to tell people that everybody has a role in fighting corruption, individually and collectively. At least, we must chase this monster out of this country, it’s a disaster, we don’t need it. It’s an evil, we don’t need it. Just do it the way you can,you don’t have to do it the way I do it. Chase it out, it must go because it has done a lot of damage to this country, a lot of destruction. Also everything that is going wrong in Nigeria is caused by corruption.

“Cancer itself is caused by corruption, if there was no corruption, there wouldn’t be this high rate of cancer. There wouldn’t be problem in out hospitals, there wouldn’t be need for our people to eat adulterated food. Corruption is the multiplier of every evil, every wrong doing can be attributed to the act of corruption. So we have the responsibility, everybody here. “Even the media, has more responsibility in fighting corruption, they have to really help us to sensitise Nigerians that corruption is wrong.”


EFCC Reveals Amount Of Recovered Loot In 2017

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC revealed to the national assembly that it has recovered about N511.9 billion in 2017. According to the chairman of the commission Ibrahim Magu more than N473 billion, $98 million, €7 million, and £294,000 among others.

This was revealed at the agency’s budget defence session organized by the House of Representatives committee on financial crimes.

The anti-graft chief also told the lawmakers that part of the monies recovered in 2017 included N32 billion and $5 million forfeited to the federal government by former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Alison Madueke.

Others forfeited are N449 million discovered at a plaza in Lagos, $43 million discovered in an apartment in Ikoyi area of Lagos, N329 billion from petroleum marketers in Kano while withholding tax of over N27.7 billion was retrieved from banks.

Other recovered monies include the Nigerian Ports Authority recovery of €6.6 million, recovery of about N1.1 billion on behalf of AMCON, and the recovery of subsidy fraud funds more than N4 billion.

He also said the breakdown of the total recovery has been sent to the National Assembly.

The anti-graft agency had last year at a conference of the state parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption held in Vienna said it recovered loots totalling N738.9 billion or $2.9 billion between May 2015 and October 20, 2017.

The commission said it made a lot of recoveries locally using the mechanism of the non-conviction based forfeiture provided under Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.

The committee is headed by Kayode Oladele (Ogun – APC).