$2.1bn Arms Scandal: Tom Ikimi In EFCC’s Net

Tom Ikimi, a former chieftain of the All Progressives Congress and ex- minister of foreign affairs to late Nigerian dictator General Sanni Abacha has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over his role in the arms fund saga.

An EFCC source told Saharareporters that Ikimi had been grilled at their Abuja office over two days and allowed to go home each day after interrogation because of his health.

The source said Mr. Ikimi, who decamped from the APC to support former President Goodluck Jonathan bid for a second term, was involved in the $2.1billion arms funds scandal.

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EFCC Squeeze Former Ogun Governor Olusegun Osoba

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday questioned former Governor Segun Osoba of Ogun State for his role in the agency’s ongoing investigation of massive funds allegedly diverted and embezzled by an ex-Niger Delta militant, Government Ekpemupolo, popularly called Tompolo.

The EFCC recently declared Tompolo wanted reportedly for stealing $108.7 million, illegally diverting N2.1billion, and engaging in a land fraud worth an estimated N13 billion.

Two EFCC sources told SaharaReporters that the 76-year-old Mr. Osoba, a former journalist who from 1999 to 2003 served as Governor of Ogun State, was being questioned over a sub-contract he reportedly received from NIMASA. One EFCC agent told our correspondent that the contract in question was worth N65 million.

When our correspondent reached Chief Osoba he became upset and said he nothing to do with Tompolo or EFCC, further he said he was on his way to the US via London and asked our reporter to call his his hotel in New York

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#DasukiGate: Why I Collected N25m From Metuh – Witness

A witness in the ongoing trial of the National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Olisa Metuh, and his company, Destra Investment Limited on Thursday, 4 February told Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that, he was paid a total sum of N25m out of the N400 million arms fund linked to the PDP spokesperson.EFCC

Abba Dabo, while being led in evidence by counsel to EFCC, Sylvanus Tahir, told the court that, he was paid a total sum of N25m, through the second defendant’s company account, Destra Investment Limited on December 16, 2014.

Dabo, a retired public servant and special adviser on political matters in the office of the former Vice President, was a former Editor of Sunday New Nigerian, and Gaskia Tafi kwabo, and also one time Deputy National Chairman, PDP North.

According to him, the said money was for the purpose of media and publicity campaign for the PDP presidential election.

Explaining how the money was expended, Dabo told the court that he created a media support system and a website called “WhatsApp Nigeria” to run media advocacy campaign for the party.

“I raised a team of facilitators and young internet experts were also employed to manage the website,” Dabo stated.

The witness further told the court that, he was shocked to hear through the media that the money given to him by Metuh was part of the funds set aside to procure arms for fighting insurgency.

“Therefore, I decided to return the money to EFCC,” Dabo said.

Justice Abang, at the instance of counsel to the second defendant, Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, adjourned to February 9, 2016 for further hearing.

Metuh is being tried for allegedly receiving N400 million from former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), who is also being tried for laundering $2.1 billion.

Activist Call For Probe Of Disappearance Of 69 Prado SUVs Under Jonathan

Rights activist, Nelson Ekujumi, has called for the probe into the disappearance of over 69 brand new Toyota Prado SUVs allegedly given to the spokesman of a socio-cultural organisation by former President Goodluck Jonathan for support during the 2015 general elections.

Ekujumi said he suspected that the SUVs were sold, by the spokesman, to a car dealer in Victoria Island area of Lagos.

“One is hereby seeking the investigation of the anti-corruption agencies to unravel what happened to over 69 brand new Toyota Prado Jeeps allegedly given to a spokesperson of a socio-cultural group for distribution to a certain group of individuals for their support for the political ambition of the former President Goodluck Jonathan before the conduct of the 2015 general elections by the presidency,” Ekujumi said among several posts on his Facebook wall on Sunday.

“We suspect that the vehicles were diverted and sold to a car dealer in Victoria Island, Lagos State.”

He urged the EFCC to investigate the actual number of the brand new Prado jeeps that were given to “this socio-cultural organisation spokesperson” by the presidency prior to the 2015 general election.

He also asked the anti-graft agency to find out if the money for the purchase of the vehicles was appropriated for and where the money was sourced from if it was not appropriated for.

Among others, he asked the EFCC to:

•determine the persons behind this assault and abuse of public trust;

•how many of these brand new Prado jeeps were delivered to the beneficiaries by the socio-cultural organisation spokesperson as directed by the presidency;

•how many of these Prado jeeps were allegedly diverted to a car dealer’s showroom in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Ekujumi said he was doing this because the role of the citizen in complementing government programmes is very critical to societal stability and peace.

“Hence, if we are to win this war against corruption, then all hands must be on deck.

“It is expected that the anti-corruption agencies will move fast to investigate this clear case of corruption in order to engender public confidence in winning the war against this social malaise.

“EFCC, over to you,” he said while commending President Buhari’s stand against corruption and the efforts of the various anti-graft bodies to win the battle in the country.

#Dasukigate: EFCC Operative Arrested For Extortion

Abdulrahman Biu, an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has been arrested for allegedly extorting $150,000 from some military officers.

According to Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman, Biu collected the money under the pretext of assisting the suspects who are currently being grilled by the anti-graft agency.

“The officer was arrested on Monday January 25, 2016 following intelligence report alleging that he extorted a whopping sum of $150,000 from some military officers on the pretext that he would help give them a soft landing in the ongoing investigation into the arms deal scandal,” Uwujaren said.

“Upon his arrest, a search was executed on his residence in Abuja where the following items were recovered: $20,000 cash, N500,000 cash, two police uniforms bearing his name with the ranks of deputy superintendent and assistant superintendent, police warrant card No: 27/2014 with the rank of DSP allegedly obtained from Kano constabulary office, documents relating to military arms investigation and account information of several senior military officers.

“A search of his car parked in the premises yielded the following items: unbranded pistol with a magazine and ten live ammunition.

“His modus operandi includes dropping the names of ranking officers of the commission, claiming he was acting on their behalf. A paper containing seven of such names was recovered in his house.

“The suspect has made useful statement, while investigation continues.”

FIRS Director Arrested For Tax Fraud During Sting Operation

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested Abumere Joseph Osagie, deputy director, regional tax office, Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, in a case of abuse of office and bribery.

The suspect was picked following a complaint about his attempt to extort a university proprietor N5 million.

Osagie and Jamila Ojora had on January 27, 2016 allegedly approached Senator Ahmed Datti, the Chancellor of Baze University, Abuja and gave him a tax assessment of N20,029,496 through a letter of intent, which he paid.

However when he requested for the assessment certificate, they refused to oblige him. Instead they allegedly demanded for N5 million gratification.

All pleas by him fell on deaf ears. Consequently, he petitioned the EFCC, and was advised to play along.

Consequently, marked N5 million was delivered to the director through Ojora in a sting operation.

Ojora was arrested after she collected the N5m. He confession led to the arrest of Osagie.

The houses of the suspects were searched by operatives of the EFCC, and documents were recovered.

Investigations continue.

Jonathan, ‘An Ineffectual Buffoon’ – The Economist Magazine

The Economist magazine based in the United Kingdom has described former president, Goodluck Jonathan, an “ineffectual buffoon” who let politicians and their cronies fill their pockets with impunity.

In an article titled Crude Tactics seen by Osun Defender, The Economist accused former president Jonathan’s cronies of squandering income generated from oil which would have served as  buffers to cushion against the shocks of current oil revenue which has dropped below $32 a barrel, a figure less nearly 30 percent less of what was obtainable within the same period in 2015 under the Jonathan administration.

“Oil’s price has fallen by half, to $32 a barrel, in the months since the new government came to power, sending its revenues plummeting. Income for the third quarter of 2015 was almost 30% lower than for the same period the year before, and foreign reserves have dwindled by $9 billion in 18 months. Ordinarily there would be buffers to cushion against such shocks, but Mr Jonathan’s cronies have largely squandered them. Growth was about 3% in 2015, almost half the rate of the year before and barely enough to keep pace with the population. The stockmarket is down by half from its peak in 2014.”

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested dozens of bigwigs, including a former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, accusing him of diverting $2.2 billion.

Osun Defender recalls Nigeria’s most notorious minister since independence, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke is tucked far away in London, hiding from prosecuting authorities in Nigeria. Others looters are yet to be picked up by EFCC to answer question bothering on money laundering and outright stealing of public funds.

Olisa Metuh Meets Bail Condition

Chief Olisa Metuh, Publicity Secretary and Spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)‎ has regained his freedom.

Metuh met his bail conditions, as stipulated by the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, and was subsequently released.

Metuh was arrested and detained by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on allegations of diversion of security funds and money laundering.

He was also charged for tampering with evidence as he allegedly made attempts to destroy his statement by chewing it.

His party, the PDP had accused the government of selective trail saying Metuh’s incarceration was a ploy to gag the opposition.