peratives of the Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, arrested a 28-year-old medical practitioner, Chijioke Precious, and 17 others over alleged internet fraud in Owerri, Imo State.
The 17 others whose ages range from 21 to 34 include Anthony Joshua, Henry Mezie, Chukwuebuka Ahiwe, Michael Chinagorom, Jossy Irokwe, Ibe Chukwuebuka, Iroadinma Chibuike, Uchechukwu Divine, and Nwosu Emmanuel.
Others are Kenneth Williams, Mmesoma Oparanozie, Chikezie Ogochukwu, Uchenna Ejiogu, Victor Chijioke, Chidera Cyprian, Chukwuebuka Precious, and Anyaehie Kelvin.
EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja, added that they were arrested following a tip-off around 1 am on Wednesday at Umuguma area of ‘World Bank’ in Owerri, Imo State.
Recovered were seven cars: one green Lexus ES350, one blue Lexus ES320, two Toyota Venza, one silver Lexus RX 350, one black Toyota car, and one white Mercedes Benz 4Matic.
Other items recovered, according to Uwujaren, were over 20 mobile phones, more than 12 laptops, four inverter batteries, one big-screen television, and jewellery suspected to have been got from crime.
igeria’s infamous suspected fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, alias Hushpuppi, who recently pleaded guilty in the United States, has narrated how he bribed Nigeria’s celebrated Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, according to court documents.
According to the US Department of Justice, a criminal complaint initiated the prosecution of Hushpuppi in February as court documents ordered unsealed showed that Abbas, a 37-year-old Nigerian national, pleaded guilty on April 20.
A version of Abbas’ plea agreement filed late Tuesday outlines his role in the school-finance scheme, as well as several other cyber and business email compromise schemes that cumulatively caused more than $24million in losses.
Officials said in court filings that Abbas disclosed during interrogation that he paid bribes to Nigeria’s police chief, Kyari, to have one of his rivals arrested and jailed in Nigeria following a dispute over a $1.1million dupe of a Qatari businessperson.
Abbas had asked Kyari to arrest and jail a fellow fraudster Kelly Chibuzor Vincent after both were locked in a dispute presumably over how to share the $1.1million loot received from the Qatari businessperson.
Vincent subsequently contacted the victim and informed them that they were being scammed by a syndicate involving him and Abbas.
This elicited anger from Abbas, who contacted Kyari to arrest and jail his rival over the dispute. Abbas said Kyari sent pictures of Vincent in jail and subsequently sent his bank account number to Abbas to which a wire transfer should be made having done a good job as sent by Abbas.
“Court documents outline a dispute among members of the conspiracy, which allegedly prompted Vincent to contact the victim and claim that Abbas and Juma were engaged in fraud. After this contact, Abbas allegedly arranged to have Vincent jailed in Nigeria by Abba Alhaji Kyari, 46, of Nigeria.
“According to the affidavit, Kyari is a highly decorated deputy commissioner of the Nigeria Police Force who is alleged to have arranged for Vincent to be arrested and jailed at Abbas’ behest, and then sent Abbas photographs of Vincent after his arrest. Kyari also allegedly sent Abbas bank account details for an account into which Abbas could deposit payment for Vincent’s arrest and imprisonment,” U.S. Justice department said in a statement.
After the $1.1 million fraud was successful, Abbas spent $230,000 on a watch and also bribed officials at St. Kitts and Nevis for his citizenship of that island country
“Approximately $230,000 of the stolen funds allegedly were used to purchase a Richard Mille RM11-03 watch, which was hand delivered to Abbas in Dubai and subsequently appeared in Hushpuppi’s social media posts.
“Other illicit proceeds from the scheme were allegedly converted into cashier’s checks, including $50,000 in checks that were used by Abbas and a co-conspirator to fraudulently acquire a St. Christopher and Nevis citizenship, as well as a passport for Abbas obtained by creating a false marriage certificate and then bribing a government official in St. Kitts,” officials said.
Abbas pleaded guilty to multi-million fraud earlier this month and faces up to 20 years in jail.
He will be sentenced in the coming weeks and will forfeit some of his assets and his rights to appeal while also paying restitution to victims of his years-long fraud.
he Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, has said threats to his life won’t stop him from prosecuting many pending cases under trial.
The EFCC chairman stated this Thursday while addressing journalists during the weekly ministerial chat at the State House in Abuja.
He revealed that the commission will restart the prosecution of former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu.
He disclosed that since his first 100 days in office, the anti-graft agency has been working on a number of proactive strategies including a special control unit against money laundering, established particularly to address non-designated financial institutions including car dealers, real estate, jewelry dealers, among others.
The EFCC chairman expressed confidence that when the special control unit is fully established, corruption will significantly decline in the country.
igerians were shocked on Thursday when the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission, ICPC declared Gimba Kumo, a son-in-law to President Muhammadu Buhari wanted over alleged misappropriation of National Housing Funds.
It can be recalled that Kumo, months after President Buhari’s victory in 2015 got married to Fatima Buhari at the president’s home town, Daura, Katsina State on Friday October 28, 2016.
Fatima Buhari became the 4th wife of Malam Gimba Yau Kumo, former Managing Director, Federal Mortgage Bank.
It was gathered that the 47-year-old Fatima got married to Kumo after she had allegedly suffered severe domestic violence in the hands of her first husband.
According to reports, it was also gathered that her first marriage suffered a setback due to a health crisis birthed by genotype issue.
She allegedly gave up on the marriage after having four kids who were all sickle cell patients.
The shock came when the ICPC in its list of wanted persons declared Mr Kumo wanted alongside Tarry Rufus and Bola Ogunsola over the alleged fraud.
This was contained in a notice signed by the commission’s spokesman, Azuka Ogugua while urging the general public to provide information about the whereabouts of the persons declared wanted.
“The persons whose pictures appear above, Mr Tarry Rufus, Mr Gimba Yau Kumo and Mr. Bola Ogunsola, are hereby declared WANTED by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in connection with issues bordering on misappropriation of National Housing Funds and diversion of the sum of Sixty Five Million dollars ($65,000,000),” Ogugua said.
However, in what seems like a properly scripted Nollywood drama, the presidency on Friday swiftly declared that Kumo was no longer President Buhari’s son-in-law.
The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu in a statement on Friday, said the marriage between Fatima and Kumo had collapsed.
According to him: “To set the records straight, the person declared wanted by the ICPC isn’t an in-law to President Buhari.
“While at some point in time, the said fugitive from justice had been linked to a family member in marriage, that relationship ended some years ago.
”It’s, therefore, unfortunate to bring the President’s family into this case.”
Recall that the Nigerian Senate committee on public accounts in April 2021 summoned the fugitive, Kumo to appear before it for questioning over an alleged irregular award of N3 billion contract when he was still at the bank.
The committee issued the summons following a query raised in a 2015-2018 report by the office of the auditor-general of the federation (AuGF) against the FMBN.
According to the report, the contract was awarded in four phases and was overpaid to the tune of N3,045,391,531.97.
The ‘drama’ has triggered reactions from concerned Nigerians as many expressed shock over Garba Shehu’s statement.
A former presidential aide, Reno Omokri, on his social media handles blasted the presidency for saying the wanted Kumo was no longer Buhari’s son-in-law.
According to a post on his official Facebook page on Saturday, Garba Shehu’s claim was due to the “65 million dollar scam”.
“From Muhammadu Buhari’s son-in-law, Gimba Yau Kumo has suddenly become Buhari’s FORMER son-in-law, according to Garba Shehu, the professional liar for hire, all because he is allegedly involved in a 65 million dollar scam.
“Buhari, stop rejecting your beloved son-in-law!
“Truly success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan!” He wrote.
Similarly, a Disc Jockey in the Federal Capital Territory who simply identified himself as DJ Fash, said the presidency was only “running from shame”.
“Even when the senator recently summoned Kumo, the presidency didn’t say he was not Buhari’s former son-in-law but immediately he was declared wanted, he is now a former ‘na scam’.
“Time has come when statements from this Garba Shehu would no longer make sense to some of us because it seems to me like he takes us as illiterate who have no power to reason.
“Why didn’t he tell us the particular date when Buhari’s daughter and the wanted in-law divorced? There is something fishy.”
Meanwhile, Gimba Kakanda, the young author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection, Safari Pants said the issue was not a bad name for the president, stating that Kumo was in office before Buhari’s victory in 2015.
He made his position known via a tweet in his verified Twitter page on Saturday.
“Buhari’s son-in-law being declared wanted for alleged fraud by a government agency isn’t a bad PR for the President.
“He became a bank chief before Buhari happened. But Buhari owes it to himself to ensure that Gimba Kumo is brought to justice and given a different first name”, he tweeted.