Ex- Niger State Gov. Aliyu indicted on N3bn fraud

The immediate past governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, and the 2015 gubernatorial candidate on the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Umar Nasko, have been formally charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegedly committing fraud worth N3 billion.

Nasko was Chief of Staff and Commissioner for Environment in Aliyu’s administration from 2007 to 2015. Both are being charged by the EFCC for stealing various sums of money totalling N3 billion.

Aliyu was alleged to have diverted N520 million from the state’s security account between January and March 2011. He was also alleged to have diverted another N1.7 billion from the same account within the same period.

The EFCC also accused Aliyu and Nasko of diverting another N1.09 billion, said to be 16 percent Niger State stake in the North South Power Company Limited.

One of the charges brought against the duo by the EFCC read:  “That you, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, being the governor (also known as chief servant) of Niger State from 2007 to 2015;  Umar Mohammed Nasko, being the former Commissioner for Environment/Chief of Staff to Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, sometime between April 7, 2015 and December 7, 2015 in Minna within the jurisdiction of this honourable court while being entrusted with dominion over money belonging to Niger State Government dishonestly converted to your own use the sum of N1,090, 000,000,  which formed part of the proceeds of the sale of 16 per cent shares of the sale of Niger State in the North South Power Company Limited and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 312 of the Penal Code.”

Police raid on Goje’s residence may delay passage of 2017 budget

Last Thursday’s raid by police at the residence of Senator Danjuma Goje may delay the passage of the 2017 budget, a source has disclosed.

According to new information pertaining to the raid, documents including 18 files containing details of the budget estimates were taken away by the police.

Goje, who is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, is being investigated for alleged fraud while he was governor of Gombe State from 2003 to 2011.

Reports indicate that the senator has spent lots of hours working on the documents in order to bring it to completion.

“In order to get full attention, he and many other members of the committee don’t just work in the office but even in their private offices to get the job done as quickly as possible

“But since this raid yesterday, he was not able to do anything, and you can say the work regarding the budget as far as the Senate is concerned has stopped,” the source said.

The proposed budget, estimated at N7.29 trillion, was initially scheduled to be passed by the end of the first quarter of 2017. The legislators at the National Assembly, however, slated the deadline for passage until May 5 as some inconsistencies were found in the first draft.

The police are said to be conducting further investigation following Thursday’s raid and said that a preliminary report might be ready on Monday April 24.

N24.1 million cash recovered from Goje’s residence

The sum of N24,126,000 was recovered from the residence of Danjuma Goje, the Nigerian senator representing Gombe Central, after police raided his Abuja home on Thursday.

The police found cash in sums of $19,000 (N5.8 million), 4,000 Saudi riyals (N326,000), and N18 million (Nigerian naira) from the home of the senator who is an erstwhile governor of Gombe State.

The police who are believed to have acted on a tip-off stormed Goje’s Asokoro residence around 5pm on Thursday, April 21.

Goje is being investigated for alleged fraud while he was governor of Gombe State from 2003 to 2011.

Although the police authorities are yet to issue a statement on the Thursday afternoon search, there are unconfirmed reports that they might have been acting on a tip-off.

An anonymous source within the police unit that stormed Goje’s residence said “Our men were there for between four and five hours and they carried out a thorough search.”

Initial reports of the Thursday’s raid mentioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to have been behind the raid, but officials of the Commission denied involvement.

EFCC discovers N6 billion in bank accounts of former Niger commissioner

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it has discovered N2 billion in the bank account of Mr. Kantigi Liman, a former Commissioner of Local Government in Niger State. The sum was found in a United Bank of Africa account registered in Liman’s name.

Liman is currently under investigation for fraud and the EFCC said it had earlier traced N4 billion belonging to him in two separate accounts at GTBank.

A source said the monies are believed to have been stolen from the local government joint account of Niger State.

The EFCC is considering declaring Liman wanted as it has been impossible locating him.

“He is on the run and all efforts to track him down have been futile. The next option left for the Commission is to declare him wanted,” a source said.

“The Commission desperately wants Liman, to confront him with the available evidence,” the source said. “He is believed to rake in a monthly interest of over N33million on the fixed deposits.”

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed Mr. Liman is being investigated. “It is an ongoing investigation so I am not able to provide details at this time,” he said.

( Updated) Whistleblower tipped off operatives who raided Goje’s house

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Security Operatives that raided the Abuja home of Danjuma Goje, former governor of Gombe State and senator of the federal republic of Nigeria on Thursday evening are believed to be from Police headquarters, Abuja and not from EFCC as earlier reported.

An eyewitness to the raid said the operatives stormed Goje’s residence at Asokoro, Abuja, around 5 pm.

At least 25 mobile police officers conveyed to the scene with twelve different vehicles were sighted outside the building, located on Haile Selassie Street, Asoroko.

The operatives believed to be from the Monitoring Unit of the Inspector General of Polic were tipped off by a whistleblower that there were huge sums of money hidden in the building.

Goje, who is a serving senator at the Nigeria National Assembly, is under investigation for alleged corruption while he was governor of Gombe State.

Wilson Uwajaren, spokesman for EFCC, in brief statement Thursday evening said the agency was not involved in the operation.

Buhari not sincere with anti-corruption war – Lamido

Former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, has said that the anti-corruption campaign by President Muhammadu Buhari should not be taken seriously, describing it as a window dressing.

In an interview broadcast on BBC Hausa service, Lamido said that it is ironic that Buhari, who saw nothing wrong in working with a corrupt government under the late Gen. Sani Abacha, would now pretend to be fighting corruption.

“He (Buhari) worked under Abacha; in fact he was the closest to the late military ruler and when it comes to corruption, everybody knows where Abacha’s government stands,” Lamido said.

“Buhari is just making noise; there’s no iota of truth in the so-called commitment to the improvement of security and halting graft in the country.”

Lamido also thinks it is quite suspicious that the EFCC would claim that the owners of the apartment where some huge sums of money were recently found could not be identified.

“It’s unthinkable to say that the EFCC had discovered huge monies in a building in Lagos but could not track the real owner; who leaked the story? Who did the source say is the owner of the find?” he asked.

“Those in position of authority should always have the courage to tell the led the truth because leadership is sacred.”

Lamido also criticised the APC for what he described as its inability to successfully govern Nigeria, adding that the party lacks the capacity to do so.

“If you go through the social media, what they ‎paint is that APC has won almost 99 percent in Nigeria,” he had said.

“What is APC? An amalgamation of pain, anger and desperation. And this country is too big for them.”

National Intelligence Agency claims ownership of $50 million found in private apartment

The National Intelligence Agency has claimed ownership of a large sum of money found in a private residence in Lagos on Tuesday.

The Director General of the NIA, Ayodele Oke, says the $50 million that was found in an Ikoyi residence by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission belongs to the Agency.

This new claim is the latest twist in the mystery behind the ownership of the money, considering that ownership has been linked to two different persons before the latest claim by the NIA.

A report published in the SaharaReporters noted the following:

“When SaharaReporters called the DG to verify the authenticity of an online publisher’s report that the NIA had claimed ownership of the funds, Mr. Oke said he had not read any report linking the agency to the $50 million in cash the EFCC seized in a raid on an apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos. Mr. Oke told our reporter that he would speak on the matter today saying it was too late in the night and that he had a headache. However, all day today, the DG has not picked up calls from SaharaReporters nor responded to text messages.”

Sources within the EFCC confirmed the NIA’s claims, stating that the agency said the money was intended for some covert operations. The EFCC says it would hold on to the money notwithstanding the NIA’s claim as a court has ordered it (EFCC) to confiscate the money.

The EFCC also said that the office of the Nigeria President has been briefed on the latest discovery. The president was, however, alarmed at the discovery, while ordering that the money be lodged in the Central Bank of Nigeria pending the outcome of investigations.

There are indications that Mr. Oke, DG of the NIA, met with President Buhari on Friday night where he presented documents to reinforce his claims. It was reported that the DG said the money was meant for a project that had been approved by the previous administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.

It was reported that President Buhari directed the DG of the NIA to reapply for funding of the said project while the money be kept in the vaults of the apex bank.

[UPDATED] EFCC discovers $38m, N23m, and £27,000 inside Lagos private apartment!

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has, again, discovered another ‘huge sum of money’ in a private apartment located in Ikoyi, Lagos.

The public relations department of the EFCC said its officials came upon the huge sum, the total of which is yet to be ascertained, while carrying out an investigation.

The EFCC disclosed the amount found in the apartment to be $38m, N23m and £27,000.

The latest discovery comes less than three days after the EFCC found a huge sum of €547,730 and £21,090 as well as N5,648,500 at a Bureau de Change office in Balogun Market, Lagos. About a week ago, the EFCC recovered N449,000,860 at an abandoned shop in Lagos.

 

EFCC discovers another raw cash of N250 million in Balogun Market

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission swung into action when they got intelligence report that the sum of N250 million cash was being moved somewhere in Balogun Market, Lagos, for conversion into foreign currency.

By the time the EFCC arrived the location, some of the sum had already been converted into pounds and euros.

The operators at the bureau de change where the money was found said they were helping carry out an instruction to convert on behalf of their boss who was located in the north. Two persons were arrested at the bureau de change office where the money was discovered.