The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is on trail of the Executive Director of the National Film and Video Censors Board, Mr. Adebayo Thomas for allegedly diverting hundreds of millions of naira and converting assets of the organization into his private use.
Dark Clouds hang over the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) following weighty allegations against the Executive Director of the organization of gross financial mismanagement and monumental looting of the board’s assets with reckless abandon.
Concerned staff of the Censors Board had on February 24, 2018 in a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) accused Mr. Adebayo Thomas of fraud and the conversion of the board’s assets into his private use.
The 13 point petition stated inter alia:
That Mr. Thomas had on assumption of office as the Executive Director on March 31, 2017, sold two official vehicles belonging to the board at the headquarters in Abuja to himself and converted two buses for field operations in Lagos to his personal use.
According to the petition, Mr. Thomas described by members of staff as the Czar of censors board, illegally forged an official license number plate bearing “PRESIDENCY NFVCB 01A, when the Board is just a Parastatal under the Federal ministry of Information and Culture. As if that is not enough, the NFVCB boss uses siren and amber light pilot vehicle like a governor to crisscross and terrorizing law abiding citizens of Lagos State, a privilege which he is not entitled to;
That Mr. Thomas allegedly forcefully gained entrance into the main store of the Abuja in Lagos, ransacked and carted away television sets, refrigerators, air conditioners and other valuable items;
That he embarked on a massive transfer of Senior members of staff opposed to his impunity, made them redundant and deliberately refused to pay the transfer allowances due to them;
That he allegedly broke the fence of the Lagos office and made away with a turban generator worth millions of naira belonging to the board, a case which is still being investigated by Alagbon close Police station, Ikoyi, as a result of his usage of fake auction papers in selling the 300 KVA generator for 30 million naira to a company in Lagos and paying only N20,000 naira into the account of the board;
That all the internally generated revenue (IGR), overhead and capital funds received last year running into over 150 million naira were siphoned through cronies and fake field operations;
That when the board lost a Toyota bus in its north west zonal office in Kano and claimed the sum of 5 million naira from an insurance company, the Executive Director constituted a fake Parastatals Tenders Board meeting in September 6, 2017, (while he was still abroad) wrote fake minutes where names of directors were captured as present were absent to divert the 5 million released by the Insurance Company without replacing the bus in the Kano Zonal office;
That Mr. Thomas lacks managerial skills, which is why since he assumed office as executive director, he has held only one management meeting and has refused to pay impress to all the departments, thereby crippling the operations and the smooth running of the board; meanwhile, he collects overhead from the government and pockets it, boasting that he handpicked all the new members of the board and submitted same to the minister of Information and culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed, whom he claims is in his payroll and does his bidding;
That one serious setback is his inability to read official files and act according as all recommendations documented and forwarded to him by staff and consultants have not been attended to for months;
That Mr. Thomas gives the impression that the directors are not cooperating with him, the reason being that he asked the directors to surrender their legitimate estacode allowance they were entitled to after an official trip to Canada sometime in September 2017 and they refused;
That there is an urgent need to do a psychiatric test on Mr. Thomas to ascertain his medical fitness for the job because once he reaches the office, from the gate he starts yelling at staff at the top of his voice;
That he embarks on official trips alone, hold meetings with stakeholders alone and goes on operations alone as if the board is his private company; and
That his looting habits reached its peak when he converted the sum of 13 million naira approved for a consumer forum in Bauchi from January 29-31, 2018 to his private use releasing only a paltry sum of 4 million naira for the event and pocketing 9 million naira.
Just one year in office, Mr. Thomas has travelled over ten times abroad without carrying any of the supportive staff and Heads of Department along
As at the time of filing this report, Mr. Thomas was abroad and couldn’t be reached.
The concerned staff of the board who were forced to write the petition to the EFCC, appealed to the Chairman Mr. Ibrahim Magu to step in before it is too late.
The petition which was attached with incriminating documents detailing the impunity of Mr. Thomas, according to PowerSteering investigations is not receiving the attention it deserves because it is alleged Mr. Thomas has gracefully greased the palms of the investigators and boasted publicly that nothing will come out of the investigation as he has been able to settle the EFCC investigators and the big Ogas. However, Mr. Thomas is running helter-skelter trying to cover his dirty track. He rebuilt and painted the broken fence, concealed some documents at the headquarters of NFVCB.
Our Correspondent also gathered that on assumption of office Mr. Thomas boasted to bewildered members of staff that he was Burhari’s boy having single handedly delivered Oshodi in particular and Lagos in general to the President during the 2015 presidential election. He was also quoted as saying that his appointment was the reward of the role he played in the election of President Buhari and that no staff can hinder him from doing what he wants.
The Minster of information and Culture, he remarked recently, is in his pocket and does his bidding. He has also boasted of remitting over N5m to Alh. Lai Mohammed monthly.
Whether Mr. Adebayo Thomas, the Czar of the National Film and Video Censors Board would continue to plunder the resources of this very important organ of the information ministry under the watch of Mr. Lai Mohammed remains to be seen in the Buhari-led administration which has anti-corruption as its cardinal agenda.
More details on Mr. Thomas’ fraudulent management of NFVCB in just one and half year in our next edition. Watch out!
A Compendium of Corruption in EFCC: When Policemen Became Thieves
As President Muhammadu Buhari was putting together his anti-corruption machinery to actualize his promise on fighting corruption, he presented the name of Ibrahim Magu to the Senate for confirmation as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, but it was rejected. Up till date, Magu still remains acting Chairman of EFCC after series of attempts to confirm him. PowerSteering went to town and came up with the following findings…
In 2003, Obasanjo set up the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (hereinafter EFCC) in order to redeem Nigeria’s 419 global image. EFCC was set up with Nuhu Ribadu as Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde as head of Operations, and Ibrahim Magu as head of an investigative team. EFCC enjoyed accolades, became so powerful that no one could speak or write anything negative about the EFCC. Then came its biggest nemesis, who says he is like Moses who grew up in the house of Pharaoh, then fought Pharaoh.
Meet Dr. George Uboh. George Uboh, Chief Executive Officer, Panic Alert Security Systems (PASS), provided security services for the EFCC starting 2010. All EFCC premises in Abuja have electric fencing installed by PASS and bear “PASS PROTECTED” signs hanging outside the buildings. Uboh states that in 2011, EFCC wrote President Jonathan to release over 1 Billion Naira for a covert security solution PASS was to further install for the EFCC; that while pursuing this business prospect, in 2013, he received a treasure trove of three boxes of evidence showing that EFCC from inception to 2013 recovered 2.51 Trillion Naira out of which 6.7 Billion Naira was remitted to the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) leaving a balance of 1.993 Trillion Naira unremitted.
He said the ambivalence of either pursuing the business venture in the capacity of PASS CEO or taking on the EFCC for corruption in the capacity of a patriotic whistleblower was nerve-wrecking. He said in the end, after soul searching, meditation and spiritual consultation, he opted to sever his ties with the EFCC, lose out on the huge business deal, and fight EFCC, because he believed if he went for the money and covered the crimes EFCC committed of which he had overwhelming and irrefutable evidence, then when he eventually dies and faces judgment, the man upstairs will ask him: “My Son, why were you given evidence against the EFCC and you chose to dine with the EFCC? Don’t you know that when you sleep with satan you wake up in hell? You do not belong in Heaven”. Uboh said he thus x-rayed the evidence and came up with a 22-page criminal charges aginst Ribadu, Waziri, Lamorde and some known/unknown conspirators. For instance, the N779M Naira EFCC stole from Tafa Balogun recoveries, even if Magu is not mentioned in the indictment, Magu is a co-conspirators because he interrogated Tafa and exhibited his seized assets thus he should account for assets missing/stolen.
Uboh said because Jonathan was the sitting President in 2013, he chose Bayelsa, the President’s state as the test case in his fight against the EFCC. He met with the late DSP Alamieyesigha, showed him documents germane to the funds/assets EFCC seized from him, what EFCC declared in its exhibit, in order to calculate what EFCC stole from Bayelsa. He said he sat on a sofa with Alamieyesigha in his Asokoro home; Alamieyesigha studied the documents with teary eyes and said: “these people called me a thief and they have stolen what they claimed I stole; who am I to fight them; they have painted me as a thief to the entire world”. What transpired thereafter, Uboh wishes not to discuss, but said: “may Alamieyesigha soul rest in peace.”
Uboh procured a mandate from Bayelsa State empowering him to recover the funds EFCC stole from Bayelsa State, keep 15% consultancy fees, and remit the rest to Bayelsa State. Uboh, armed with the mandate, wrote EFCC; EFCC responded inviting Uboh for a meeting on or about December 13, 2013; at the meeting EFCC agreed to remit the funds to Uboh/PASS for onward disbursement to his client Bayelsa State before the beginning of 2014. Meeting was held with Uboh and Uboh’s attorney Barrister Anthony Agbonlahor, chaired by Mr. Iwodi, head, EFCC asset forfeiture department. Come 2014, Uboh claimed he was playing phone tags with Iwodi who kept giving the excuses that EFCC was expecting the funds from the banks. This dilly-dallying kept on till February 2014; Uboh felt the money was not going to be paid hence he instituted a lawsuit against the EFCC on behalf of his client Bayelsa state. The day the suit was filed, the news went viral; that same day, Bayelsa State Governor Dickson, through his spokesperson, denied issuing Uboh the mandate. The next day Uboh met with the Governor in his residence in Maitama; Uboh said he wishes not to delve into the details of the meeting; that he will only say that Dickson breached the agreement reached that day, and went ahead to terminate the mandate. Uboh said the big question is: “Why would you terminate a mandate you claim you did not issue? Uboh’s conclusion is that Dickson was intimidated by EFCC. Period.
Thereafter, Uboh sent a petition to President Jonathan captioned: “Is EFCC the Economic Crimes Watchdog or a dog to be Watched?”, dated March 31, 2014. Uboh claimed he sent same petition to the David Mark-Led senate, handed/discussed EFCC crimes with most powerful/prominent men and women in Nigeria; that the fear people/institutions demonstrated about the EFCC, coupled with the evidence in his possession showing how banks colluded with EFCC (access bank expunged 4-yr statement for the EFCC), how accountants/auditors collude with EFCC to manipulate financial reports, how estate agents/managers/valuers collude with the EFCC to grossly undervalue seized property and resell to their cronies (this was detailed in a report put together by a 5-person EFCC staff Farida Waziri constituted to investigate property seized by her predecessor Ribadu) etc. led Uboh to coin the phrase: “ EFCC is a Country within a Country”.
Uboh’s frustration stemming from backlash, stonewalling etc. regarding his petitions and fight against the EFCC demoralized him to the point where he contemplated leaving Nigeria, because it seemed no person/institution was ready, willing and able to fight the EFCC. EFCC was a sacrosanct subject. Uboh said he will leave out so many details for the book he is writing. Silver lining came, however, after Buhari won election and he wrote a letter to Buhari published in thisday newspaper with caption: “Start your anti-corruption campaign with the EFCC, Uboh tells Buhari”. The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions wrote Uboh inviting him to come and defend his petition against EFCC/Lamorde on August 26, 2015. On that fateful day, Uboh said he woke up with this urge to demystify the EFCC knowing what he went through since 2013. He said when he got to the hearing and found out Lamorde wrote a letter seeking extension of time to appear he know he had won the fight. Although on the other hand he felt disappointed not to be able to look Lamorde in the eye and ask him certain questions that will put him in a catch-22 situation or between a rock and a hard place: Meaning, if he answered he is doomed; if he does not answer he is domed. If he answered incorrectly under oath, that would be perjury; if he answered correctly, that would be admittance hence guilty; if he fails to answer, then such silence could be construed as admittance. Either way he was stuck. Knowing his situation, he chose not to appear; failed to appear on subsequent summons hence he was declared wanted and a warrant for his arrest was issued by the committee. He went to court to stop the committee and has kept the matter in abeyance. Another question here is: “why did EFCC on its website in clarifying what EFCC does with recovered loot, denied the allegations Uboh made against the EFCC/Lamorde before the Senate, propounding flimsy/frivolous evidence on its website, when same EFCC/Lamorde failed to come on record at the senate hearing to deny the allegations and/or offer any mitigating evidence? Because Lamorde/EFCC is guilty as charged by Uboh.
Uboh conclude by saying that EFCC was ill-conceived; that the much dreaded FBI in the U.S is merely an investigative agency that investigates cases and hands over to the Department of Justice (DoJ) for prosecution. Accordingly, Uboh quoted: “Any law enforcement agency given the powers to investigate, arrest, prosecute, seize assets, forfeit the assets through interim and final forfeitures orders, recover the assets and assert perpetual dominion over the recovered assets is tantamount to running a country within a country”. “EFCC’s powers must be curtailed else EFCC will continue to function as a gestapo-type organization”.
A recent letter from George Uboh Whistleblowers Network dated Monday July 9, 2018 to all political parties had the heading; Criminal allegations against Mallam Nuhu Ribadu; urgent need to advise Ribadu to address our allegations should he seek ticket under your party; Voters Decision on any political party that allows any candidate to run after allegations and evidence of criminality are disclosed.
It will be recalled that George Uboh had blown the whistle on the EFCC for stealing and failing to remit N1,993 trillion to the Federal government which led in part to the ouster of the former chairman, Lamorde. According to him, EFCC stole, diverted and failed to remit N1.993 trillion into Federal Government coffers from 2003 to 2013.
Dr. George Uboh who was given the job of recovering the huge sums of money stashed away by rich and criminal minded Nigerians in several accounts by Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation, after convincing the AGF that he had already sighted and tracked down the money in 13 banks. On realizing that Uboh had the capacity to even do things for this country and likely to outshine his achievements and influence of his job, the AGF summarily terminates his job with the excuse that he violated the terms of his brief shortly after getting a Federal Government letter of authority which would have earned him 5 percent of the total recovery.
The AGF, Abubakar Malami also wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari detailing malicious reasons he cancelled Uboh’s recovery job. But George Uboh did not take the termination of the job lightly, accusing the AGF of standing in the way of fighting corruption.
Operatives of the Department of State Security had arrested and detained him with the view of intimidating and shutting him down on a trump-up allegation that George attempted to blackmail the Federal Government into awarding him a multi-billion job that had already been awarded to him.
Before his arrest, he had appeared on a Primetime Television programme and poured invectives on the Federal Government for ending the job offer abruptly while still claiming to be fighting corruption. However, it is on record that Dr. Goerge Uboh had already traced N324billion within the 27days that he was allowed to work and mocked the AGF for not allowing him to after the affected banks and individuals to recover the mount.
Dr. Uboh had called on President Buhari in 2015 to start his anti-corruption crusade with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. On May 18, 2015, Thisday Newspaper published an article captioned, “start your anti-corruption campaign with EFCC, Uboh tells Buhari”. In June/July, 2015 he sent several petitions to the President, DSS,NSA, IGP,PSC,SGPS, Senate and others on EFCC stealing and failure to remit N1.993 trillion.
According to the whistleblower, he had evidence to prove that former EFCC Chairman Farida Waziri documented most of her recoveries/stealing while Ribadu did not document most of his recoveries and stealing. Mrs. Waziri had on December 3, 2016 challenged her predecessor Nuhu Ribadu to account for the billions of Naira he recovered without documentation.
He also pointed out that Ibrahim Magu on March 15, 2017 during his Senate confirmation hearing was asked how much the EFCC had recovered. Magu said he did not know the figure. It is worthy of note that Ribadu, Lamorde and Magu started EFCC in 2003 and therefore have many things in common.
Uboh while giving details of alleged misdeeds of Mallam Ribadu, stated that from 2003-2007, Ribadu recovered N989 billion as proceeds from financial crimes but declared only N142 billion thereby concealing the recovery of the proceeds from financial crimes to the tune of N847. Ribadu was also alleged to have conspired with Ibrahim Lamorde to stash away recovered proceeds of financial crimes in several unofficial accounts and diverted the sum of over N142 billion in breach of EFCC Establishment Act 2004 and Extant laws.
He further revealed that Ribadu conspired with Unity bank Plc to divert the proceeds from two bank cheques in September 2005 valued at N580,407,332 and N586,211,466 which he claimed to have transferred to CBN but which CBN did not reflect in the EFCC Account. In the same vein Ribadu was alleged to have conspired with Ibrahim Lamorde, Spring Bank of Nigeria Plc (Mainstream Bank) and Access Bank Plc, to divert N779,155,004 being part of Tafa Balogun forfeited funds in various accounts in Spring bank which should have been transferred as N3,037, 255,521 from Spring bank but Access bank recorded a receipt of only N2,258,100,516.
He accused Mallam Nuhu Ribadu of conspiring with Ibrahim Lamorde and Diya Fatemilehun & Co (Estate Surveyors), to have diverted the sum of N875 million vide GT Bank cheque No,10608377 of 20/1/2007, being part of the proceeds from the disposal of assets forfeited by Tafa Balogun in 2006. He further disclosed that Mallam Nuhu Ribadu conspired with Ibrahim Lamorde and Unity Bank Plc, in September, 2005, to divert the proceeds of three (3) Bond Bank drafts Nos. 00032632, 00032633 and 00032634 valued at N1, 169,050,000.
Uboh said Mallam Nuhu Ribadu in 2004, diverted the sum of N31, 800,000 being bribe money he claimed was offered to him by Emmanuel Ofolue, Barr. Obum Ogakwe and Amaka Anajemba on Emmanuel Nwude’s case. The said amount is not traceable to any Recovery Account operated by EFCC. Also he accused Ribadu of conspiring with Ibrahim Lamorde, Diya Fatemilehun &Co (Estate Surveyors), to understate and conceal the actual number of real estate properties seized from Tafa Balogun in 2006 and the number sold, having seized 20 real estate properties but declared only 10 properties; having sold 18 properties but declared that only (9) was sold and by so doing concealed and diverted N2 billion that should have been remitted to the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) since 2006.
The whistleblower stated that Ribadu, as the executive chairman of EFCC between 2003 and 2007, conspired with Ibrahim Lamorde and other headships of EFCC investigation units to cause some seized/recovered funds from criminal activities to be transferred to his office to the tune of N395 million, contrary to EFCC Establishment Act and other financial regulations which required that funds recovered be transferred to the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) within 30 days. He went ahead to accuse Ribadu that as EFCC chairman as from 2003-2007, he conspired with some persons indicted for financial crimes and some banks, to derive benefits from some monetary instruments in bank cheques and drafts and thereafter dumped such in the exhibit rooms, the cheques and bank drafts valued at over N3.4 billion as stale and worthless. Uboh said this fact is contained in a report of an internal committee in EFCC set up by his successor, Mrs. Farida Waziri.
Uboh accused Mallam Ribadu of conspiring with some persons in Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to withdraw illegally over N814 million from an account known to be non-chequing and only transferable to the Consolidate Revenue Fund (CRF).
That you Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, as the executive chairman of EFCC claimed to have recovered the sum of N55,000,000.00 in cash from Professor Fabian Osuji about March 2005 and claimed to have lodged the said amount of N55,000,000.00 into EFCC recovery Account domiciled with Intercity Bank PLC, now Unity Bank PLC, on 3/4/2006. The said amount which you kept for more than one year (21/3/2005 to 3/4/2006) is not traceable to the said account as you may have diverted same.
That you Mallam Nuhu Ribadu as executive Chairman of EFCC conspired with Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, your Director of Operations then and some other persons, to divert the sum N609,35,626.54, being amount you claimed was remitted to the FGN/CBN on 10/7/2008 after more than 3 years and which is not traceable to such account in CBN.
That you Mllam Nuhu Ribadu, as executive chairman EFCC, conspired with the former Governor of CBN, Professor Chukwuma Charle Soludo and Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde to divert the sum of over N22 Billion belonging to 13 Companies owned by one Mr. Patrick S. Fernandez.
That you Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, as executive chairman of EFCC, conspired with some persons in the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) under the guise of Presidential Task Force on Port Decongestion in 2005 to divert the sum of N44.522 Billion, an amount that has not been duly accounted for up to date.
That you Mallam Nuhu Ribadu as the executive chairman of EFCC, sometime in April 2006, diverted the sum of N200,000,000.00 through the executive secretary of PTDF vide an account with Intercity Bank Plc, now Unity Bank plc.
That you Mllam Nuhu Ribdu, as executive chairman of EFCC, claimed to have recovered the sum of N8,183,969,961.72 from the sale of 733,264,280 units of Afribank Plc shares belonging to Delta State Government and released the said amount on May 22, 2007 to an unknown person.
That you Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, as executive chairman of EFCC, diverted the under listed recovered funds, totaling N2.676 Billion by claiming that the funds were released to persons you could not identify as confirmed by your former director of operations, now the EFCC Chiarman.
That you Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, while you held sway as executive chairman of EFCC between 2003-2007, conspired with GT Bank in 2007 to divert the under-listed cheques and drafts valued at N7,684 Billion viz:
GTB draft No. 00074139 dated 24/10/2007 609,435,626.54
GTB draft No. 00001104, 00001105, 00127508 3,000,000,000.00
GTB draft No 00001103 dated 24/9/2007 200,000,000.00
GTB draft No.00127171 dated 24/9/2007 3,000,000,000.00
GTB draft No.002 dated 29/01/2007 875,000,000.00
That you Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, as executive chairman of EFCC, conspired with Ibrahim Lamorde about the year 2006, to conceal the details of shares in Skye Bank Plc, forfeited by Tafa Balogun, which you not only failed to disclose the number but only assigned arbitrary amounts to them totaling N310,001,888.00, which you also falsely claimed to have remitted to the FGN/CBN as said funds are not traceable to the said accounts.
Shares converted to cash (Skye) 160,051,888
Shares converted to cash (Skye) 17,500,000
Shares converted to cash (Skye) 132,450,000
That you Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, during your tenure as EFCC executive chairman between the years 2003 and 2007, conspired with one Mustapha Abba Gana, to use the platform of one EFCC recovery account in Unity Bank Plc to launder the sum of N25,800,000 on 7/05/2007 through forex purchase.
That you Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, during your tenure as EFCC executive chairman, between the years 2003-2007, conspired with your director operations Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, one Nagberi Helen and Unity Bank Plc, to steal the sum of N5,184,780 through a counter cheque on 16/10/2007, a transaction which you did approve, knowing fully well that the said account is “non-chequing” and only transferable to victims of crime or CRF of the Federal Government.
That you Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, sometime in 2005, diverted the sum of N426,974,288.40 out of the N964,803,481.20 recovered from Basil Okolie and others. When you held sway as the executive chairman of the EFCC, you recovered the sum of N964,803,481.20 from Basil Okolie & others on behalf of some Asian nationals. Although you refunded the sum of $4,481,909.94 USD, an equivalent of N537,829,192.80 to the victims named Vivian & Juliana Ching, you were unable to account for the balance of N426,974,288.40 as the said amount is not traceable to any EFCC recovery account maintained by the EFCC.
That you Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, during your tenure as EFCC executive chairman, between 16/08/2007 and 31/10/2007, conspired with your director of operations Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde and Unity Bank Plc to divert the sums of $52,200 USD and $5,000 USD being sums laundered by you and accomplices through EFCC recovery/domiciliary account no. 20411933802004100.
That you Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, during your tenure as EFCC executive chairman, between the years 2003-2007, conspired with your director of operations Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde to divert the sum of 32 Million Euros and $32,288,00 USD which both of you confirmed were recovered in 2006 but the amounts are not traceable to any EFCC Recovery Accounts either in 2006 or beyond.
That you Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, recovered huge sums of money running into several billions of naira from politicians and government agencies between 2003 and 2007 but conspired with your Director of Operations Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde to conceal and divert the recovered funds as they are not traceable to any Recovery Account operated/maintained by EFCC. You confirmed to the whole world at page 28 of EFCC Magazine called “Zero Tolerance” that you made the under-listed recoveries totaling N10,418,798,447.82 between 2003 and June 2006 which no known EFCC Recovery Account warehoused.
Institution Amount Recovered in Naira
Non-oil sector coys 941,613,423,.82
Oil sector coys 2,249,265,960
States and LGs 6,500,000,000
That you Mallam Nuhu Ribadu conspired with your director of operations Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde to divert and indeed diverted the funds recovered from Joshua Dariye while serving as the Governor of Plateau State. Lamorde released the sum of N105,827,614 to Plateau State Government on 23/11/2011 vide EFCC account with CBN which never received any such fund.
That you Mallam Nuhu Ribadu conspired with your director of operations Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde between 2005 and 2007 to conceal the actual recoveries from the much celebrated Emmanuel Nwude’s case involving Nwude, Anajemba and one Nzeribe, having recovered over N12.6 Billion but falsely claimed that Sakaguchi (the victim of the scam), managed his funds in Nigeria, despite that fact that you handed over the sum of $17 Million USD to Sakaguchi few days after the case was disposed off in court in 2005. You were unable to disclose how much cash in foreign accounts was forfeited to EFCC then on the case under reference.
The whistleblower also made revelations about misdeeds of onetime chairman of EFCC Farida Waziri whom he said as Executive Chairman of the commission, between May 2008 and November 2011, caused the sum of N1, 031,823,841 in managers cheque No.00872573 dated 7/11/2008, being recovered funds kept in EFCC Recovery Account with Afribank now (Mainstream Bank) and thereby misappropriated the said sum of recovered funds in violation of EFCC Establishment Act and Extant Financial Regulations.
Uboh stated that between 2008 and 2009 when Farida Waziri was chairman of EFCC, she caused the sum of N1, 094, 498,611 and $25,700, being recovered funds, to be wrongfully released to “ECs office Abuja”, i.e. Executive Chairman’s office Abuja being her office instead of Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) of the federation as required by EFCC Establishment Act and Extant Financial Regulations 2006. He accused Farida Waziri that in 2010, as executive chairman of EFCC caused the sum of N364, 831,615, $30,440, 1,200 pounds and Euro 3,600, being recovered funds to be wrongfully released to unidentifiable persons contrary to EFCC Establishment Act and Extant Financial Regulations.
The whistleblower said in 2011 Farida Waziri as chairman of EFCC caused the sum of N549, 564,240, $239,577, 10,000 pounds and Euro 32,747 being recovered funds to be wrongfully released to unidentifiable persons in violation of EFCC Establishment Act 2004. Also that Farida Waziri as chairman of EFCC between 2009 and 2011, with intent to engage in corrupt enrichment, usurped the statutory functions of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and conducted “tax investigation and assessment” of some companies, collected various sums as taxes for remittance to FIRS but FIRS could not confirm the receipt of remittances amounting to N1, 767,594,842 which has not been accounted for in violation of EFCC Establishment Act 2004.
That Farida waziri, as chairman of EFCC abetted Spring Bank (now Mainstream Bank), which warehoused the sum of N3,037,255,521 being part of seized funds from Tafa Balogun, from disclosing the interest generated on such funds between 2006 and 2008, estimated at over N546 million, in contravention of EFCC Establishment Act 2004 and Extant Financial Regulations 2006.
That you, Farida Waziri, as Executive Chairman of EFCC, in conspiracy with Spring Bank and Access Bank, caused the transfer in June 2008 of the sum of N2,258,100,576.98 instead of the of N3,037,255,521.60 from Spring Bank to EFCC Recovery Account with Access Bank and thereby wrongfully diverted the of N779,155,004.62 in violation of EFCC Establishment Act 2004.
That you Farida Waziri, in the bid to conceal this illegal interest revenue of over N546million and other similar and related transactions, conspired with some officers in Access Bank to expunge the transactions between 30 July 2009 – 7 September, 2010, in the relevant accounts as if the Recovery Accounts recorded no transactions within the period of thirteen (13) months 30/7/2009-7/9/2010. The similar transactions which took place within that period include:-
i. Transfer of N9,500,000.00 on 22 April 2010, from International A/C No. 0100193867 to the manipulated A/C No. 0005399921.
ii. This period was when taxes of over N2.9billion was purportedly recovered on behalf of FIRS and over M1.7billion could not be acknowledge as recovered by FIRS.
iii. Recoveries from Banks on Non-performing loans of N199,639,859,766.00 which took place within this period.
iv. The sum of N300million transferred to CBN A/C on 9 September, 2009 and withdrawn the same day may have been moved out of the Access Bank Account No. 0005399921.
v. All the purported releases to non-identifiable persons amounting to over N1.7billion, were within this same period which may have been expunged.
That you Farida Waziri, as Executive Chairman, EFCC set up a Committee between 2008 and 2009 to investigate how your predecessor Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, mismanaged seized funds and assets. The Committee made mind-bugling revelations which included discovery of N3.4billion in stale cheques, N484,385,904.69 in un-cashed drafts and $554,878.78 in Lagos Exhibit Room alone, but you negligently continued with the illegality as the said stale cheques and drafts are still lying in EFCC’s Exhibit room up to the time of your exit as Chairman.
That you Farida Waziri between 2009 and the time of your exit as the executive Chairman of EFCC, through acts of omission or commission or collusion, negligently failed and or refused to take legal steps to void the illegal sales by Diya Fatimilehin & Co, of some landed assets forfeited by Tafa Balogun, to the “six (6) fictitious companies)” (names?) indicted by the Internal Committee you set up in 2008 to investigate how your predecessor Mallam Nuhu Ribadu managed forfeited assets and you thereby breached your oath of office.
That you Farida Waziri on 15/11/2010 and 15/12/2010 as Executive Chairman of EFCC, with intent to steal, fraudulently made two payments based on garnishee order in favour of one Comrade Romanus Egis and others viz: on 15/11/2010 through EFCC Recovery Account No. 0100193867, with Access Bank and thereby contravened the EFCC Establishment Act 2004.
That you Farida Waziri, as the Executive Chairman of EFCC, with intent to conceal and misappropriate recovered funds, dishonestly wrote a letter Ref. No. EFCC/Account006 dated 30th June, 2008 to the AGF seeking “clearance to open accounts” with Intercontinental Bank and Access Bank viz: Access Bank A/C Nos: 0005399921, 0016624944, 005444508 (dollars) 0005449682 (euro), 0005447705 (GBP) and Intercontinental Bank A/C 0100193867, and thereby breached your oath of office.
That you Farida Waziri, as the Executive Chairman of EFCC, between 2008 and 2011, did conspire with Mohammed Kabir, DET Sulaiman and Unity Bank Plc and diverted USD 22,984.70 on 19/3/2010, USD 9,993.10 on 6/4/2010 and USD 9,993.10 on 24/5/2010.
That you Farida Waziri, after closing EFCC accounts with Unity Bank Plc, continued to operate some accounts illegally to enable you have a smooth way in your money laundry activities.
That you Farida Waziri, conspired with some officers in CBN to cause the sum of N53,314,102.00 to be transferred illegally from EFCC Recovery Account in CBN to Access Bank Recovery Account for the refund to persianas Nig. and lodged in Recovery Account and therefore no basis to make such a refund.
That you Farida Waziri, while you held sway in EFCC as Executive Chairman, conspired with some persons in the Nigeria Judicial Institute (NJI) about September, to divert and indeed diverted several cheques and drafts valued at N1,678,345,000.00 but claimed they were “lodged into EFCC Recovery Account, CBN”. Some of the said cheques and drafts, as listed below and which were recoveries from NJI on 18/4/2008, are not traceable to any of EFCC’s Recovery Accounts:
The whistleblower accused Ibrahim Lamorde that while he was EFCC Chairman in 2013, in a bid to conceal a fraud of N779, 155,004, being the diverted amount from the forfeited funds by Tafa Balogun falsified document in response to the request made by duly constituted authorities, wherein he fraudulently stated the total of 13 bank balances as N2, 258,100,576 instead of N3, 037,255,521 with a difference of N779,155,004.62. He further accused Lamorde that while he was Director of operations, conspired with Mallam Nuhu Ribadu and some officers of EFCC to manipulate the forfeitures and recoveries from DSP Alamieyesigha, which events took place between 2006 and 2007, as if it took place about July 2008, with a view to shifting responsibilities to the tenure of Farida Waziri. By this act, he traded with recoveries amounting to over N3.7 billion for almost 2 years before formally documenting the transaction.
Also on Lamorde, Uboh claimed that he conspired with Mrs. Farida Waziri to transfer a lower amount of N3,128,230,294 to the government of Bayelsa on 18/1/2010 instead of N4,257,503, 009 being proceeds from the recoveries from DSP Alamieyesigha. He further stated that Lamorde as Director of operations between 2003 to 2007, Acting Chairman of EFCC between the period June 2007 to May 2008, a period the substantive chairman went on a course to NIPSS, he conspired with some banks, especially Access Bank Plc and Intercontinental Bank Plc, to doctor and manipulate EFCC Recovery Accounts and expunge ALL entries relating to the recovered funds lodged in the said accounts between 2003 to May 2008, amounting to N800 billion.
That you Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, conspired with Mrs. Farida Waziri and your External Auditors: Aminu Ibrahim & Co, (Chartered Accountants), to operate and conceal a Recovery Account in CBN and excluded the balances from your audited financial statements between 2005 and 2011, thereby deceiving the users of the financial statements, including the Executive, Legislative and Judicial arms of government. The said balances excluded from the annual reports and accounts and which understated the balances of seized funds at the end of the respective years include:
Balance as at 31 Dec. (N)
That you Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, conspired with Mrs. Farida Waziri, about 11/3/2011 to under-remit the proceeds from Tafa Balogun’s forfeitures to the Consolidated Revenue Fund A/C by N3,200,306,084.93 on the actual amount alone. Instead of the actual amount of N5,850,908,481.91 remittable to CRF, you conspired to remit only N2,650,602,396.98, leaving behind a balance of N3,200,306,084.93. Mr. Lamorde, you confirmed that as at Mrach 2013, you are still holding back the sum of N2,409,380,875.67.
That you Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, conspired with Mrs. Farida Waziri to trade with the aforesaid proceeds from Tafa Balogun’s forfeitures between 2008 and 2013 at interest of 12% per annum, amounting to N2,154,625,556.37, an amount you have been unable to account for, thereby making you liable to remit the total sum of N5.354billion to the CRF viz:
Actual unremitted balance N3,200,306,084.93
Accrued interest not remitted N2,154,625,556.37
That you Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, as the Executive Chairman of EFCC on the 17th day of January, 2012, withdrew or caused to be withdrawn, the sum of N183,124,185.95 vide an instruction Ref. EFCC/Access?PS/01/01 January 09, 2012, from EFCC Recovery Account in Access Bank Plc knowing fully well that remittances from Recovery Account should go to either the victims of crime or the consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federal Government. this you did in breach of EFCC Establishment Act, 2004 and Extant Laws.
That you Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, as the Executive Chairman of EFCC, have continued to conceal the details of the unsold properties forfeited by both Tafa Balogun and DSP Alamieyesigha despite receiving rent revenues from some estate agents on the said properties. For examples
Date Estate Agent Amount Bank
28/3/2012 Etudo & Co N70,655,872.47 Access
13/9/2012 Etudo & Co N99,063,241.75 Access
6/3/2013 Etudo & Co N15,944,222.40 Access
That you Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, as head of Operations, in EFCC conspired with Mrs. Farida Waziri and one Muktar on 12/1/2011 to divert the sum of N50,000,000.00 vide mandate Ref. EFCC/ACCESS/RCV/01/01/2011, being proceeds from five (5) FBN drafts (Nos. 7230418-7230422).
That you Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, conspired with one Mustapha Abba Gana and Unity Bank Plc, about January 2008 to divert the sum of USD 25,000.00, laundered through EFCC Domiciliary Account with Unity Bank Plc, knowing fully well the account, being a Recovery Account is transferable only to the Consolidated Revenue Fund with CBN and no other.
That you Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, while you held sway in EFCC as acting Chairman, while your boss, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu was on course at NIPSS, conspired with certain persons in the Nigeria Judicial Institute in September, 2008, to divert several cheques and drafts valued at N1,678,345,000.00 but claimed they were “lodged into EFCC Recovery Account, CBN”. Some of the said cheques and drafts as listed below, and which were recoveries from NJI on 18/4/2008 are not traceable to any of EFCC’s Recovery Accounts.
That you Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, conspired with PAM INVESTMENT PROPERTIES LTD to conceal some of the proceeds from the sale of forfeited properties, which they held on to since 2006-2007 until a dramatic part payment on 29/9/2011 of N592,019,667.35 through EFCC Recovery Account Bo. 0005399921 with Access Bank.
According to Uboh, he had appeared on several Radio and TV shows, met with anyone that matters in Nigeria to agitate for the return of these funds, showed and disseminated the evidence of unremitted funds because these funds belong to Nigeria and Nigerians hence the matter concerns all Nigerians.
The EFCC and Magu are quick to tell us how much money has been refunded to the government by looters but are unwilling to name the looters. Magu is alleged to be notorious for media hype. Funds are recovered daily from high profile looters only for the funds to disappear and the cases go cold. Stark example is the case of a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshall Alex Badeh. Magu and his men claimed they recovered $1million cash in his Maitama, Abuja home but till date the money is not accounted for and Badeh’s case has alleged gone cold.
According to the Senate, Lamorde allegedly diverted over N2trillion realized from seized funds and assets from investigated corrupt politicians. It will be recalled that Chief Executive Officer of Public Alert Security Systems – PASS, George Uboh, had petitioned the Senate Committee on Ethics Privileges and Public petitions, accusing Lamorde of diverting recovered stolen items amounting to N2trillion.
Checks have revealed that the Magu administration is towing the lines of Lamorde with strings of inconclusive fraud cases, and claims of funds found in sundry weird places. Sources also hinted that Magu’s EFCC has no intention like Lamorde of accounting for the cash it claims it has recovered from suspects including choice properties.
Today, Magu has three operatives who are very loyal to him. they are John Odoh, Mamza Abdullahi (Principal Detective, Superintendent level 12), and Abubakar Aliyu Madaki. They are alleged to be Magu’s point men who ‘shakedown’ high profile suspects being investigated. Abubakar Madaki retired as a Superintendent of Police in December of 2013 from the EFCC where he was assigned. According to our findings, Madaki’s profile indicated he studied law, during his stay at the EFCC, he “was not considered wealthy,” stated the source inside the EFCC. Madaki was called back from retirement to the EFCC by Ibrahim Magu, months after he was appointed as the top boss of the EFCC. During Madaki’s initial stay at the EFCC and his second arrival, he has allegedly acquired choice properties across the country worth billions of Naira .
He has allegedly acquired a N450million house at Wuse Zone and another house for his lady friend at Wuse Zone 4 worth N200million. Superintendent Makadi also allegedly made purchase of lands in nearby Nasarawa State worth over N10billion.
However, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has described as deliberate falsehood the allegation that one of its top officials owns landed property and houses valued at over N10.6billion. This was as the commission declared that the allegation was a mere fabrication to defame the official, Alhaji Abubakar Madaki who was described as “one of the most enterprising investigators with the EFCC.” It said the online report on the allegation was “unfounded, cheap, blackmail, total falsehood and deliberate attempt to bring the image of EFCC officials into disrepute.”
The DSS earlier memo even said “sequel to the appointment of Ibrahim Lamorde as Chairman of EFCC in 2011, he made the return of Magu to the EFCC a top priority. Both men had worked together at the commission when Lamorde served as Head of Operations of the agency. Magu remained a top official of the commission until he was appointed to succeed Lamorde”
Ribadu who was the pioneer chairman set out to do the bidding of his principal, i.e. former President Olusegun Obasanjo. The EFCC chair was able to apprehend some persons accused of graft and in the process recovered huge sums of money. Ribadu succeeded in painting a picture that a super cop had arrived on the scene to clean the Augean stable but little did Nigerians know that he was mining the mint. It will be recalled that former President Obasanjo was also accused of using EFCC to witch hunt his political enemies.
Magu just like his predecessor, Ibrahim Lamorde has a labyrinth of corruption allegations hanging over his head and those of some select loyalists who allegedly do the leg work for him.
Meanwhile, ahead of the 2019 general elections, a new investigative and exclusive report has revealed the top Nigerian Politicians who are doing everything they can to re-elect President Buhari for the second term.
At least eight out of the Politicians working for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 2019 election have pending Corruption cases worth N232bn, PowerSteering News Magazine can authoritatively reveal. Investigation by our reporters reveal that the amount involved are in various graft cases, which are currently pending before security agencies, especially the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, ranging from N223m to N100bn for each of the Politicians
Some of the eight Politicians, who used to be members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other opposition parties, had allegedly defected to the ruling All Progressive Congress to stop the dangling axe of the EFCC and other security agencies from falling on them.
Specifically, the Politicians who are Currently either under probe or prosecution for allegedly diverting government funds have separately vowed to ensure Buhari remain in power until 2023.
The eight Politicians include but not limited to this, Senator representing Nasarawa West at the National Assembly, Abdullahi Adamu (N1.5bn); the Senator representing Sokoto North and former Governor of Sokoto, Aliyu Wamakko (N15bn); Ex Senate Minority Leader and former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, who recently defected from the PDP to APC (N100bn) and a former Governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu (N3.2bn).
Others are the immediate past Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal (N223m); the former Governor of Rivers State and Director General of the Buhari Campaign Organization in 2015 Rotimi Amaechi (N97bn). The Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari (N680M) and former National Chairman of the PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff. Sheriff and others are under investigation for allegedly receiving N450m out of the N23bn ($115m) bribe allegedly disbursed by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, during the build-up to the 2015 election. In July, the Presidential support committee of Buhari 2019 appointed Sheriff as director general.
While some of the allegedly corrupt persons were kept at arm’s length, others became very close to the President who constantly appear in Pictures with the professed anti-Corruption Champion and sending mixed signals to Nigerians.
Shocking As EFCC Arrests Ex DSS DG Ekpenyong
By Abdullahi Mohammeed
It was a shocking situation, as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested a former Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) Ita Ekpenyong.
Mr Ekpenyong was arrested after operatives of the anti-graft agency raided his Abuja home located at Asokoro in the federal capital territory.
Details of his arrest are still sketchy as at press time.
The former DG of the DSS was the head of the security agency during the reign of former president Goodluck Jonathan as the Nigerian leader at the time.
An attempt previously made to search the raided property in November 2017 met brick wall as the recently oust DG of the DSS, Lawal Daura, had prevented the anti-graft agency from carrying out their duty which sparked a stand-off that nearly turned fatal between DSS and EFCC operatives.
The spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, has been unreachable for comments on this story as calls placed to his telephone numbers indicated it was switched off.
Despite Allegatios of Corruption EFCC Could Not Prosecute Me- Akpabio
By Abdullahi Mohammed
In a reaction to an alleged mismanagement of public funds, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has stated why the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), could not prosecute him despite allegations of corruption levelled against him.
Mr Akpabio, a serving senator, had ruled Akwa Ibom State from May 2007 to May 2015 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP).
The former governor was being investigated by the EFCC for alleged gift of N1.4bn to a bank for unknown reasons.
Akpabio had also being probed on allegations of embezzling N108bn during his tenure between 2007 and 2015.
But the lawmaker defecting to the All Progressive Congress (APC) on Wednesday stated that he was innocent as nothing incriminating was found on him during the investigation carried out by the anti-graft agency.
“Some people are saying I moved to APC because a gun was pointed on my head. A young man wrote a petition against me and the petition was filled with lies… I have never been charged to court… The EFCC did not find anything on me,” Akpabio said while addressing his supporters at a rally organised to receive him into the APC at the Ikot Ekpene Township stadium.
“For those who said I am a traitor, I will never be a traitor. Those who are ganging up to stop the government of the day, we won’t see election if we follow them. We won’t see February 2019,” he added.
The former governor also said his defection to the APC is for the interest of the state and the Niger Delta region.
“Our people should be part and parcel of Nigeria. We don’t believe in segregation. The region as a minority cannot stand on its own.
“The south-south having the major resources of this country should also partake in the sharing of the resources. What I have done today is to take the people of the south-south to the centre; to link Akwa Ibom to the centre,” added.
Akpabio also said he was joining the APC to sweep away poverty from the lives of the residents of the state.
“As I speak to you now, those who are from the national assembly are all here. Thousands of you all were in PDP yesterday, are you not in APC today? I accept this broom to sweep away poverty form your life.”
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