Alleged N352 fraud: Absence of counsel stalls Etukudoh’s trial

December 8, 2021 Blueprint 0

The trial of Provost of Federal School of Medical Laboratory Science Technology (FSMLST) Jos, Dr. Sunday Etukudoh, was Wednesday stalled due to the absence of prosecution counsel. The matter was heard July 16, 2021, and adjourned to the 7,8 & 9 December, 2021, for continuation of hearing, over an alleged misappropriation of N352 million, by Dr. Etukudoh and four others Read More

Alleged $8.4m Fraud: Court compels Ajudua to test for COVID-19

December 7, 2021 Blueprint 0

A Lagos High Court Tuesday ordered a socialite, Fred Ajudua, charged with defrauding a former Chief of Army Staff, Ishaya Bamaiyi, of $8.4 million, to undergo a COVID-19 test at the laboratory of the Yaba Infe. The judge, Josephine Oyefeso, gave the order following Mr Ajudua’s failure to appear in court for his trial three consecutive times. The defendant had Read More

EFCC arraigns ex-convict, Oluwatobi for fraud, impersonation

November 26, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Tuesday, arraigned a 29-year-old serial fraudster, Joshua Ajayi Oluwatobiloba, over cyber fraud and for impersonating a lecturer at the University of Ilorin. He was arraigned on four counts before Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar of the Kwara state High Court, sitting in Ilorin. Oluwatobi, had sometimes in June 2020 been Read More

2023: APC backs Senate’s decision on direct primaries

October 13, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed support for Senate amendments to the Electoral Act which mandates political parties to elect their candidates through direct primaries mode. In a statement signed Wednesday in Abuja, by the APC’s acti g national secretary John James Akpanudoedehe, asked Nigerians to ignore the the soundbites from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which vehemently Read More

World Bank blacklists four Nigerian firms for procurement fraud

September 12, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

The World Bank has suspended at least four Nigerian firms for engaging in procurement frauds. One of the firms is Sargittarius Nigeria Limited, located at 22B Adebayo Doherty Road, Lekki Phase 1 Lagos. The second delisted company is Sargittarius Henan Water Conservancy Engineering Limited. Both firms share the same address and were sanctioned on the same date – 30 August, Read More

Re: Hushpuppi-Kyari saga and the accentuated lessons

August 25, 2021 Prof. M. K. Othman 0

I have to crave the indulgence of my esteemed readers to allow me to publish the views of few readers on the “Huspuppi-Kyari saga” before their views become stale. The opinions on the subject were both quantitatively and qualitatively overwhelming but the few selected ones can provide a clearer picture of the topic. Next week, I will conclude the article Read More

Access Bank launches awareness campaign to combat E-banking fraud

August 23, 2021 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

As part of its commitment to educate and protect customers from e-banking fraud, Access Bank Plc has launched an awareness campaign to sensitize customers on measures they can take to protect themselves. The campaign, themed ‘Banks Don’t Ask’, focuses on three key activities that account for most fraud incidents in Nigeria, phishing, SIM card fraud, ATM fraud and POS fraud. Read More

Access Bank’s USSD security advancement to protect customers against fraud

August 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

Access Bank Plc has introduced new USSD code, that allows customers to act swiftly to prevent fraudulent activities on their accounts. The service enables customers of all account types to deactivate a USSD profile by dialling 901911# from any phone, inputing the registered phone number for the account to be protected and this automatically locks out fraudsters from the individual’s Read More

BVN responsible for rise in unclaimed dividends, says SEC

August 15, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

The Security and Exchange Commission, SEC, has blamed the rise in unclaimed dividends from N158 billion in 2018 to N170 billion in 2021 to the introduction of the Bank Verification Number, BVN, which sought to link actual names to bank accounts. The Director General of SEC, Mr. Lamido Yuguda, who disclosed this at a virtual post Capital Market Committee, CMC, Read More

No plot to unseat Buni, ex-PDP guber candidate denies court case

August 13, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Yobe state governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election, Ambassador Umar Ilya Damagum has denied knowledge of any court process allegedly instituted with the aim of sacking the governor of Yobe state, Mai Mala Buni from office.  In the alleged suit filed at the Federal High Court Abuja on Thursday, the plaintiffs allegedly argued Read More

Leave Abba Kyari alone

August 8, 2021 Blueprint 0

It is no longer news that the celebrated super cop and erstwhile head of the Intelligence Response Team, Abba Kyari, has been suspended by the Police Service Commission to pave the way for investigation of bribery allegations against him by the notorious internet fraudster, Hushpuppi.  Abba Kyari has been declared wanted by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for Read More

Unity Bank unveils new code to combat e-banking fraud

August 4, 2021 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

In a bid to safeguard its e-banking platforms with enhanced safety and security features, Unity Bank Plc has unveiled a new code on its USSD platform that completely puts the customer in control of his Bank Account against any e-Banking fraud. The new code which is 77999*phone number # allows customers to block access to their Bank Accounts, hence without Read More

Breaking – ‘Bribery’: Embattled Super Cop, Abba Kyari, faces suspension from Police

August 1, 2021 Editor 0

The embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abba Kyari has been recommended for immediate suspension from the country’s Police force following a multi-million dollar bribery alleged levelled against him. The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba gave the recommendatiom pending the outcome of an ongoing internal investigation involving him. The IGP, in his letter to the Police Service Commission, Read More

How Buhari’s govt fighting corruption through policies – APC group

July 14, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A think-tank group of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) under the aiges of APC Legacy Awareness and Campaign (APC-LAC) said that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has deployed several policies in waging war against corruption in the country. The group said contrary to the assumptions that the administration’s anti-corruption strategy is limited to arrests and prosecutions of offenders, it has Read More

NSCDC boss sets up panel to probe fake employment scam

July 5, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Ahmed Audi, has set up a committee of enquiry to investigate the individuals or group of persons behind the fake 2019/2021 replacement and recruitment supplementary list currently in circulation on social media. A statement released by the Corps director of public relations, Olusola Odumosu, Monday in Abuja, said the Read More

NSITF faces Senate panel over ‘N61.1bn fraud’

June 15, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

Top officials of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), are to appear before the Senate Committee on Public Accounts Tuesday over alleged diversion and financial mismanagement of N61.1billion. Appearance of the NSITF officials before the Senator Mathew Urhoghide-led committee over the alleged financial mismanagement, is sequel to 2018 Audit Report which indicted the agency. The Auditor General of the Read More

NAHCON cautions intending pilgrims on fraudsters

May 28, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has advised intending pilgrims to be on alert in order not to fall victims of fraudsters advertising Hajj slots for this year’s hajj. The Commission’s chairman and chief executive officer, Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan, gave the warning in a statement issued Friday in Abuja by the head of public affairs, Mrs. Fatima Sanda Usara. Read More

EFCC arrests 34 suspected internet fraudsters in Osogbo

May 19, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) Ibadan zonal office, in the early hours of Tuesday arrested 34 suspected internet fraudsters. The EFCC said the arrested suspects, including a former soldier, Adebisi Jamiu, were picked up in different locations in Osogbo, the Osun state capital. EFCC stated  that the 22-year-old former soldier as well as the other suspects Read More

Senate tackles National Lottery Trust Fund over N7bn fraud

May 18, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Senate through its Committee on Finance, has accused management of National Lottery Trust Fund (NLTF) of N7billion fraud. The committee chaired by Senator Olamilekan Adeola (APC Lagos West), leveled the accusation against the agency on Monday in Abuja at its ongoing investigation into remittances of MDAs between 2014-2020 and payment of 1 % stamp duty on all contract awards Read More

PDP NEC passes vote of confidence on Secondus, others

April 29, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has passed a vote of confidence on the Prince Uche Secondus led National Working Committee (NWC). In recent times, there have been calls for the resignation of the embattled PDP Chairman. Only last Monday, the former Edo State Commissioner of Information, Prince Kauaim Afegbau petitioned the Economic Financial Crime Read More

EFCC arrests 5 ‘internet fraudsters’ in Ibadan

April 23, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibadan Zonal Office on Friday arrested five suspected Internet fraudsters in Ibadan. The Commission in a statement in Ibadan said among the arrested suspects is one Ayomide Samuel Adebowale who trades in Bitcoin for his alleged involvement in cyber crimes. Others arrested alongside Adebowale were Philip Gabriel, Mayowa Jolaoso Segun, Babatunde Segun Adeyinka Read More