EFCC arraigns lawyer for allegedly obtaining N4m to bribe officials

EFCC arraigns lawyer for allegedly obtaining N4m to bribe officials

- The EFCC has arraigned a lawyer identified as Taiwo Oreagba for allegedly trying to bribe its operatives

- Oreagba was arraigned on a two-count charge before Justice Sherifat Solebo of the Special Offences Court

- The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge

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A lawyer, Taiwo Oreagba, was on Thursday, November 12, arraigned before Justice Sherifat Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.

According to Channels TV, Oreagba was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Lagos zonal office on a two-count charge bordering on alleged corrupt demand and obtaining by false pretense to the tune of four million naira.

Oreagba had allegedly collected the money from one Henry Umoh to bribe operatives of the anti-graft agency to release her client, Kelechi Uka, who is currently under investigation by the commission.

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EFCC arraigns lawyer Docked For Allegedly Obtaining N4m To Bribe EFCC Officers

EFCC arraigns lawyer for allegedly trying to bribe operatives with N4million. Photo credit: Daily Trust
Source: UGC

When the charge was read to the defendant, she pleaded not guilty. Justice Solebo adjourned the matter till January 13 and 14, 2021.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a former governor of Benue state, Gabriel Suswam and his ex-commissioner of finance in the state, Omadachi Okolobia, were on Monday, November 2, arraigned before the Federal High Court, Abuja by the EFCC.

The ex-governor and his commissioner were re-arraigned on an 11-count charge bordering on money laundering.

Suswam, who currently represents Benue North-East senatorial district, is the first defendant while Okolobia is the second defendant in the suit.

In a related development, the former chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Babatunde Fowler was docked by the EFCC over allegations of fraud.

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It was reported that Fowler was invited on Monday, November 2, over an ongoing investigation involving a tax firm under his watch.

Fowler, a former Chief Executive Officer, Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS), is being interrogated over an alleged N100 billion tax evasion against a tax consulting firm.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian anti-graft agency announced the arrest of 13 people suspected to be internet fraudsters popularly known as "Yahoo boys."

EFCC made this disclosure on Friday, September 4, through its Twitter page, saying the suspected fraudsters were nabbed in Lagos state.

The commission further revealed that the fraudsters were arrested following intelligence report around the Alagbado axis of the southwest state.

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Source: Legit.ng

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