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Ex-NIMASA ED, Agaba Gets Seven-Year Jail Term, For Laundering N1.5bn

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The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has sentenced a former Executive Director of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Captain Ezekiel Bala Agaba, to seven years in prison for laundering the sum of N1.5 billion.

Justice Ibrahim Buba handed down the sentence on Wednesday, after convicting the former NIMASA ED.

In 2015, the EFCC had alleged that the convict while serving as the ED in charge of Maritime, Safety and Shipping, fraudulently conspired with the then-Director General, Patrick Akpobolokemi, to obtain the huge sum by false pretence from the Federal Government after which it was fraudulently converted.

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EFCC Hunts Tambuwal’s Aide Over N2.2m Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is currently trailing  Bello Malami Tambuwal, an aide of Governor Aminu Tambuwal, over an alleged N2.2 million fraud.

The zonal head of the anti-graft agency, Mr Usman Kaltungo, who announced this, alleged that the governor’s aide has been using his position to dupe car dealers.

He added that most of the cars he collected deceptively were Hyundai products.

“He has been going to car dealers to collect cars under a false pretence. He used to tell them that it was the Governor who wanted to buy the car for somebody,” Kaltungo said.

“After collecting the car, he sells them and use the money for something else,” he said.

According to Kaltungo, the Special Adviser who ought to be arraigned on Thursday had jumped several administrative bails.

He noted that the sum of N1.6m had already been recovered from him, aside the N2.250 million.

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Anti-graft Agency Sets to Probe Ogun Assembly Speaker, others For Alleged Misappropriation

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to probe the Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo, over alleged financial misappropriation, forgery and money laundering.

Others being investigated by the anti-graft agency are the Assembly Clerk and some former members of the House.

In a letter obtained by SaharaReporters, the EFCC asked the Clerk to provide it with information on all budget appropriations and allocations of the House from May 30, 2015 till date.

“The Speaker and others are under probe for different allegations. First one is financial misappropriation. About N85,000,000 monthly for running cost of the Assembly cannot be accounted for since June 2019 till date by Mr Speaker and Clerk, the approving officer and accounting officer respectively.

“This led to a rift between the Speaker and the recently impeached Deputy Speaker after the latter demanded accountability and transparency. Even doing Covid-19 lockdown, running costs such as local/international travel, cost for fuelling the generator were diverted to private accounts. 

“Diversion of constituency allowance funds (each member of the 8th Assembly collected N20,000,000 twice between 2015-2019. Most of the retired receipts were forged and fictitious pictures of purported ghost projects were filed by members. The current Speaker and 3 other current members were part of the 8th Assembly under investigation. A current Special Adviser to the Governor of Ogun state who also has a school certificate scandal case over him, was part of the 8th Assembly under the EFCC radar.

“Forgery of Financial Bills (i-The House passed a resolution to approve only N75 billion Bond for the State Government sometime in June 2020, but Speaker secretly falsified the content of the resolution letter in favour of the Executive, changed it to N200 billion after members had already passed and signed resolution for just N75 billion on the floor of the House before the camera. 

“Speaker falsified some contents {S.7(4)} of Ogun State Legislative Funds Management Bill, after passage, for personal/selfish grounds. After the passage on the floor of the House, he falsified the contents in his favour before sending a clean copy to the Government for assent.

“Speaker in connivance with Mr Clerk, also falsified the current Standing Order of the House before the commencement of the 9th Assembly, to favour his election as the Speaker and disqualified others to contest, amongst other contents,” a lawmaker told SaharaReporters.

 

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N150m fraud: Appeal Court Dismisses Suspect’s Bail Appeal

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The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, has dismissed an application filed by a suspected fraudster, Nelson Emuobosa Omo-Ode, challenging the ruling of the Special Offences Court, Ikeja, Lagos denying him bail.

Omo-Ode, a 34-year-old Business Administration graduate of the Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan College, Malaysia, was arrested on July 18, 2019 at his residence at the Address Homes, Onikani Foreshore Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos, following a petition received by the Commission about his suspicious lifestyle.

Investigations showed that over N150, 000,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Million Naira) had passed through his account in recent time, which he could not account for.

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