EFCC arrests 191 suspects in north-east over alleged fraud
- EFCC north-east zone, recovers the sum of N79,074, 743.53 in bank drafts and N31,745,280 in cash from suspects under investigation
- The anti-graft agency says it has secured seven convictions of those arraigned in various courts, while concluding investigation into 54 other cases
- EFCC north-east zonal head, Aminu Aliyu, appeals to the public to continue to report activities of any suspects in both private and public sectors
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), north-east zone, says it has arrested 191 suspects and recovered N111 million (N110,820,023) in the area from January to July.
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Aminu Aliyu, the commission’s head of operations in the zone, stated this at a news conference in Gombe on Tuesday, August 8, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Mr Aliyu said the amount recovered from suspects under investigations are: N79,074, 743.53 in bank drafts and N31,745,280 in cash.
He said the office had also secured seven convictions of those arraigned in various courts, while concluding investigation into 54 other cases.
He expressed the commission’s commitment to tackle economic and financial crimes by securing conviction of criminals and sensitising the public to the evil deeds of fraudsters in the society.
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The zonal head also appealed to the public to continue to report activities of any suspects in both private and public sectors.
Meanwhile, the Lagos state Federal High Court has ordered the interim forfeiture of N7,646,700,000 kept in Sterling bank by former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
The money, according to the officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was part of the sum of $153,310,000 she allegedly stole from the coffers of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
EFCC alleged that the agency has already seized the sum of 23.4bn, $5m and another N9.08bn out of the $153.3m from the ex-minister.
The judge, Chuka obiozor, adjourned the case till August 28, 2017 for Sterling Bank and any other party involved to appear before the court to state why the funds should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.
In the video below; the EFCC organised a march tagged ‘walk against corruption’ in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.