Provost Suspended Over Fraud In Cross River

The Provost of the Federal College of Education Obudu, Cross River State, James Ejue has been suspended by the Nigerian government over an alleged theft of N125 million from the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) salary account of the college.

According to reports, the governing council of the college on December 15 recommended to the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, to suspend Mr. Ejue for three months from January 1 to March 31.

GIFMIS is an IT-based system for budget management and accounting that is being used by the federal government to improve public expenditure management processes, and enhance greater accountability and transparency across its ministries and agencies.

It was designed to help government plan and use its financial resources more efficiently and effectively.

It was gathered that the governing council of the college appointed an acting Provost, Mecha Nduma, on January 24 after obtaining the minister’s approval.

When contacted via telephone, Mr. Nduma confirmed his appointment.

“I received my letter to to be the acting Provost on Wednesday January 24 and it was signed by the council chairman,” he said.

Meanwhile, a source in the college, who requested anonymity for fear of victimisation, said Mr. Ejue was suspended based on alleged misappropriation of funds in connivance with the bursar of the college, Ushie Sixtus, who has been on suspension since September 29.

“Ordinarily, the provost should be dismissed by the government because of the gravity of his crime according to the Civil Service Rule, Financial Regulation, and the Scheme of Service. But the report was doctored by some people,” the source said.

The source further also alleged that some persons in the Federal Ministry of Education tried to bury the suspension letter.

“I learnt that the minister minuted on the letter since December 2017 but the letter disappeared between the minister’s table and the Permanent Secretary’s table but was later found in the second week of January when some staff of the institution visited the ministry, ” the source said.

According to Section 5.5.7 of the conditions of service for Colleges of Education, under the act governing colleges of education in the country, only the minister of education can suspend a provost.

“If a council after considering the report of the investigating committee is satisfied that the officer, whose conduct is the subject matter of the investigation ought to be suspended from office, the council may by instrument in writing ( i) suspend the staff and (ii) in the case of the Provost, such recommendation should be forwarded to the Hon. Minister of Education through the Executive Secretary, National Commission for Colleges of Education.”

When contacted on Monday, the Chairman of the Governing Council of the college, Anthony Obi, said he had not seen the minister’s response to the council’s recommendation on Mr. Ejue. But he did not deny that there is a new acting Provost.

“The Council is yet to receive the minister’s memo on the recommendation,” he said on phone. “The council made a recommendation and the council will stand by its decision,” he said.

Meanwhile when contacted, Justin Egba, the spokesperson of the college, said he was at a meeting and could not speak on the issue.

Effort to get reactions from the Federal Ministry of Education was unsuccessful as the spokesperson, Chinyere Ihuoma, did not respond to calls and text messages.

 

Court Remands Man Over N166M Fraud

By Oluwapelumi Fasoyin

A 35-year old Adeyemi Ajiboye has been remanded in Ilesha prison custody by an Osogbo Magistrate court over fraudulent activities.

The charge sheet disclosed that the accused person obtained the sum of N166,410,000 from one Azeez Razaq and others that he would use the money to invest into palm kernel which he (suspect) knew to be false, thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 419 of the criminal code law of Osun State 2003.

It further disclosed that the accused person fraudulently stole and converted the property of Azeez Razaq that worth N166,410,000 to his own use and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 390(9) of the state penal code.

The accused person committed the offence sometimes in November 2017 at Osogbo.

The suspect pleaded not guilty to the two count charge leveled against him.

His defense counsel, prayed the court to grant his client bail in the most liberal terms in accordance with the 1999 constitution of the Federal Constitution of Nigeria.

The police prosecutor, opposed the bail application of the accused person, saying over 50 petitions have been written against him concerning the issue of fraud.

He also argued that the accused is a serial bail non-compliant.

The presiding Magistrate, Aisha Oloyade remanded the suspect in Ilesha prison custody till the next day of hearing.

Five Nigerians Jailed In London For £610,000 Telephone Banking Fraud

An Inner London Crown Court has sentenced five Nigerians to various jail terms over the theft of £610,000 from business bank accounts.

According to reports, Victor Oke, 39, of Galleons Drive, Barking, used stolen data provided by Desmond Uyiosa Abifade, 25, of Henniker Road, Stratford, to falsely impersonate company directors via telephone banking.

Once Oke gained access, he diverted funds to ‘mule’ beneficiary accounts monitored by Moses Kuye, 28, of Connaught Road, Silvertown.

Melinda Mensah-Oke, 37, also of Galleons Drive, impersonated company directors when a female voice was necessary, while Arinola Kuye, 27, also of Connaught Road, acted as the group’s money launderer.

They were caught after being spotted by fraud investigators at HSBC, who passed the case to the dedicated card and payment crime unit (DCPCU) to investigate.

The DCPCU is sponsored by the banking industry and made up of officers from the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police Service, bank investigators and support staff from UK Finance.

Police were able to analyse when and where the calls were made to identify the phones used and from there, the perpetrators.

All five were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, which they pleaded not guilty to.

On Wednesday, Oke was sentenced to four years in prison, while Moses Kuye was jailed for three years and three months.

Mensah-Oke received a fourteen month suspended sentence and Abifade a two year suspended sentence.

Arinola Kuye was given a 12-month community order and instructed to complete 50 hours of unpaid work.

DC Dave Cass, who investigated the case for the DCPCU said: “This was a concerted effort to commit fraud against two companies and profit from crime.

“The police take fraud very seriously and these sentences should send a message to fraudsters that you will be caught and punished.”

All losses were refunded to the genuine business account holders.

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Two Arraigned For Fraud

By Olaniyi Olanrewaju

For allegedly obtaining the sum of N80,000 from one Ajibowu Azeez, two persons have been arraigned before an Osogbo magistrate court presided over by Mrs. Fatimah Sodamade.

The suspects are Tiamiyu Akanbi, 70, and Moshood Odofin 45, who conspired among themselves for stealing.

The prosecutor, Inspector Oladoye Joshua disclosed that the accused persons committed the alleged offence on April 20, 2017 at Ajegunle Area of the state capital.

According to the charge sheet, the accused persons obtained the stated sum of money from the victim with pretence to sell one Honda saloon car for him thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under section 419 of criminal code cap 34 volume ii. Laws of Osun state of Nigeria 2003.

It further stated that the accused persons conspired among themselves to obstruct, prevent, pervert and defeat the cause of justice, an offence contrary to and punishable under section 126 (1) of the criminal code cap 34 volume ii. Laws of osun state of Nigeria.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the four count charges levelled against them.

The defence counsel, Mr. Amaechi Ugwu prayed the court to grant the suspects bail in a liberal term, saying they would not abuse bail if granted.

Magistrate Sodamade in her ruling granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N50,000 with one surety in a like sum.
She then adjourned the case till November 16, 2017 for hearing.

Metuh’s Trial: Dasuki In Court, Jonathan Missing

A former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, has arrived a Federal High Court to testify as a defence witness in the ongoing trial of former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh.

Mr. Dasuki’s appearance followed an order of the Federal High Court for a subpoena to be issued on him, through the directorate of the State Security Service, SSS.

The same order was issued on former Nigeria president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan who for the second time has refused to honour the court order.

Mr. Dasuki has been in the custody of the SSS for over a year despite court orders for his release. He is being prosecuted separately for alleged mismanagement of funds while in office.

The Federal High Court’s directive for the SSS to present him in court was also in obedience to a September 29 directive of the Appeal Court.

Details later……..

Breaking News: Jonathan Dares Court, Refuses To Appear As Witness

A new twist has again greeted the ongoing trial of former Peoples Democratic Party Spokesperson, Olisa Metuh as former President Goodluck Jonathan refused to honour order of Justice Okon Abang.

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday, gave an order summoning the former president to appear before him today.

The summon which was in line with a ruling of the Court of Appeal in Abuja that faulted earlier refusal to grant Metuh’s request for subpoena to be issued against Dasuki.

However, reasons for the ex-president’s absence from court could not be ascertained.

Metuh is currently facing charges for allegedly receiving the sum of N400m from former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd) in the build up to the 2015 presidential election.

Justice Abang said: “Indeed, at the close of business, yesterday (Monday) being October 23, 2017, precisely at about 3.59 pm, the registrar forwarded to the court in chamber a subpoena to compel former President Goodluck Jonathan to appear in court to testify at the instance of the first defendant (Metuh).

Ex-Perm Sec, Clement Onubuogo Docked Over N14.1m Fraud

A former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mr. Clement Illoh Onubuogo has been arraigned before Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Igbosere over an alleged fraud.

The Ex-Perm Sec was charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 3-count bordering on stealing by conversion and conversion of property to the tune of N14,176,000.00 (Fourteen Million, One Hundred and Seventy- six Thousand Naira) on Monday.

Onubuogo, who was responsible for supervising numerous programs such as the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P), allegedly awarded fictitious contracts to himself, using his personal company and friends.

One of the counts reads, “That you, Clement Illoh, a.k.a Clement & Bob Associate, on or about 28th January, 2015 at Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court whilst still a Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, dishonestly converted to your own use the sum of N14,176,000.00(Fourteen Million, One Hundred and Seventy- six Thousand Naira ) from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA), and you hereby committed an offense contrary to Section 279(1)(b) & 285(6) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State No,11,2011.”

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.

The prosecution counsel, Nnaemeka Omewa, asked the court for a trial date and to remand the accused in prison.

The counsel to the accused, Bolaji Ayorinde, SAN, told the court about a pending application for bail on behalf of the defendant.

Ayorinde also pleaded with the court to remand his client in the EFCC custody pending the hearing of the bail application.

Justice Taiwo adjourned the case to October 19, 2017 for hearing of the bail application and commencement of trial.

The accused was ordered to be remanded in the EFCC custody pending the determination of his application for bail.

 

Banker Arraigned For Allegedly Stealing N25m Depositors’ Money

A former banker James Oke, arrested on board a flight out of Nigeria after allegedly stealing N25,466,330 million from the bank has been arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate’s Court sitting at Igbosere.

 

Oke 28, alongside his accomplice Moyosore Shofowora 27, also a banker, were docked before Chief Magistrate B. A Snouga.

 

They are standing trial on two-count charge of conspiracy and theft.

 

The prosecutor, Inspector Abbass Abayomi, told the court that the defendants committed the alleged offences between September 22, 2016 and July 28, 2017, at Ogba Branch of the Bank.

 

He claimed they conspired among themselves and stole N25, 466,330, property of the bank.

 

According to him, the offences committed by the duo is punishable under Sections 411 and 287 (7) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015.

 

However the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge against them.

 

Their counsel Mr O Gani and Mr U.N Ezeokeke urged the court to grant the defendants bail in liberal term, as they were still presumed innocent until proven guilty.

 

But the prosecutor objected to the application to grant them bail in liberal term.

 

After listening to the submissions of the defendants counsel and the prosecutor, Magistrate Sonuga granted the defendants N5million bail each, with two sureties each in like sum, who must be bank managers of two separate banks.

Access Bank Loses Female Staff To Fraud

Access Bank Plc has lost a staff to fraud at the Ladipo Branch, Mushin, Lagos. Beatrice Nwana a 33 year old senior banker with Access Bank Plc has been arrested and arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate Court for allegedly obtaining the sum of USD40, 000 equivalent to N8, 240,000 from Obinna Ezenwata under false pretence.

Also arraigned with her for the same offence was Okwudili Onyetube a trader in spare parts in Oyingbo, Lagos.

Nwana, a native of Anambra State, Southeast Nigeria and Onyetube were arrested by the operatives of the Federal Criminal Investigation and intelligent department, FCIID, Alagbon, Ikoyi, Lagos.

After investigation, the two were arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate Court, Lagos on a four-count charge of felony to wit. obtaining money under false pretence and stealing.

Police prosecutor, DSP Henry Obiazi informed the court in charge No. C/53/2017 that the accused persons committed the alleged offence in February, 2015 in Okota, Lagos.

Obiazi told the court that the female banker connived with her accomplice to collect the sum of USD40, 000 equivalent to N8, 240, 000 from the complainant with a promise to exchange it with naira equivalent, but that the two accused failed to provide the naira equivalent of N8, 240, 000 to the complainant and instead converted the money to their use.

He said that when all efforts by the complainant to retrieve his money from the accused persons since 2015 proved futile, he reported the matter to the police leading to the arrest of the accused persons.

Obiazi said that the offences committed were punishable under sections 411, 314 (1) (A) and 287 (5) (A) of the criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the alleged crime in the open court and Chief Magistrate O.A Komolafe granted them bail in the sum of N3 million each with two sureties in like sum.

Komolafe adjourned the cased till 19 September, 2017 for mention while the defendants were remanded  in Kirikiri and Ikoyi prisons respectively pending when they will be able to fulfill their bail conditions.

Another Nigerian Celebrity Arrested For Fraud

Nigerian entertainment industry seems to be the home for fraudsters as artists have been getting exposed by the US government.  Months ago popular Hypertech record artist Dammy Crane was arrested in the US for fraud, following by Sauce kid.

Actress, Lola Margaret Oladipupo, is allegedly undergoing interrogation by the police department in Atlanta, Georgia. Her arrest is reportedly linked with money laundering.

She was reportedly arrested after a huge sum of money was wired into her account and the collection method failed.

How MTN Employees, Bankers ‘Fleeced’ Customers Of N150m

Operatives of the Police’ Special Fraud Unit (PSFU) Ikoyi, Lagos State, have arrested two employees of telecommunications firm, MTN, three bankers and six others for allegedly defrauding subscribers of over N150 million.

Chukwunonso Ifeanyi, 30, and Okpetu John, 29, who both confirmed they were MTN employees, were paraded alongside the bankers, Oyelade Shola, 32; Osuolale Hammid, 40; and Akeem Adesina, 33 by the spokesman for the SFU, ASP Lawal Audu.

Others include an ICT specialist, Salako Abdulsalam, 30; a pastor, James Idagu, 56; Sarumi Abubakar; Ismaeel Salami, 49; Akinola Oghuan, 34; and Sunday Okeke, 33.

The suspects were arrested in Lagos, Oyo and Kwara states with several Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards belonging to unsuspecting Nigerians, whose accounts were used to divert money belonging to those they defrauded, recovered from them.

According to the police, the suspects belonged to a syndicate that specialized in defrauding bank customers, who do not do Internet banking.

It was gathered that while the bankers supplied the details of customers with funded accounts to the gang, the MTN workers ensured that the victims’ mobile numbers, as well as those of people they had their ATMs were swapped for the duration of the crime.

According to Audu, blocking the numbers enabled the syndicate to fleece their victims, diverting the money into accounts they had ATM cards/pin, thereby preventing computer-generated text messages of transaction from being delivered to account owners.

He said: “The suspects transferred the money siphoned into about 40 other accounts with ATM in different banks. They usually carry out their operations at weekends and public holidays to avoid being detected by the bank monitoring mechanisms or the owners of targeted funded accounts.

“The effort of the police team eventually paid off when the same group was holding their final meeting at Domino Pizza eatery along Bode Thomas Street, Surulere, on the plan to unleash another monumental fraud on unsuspecting customers.

“Their plan was to defraud some bank customers between May 26 and 29. Detectives stormed the venue during which one of the major kingpin, Alhaji Ismaeel Salami, and four members of the syndicate were arrested.”

Ifeanyi, who said he suspected engineers at MTN headquarters as those behind the fraud, disclosed it was the fourth time it has happened in his branch.

He said: “I have no hand in that fraud. Someone used my access to do it and it was the fourth time it happened within a month. The first time, they used my Manager’s access, within two weeks, it was the Assistant Manager’s. The next person was a colleague before mine was used.

“All the times it happened, we were told to change our passwords, which we did. I suspect the engineers at the headquarters because they are the ones who usually gave us access to the systems.”

However, MTN PR Manager, Funso Aina, told The Guardian when contacted that those paraded at the SFU were not MTN workers. “Rather, they are employees of a distribution partner who runs a Connect Store.”

Source: Guardian