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7 suspected internet fraudsters arrested by EFCC in Enugu

The Enugu Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has said that it arrested seven internet fraudsters.

This was made known to pressmen in the city in a Press Statement by the Head, Media & Publicity of EFCC, Dele Oyewale.

According to the Statement, they were arrested at Loma Linda Extension Enugu, Enugu State.

Jungle Journalist Media Ltd gathered that their arrest followed intelligence signalling them as a syndicate of fraudsters that specialise in defrauding unsuspecting members of the public, especially foreigners through the internet.

Items recovered from the suspected fraudsters include: three exotic cars: Lexus ES 350, Benz C300 and a Toyota Camry. Other incriminating materials recovered from them are several mobile phones and laptops.

The suspects have given useful information in the course of interrogation and will be charged to court soon, the release also stated.

BREAKING: EFCC suspends 12 directors

About 12 directors and top staff of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have been suspended with immediate effect.

The notice of suspension was communicated to the Acting Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Mohammed Umar, on Tuesday night by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.

The action was said to be in connection with the ongoing investigation of the suspended Acting Chairman of the agency, Mr. Ibrahim Magu.

But there is anxiety in the commission on the suspension with some of those affected claiming that they were not directly involved in Magu’s administration.

The Nation

UPDATED: Mohammed Umar, not Bala Ciroma is EFCC’s new acting Chairman

Mohammed Umar, Head of Operations at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday resumed as the acting chairman of the agency.

Jungle Journalist Media Ltd erroneously reported earlier that the FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma replaced Ibrahim Magu.

Umar, who is a Deputy Commissioner of Police, is the second most senior operative at the Commission.

According to The Punch, there had been moves to install the Secretary, Ola Olukoyede, as the chairman pending the suspension of Ibrahim Magu.

But he is not favoured as he is a civilian.

There were, however, indications on Wednesday afternoon that the Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, Bala Ciroma, is favoured as the substantive chairman.

Magu was suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday after he was arrested by the Department of State Services, DSS, on allegations of corruption.

Magu is currently facing probe by a Presidential Panel set up to investigate allegations levelled against him.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami had raised damning corrupt allegations against Magu, which led to his arrest on Monday and subsequent probe by the panel.

BREAKING: Another northerner, Bala Ciroma replaces Magu as EFCC boss

The FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, has reportedly been appointed to replace the suspended Ibrahim Magu as the new Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

His appointment was reported on Wednesday afternoon by the online edition of the Lagos-based Daily Independent newspaper, which, however did not immediately provide any details.

Ciroma’s name has consistently featured in the various lists of potential successors to Magu, who has since Monday been undergoing interrogation by the Presidential Probe Panel investigating allegations of gross misconduct against him headed by retired Justice Ayo Salami.

More trouble for Magu as security operatives search home

Security operatives, on Tuesday evening, searched the Karu, Abuja, house of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

The search, a source said, was part of the investigation into the activities of the anti-corruption commission under Magu, who was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on November 9, 2015.

The embattled Magu was on Monday “arrested” by security operatives to face the presidential investigative panel, led by a former President of the Court of Appeal, retired Justice Ayo Salami, over some allegations levelled against him by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN, in a memo to President Buhari.

The Justice Salami-led panel, it was learnt, has representatives of the police, Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), the Department of State Services (DSS), among others.

The memo raised by Malami has some damning allegations against Magu, who was alleged, among other allegations, of insubordination to the AGF, ‘relooting of recovered loots’ and Sale of seized assets to cronies, associates and friends.

After facing the panel on Monday, the embattled Magu was detained at the Force CID at Garki, Abuja, from where he went to face the panel against on Tuesday.

A source informed that the security operative went to the house with a search warrant and moved in to carry out the search.

BREAKING: Buhari suspends Magu as EFCC acting chairman

Ibrahim Magu has been suspended as Acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by President Muhammadu Buhari, the BBC reports.

Magu spent the night in a police cell at the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) Headquarters in Abuja.

This followed a six-hour grilling by a presidential panel, chaired by Justice Ayo Salami, a former president of the Court of Appeal.

Buhari set up the panel to probe various allegations levelled against Magu, following a petition by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and the Department of State Service (DSS).

UPDATED: Presidential security takes Magu taken for ‘questioning’, DSS denies involvement

Security operatives have whisked away Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for questioning by a presidential panel probing the agency.

The panel is currently sitting at the presidential villa in Abuja.

TheCable initially reported that he was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) but the secret police issued a statement to deny any involvement.

However, TheCable understands that DSS officials were involved in the operation, along with officers of the Nigeria police force.

The anti-graft agency also issued a statement saying that Magu went to honour an invitation by the presidential panel.

“The EFCC’s boss was neither arrested nor forced to honour the invitation. A member of a legal team from the EFCC is also with him on the Panel,” Dele Oyewale, head of media and publicity, said.

The development comes a few days after Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), accused the anti-graft czar of gross infractions.

The AGF asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Magu over some “weighty” allegations, including the diversion of recovered loot.

In addition to allegedly re-looting the recovered loot, Malami accused the acting EFCC chairman of insubordination and misconduct.

In 2016, the senate declined to confirm the appointment of Magu as EFCC chairman after a DSS report indicted him of corruption.

The report read: “Magu is currently occupying a residence rented for N40m at N20m per annum. This accommodation was not paid [for] from the commission’s finances, but by one Umar Mohammed, air commodore retired, a questionable businessman who has subsequently been arrested by the secret service.

“For the furnishing of the residence, Magu enlisted the Federal Capital Development Authority to award a contract to Africa Energy, a company owned by the same Mohammed, to furnish the residence at the cost of N43m.”

Breaking: DSS Arrests EFCC Ag Chairman Ibrahim Magu Over Corruption

Following allegations that he owns four properties and transfers funds abroad through a third party, the Department of the State Service, DSS, Monday, arrested the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu. In a seven paragraphs statement disclosed by DSS, obtained by SaharaReporters stated that the anti-graft agency chairman was said to have been found guilty of prejudicial to state security – withholding of EFCC files, sabotage, unauthorised removal of EFCC files and acts unbecoming of a police officer.

Read the full statement below:

“In December 2010, the Police Service Commission (PSC) found Magu guilty of action prejudicial to state security – withholding of EFCC files, sabotage, unauthorised removal of EFCC files and acts unbecoming of a police officer, and awarded him severe reprimand as punishment. “Magu is currently occupying a residence rented for N40m at N20m per annum. This accommodation was not paid [for] from the commission’s finances, but by one Umar Mohammed, air commodore retired, a questionable businessman who has subsequently been arrested by the secret service.

“For the furnishing of the residence, Magu enlisted the Federal Capital Development Authority to award a contract to Africa Energy, a company owned by the same Mohammed, to furnish the residence at the cost of N43m. “Investigations show that the acting EFCC chairman regularly embarked on official and private trips through a private jet owned by Mohammed. “In one of such trips, Magu flew to Maiduguri alongside Mohammed with a bank MD who was being investigated by the EFCC over complicity in funds allegedly stolen by the immediate past petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke. “Furthermore, the EFCC boss has so far maintained a high-profile lifestyle. This is exemplified by his preference for first-class air travels.

On 24 June, 2016, he flew Emirate airlines first-class to Saudi Arabia to perform lesser hajj at the cost of N2.9m. This is in spite of Mr President’s directive to all public servants to fly economy class. “Magu has fostered a beneficial relationship with Mohammed who by his confession approaches clients for possible exploitation, favours and associated returns”. Recall that the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), had on the 19th of June recommended to President Muhammadu Buhari the sacking of Magu. Malami, in a memorandum to the president, anchored his recommendation on several grounds “raging from diversion of recovered loot to insubordination and misconduct”. Weeks after his letter, DSS arrested Magu.

SR

You have 7 days to unseal properties wrongfully sealed, Abia State Govt tells EFCC

The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, in Abia State, Uche Ihediwa, Esq has given the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seven days to unseal some properties it sealed in the state.

Listing the properties, the Attorney General said the Commission shot itself in the foot in the exercise, having investigated some of the properties in the past and found them satisfactory.

A statement to that effect, made available to Jungle Journalist Media Ltd says:

“Some few days ago, the EFCC in brazen disregard of the regulatory, enforcement and investigative provisions of the law establishing the Commission purported to mark and seal assets and/or properties of the Abia State in various locations in the State Capital, Umuahia under the guise that these assets and/or properties were under investigation. These properties are –

1. The Abia Mall
2. 2. The Housing Estate at Adelabu Street, Umuahia
3. 3. The former Township main market at Ogwumabiri
4. 4. The Millennium Luxury Apartments, Umuahia
5. 5. Abia Hotels
6. 6. Linto Estate, Old Timber Shed

“In 2016, the same Commission, EFCC, investigated the ownership of most of these properties. The Certificates of Occupancy and Public Private Partnership Agreements between the State Government and Investors in respect of the properties were duly submitted or tendered before the Commission at the time, which documents the Commission found satisfactory.

“It is pertinent to note that the properties listed above belong to the Abia State Government and are not under investigation by the EFCC.

“Abia State Government duly entered into arrangements with credible investors for the development of these properties under Public Private Partnerships, which means that the reversionary interests in these properties still reside in the State Government.

“Sections 28 and 29 (a) of the law establishing the Commission, ie, the Economic and Financial Crimes (Establishment) Act, Cap E1, LFN 2004 makes it clear that the Commission can only attach or seal the properties of persons arrested for an offence under the Act. As noted earlier in this briefing, ownership of the propertied by the Abia State Government is not subject of any EFCC investigation.

“With particular reference to the Housing Estate at Adelabu Street, the estate was initially to be developed by investors under Public Private Partnership arrangements but later terminated for non performance by the developers/investors. The Adelabu estate under my watch as Commissioner for Housing was later built with direct labor by the Housing Ministry with the approval of the State Government. The houses in the estate, on completion were allocated to individuals who paid for the allocations and continue to pay ground rents to the State Government.

“Also the Abia Mall is in receivership as a result of the failure of the investor to pay back bank facilities. Had the Commission done a due diligence check, it would have unearthed this fact without shooting itself on the foot.

“The unwarranted and unlawful actions of the EFCC has fine incalculable harm to the economy of the State by scaring away high profile investors from the State. This also sends a negative signal to investors planning to invest in Nigeria.

“In the light of the foregoing, the EFCC is hereby given Seven (7) days from today to remove the offensive and provocative notices placed on the above listed properties or estates. The EFCC must tender an apology to the Abia State Government within the same period.

“Failure to comply with these demands will leave the State Government with no option but to seek appropriate redress in a court of law.

Thank you.

Uche Ihediwa, Esq
Honorable Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Abia State.

BREAKING: EFCC Storms Premises of Son of ex-Abia Dep. Gov., Enyinnaya Nwafor (Photos)

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Tuesday stormed the premises of Engr. Enyinnaya Nwafor, son of late former deputy governor of Abia State, Dr. Chima Nwafor.

Nwafor is the founder and chief executive officer of Tunnel End, and Rock Waters Integrated Services Ltd., two construction companies headquartered in Aba.

Some buildings in the company’s premises were marked by the EFCC officials, during the operation which lasted for hours. It was a joint operation which had men of the Nigerian police.

Nwafor is said to be a subject of investigation over alleged fraud and failed contracts. Some roads topping the list include the Unuaro/Ekwereazu road in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia state.

It will be recalled that Governor of the state, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu had recently ordered the contractor back to site after some portions of the road failed. The road only lasted for about six months – December 2018 to June 2019.

Ikpeazu had expressed anger over the poor construction done on the road, which is currently the only route in and out of Aba from Akwa Ibom and Cross Rivers States, due to complete failure of all federal roads linking the states.

He said the poor work on the Ekwereazu road didn’t meet the standard of roads done by his administration, ordering the contractor back to site to undertake a full reconstruction of the road.

Rumours are rife that Engr. Nwafor, a managing consultant from Umuojima Osisioma community of the state, is warming up for the 2023 general elections in Abia.

An impeccable source told journalists on Wednesday that the ex-deputy governor’s son was on Tuesday invited for questioning at a police station in the state.

“Yes, he was invited for questioning on Tuesday where he was asked to make some certain statements which he did,” the source said, revealing that Nwafor was later released at 7pm.

It was reliably gathered that plans are on ground for the EFCC to immediately invite Engr. Nwafor to Abuja, the nation’s capital, for further questioning and investigation.

More details later…