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    Pressure UK to release Diezani for trial, Magu tells Nigerians in diaspora

Pressure UK to release Diezani for trial, Magu tells Nigerians in diaspora

Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has called on Nigerians in the diaspora to pressure the UK government to release Diezani Allison-Madueke, former minister of petroleum resources, for trial. According to Dele Oyewale, EFCC spokesman, Magu gave the charge during a virtual townhall meeting with Nigerians in the diaspora, on Saturday. The ex-minister, who is being [...]

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    State of Washington admits losing millions to fake unemployment claims by Nigerian ring

State of Washington admits losing millions to fake unemployment claims by Nigerian ring

Government officials in Washington have acknowledged that the state lost hundreds of millions of dollars to a fraud ring suspected to be operated by Nigerians. Seattle Times reports that Suzi LeVine, commissioner of the state employment security department (ESD), announced the losses during a press conference on Thursday afternoon. She, however, declined to specify how much money was stolen during the scam, [...]

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    EFCC probes Oyo perm sec over ‘N4.4m scam’

EFCC probes Oyo perm sec over ‘N4.4m scam’

The Ibadan zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned Rasaq Kolawole, a permanent secretary in the Oyo state ministry of agriculture, over allegations of fraud. Kolawole was accused of defrauding one Ibikunle Alonge of the sum of N4,400,000. The defendant appeared before Aderonke Aderemi of the Oyo state high court in Ibadan on Wednesday, on one [...]

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    ‘Fraud’: Court orders interim forfeiture of N510m traced to ex-AVM

‘Fraud’: Court orders interim forfeiture of N510m traced to ex-AVM

A federal high court in Abuja has ordered the interim forfeiture of N510 million traced to Uko Etim Ebong, a former commander of the presidential air fleet. In his ruling on Monday, Ahmed Mohammed, the presiding judge, held that the money is suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities. In an ex-part application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the [...]

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    ALERT: Beware of fraudsters promising COVID-19 relief funds, UBA warns

ALERT: Beware of fraudsters promising COVID-19 relief funds, UBA warns

The United Bank for Africa (UBA) has advised customers to protect their bank accounts and prevent getting defrauded. In a statement released on Thursday, the bank warned customers against divulging any sensitive personal information regarding their bank and or card details. Chukwuma Nweke, UBA executive director for retail banking & payments, said the bank’s attention has been drawn to some fraudulent messages [...]

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    Interpol: How we uncovered €1.5m face masks fraud traced to Nigeria

Interpol: How we uncovered €1.5m face masks fraud traced to Nigeria

The International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) says it has uncovered a fraudulent scheme to the tune of €1.5 million run across three countries, with part of the money headed to Nigeria. The organisation said the scheme, coordinated across Spain, Netherlands and United Kingdom, kicked off when German health authorities ordered face masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The order, which originally [...]

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    EFCC to arraign Oyo-Ita for ‘fraud’

EFCC to arraign Oyo-Ita for ‘fraud’

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it will arraign Winifred Oyo-Ita, former head of service, for alleged fraud on Monday. In a statement on Sunday, Tony Orilade, EFCC acting spokesman, said Oyo-Ita will be arraigned alongside eight other suspects. He said the other suspects are Frontline Ace Global Services Limited; Asanaya Projects Limited; Garba Umar and his companies: Slopes International [...]

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    US cracks down on some Nigerians over ‘$30m cyber fraud’

US cracks down on some Nigerians over ‘$30m cyber fraud’

Some Nigerians have been arrested in connection with a $30 million money laundering scheme in the United States. In a statement, the US department of justice said federal agents arrested 24 suspects for their involvement in the large-scale fraud which targeted citizens, corporations, and financial institutions throughout the country. The suspects, who were said to have perpetrated the crimes through business email [...]

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    Witness: We moved N200m from Fayose’s residence to the bank

Witness: We moved N200m from Fayose’s residence to the bank

Johnson Abidakun, an official of Zenith Bank of Nigeria, has explained how N200 million naira was moved from the residence of Ayodele Fayose, former governor of Ekiti state, to the bank for deposit. Abidakun testified at a resumed hearing of the N2.2bn fraud trial of Fayose before C.J Aneke at a federal high court in Lagos. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [...]

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    Police arraign Fayose’s spokesman over ‘N13.5m fraud’

Police arraign Fayose’s spokesman over ‘N13.5m fraud’

The police has arraigned Lere Olayinka, spokesman of Ayodele Fayose, former governor of Ekiti, over an alleged N13.5 million fraud. Olayinka was arraigned at an Ado-Ekiti chief magistrate's court on Wednesday. According to Johnson Okunade, the prosecutor, the defendant committed the offence at the Broadcasting Service of Ekiti State, (BSES) Ilokun in Ado-Ekiti, between 2014 and 2018. He alleged that the defendant, as a [...]

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    EFCC arrests three suspects ‘who impersonated Magu’

EFCC arrests three suspects ‘who impersonated Magu’

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has arrested three suspects who impersonated Ibrahim Magu, its chairman. In a statement on Monday, Tony Orilade, the commission's spokesman, said the suspects also impersonated senior officials of the commission in carrying out their fraudulent activities. Orilade said one of the victims, who had forged the commission's identity card, duped his victim to [...]

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    EFCC arrests Ganduje’s commissioner over ‘N86m fraud’

EFCC arrests Ganduje’s commissioner over ‘N86m fraud’

The Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has arrested Mukhtar Ishaq, one of the commissioners in the cabinet Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, over alleged N86 million fraud. The suspect currently serves as commissioner for special duties, In a statement on Friday, Tony Orilade, acting spokesman of EFCC, said the commissioner's arrest was based on a petition against him for [...]

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    ‘The looters they saw yesterday they will not see again’ — Uzodinma hits back at allegations

‘The looters they saw yesterday they will not see again’ — Uzodinma hits back at allegations

Hope Uzodinma, governor of Imo state, says allegations of fraudulent practices against his administration is "nothing but a lie from the pit of hell". In a statement on Tuesday, Oguwike Nwachuku, the governor's spokesman, said the allegations are from members of the previous administration headed by Emeka Ihedioha. Nwachuku said Uzodinma’s government is not made up of looters but "credible Imo sons [...]

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    Omoluwa, on trial over NBC N2.5bn affair, dies suddenly in Abuja

Omoluwa, on trial over NBC N2.5bn affair, dies suddenly in Abuja

Lucky Omoluwa, chairman of Pinnacle Communications, is dead. Omoluwa, who was standing trail over a N2.5 billion alleged fraud case involving the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), died at the National Hospital in Abuja on Tuesday. Omoluwa first fell ill on Saturday and was admitted at a hospital. He was said to have been discharged after showing signs of improvement. The deceased reportedly resumed work on [...]

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    Police link ‘Oko Oloyun’s’ death to fraud discovered in his office

Police link ‘Oko Oloyun’s’ death to fraud discovered in his office

The police say Fatai Yusuf, alternative medicine practitioner better known as “Oko Oloyun”, may have been killed because of the alleged fraud discovered in his office in Lagos. Yusuf was shot dead on the Eruwa-Igboora road in Ibarapa central area of Oyo state when his convoy was attacked by gunmen on Thursday. In a statement on Friday, Olugbenga Fadeyi, spokesman of the state [...]

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    UK launches fresh bid to seize ‘£117m properties linked to Ibori’

UK launches fresh bid to seize ‘£117m properties linked to Ibori’

The United Kingdom has launched a fresh bid to confiscate “proceeds of loot” in the £117 million worth of properties linked to James Ibori, former governor of Delta state. In 2012, a UK court sentenced Ibori - who governed Delta from 1999 to 2007 - to prison after convicting him of fraud and money laundering. The former governor ended his jail term [...]

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