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Court rejects EFCC’s exhibits in trial Adamu Mohammed over alleged N41.5m fraud

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The economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Wednesday suffered a major setback in the prosecution of a N41.5M corruption charges brought against a business man, Adamu Mohammed and his private company, IBAD Integrated Limited.

Mohammed and the company are put on trial before a Federal Capital Territory high court on three count charges bothering on alleged fraud amounting to N41.5M

Specifically the anti-graft agency alleged that the two defendants sometimes in December 2013, allegedly obtained a sum of N41,382,000 naira from one Augusta Peters on the pretext of purchasing a latest 2014 model Lexus Jeep 570 for her and for clearing of bullet proof Prado Jeeps contrary to section 1 of the Advanced Fee Fraud and other fraud related offences Act 2006, but punishable under section 1, sub section 3 of the same act.

The two defendants were further accused by EFCC of collecting another sum of N147,000 from the same person in 2014 under the false pretence of acquiring a customised plate number for a 2014 model lexus jeep 570, which the two defendants claimed to have have been shipped from the United State of America to Nigeria.

However, to establish the ingredients of the charges beyond reasonable doubt as required by law, the EFCC through its counsel Deborah Etteh, tendered a bundle of computer generated documents before the court to establish the charge.

The counsel while tendering the several documents had urged the court to use them as exhibits against the two defendants on the ground that the documents allegedly linked them with the offence.

However, Counsel to the defendants Francis Mgboh had vehemently opposed the admission of the documents against his client, stating that the documents were not in conformity with section 84(2) of the evidence act .

The counsel argued that as computer generated documents, the sources of the documents and the devices used in generating them must be clearly stated with certificate of production and certification.

Mgboh drew the attention of the court to the effect that several documents were lumped together without compliance with the evidence act by the EFCC and urged the court to decline admitting them.

Justice Charles Agbaza, in his ruling agreed with the defence counsel that the voluminous documents contravened section 84(2) of the evidence act on the ground that the sources of the computer generated documents and the devices used in producing them were not stated as required by law and therefore made them inadmissible in a criminal trial.

The Judge received the documents but marked them rejected by the court.

Shortly after the ruling a prosecution witness Augusta Peters had in her evidence confirmed that a contract was awarded to the defendants through her company Brain and Braces limited for the sum of N41.3M.

The anti graft agency tendered the contract award paper and was admitted as exhibit by Justice Agbaza.

Meanwhile, the court has fixed December 5, for cross-examination of the witness by the defence counsel.

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ASUU breaks silence on UI staff arrested by DSS for alleged examination fraud – Daily Post Nigeria

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan chapter, on Tuesday declared that no single academic staff in the university was involved in examination malpractices at the Distance Learning Center (DLC) of the institution.

ASUU Chairman, Professor Deji Omole made this declaration in a statement made available to DAILY POST.

Omole was reacting to the arrest of six staff of the distance learning centre by the men of the department of state service (DSS) at the instance of the institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Idowu Olayinka, for alleged examination malpractices.

DAILY POST recalls that six staff of the distance learning centre, among whom were Edward Eborgu (Head of UI DLC software Unit), Kehinde Ajao (Head Student Support), Shola Akintunde (Executive Officer and Media representative), Ademola Okunola (IT personnel), one Lanre (IT personnel) and a certain David in the Director’s office were picked last Thursday for the fraud.

But, Omole while speaking, lashed out at the Director of Public Communications of the University, Olatunji Oladejo, who some papers attributed the story to as misinforming the public.

Omole said that contrary to Oladejo’s claim, no academic staff of the distance learning centre has been fingered or linked to the fraud.

He added that no one should drag ASUU into the fraud since none of its members is involved.

Apart from the fact that the University committee, Omole said that “ASUU has a standing committee on ethics and standard dealing with ethical and unethical issues.”

He, however, said it will not take it lightly when her members are wrongly accused.

“Our members not involved in UI Exam fraud. Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan Chapter on Tuesday says no single academic staff was involved in examination malpractices in her Distance Learning Center (DLC).

“Seven non-academic staff of the Distance learning center of the Institution were picked up by the DSS last week Thursday over their alleged involvement in aiding and abetting examination malpractices and compromising the integrity of examinations.

“Academic staff have not been fingered or linked to the fraud and no one should drag them into it. The Union is not against punishing anyone linked to the fraud.

“Apart from the fact that the University committee, ASUU has a standing committee on ethics and standard dealing with ethical and unethical issues.”

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Why we arrested Mompha in Abuja – EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, popularly known as Mompha.

EFCC disclosed that Mompha was arrested for alleged internet fraud and money laundering on Friday last week at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

The anti-graft agency made the disclosure in a series of tweets titled: “Alleged Internet fraud, Money Laundering: EFCC Arrests Ismaila Mustapha, a.k.a Mompha.”

The tweets reads: “The EFCC, Lagos office, has arrested a renowned Social Media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha popularly known as Mompha for alleged involvement in internet-related fraud and money laundering.

“The suspect, a premium and first class customer of one of the popular international airlines, was arrested on Friday 18, October 2019 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on his way to Dubai Emirate following series of intelligence reports received by the Commission.”

EFCC also disclosed that according to its operatives, “actionable cross border intelligence received from collaborative law enforcement agencies about his alleged involvement in the criminal activities further strengthened our suspicion”.

It added: “Ismaila, who allegedly perpetrates his fraudulent activities under the guise of being a Bureau de Change operator is always seen with his little son flaunting huge amount of foreign currencies on his social media platforms.

“Investigations have also revealed that Ismaila is only using the BDC business, he jointly owned with his siblings, as a decoy to launder his proceeds of crime.

“However, the suspect has volunteered useful information to the operatives and has admitted to be reasonably involved in the first two cases he was alleged to be involved.

“At the point of arrest, five wristwatches with a total worth of over twenty million naira (N20, 000, 000: 00) was recovered from him. The suspects will soon be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.”

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BREAKING: Benue Assembly member arrested over crime

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Police have arrested the Member of the Benue Assembly Representing Katsina-Ala Constituency, Hon Jonathan Agbiye.

Agbidye was apprehended in possession of a Toyota Hilux vehicle believed to belong to the late Justice Tine Tur.

He’s currently being taken to Abuja by the mobile squad.

Hon Agbidye is a member of the All Progressives Congress, APC and he won the 2019 Benue State House of Assembly election on the platform of the APC.

Reports from Katsina-Ala before and during the elections said notorious kingpin and wanted man, Terwase Akwaza, alias Gana, who is also said to have strong links with APC allegedly sponsored Jonathan Agbidye for the election “to represent him” in the House.

Gana, it was rumoured, had threatened that anyone who contested and defeated Agbidye would not remain alive to enjoy his tenure in the Assembly.

As a result of Gana’s threat to kill, the PDP candidate in Katsina-Ala who contested against Agbidye refused to file a petition against INEC’s declaration of the APC candidate as winner of the election.

Information has it that someone (name withheld) wrote a petition to the Inspector-General of Police on the suspected criminal activities of Agbidye including his ties with Gana.

The IGP, acting on the petition, detailed his men who began to trail the Benue lawmaker till he was nabbed in possession of the said stolen hilux vehicle.

When contacted, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Anene Sewuese Catherine, confirmed the presence of IGP IRT team but yet to get the full details.

“I can confirm the presence of IRT in Benue but not sure of the arrest yet. I will meet with the team leader to get the full details shortly,” she said.

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