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Magu's Chief of Staff Not Under Investigation- EFCC
The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has been drawn to a news report entitled, Magu's Chief of Staff Under Investigation for Bribery and Unalwful Enrichment, which was published by online news platforms, First Weekly Magazine, and Nigeriannewsdirect, alleging that Mr. Ola Olukoyede, Chief of Staff to Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman EFCC, is under investigation for alleged corruption.
The publications purports that Mr. Olukoyede defrauded some prominent "Nigerian(sic)...under the guise of assisting (sic) to curry (sic) from his boss, Ibrahim Magu." It went on to list an unnamed former Niger a State governor and a prominent Chief from the southwest among his alleged victims. The latter, the publications claimed, lost N100m to the Chief of Staff!
The salacious claims continued with the strange revelation that EFCC "discovered a mind-boggling amount of money in his personal accounts", which supposedly forced the Vice President to order an internal probe.
The icing was the disclosure that Mr. Olukoyede was detained and thereafter placed on suspension.
The narrative and the issues raised are strange to the EFCC. As far as the Commission is concerned, Mr. Ola Olukoyede is not under any investigation and could, therefore, not have been detained or suspended. The Commission has no record of any petition by anybody calling into question the integrity of the Chief of Staff. So stories about a former governor or a prominent south west chief accusing him of wrong doing are at best fictional.
Consequently, the Commission is inclined to dismiss these publications as the handiwork of mischief makers who are out to impugn the hard earned reputation of Mr. Olukoyede for reasons that are not clear.
The Commission consequently enjoins members of the public to disregard the publication for what it is : fake news!
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N243m Fraud: Court Overrules INEC Officials, Admits Statements

Justice Fadawu Umar of the State High Court, Maiduguri, on Friday, August 17, 2018 overruled objections by Jummai Lawan Ibrahim, Kabir Bello and Musa Buba Amshi, to the admissibility of their statements made to the EFCC. The judge admitted Jummai, Bello and Amshi’s statements in evidence and marked them as exhibit F-F8, G-G9 and H-H8 respectively.

Ibrahim, a retired Assistant Director, Public Affairs Directorate of the INEC, in connivance with Bello and Amshi (serving officials of INEC) allegedly conspired to collect slush funds from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, in the build-up to the 2015 presidential election.  

They are facing an amended six count amended charge for the offence of criminal conspiracy to procure benefit for public officers and corrupt receipt of monitory benefits.

Their counsels, Muhammad Umaru and Zannah Hamza objected to the admissibility of the statements, arguing that they were obtained from their client through inducement, duress, threat, intimidation and promises, thus necessitating the commencement of a trial-within-trial.

In proving its case that the statements were made voluntarily by the accused persons, the prosecution counsel, Khalid Sanusi, called one witness, Salisu Muhammad Rabiu, an operative on the EFCC’s Advance Fee Fraud and Extractive Industries Unit, who testified that the statements were made by all the accused persons themselves and that they were not coerced into making them.

According to him, “the statements were taken in the office devoid of threat, inducement, promise or duress. In the Commission, we operate in accordance with International Best Practice and Operatives are encouraged not to rely on confessional statements” Salisu said.

Justice Umar, thereafter, adjourned to 4th October, 2017 for continuation of trial.

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EFCC TAKES OVER VESSEL, 8 SUSPECTS
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today, 17 August, 2018 took over a vessel and eight (8) crew members from NNS PATHFINDER, Naval Base, Rumuolumeni, Rivers State.

The vessel, MT WATER GATE 1, was arrested for suspected illegal bunkering activities by the team on April 11, 2018 while on patrol at Taraba Jetty.

The vessel was allegedly laden with estimated 200,000 litres of illegal refined AGO and 8 crew members. The crew members include: Adegboye Musbau (Captain), Olayiwola Shamsideen, Issa Taoreed, Yekinni Ramon, Adetokumbo Adeyinka, Ogungbenro Abraham, Ekundayo Saiki and Adegbayi Olalekan.

According to the Commanding Handing Over Officer, Commander I.F.Okoloagu, the product became questionable as the Captain, Musbau, refused to disclose the source of the product, hence the arrest and handing over to the EFCC.

Principal Detective Superintendent Gidado Musa while taking over the suspects and vessel, assured that the Commission will carry out thorough and diligent investigation to ensure that justice is served.

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EFCC Trains Staff in Modern Investigative Techniques
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on August 18, 2018 concluded four-day training for investigators and prosecutors at the EFCC Academy, Karu, aimed at further equipping its staff with modern skills in the fight against corruption.
The Commandant, EFCC Academy, David Tukura who spoke through the Head, Administration, Aliyu Nadada, said the training, which was designed and fully sponsored by the EFCC was part of the Commission’s career development strategies to enhance the performance of its officers in the area of investigations and prosecution.
“Criminal tendency is taking a dynamic form globally, hence the need to update our officers with the latest techniques necessary to enable us continue to get more convictions in court,” Nadada said.
According to the course coordinator, Babashani Umar Sanda, the training, which has as its theme, “Investigations and Evidence Gathering Techniques”, was aimed at addressing “identified lapses in evidence gathering, trial preparation and testifying in court”.
“We expect that the synergy that will be developed among the prosecutors and the investigators will further enhance their ability to gather relevant and admissible evidence to aid the quality of prosecution in court,” he said.
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EFCC, INTERPOL Parley to Fight Human Trafficking, Migrant Smuggling

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has pledged the Commission’s support towards successful hosting of the 6th Global Conference on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling scheduled to hold between September 24 and 25, 2018 in Abuja.

He made the pledge on Thursday, August 16, 2018 while playing host to the Local Organizing Committee of the conference, at the EFCC head office, Abuja.

The EFCC boss, who welcomed the idea of involving the anti-graft agency promised to render assistance in any way possible to the successful hosting of the conference.

“We are ready to render any form of assistance. We are available and will work with you and support you”, he said.

Earlier, the representative of the Commissioner of Police, INTERPOL, DCP Lanre Bankole, who led the delegation, lauded the Commission on the successes recorded so far in the fight against corruption and solicited support in organizing the conference.

“Everybody can attest to the fact that the EFCC is the lead agency in the war against corruption. We are mindful of this fact, that is why we are here today, to intimate the agency about the event”, he said.

According to him, “This global conference is to create awareness on the evil effect of human trafficking and migrant smuggling, which is a scourge affecting the country just like corruption”.

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Be Anti-Corruption Ambassadors, EFCC Tasks Varsity Students

 The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday August 16, 2018 hosted students and officials of the Faculty of Social and Management Sciences Adamawa State University, Yola, Adamawa State who were on excursion visit to the EFCC Academy, Karu, Abuja.

 

 Abiodun Adebanjo, Head Research at the EFCC Academy, in a presentation,enlightened the students on the work of the Commission and the challenges confronting it. 

‘I commend you all for taking out time to come and learn and identify with the Commission. I want you to be good ambassadors of the anti-corruption fight, while also preaching to your peers on what knowledge you have acquired,’ Adebanjo said.

According to him, Corruption has adversely affected our society and commended the efforts of the current administration to address the scourge.


Also speaking, Sylvia Mbamalu of the Enlightenment and Re-Orientation Unit of the Commission encouraged the students to create  an integrity club in order to bring more people into the corruption fight.

In his remark, the head of delegation, Dr. Yahaya Adamu, a lecturer in the faculty of social and management sciences, who accompanied the students, commended the EFCC for the initiative of targeting youths through the establishment of integrity clubs across tertiary institutions in the country.

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Money Laundering: EFCC Partners Ghana’s Financial Intelligence Centre
The Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, has expressed its preparedness to assist the Ghana Financial Intelligence Centre, GFIC, in its efforts to effectively supervise and monitor Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions, DNFBP, in Ghana.
The offer of assistance came on August 14, 2018 through Head, Special Control Unit against Money Laundering, SCUML, Bamanga Bello, who represented the acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, during a working visit by a delegate from the GFIC to the EFCC’s Head Office Complex, Abuja.
Leader of the delegation and Head, GFIC’s Analysis Unit, Lucy Abebrese, noted that the visit was “to learn” best practices, from Nigeria.
“We noticed that Nigeria had set up the SCUML, which is doing well, and already has in place best practices, which a lot of countries are looking up to,” Abebrese said.
Abebrese added that the Ghanaian government established the Anti-Money Laundering Unit of the Ghana Revenue Authority, in order to monitor the activities of DNFBPs.
“Many businesses are not regulated in any way and they form a very large sector of our economy, so the Assessors made a point that there is a need for Ghana to set up an institution that will regulate, supervise and monitor these institutions for their Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Financing of Terrorism, AML/CFT, compliance in Ghana," Abebrese said.
According to Bello, SCUML, which was established in 2005 has over the years become a regional champion in West Africa.
“Ghana is here because of Nigeria's unique arrangement and role in the region and other countries such as Gambia are also applying to come and learn how the SCUML supervises DNFIs,” he said.
The delegation from Ghana, which also toured the new Head Office Complex of the EFCC, and the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, include, Rita Yeboah, Deputy Manager Research, Financial Intelligence Centre; Hauwa Yeboah, Head, Anti-Money Laundering, Ghana Revenue Authority; Michael Sefa, Ghana Revenue Authority; and Ebenezer Larbi, Team Leader Task Force, Ghana Revenue Authority.
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Lets Join Hands to Kill Corruption-Magu
The Acting Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu has once again called on all Stakeholders in the Anti-Corruption crusade to come together to kill corruption.

The EFCC boss who made the call today Monday, August 13, 2018 during an Interactive Session with the Commission's Stakeholders at the Ibadan Zonal Office, Oyo State, said the idea was aimed at strengthening the existing relationship and collaborative efforts of Anti-Corruption stakeholders at the grass root.



The event had a large turnout of Government Agencies, Civil Society Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations and the Media.


Magu while commending the unwavering support of the Stakeholders, urge all participants to always do the right thing at all time. According to him, “it is my pleasure, most sincerely, to be in your midst today as we interact and rub minds on how to strengthen our partnership and collaborative efforts in the fight against corruption. It is also in recognition of the important role you have all played in assisting the Commission to achieve our goal of ridding Nigeria of all forms of corruption. I thank you all specially for finding our cause worthy of associating with. I urge us all to strive to do the right thing at all time”.

Speaking further he said, “I am also aware that this responsibility and partnership towards complementing the Federal Government’s efforts to rid corruption in Nigeria, is a Social Responsibility of all of us in line with the change mantra of the present administration”.

In addition, he enjoined the Media, Collaborating Government Agencies, Civil Society Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations to continue to collaborate to fight the menace. “We must all join hands to kill corruption. I also want to reinstate for the records that, there is no better time to prop up the anti-corruption campaign than now” he emphasized.

While reiterating the Commission’s commitment to its core values, Magu said, “r he EFCC will not, and does not engage in witch-hunt. Our activities are in line with international best practices. In all that we do, we are indeed, guided first by the fear of God and patriotism to our fatherland and the Rule of Law. We therefore expect more rigorous collaboration and cooperation from all of you as stakeholders. We need to promote public ownership of the fight against corruption in consonance with President Muhammadu Buhari’s warning that “if we do not kill corruption, corruption will kill us”, he said.
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Beware of Fake EFCC Social Media Accounts

It has come to the notice of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, that some unscrupulous elements are using the name of the Ag. Chairman of the Commission, Ibrahim Magu, to extort money from the general public, via Instagram, FaceBook, and the Twitter platforms.

The EFCC wishes to reiterate that the anti-graft agency does not demand for any kind of gratification, in the discharge of its duties.

The general public is hereby advised to be at alert and support the EFCC in fishing out these elements that are determined to bring the image of the Commission and its Chairman to disrepute.

The Commission’s Platforms addresses are:

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/officialefcc

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/officialefcc

TWITTER: www.twitter.com/officialefcc

The Commission can be reached on any of the following hotlines:

234-9-9044751

234-9-9044752

234-9-9044753

2348093322644

We can also be reached by email: info@efccnigeria.org.
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EFCC Not Part of Any Saraki Script

The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC , has been drawn to a widely syndicated article by Senator Babafemi Ojudu, special adviser to the President on Political Matters entitled, fifth Columnists in Our Recent History, wherein he portrayed the Commission as a conscript in the devious plots by Senator Bukola Saraki to undermine the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to Ojudu, "From the shenanigans at the Benue House of Assembly, to the siege on National Assembly, the attack on judges home in the night, the so called barricade of the Senate President’s house, the laughable kidnap of Boy Dino and “his eleven hours on a tree’, the freezing of Benue and Akwa Ibom accounts all are scripted, produced and acted by Oloye Productions".

The Commission takes exception at the attempt to impute false motive to its investigative activities. The recent placement of a 'Post No Debit Order' on some accounts in Benue and Akwa Ibom States were the culmination of many months of painstaking investigation activities. To reduce such activities to the level of a stunt in a real or imaginary script by any politician is outrageous.

It is important to state that the EFCC is NOT a party to the so called script by Saraki. Members of the public should disregard the innuendo in Ojudu's article as it is unfounded.

The Commission calls for circumspection on the part of political leaders, while urging them to seek clarification before making comments on matters they do not know about.
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