- EFCC said it will not bow to 'calculated attempts' to drag the name of one of its lead counsels Rotimi Jacob into disrepute
- The anti-graft commission alleged that some lawyers numbering 27 petitioned the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) against Jacob over alleged £2.5 billion scam
- EFCC said the lawyers accused their lead counsel of using the anti-graft commission to intimidate them for winning a monetary suit against CBN
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has vowed that it will not allow anyone to defraud the country over a controversial claim of £2.5 billion against one of its lead counsels Rotimi Jacob.
The anti-graft commission made this known in a statement on Wednesday, March 25, and further added that some senior lawyers in the country are trying to blackmail Jacob because of his anti-corruption stance.
EFCC said the group of lawyers, numbering 27, had petitioned the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) against Jacob, alleging that he used the commission to intimidate them for winning a monetary suit against the Central Bank of Nigeria and Union Bank of Nigeria.
The commission said all 'calculated attempt' by the lawyers and "their sponsors to short-change Nigeria" and to drag the reputation of his lead counsel into disrepute will be vehemently rejected.
"Jacobs is a reputable lawyer who has successfully prosecuted several high-profile cases for the EFCC," the commission said.
EFCC also dismissed the claim made by the spokesperson of the aggrieved lawyers, Onyechi Egwuonwu, alleging that the bank induced the EFCC and Jacobs to file criminal charges against their client, Petro Union Oil, in order to frustrate the execution of the judgment.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has commenced a probe of former governor of Rivers state, Peter Odili, over alleged N100 billion fraud.
Odili served as Rivers governor between 1999 and 2007 and it was within this period he was alleged to have diverted N4 billion in cash to a bank for personal use, The Nation reports.
According to EFCC, the former governor was said to have used 1.5 billion for his doctorate degree in the United States and also got a hall named after him in Lincoln University, US.
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