Detectives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have grilled Joe Agi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), over purported payment of about $30,000 into one of the domiciliary accounts of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen.
Agi was said to be the referee to the CJN when one of the domiciliary accounts was opened.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) searched the home of the senior lawyer in Abuja early on Thursday after obtaining a court order.
It was also learnt that more suspects might be arrested in connection with the ongoing screening of Justice Onnoghen’s accounts.
About $3 million, allegedly undeclared by the CJN, was rated as “suspicious” by detectives.
EFCC detectives traced about $30,000 deposit into the CJN’s account by the SAN.
The purpose of the payment is being probed, although the CJN had hinted that the huge cash in his domiciliary accounts was from farming.
A source, who spoke in confidence, said: “In continuation of the ongoing probe of the CJN’s accounts, we have made more discoveries, including payment of $30,000 into Onnoghen’s account by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria(SAN), Mr. Joe Agi.
“The Senior Advocate actually paid the $30,000 in three tranches of $10,000 each into one of the domiciliary accounts of Onnoghen. It was in the process of scanning through the payment teller that we saw one J. Agi as the depositor.”
Initially, it did not occur to detectives that the same Agi on the teller could be a Senior Advocate of Nigeria. But a senior hand was able to recall that a SAN bears Agi, the source said, adding that detectives found that the SAN’s number correlated with the GSM number on the teller. “A call was made to the number on the teller and the True Caller device revealed the full identity of Joe Agi,” he said, pleading not to be named so as not to jeopardise the investigation.
The source went on: “We invited Agi for interaction on why he paid the $30,000 into the CJN’s account. So far, he has made useful statement to our team. We also applied to a court for a valid warrant to search his house in Abuja.
“When we got the order, our detectives went to the house of the SAN to execute the warrant.”
Asked why detectives believed they need to quiz Agi, the source added: “Detectives also discovered that Agi served as a referee to the CJN when he opened one of the domiciliary accounts under probe. We have retrieved the referee form the Standard Chartered Bank (SCB).
“We have asked Agi to explain the relationship between him and the CJN to have served as Onnoghen’s referee in opening a domiciliary account. A referee is like a guarantor and the SAN needs to explain more to our detectives.
“We might invite more suspects because there are a lot of issues surrounding the analysis of the CJN’s accounts.
“By the time we release latest details of our findings in the CJN’s accounts, Nigerians will be able to appreciate the extent of work done.”
Most of the lodgments in the CJN’s accounts, which were effected between 2012 and 2016 respectively, were undeclared in his Assets Declaration Form.
The NFIU was mandated to restrict the operation of five accounts of the CJN with a balance of about $3million.
The accounts in the Standard Chartered Bank are coded as USD No. 870001062650; Euro account No. 93001062686; Pound Sterling A/CNo. 285001062679; e-Saver Savings (Naira) account No. 5001062693; and a Naira A/C No. 0001062667.An intelligence report on the CJN’s accounts reads in part: “Pattern of structured payments of $10,000.00 each in 2012. For example, a total of $630,000.00 was credited to the accounts using this pattern. ”Similarly structured payments of $10,000.00 amounting to $297,800.00, $50,000.00 and $36,000.00 were deposited in the account in 2013, 2015 and 2016 respectively.
“There was also a credit of $121,116.00 into the account from 2014 to 2016 from Life Friend Plc. The payments were in four installments, of $30,279.00 each. These payments suggest the suspect has investments.
“A payment at $482,966.00 from Alicia Redemption Pro and shortly after, $800,000.00 was invested in SCB Investment subscription. We are in the process of verifying these transactions;
“Other suspicious transactions in the account are credit of $19,764.00 from Pur of Noble and seven (7) payments of $3,250.00 each amounting to $22,750.00 from Lloyds TSB.”
On the pound sterling (GBP), the investigative team discovered “a self- transfer of £40,268.40 into the account on May 31 2016.”
“There were also self-deposits by the suspect of £49,760.00 from July 2015 to September, 2016 but the balance as at September 30, 2016 was £108,348.00,” the report added.
Regarding the Naira account, the report said: “The following highlights some of the suspicious activities in the account: ”A transfer of N41,262.000.00 ($260,000) was made from the Dollar account. The money was used to make payment of N41million to Ad hoc Committee on the Sale of Federal Government Houses, suggesting that he bought a property with proceeds of the transfer;
“The only other significant transactions in the accounts are six (6) structured cash payments of N500,000.00 each and one payment of N700,000.00 amounting to N3.7mlllion from November, 2013 to August, 2016.”
Ogah Jumbo: Protesters shutdown Abuja over murder of NSCDC personnel
Mr. Jumbo, an Assistant Superintendent of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), was reportedly murdered in Nyanya, a suburb of Abuja by the men of the Nigeria Police, on Wednesday, 20th March 2019, in presence of his wife and kids.
At a peaceful rally organised by the coalition in Abuja on Wednesday, the group also faulted the Commandant General (CG) of Civil Defence, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, for playing down the death of one of his men.
The group, in a jointly petition signed by Barr. Paul Edeh and Hajia Aisha Yesufu, also requested for the arrest and prosecution of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Nyanya division, Mr. Igbekele Ogunfemi, for complicity in the matter.
As the procession continued, the coalition also submitted copies of the petition at the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice; the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the National Assembly.
They argued that, contrary to the Police’s claim, Mr. Jumbo was not driving against the traffic, adding that, the Police Traffic wardens who beat him up also dragged him for about 100 metres into the Nyanya police station, where they finally beat him to death.
“Late ASC Ogah did not violate any traffic offence. It was men of the Nigeria Police who committed the act and not none conventional Police men as alluded by ACP Frank Mba.
“Late ASC Ogah did not drive himself to the Station. Late ASC Ogah did not slump when being interrogated but slumped during beating by men of the Nigerian Police.
“Till date, no identification parade has been carried out for the wife of late Ogah to identify other Police men involved in beating her husband to death. Only the two traffic wardens who started the beating were arrested by the Nigeria Police”, the group stated.
While requesting that the National Assembly, the AGF and the NHRC conduct independent investigations into the matter to bring the perpetrators to book, the group also called on the Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, to personally visit the family of the murdered NSCDC officer as a way of condolences.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police have said the two Traffic Wardens involved in the beating of late Jumbo have been remanded in Kuje prison on Wednesday, after they were arraigned at Nyanya High Court, for culpable homicide.
The two Police officers, Idoko Sunday and Katdel Dabit, were said to be found guilty during an orderly-room trial conducted by the Force and had been dismissed, before their arraignment.
According to a statement on Wednesday signed by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) DCP Frank Mba, “Police investigations positively indicted them for assault and excessive use of force on the deceased after his arrest”.
Mba also contradicted his earlier statement of March 21, 2019, wherein he alluded that Mr. Jumbo slumped and died after driving himself to the police station.
He admitted that the autopsy report earlier published by this newspaper was true, as Mr. Jumbo’s death was caused by the police officers on duty.
He said, “Forensic Analysis by a pathologist as seen in the autopsy report clearly traced the cause of death to injuries inflicted on the deceased during his encounter with the Traffic Wardens.
“For avoidance of doubt, the autopsy report states in part that the death; was due to blunt force injury to the head; multiple skin and soft tissue injuries on the fore head and face, and that, there was no natural disease in the body to sufficiently explain the sudden death”.
While regretting the action of the Police officers, Mr. Mba enjoined Nigerians not to lose faith in the Police Force, adding that, the Acting IGP has warned that, “any Police Officer found wanting for unlawful use of Force and other sundry offences, will be publicly named, shamed and brought to book to serve as deterrent to others”.
48 hours after, abductors of Ibadan-based lawyer, Adetunbi, driver yet to contact family
A colleague of the legal practitioner, who was kidnapped in Iwaraja in Osun state on Monday on his way to Akure told DAILY POST that up till now, no information of the where about of the legal practitioner has been received.
DAILY POST recalls that Adetunbi and his driver were kidnapped by some unknown gunmen on Monday. They were kidnapped in Iwaraja in Osun state, on their way to Court of Appeal in Akure, the Ondo state capital.
Chairman of the Ibadan branch of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Dr. Oluwole Akintayo, who confirmed the kidnap maintained that the incident has been reported to the Osun State Police command.
Akintayo said, “Mr. Musibau Adetunmbi was travelling on Monday to Ondo State to appear in a matter he had in Akure, Ondo State for Tuesday morning when the incident happened. He was in the car with his driver and other team members when his vehicle was ambushed by suspected kidnappers.
“Other team members were asked to alight, while they drove him and his driver to an unknown destination. We went to the spot where the incident happened today (Tuesday) and there was no trace yet of his whereabouts.
“We reported the matter to the Osun State Police Command. Unfortunately, no contact has been established with us or his family by his kidnappers”.
Public Relations Officer (PRO), of the Osun state police command, Folasade Odoro, who confirmed the incident to DAILY POST in a telephone conversation Tuesday evening, however added that the Osun state police command was working to rescue the legal practitioner.
But, two days after they were kidnap, their abductors are yet to contact any of their family members.
A close colleague of the legal practitioner who spoke in confidence with DAILY POST, said that the whereabouts of the legal practitioner and his driver still remain unknown.
The legal practitioner, who said that he and Adetunbi were in the same meeting last month, told DAILY POST that Adetunbi is one of the prominent members of Muslim Lawyers’ Association of Nigeria, Oyo State Chapter.
He said, “None of his family members or colleagues has been contacted. They are yet to call anybody. Up till now, we have not receive any message. They are yet to call any of his family members. If they do so, we will know.
“I don’t want to speak much abut his abduction. I know his very well. He is a member of Muslim Lawyers’ Association of Nigeria, Oyo State Chapter. He is one of us. In fact we were in the same meeting last month”.
Chairman of NBA in Ibadan, Dr. Oluwole Akintayo when asked to speak, informed DAILY POST on Wednesday that the family solicits the prayers of Nigerians in securing the release of the legal practitioner and his driver.
Akintayo told DAILY POST that, ” Thank you. The bar is in touch with the family. The family solicits the prayers of Nigerians and other well meaning people in securing the release of our colleague and driver.
“The family does not want any publicity that could be counterproductive. This is what I cab say right now”.
My father stole N3.8m from the N4.5m ransom I collected – Kidnap suspect confesses
The suspect disclosed this in reaction to the question by newsmen on how he expended the 4.5million ransom he got from his victim.
The Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom state, CP Zaki Ahmed who paraded the suspected kidnap kingpin alongside other suspects on Wednesday at the command’s headquarters, Ikot-Akpanabia Uyo said the suspect who is the overall leader of Vikings secret cult group abducted one lady residing at Akpan Essien street Uyo, in 2017.
CP Ahmed in his maiden press briefing explained that the suspect kept the lady in an uncompleted building at Obio Etoi in Uyo and the family paid the sum of N4.5million before she could regain her freedom.
He further explained that the suspect had been on the run since then but only resurfaced to carry out another abduction before he was arrested by the operatives of the anti-kidnapping squad on April 4, 2019 at their hideout in Afaha Effiat village in Etinan LGA.
His words, “Based on credible intelligence, Operatives of Anti-Kidnapping squad on 4/4/2019 at about 01:00am stormed a kidnapping hideout at Afaha Effiat village in Etinan and arrested one of the most wanted kidnap kingpins in the state, Edidiong Uduak a.k.a, ‘Barrister’.
“Suspect confessed to be the leader of Vikings confraternity in Etinan and the masterminder of the abduction of a lady at Akpan Essien street Uyo whose ransome was paid at the sum of four million, five hundred thousand naira(N4.5m).”
The Commissioner also said the command had arrested one David Asuquo (M) and Gabriel Udofia (M) for robbing one Uwem Chemist (M) of N500, 000 at gunpoint on April 15 in Ikot Ambang in Ibiono Ibom LGA.
He said that during investigation, the suspects confessed to the crime and mentioned other gang members now at large.
According to him, “On April 4, Operation Purge in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area, arrested a notorious cultist/armed robbery suspect, one John Emmanuel Effiong (m) aged 29.
“During investigation, suspect confessed his involvement in five armed robbery operations before his arrest, also admitted that he is member of Iceland Confraternity cult group.”
The suspected kidnap kingpin, Edidiong Uduak in an interaction with newsmen, confessed to the crime saying, “My name is Edidiong Uduak Luke and I am 28 years old from Etinan local government area. I went to prison in 2014 but was freed. This is the second time I was arrested for the same kidnapping case in which I kidnapped three people. I collected N4.5 million from them but lost N3.8 million to my father.
“I blame my father for my actions because I was not brought up by my father but when I went to live with him after I had the money, he stole part of the money from me and ran away with it. It is now four years since he stole the money.”
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