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EFCC Press Release: Timipre Sylva’s Arraignment Stalled.


Timipre Sylva in Court
By Wilson Uwujaren

The arraignment of the former Bayelsa State governor, Timipre Marlin Sylva and six others before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja did not go on today as earlier announced.

Sylva was to be re-arraigned following fresh evidence linking him with a bouquet of fraudulent transactions that borders on money laundering during his tenure as governor of Bayelsa State between 2009 and 2012.

The other accused persons are Francis Okuburo, Gbenga S. Balogun, Samuel Ogbuku, Marlin Maritime Limited, Eat Catering Services Limited and Haloween Blue Construction and Logistics Limited.

Though, the ex-governor was present in court, his counsel, Lateef Fagbemi, SAN objected to his client taking a plea on the grounds that they were not served with a hearing notice. He contended that the provision of the law which allows for 7 days before arraignment should be complied with.
Counsel to EFCC, Rotimi Jacobs however urged his Lordship, Justice A.R Mohammed to proceed with the arraignment since the accused persons were already in court. Besides, he added that the defence already have a proof of evidence and the amended charge. Bur Fagbemi insisted on the defence’s right to a hearing notice.

At this juncture, counsel to the 4th accused person, Ajayi Olowo informed the court that he had filed a notice of preliminary objection challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter and asked for a short adjournment for the motion to be argued. Counsel to other defendants aligned themselves with his submission.

Jacobs however urged the court to take their arguments on the motion orally to save the time of the court and ensure speedy trial. He noted with concern, the antics of the former governor which he claimed are aimed at frustrating his trial and urged the court to do something in the interest of justice.
Consequently, Justice Mohammed adjourned the case to January 23, 2013 for hearing on the notice of preliminary objection.

Sylva and the other accused persons are to be prosecuted on a 42-count amended charge.

Wilson Uwujaren
Ag. Head, Media and Publicity
3rd December, 2013

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

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Ibori’s N4b Laundering: Court Fixes December 9 for Babalakin’s Re-arraignment.


Wale Babalakin
By SaharaReporters, New York

A Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja will on December 9 re-arraign Wale Babalakin, the evasive chairman of Bi-Courtney who is implicated in the laundering of N4billion for former Delta State Governor, James Onafefe Ibori.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is re-arraigning Mr. Babalakin following a judicial transfer of the case from the former trial judge, Mr. Adeniyi Onigbanjo.

In the course of the hearing before Mr. Onigbanjo, the case failed to move forward as Mr. Babalakin deployed a series of evasive tactics.  He often feigned illness in order to avoid appearing in court, and sometimes checked into the Lagos University Teaching Hospital. When he eventually showed up, he was flanked by some white garment church workers who came in their prayer robes, humming prayers against each charge count as it was read.

Mr. Babalakin allegedly facilitated the laundering of billions of Naira for Mr. Ibori, who is now serving a term of imprisonment in an English jail, using six companies to launder funds that were meant for purchasing a Bombardier plane for Mr. Ibori.

Although Mr. Babalakin was characteristically absent in court today, both prosecution and defense lawyers agreed to the December 9 re-arraignment before the new judge, Justice Lawal Akapo.  It remains to be seen if Mr. Babalakin will actually show up.

Three Friends of Boston Bomber Plead Not Guilty to Cover-up Charges.


Three friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared in court on Friday, pleading not guilty to separate charges of lying to investigators and conspiring to obstruct justice.

Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, both 19-year-olds from Kazakhstan, are charged with impeding the investigation into the April 15 attack that left three dead and about 200 injured by trying to conceal and cover-up evidence

Robel Phillipos, 19, another college friend of Tsarnaev’s, pleaded not guilty to charges he lied to police after the attack.

In the wake of the Boston Marathon blasts, police carried out a massive manhunt for Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who allegedly planted two pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line.

The indictment alleges that after the FBI released photographs of the suspects, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sent Kadyrbayev a text message suggesting that he go to Tsarnaev’s “room and take what’s there.”

The three young men then went to Tsarnaev’s dormitory room and removed a laptop and a backpack containing fireworks and other items, prosecutors allege.

Later that night Kadyrbayev is accused of putting the backpack in a garbage bag and placing it in a dumpster outside their apartment.

During later questioning, Phillipos hid these events from police and “in so doing, he made numerous false and misleading statements to the agents,” according to the indictment.

Kadyrbayev’s lawyer Robert Stahl said his client had “no criminal intent to obstruct justice to assist Dzhokar in any way.”

“My client is shocked and horrified as the rest of us about what happened and there was no context for him to put this in because Dzhokar was not radical, not religious and never expressed any of these views.”

The latest arraignment comes from a superceding indictment which combines the case of the first two suspects — who had already pled to the charges — with that of Phillipos.

“Today’s arraignment of Robel Phillipos on the indictment is simply a formal step in the court process and does not represent any new development in the case,” his lawyers said.

Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov face up to 20 years in prison and the prospect of deportation from the United States if convicted. Phillipos faces up to 16 years in jail if he is found guilty.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed during a shootout with police, while his younger brother — who has pleaded not guilty to 30 counts, 17 of which are punishable by death — was later arrested, wounded and hiding inside a small boat in a nearby backyard.

On Thursday, the parents of Tamerlan’s wife Katherine Russell, appeared before a grand jury to answer questions about the attack, local media reported.

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Source: NEWSmax.com

EFCC Press Release: EFCC Arraigns Two for N20m Fraud.


Roland and Mabeline
By Wilson Uwujaren

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Tuesday April 16, 2013 arraigned the duo of Mabeline Orits Ogunkoya and Roland Emughedi, before Justice H.A. Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt on a 6-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence. The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The suspects on different dates, obtained the total sum of Twenty Million, Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N20, 850,000.00) from their victims (Remy Igwegbe, Godwin Iheanacho Woha and Sylvester Igwegbe) through a phony proposal of executing a Local Purchase Order (L.P.O).

One of the counts reads; “that you Mabeline Orits Ogunkoya (also known as Mabeline Orits Eyimofe) and Roland Emughedi, on or about the 17th day of November, 2010 at Port Harcourt within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud did obtain the sum of  Five Million Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N5,850,000:00) only from one Remy Igwegbe under the pretence that the said sum of money would be used in the execution of a Local Purchase Order for the construction of six rooms Teachers’ quarters at Makara Community,  Warri and roofing project at Zanzan Jelejele both of Warri Southwest Local Government Area, Delta State, a pretext you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1)(a) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act”.

Another count reads; “that you Mabeline Orits Ogunkoya (also known as Mabeline Orits Eyimofe) and Roland Emughedi, on or about the 23rd day of November, 2010 at Port Harcourt within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud did obtain the sum of  Eight Million  Naira (N8,000,000:00) only from one Godwin Iheanacho Woha under the pretence that the said sum of money would be used in the execution of a Local Purchase Order for the construction of six rooms Teachers’ quarters at Makara Community,  Warri and roofing project at Zanzan Jelejele both of Warri southwest Local Government Area, Delta State, a pretext you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1) (a) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act”.

The accused persons were remanded in prison custody and the matter adjourned to May 23, 2013 for consideration of their bail applications.

Wilson Uwujaren

Ag. Head, Media & Publicity

16th April, 2013

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

EFCC Press Release: Ex-Governor Audu’s Son Gets Bail.


 

By Wilson Uwujaren

A Federal Capital Territory High Court, presided over by Justice Abubakar Sadiq Umar on Thursday 28 February, 2013 granted bail to Mustapha Audu, son of former governor of Kogi state, Prince Abubakar Audu who is standing trial alongside his wife, Zahra Audu and their company, Constructor Guild Limited over an N18 million land scam.

 

The couple who were arraigned on Tuesday 26 February, 2013 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC were alleged to have falsely obtained the sum of N18 million from one Nike Kolawole under the pretence that they will get her a four- bedroom house at Katampe Extension, Abuja; and another property at Caemly Estate, Idu Sabo, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Counsel to the accused, Okechuku Ajunwa prayed the court to grant the first accused person bail since because his first alleged offence he is eligible for it.

However, the prosecuting counsel, Samuel Ugwuegbulam, opposed the bail application. He said though the offence for which the accused was charged is  eligible for bail, it nonetheless carries a sentence of not less seven years which could be a motivation to jump bail.

“I urge this honourable court to fix a short date for trial so that the case will be heard and justice be served in the shortest possible time. The EFCC has only three witnesses to present which can all be heard the same day.”  He said.

The presiding judge having heard the arguments of counsel, granted the accused bail in the sum of N5million (five million naira) with two sureties in like sum.

He ordered that the sureties must be residents within the jurisdiction of the court and one of them must be a federal civil servant not below the rank of level 10.

Mustapha Audu’s wife, Zahra was on the day of her arraignment magnanimously allowed by the judge to enjoy the administrative bail granted her by the EFCC owing to her status as a nursing mother.

Trial date has been set for 15th April, 2013.

Wilson Uwujaren
Ag. Head, Media & Publicity
28th February, 2013

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

PHOTONEWS: Rogue Banker Erastus Akingbola In Court.


The Economic and Fiancial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today re-arraigned acclaimed rogue banker, Erastus Akingbola, at the Lagos High Court for N47 billion fraud and money laundering charges.

Source. SAHARA REPORTERS.

EFCC Arraigns Pat Enechukwu for N2.3m Dud Cheque.


By Wilson Uwujaren

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, 18 February 2013 arraigned one Pat Enechukwu before Justice R.I Ahiakwo of the Rivers State High Court 19, Port Harcourt on a three count charge bordering on issuance of a dishonoured Cheque. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

One of the charges against him reads, “that Pat Enechukwu on or about the 22nd November, 2009 at Port Harcourt within the jurisdiction of the High Court of Rivers State with knowledge that you had insufficient funds in your account issued to one Dr Chimereze Chima a Bank PHB (now Keystone Bank) Cheque number 37213357 dated 22nd November, 2009 for the sum of N2,300,000.00 (Two million, three hundred thousand naira) which said cheque when presented for payment within three months of issuance was dishonoured due to insufficient funds in your account and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(1)(a) of Dishonoured Cheque (offences) Act Cap D of the Revised Edition (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) Act 2007 and punishable under section 1(b)(i) and (ii) of the same Act”.

In view of the plea of the accused person, the court granted him bail in the sum of N5m (Five million naira) and one surety in like sum. Surety must swear to an affidavit of means and reside within the jurisdiction of court. He must own property worth N10m (Ten Million naira) and appear before the Director of Litigation every first Monday of the Month from March till May, 2013.

The matter is adjourned to 25th and 26th of February for hearing.

Wilson Uwujaren
Ag Head, Media & Publicity
18th February, 2013

Source. SAHARA REPORTERS.

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