Lebanese Man Caught With Huge Sum Of Money At Kano Airport Gets Convicted.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission today October 19th, 2018 secured the conviction one Haytham Aldahrah, a Lebanese who was arrested at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport while on board Egypt Air to Cairo for refusing to declare the sum of $105,000 and €65,000 respectively to the Nigeria Customs Service.

Upon his arrest, Aldahrah declared the sum of $95,000 (Ninety Five Thousand Dollars) but after search was conducted on him, it was discovered that he was carrying another sum of $105,000 (One Hundred and Five Thousand Dollars) which he concealed to the authorities.

When the convict was arraigned on the 16th of October, 2018, he pleaded not guilty to the two count charge but later changed his plea on the 18th of October, 2018 from not guilty to guilty.

In view of his latest plea, prosecution counsel, Mohammed Gambo urged the court to convict him accordingly.

Justice Allagoa granted the prayer of the prosecution and convicted the defendant on two count charge but reserved sentence to today, October 19th, 2018. In his judgment, Justice Allagoa sentenced the convict to forfeit 50% each of the undeclared sum he was found with. The total amount forfeited to the Federal Government amounted to $52,550 (Fifty Two Thousand, Five Hundred and Fifty Dollars) and €32,250 (Thirty Two Thousand, Two Hundred and Fifty Euros).

EFCC Seizes Gold Worth N1.1 billion at Abuja Airport

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has seized gold worth about $3, 131, 412.39 (₦1, 127, 308, 460.39) being allegedly exported to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, illegally.

It named one Abba Ali Yahaya as the brain behind the deal.

Apart from impounding his passport, about €112,000 undeclared by Abba, has also been forfeited over alleged violation of the nation’s Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act.

The precious metal was handed over to the suspect by a syndicate of illegal miners operating in Zamfara State.

The anti-graft agency is already on the trail of four members of the said syndicate said to have perfected ways of beating security agencies at the nation’s airports.

According to a document sighted by pm correspondent, the suspect, who admitted to be a courier, was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by EFCC operatives led by a crack female detective.

It was gathered that the suspect had escaped being caught by all the screening machines at the airport.

The fact-sheet indicated that “the suspect was caught following a tip off after he had managed to pass through all the screening machines without being caught.

“He was in possession of N1.1b worth of gold while traveling alone to meet with the Dubai end of a ring of buyers of illegal miners. Being illegally in possession of the gold was a violation of Minerals and Mines Act.

“Abba had €112, 000 on him which he hid from Customs and he was caught with 19 ATM cards. Upon interrogation, he admitted he is a courier and he fingered a businessman. Our detectives later discovered that the suspect only implicated the businessman as a decoy.

“The EFCC is already on the trail of four suspects connected with massive illegal mining activities in Zamfara and exportation of mines. Preliminary evidence has linked the suspect with a miner in Zamfara.

“We have confiscated the passport of the suspect, seized the gold and the €112,000 he strapped into his body will be 100 per cent automatically forfeited to the Federal Government as contained in the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act.

“The EFCC will file application before a Federal High Court for the forfeiture of the undeclared cash. The suspect is empowered by law to travel with about $10,000.

“So far, Abba has been released on bail pending the conclusion of investigation.”

As at press time, it was gathered that a probe of how the suspect scaled through the scanning points without being detected was ongoing.

A government source added: “It was embarrassing that we have many screening and scanning machines being managed by different security agencies but they were unable to detect the suspect.

“We are suspecting connivance with the suspect by some of the officials at different points. It is likely that the syndicate sending the suspect to Dubai might have penetrated the security operatives at the airport.

“At the end of our discreet investigation, we will be able to find out how he beat the security network at the airport.”

The Nation

EFCC Arraigns Lawyer For N30m Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, on Thursday, October 11, 2018 arraigned a lawyer, Victor Nwadigo, before Justice Olusola Williams of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on a one-count charge bordering on stealing to the tune of ₦30,000,000.00( Thirty-Million Naira).

The defendant, who is an ex-solicitor to Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON), allegedly short-paid AMCON after the sale of a property to the tune of ₦30, 000, 000. 00

The charge reads: “That you, Victor Nwadigo (trading under the name and style of Kings House Solicitors), sometime in January, 2017 at Ikeja within the Ikeja Judicial Division, dishonestly took the sum of N30, 000, 000. 00 (Thirty Million Naira), property of Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria and committed an offence contrary to Section 278 (1) (a) and (b) and Section 285 (1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2011.”

He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, G.C. Akaogu, prayed the court for a trial date and asked that the defendant be remanded in prison custody.

The defence counsel, Sola Abidakun, however, informed the court that he was briefed about the matter yesterday( Wednesday, October 10, 2018) and that he had already filed an application for bail on behalf of his client.

He, therefore, asked for a short date for hearing of the application and also prayed that the defendant be remanded in the EFCC custody pending the determination of his bail application.

The prosecution counsel, Akaogu, acknowledged receipt of the application and asked for a short date to enable him file his response.

He also opposed the prayers of the defence counsel seeking his client’s remand in the EFCC custody.

Akaogu argued that the EFCC detention facilities were over-stretched and that the custody was for detaining of suspects for a short period and not over a long period.

Justice Williams adjourned the matter to October 25, 2018 for hearing of the bail application and ordered the defendant to be remanded in prison custody.

N328.9bn Recovers From Petroleum Marketers- EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said it had recovered over ₦328.9bn out of ₦349.8bn debts from nine major petroleum marketers within the last one year.

The EFCC Head of Operation, North West Zone, Kano, Mr Adamu Hamisu-Danmusa, disclosed this while addressing newsmen in Kano on Tuesday.

He said the debts, which included legacy/bad debts and current debts, were recovered following report from the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria to the commission.

The IPMAN reported to the commission that there are some major marketers that connived with NNPC officials and received fuel allocation but refused to pay the money into the Treasury Single Account.

“So after investigation, we were able to find out that there is N349.8bn as legacy/bad debts and debts on current transactions.

“The commission was able to make recoveries of N328.8bn from the nine major marketers from July 2016 to July 2017,”

He said the commission was still making effort to ensure that all the remaining debts were recovered from the marketers and remitted into the Federal Government’s Consolidated Account.

Hamisu-Danmusa said the commission had also recovered huge amount of money from the cases reported by individuals, corporate bodies and Independent National Electoral Commission

The money include ₦364.4m, $4.7m, £60,050, 59,200 euro and 70,500 Saudi Riyals. “The money was recovered from January to date, “ Hamisu-Danmusa said.

He said the commission recovered ₦305,000 from a Chinese national arrested at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, on July 25.

He added that the Chinese, Mr Ma Youngin, who could not speak English language, was apprehended by Customs officials with the money while on his way to Dubai.

One other suspect was also arrested at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, with 849 different ATM (debit) cards.

He said investigation was still ongoing into the two cases, adding as soon as the investigations were concluded, the suspects would be charged to court.

(NAN)