EFCC Secures Conviction of Job Scammer

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on December 12, 2018 arraigned and secured the conviction of one Aminu Abubakar Sadiq before Justice A. B Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri, on a one-count charge bordering on inducement to the tune of N864,000 (Eight Hundred and Sixty Four Thousand Naira) only.

Sadiq was accused of conning his victim into parting with the said sum, in exchange of helping the son secure employment with the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS.

The count reads: “That you, Aminu Abubakar Sadiq sometimes on the 4th June, 2018 at Maiduguri within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, dishonestly induced one Yakubu Umar Jibrin to deliver to you the sum of N864,000 (Eight Hundred and Sixty Four Thousand Naira) only. That the said sum would be used in processing/securing employment with Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) in favor of his son, Nurudeen Yakubu, and thereby committed an offence contrary and punishable under sections 320 (a) and 322 of the Penal Code Law of Borno State Cap. 102 Vol.3 of the 1994 respectively.”

He however, did not waste the time of the court, as he pleaded “guilty” to the charge.

Prosecuting counsel, Arthur Eniang Offiong, thus prayed the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.

Justice Kumaliya while delivering judgment said: “The accused having pleaded guilty to the charge is hereby convicted.” The court also sentenced him to one year in prison with an option of fine in the sum of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) only.

In another related development, the EFCC arraigned one Fannaram Adam before Justice Fadawu Umar of the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri, on a one-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust to the tune of N949,000 (Nine Hundred and Forty Nine Thousand Naira) only.

Adam was accused of dishonestly converting the said sum to her personal use, which she was entrusted with by the petitioner.

The petitioner alleged that, after the death of her son, his house was sold and the money was shared to his heir and her. The N949,000 being the petitioner’s share and her grandchildren was transferred to the defendant’s account by one Jafar Abba Ahmed.

The charge reads: “That you Fannaram Adam sometime in April 2018 at Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, being entrusted with the sum of N949,000 (Nine Hundred and Forty Nine Thousand Naira), by one Bintu Mustapha being the inheritance money of herself and her grandchildren, which was deposited in your bank account in Keystone by one Jafar Abba Ahmed on behalf of Bintu Mustapha, which you dishonestly converted same to your personal use and thereby committed an offence of Criminal Breach of Trust contrary to section 311 and punishable under section 312 of the Penal Code Law Cap 102, Laws of Borno State”.

Adam pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to her.

Counsel for the prosecution, Halima Shehu, prayed the court for a date for trial to commence.

Justice Umar, thereafter, adjourned to January 10, 2018 for commencement of trial, and ordered the defendant be remanded in prison custody.

Tony Orilade
Ag. Head, Media & Publicity

EFCC Re-arraigns Cashier, Wife, Mother-in-law Over Bank Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Office has re-arraigned one Ebenezer Adeolu Alonge, a bank Cashier alongside his wife, Isakunle Olamide Oyinlola and his mother-in-law, Isakunle Eunice Moradeke before Hon. Justice Lekan Ogunmoye of the High Court of Ekiti State, Ado-Ekiti division. They were arraigned on an 12-count charge of conspiracy and stealing contrary to section 390 (9) of the Criminal Code Laws Cap 16 Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.

The defendants however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.

In view of their plea, counsel to the EFCC, Adeola Elumaro, applied for a date for trial. However, the defense counsel, Fasina A. Olayemi filed applications praying the court to admit the defendants to bail.

Justice Ogunmoye, however, granted the defendants bail in the sum of Two Million Naira each and two sureties in like sum. One of the surety shall be a government official not below grade level 12 while the other surety must be resident within jurisdiction.

The case has been adjourned to February 5, 2019 for trial.

One of the Count Charge preferred against reads: That you Ebenezer Adeolu Alonge ‘M’ , Isakunle Olamide Oyinlola ‘F’ and Isakunle Eunice Moradeke ‘F’ between the month of January 2017 and March 2017, at the premises of Sterling Bank PLC Ado-Ekiti branch, did steal the sum of N2,400,800.00 (Two Million, Four Hundred Thousand and Eight Hundred Naira) only property of Sterling Bank, by diverting same to the personal account of Isakunle Olamide Oyinlola with account number, 0047750660 and the personal account of Isakunle Eunice Moradeke with account number 0064222881, all with the Sterling Bank, Ado-Ekiti branch, being money for Ekiti State Primary and Secondary Education Development levy, and thereby committed an offence”.

The journey to the dock started when the illicit activities of Ebenezer got exposed through a petition to the EFCC from one of the new generation banks (name withheld) alleging that one of her staff by name Ebenezer Adeolu Alonge was involved in fraudulent activities.

It was alleged that sometimes in February, 2018 the bank received a complaint bothering on the financial impropriety of the sum of N62, 400.00 in respect of a customer’s account.

According to the petitioner, sometimes in February 15, 2017 a customer lodged the said sum into her account but the transaction could not be traced to the customer’s account even after the customer presented a copy of the slip signed by Ebenezer.

The incident was however, investigated and the said transaction was allegedly traced to Ebenezer Alonge’s wife account. Further investigation however, revealed that there was a turnover of over N21, 000,000.00 (Twenty One Million Naira) as deposit from other customers in his wife’s account. Also, it was alleged that other sums were traced to his mother-in-law’s account, who were also beneficiaries of the fraudulent act.

Tony Orilade
Ag. Head, Media & Publicity

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