Thursday, February 25, 2021

U.S.$400 Billion Looted From Nigeria’s Treasury through Corruption

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He commended the EFCC and other anti- graft agencies on the quantum of recoveries made, adding that the National Assembly was there to make the work of the anti-graft agencies easy and also look at indicators that will pave ways for collaboration.

“We hope to get best value for our non-cash assets and also look at the challenges the anti- graft agencies are facing, which are one of the pertinent issues to be raised here today,” Gbajabiamila said, in a statement issued by the commission.

Meanwhile, operatives of the commission in Abuja and Ilorin Zonal offices, yesterday arrested 13 suspected internet fraudsters in separate operations.

Eight of the suspects were arrested following a raid on their residence located at No. 16 Isaaya Shukari Crescent, Gwarinpa and C15 & A27 City of David Estate, Life Camp, Abuja.

Those arrested are: Chiyiri Izuchi, Nurala Eze Kamchi, Amuka Shadrack, Nwegbediegwu Chekwubechukwu J, Chigbo Eze, Franklin Okafor, Ezeagwu Olisaemeka and Nnamani Chukwudera.

They were arrested on September 9, 2019 following action on intelligence report indicating their involvement in internet fraud, the commission said in a statement.

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Some of the items recovered from them, include several mobile phones, laptop computers, several International Passports, a Toyota Corolla, a Toyota Avalon, Lexus 15 250, Mercedes 4matic C350, Mercedes C280, Mercedes GLA 280 and an Acura.

The five other suspects arrested in Ilorin by the Commission’s Zonal Office in the Kwara State capital are, Stephen Odanye, Abolarin Kayode, Babatunde Muhammad, Adepoju Tomiwa and Akinbamidele Femi.

They were arrested in different locations within Ilorin Metropolis following intelligence reports linking them to computer-based fraud.

Investigation also revealed that the suspects received monies, in several foreign currencies, deposited into their accounts by their victims.

Items recovered from them include, phones, cars and documents containing false information.

The suspects will soon be charged to court.

In the same vein, the FCT Police Command smashed a notorious criminal gang that pose as soothsayers to defraud their unsuspecting victims. The gang defrauded a female victim of N11 million.

The suspects arrested are: Kehinde Ayola, 37 years, Sesan Fatoye, 30 years, Shola Samuko, 50 years and Sheyi Fagbemi, 32 years.

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