EFCC arrests 30 suspects for cybercrime, re-arraigns ‘Mama Boko Haram’, others over N97.4 m scam

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

For their alleged involvement in Internet frauds, operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ilorin Zonal Office, have arrested two lecturers of the Kwara State College of Health Technology, Offa, and 28 other suspects.

The names of the two lecturers are Abdulahi Opashola and Adebisi Ademola, while the 28 other accused persons include Kingsley Essien, Tobiloba Adenuga, Tope Ayodele, Rasheed Mujib, Oladipo Opeyemi, Saadu Muktar, Oladejo Hammed, Hammed Tope, Ameachi Umenyi, Salauden Adam and Afolabi Gafar.

Others are Oladimeji Timi, Remilekun Adeolu, Audu John, David Momodu, Abdulkareem Samad, Adebiyi Sodiq, Dawodu Olusoji, Yusuf Amoo, Kehinde Olarenwaju, Philip Mike, Ademola Adebukola and Adeniyi Olamilekan.

Adeyemi Adedeji; Ajayi Teslem; Olawale Oladayo, Olasunkanmi Olawale and Adeleke Damilola are the other susupects.

Some of the arrested suspects and cars EFCC seized from them.   Photo: Channels TV

Report says the all suspects were arrested at different locations within Kwara State, following intelligence gathered by the EFCC operatives over their alleged involvement in the offence.

There are ongoing efforts at arresting a herbalist, who is also linked with the alleged offence, according to report.

Items recovered from them include cars, phones and laptops among others.

Meanwhile, the Maiduguri Zonal Office of EFCC Monday, September 14, 2020, re-arraigned Aisha Alkali Wakil, a.k.a “Mama Boko Haram” before Justice Aisha Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri, the state capital.

It was gathered that the latest arraignment was on three fresh separate offences of fraud of N97,400,000.00 (Ninety-Seven Million, Four Hundred Thousand Naira).

Each of the offences contained two-count charges, making a cumulative six-count charge before the court.

Tahiru Alhaji Saidu Daura and Prince Lawal Shoyode were re-arraigned with Wakil.

Channels TV also reports that a count in the first offence read: “That you, Tahiru Saidu Daura, Aisha Alkali Wakil and Prince Lawal Shoyode, whilst being programme manager, Chief Executive Officer and Country Director respectively of Complete Care and Aid Foundation (a non-governmental organisation), sometime in the year 2018 at Maiduguri, Borno State, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court with intent to defraud, induced one Saleh Ahmed Said of Shuad General Enterprises Ltd to deliver to you 3,000 (Three Thousand) bags of beans worth N71,400,000 (Seventy-One Million, Four Hundred Thousand Naira only), under the false pretense of executing a contract for the supply of same, which you made the said Saleh Ahmed Said to believe that you had the capacity to pay the entire contract sum upon execution, which you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offence, contrary to and punishable under Sections 1(1) (b) and 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud- Related Offences Act, 2006 respectively.”

A count in the second offence read: “That you, Aisha Alkali Wakil, Tahiru Alhaji Saudi Daura, Prince Lawal Shoyode, whilst being chief executive officer, programme manager and country director, respectively of Complete Care and Aid Foundation (a non-governmental organization) and Saidu Mukhtar (at large) sometime in July, 2018 at Maiduguri, Borno State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N11,000,000.00 (Eleven Million Naira only) from one Muhammed Ambare of Mohammed Ambare Ventures under the false pretence of executing a purported contract of supply, installation and servicing of two units of x-ray machine Model 1800, which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1) (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”

A count in the third offence read: “That you, Aisha Alkali Wakil, Tahiru Alhaji Saudi Daura, Prince Lawal Shoyode, whilst being chief executive officer, programme manager and country director, respectively of Complete Care and Aid Foundation (a non-governmental organization) and Saidu Mukhtar (at large) sometime in November, 2018 at Maiduguri, Borno State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N15,000,000.00 (Fifteen Million Naira only) , from one Hon. Bukar Kachalla of Hammiza Global Resources Limited under the false pretence of executing a purported contract of supply of three units of chemistry analyzer solar energy brand Model 1800 (UK Version), which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (1) (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”

The suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges, which prompted prosecution counsels, Benjamin Manji and Khalid Sanusi, to ask for a trial date and prayed that the defendants be remanded in the custody of Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS).

Justice Kumaliya adjourned the matter till October 5, 6, 8, 9, 12 and 13, 2020, respectively for trial and ordered that the defendants be remanded in the custody of the NCS.

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