A prosecution witness Kakwagh Ngunan, in the ongoing money laundering trial of Senator Bassey Albert by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday October 19, 2020 narrated how the senator, for Finance in Akwa Ibom state, received vehicles as gift from Olajide Omokore whose companies executed over N3billion contracts for the Akwa Ibom State government.
The EFCC is currently prosecuting Senator Albert before Justice Agatha Okeke of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, for his alleged involvement in offences bordering on money laundering and being in possession of six vehicles worth N204 million, at the instance of one Olajide Omokore, whose companies allegedly executed contracts for the Akwa Ibom State government.
While being led in evidence by the prosecuting counsel, M. S. Abubakar, Kakwagh, an operative of the EFCC, told the court that her team traced about N3billion payments from the Akwa Ibom State government and the Inter-Ministerial Direct Labour Coordinating Committee, IMDLCC, to the accounts of Canwod Dredging Company Limited, Bay Atlantic Limited, Sahel Engineering, Power Nigeria Limited and Network Services Nigeria Limited – all linked to Jide Omokore.
She said her team, “requested for statements of accounts from Stanbic IBTC bank and Access bank regarding these companies, and as soon as the banks obliged us the statements, we invited the alter ego of the company, one Olajide Omokore to come and explain why those companies received so much money from Akwa Ibom State government and the IMDLCC”.
According to the witness, when Omokore responded to the invite, he informed the investigation team that the payments were for contracts executed for the Akwa Ibom State government.
The witness further told the court that several documents were recovered when a search warrant was executed at the office and residence of Omokore. The documents included; contract papers from the Akwa Ibom State government to Network Services Nigeria Limited for the supplies of bullet proof vehicles and invoices from Skymit Limited in the name of Bassey Albert and Olajide Omokore, as well as delivery notes for the vehicles in the name of Senator Albert.
“My team further traced monies from Omokore’s company account to the account of Skymit Limited, and when we invited Skymit to tell us the reasons for the money, we were told that it was for the purchase of vehicles. So, my investigation revealed that the accused, while he was the Commissioner for Finance and Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Direct Labour Coordinating Committee IMDLCC, Omokore and his companies received monies from the Akwa Ibom State government and the IMDLCC. Also, that Omokore bought cars from Skymit Limited for the accused”, the witness said.
The witness also added that in the course of her investigation, her team wrote a letter to the Chairman of the IMDLCC, requesting for the details of all contractors and projects carried out by the Committee but did not receive any response..
The prosecution tendered all the documents which included: a search warrant; a petition from one Leo Ekpenyong dated June 8, 2015, and addressed to the Executive Chairman of EFCC; and four statements made by the accused dated August 11, 2015, September 10, 2015, May 14, 2018 and May 17, 2018.
Others are Letters from Skymit Nigeria Limited addressed to the Chairman of the EFCC, with attached invoices and delivery notes of vehicles; copies of Skymit Limited Skye bank statement of account; statement of accounts of all the above mentioned companies from Stanbic IBTC, Access bank and Skye bank and a copy of request letter from EFCC to IMDLCC.
The court admitted the documents in evidence and marked them as exhibits P2 to P11.
The prosecution thereafter asked the witness to tell the court about exhibit P6. “On page 3 is the Skymit Limited invoice in the name of Albert Bassey/ Jide Omokore for six Toyota Hilux 4X4 for N36million. On pages 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 are all delivery notes and waybill from Skymit Limited for Toyota Hilux 4X4 to Albert Bassey” the witness said.
The matter was adjourned till December 7 and 8 2020, for continuation of trial.
In a related development, Justice I. M Sani of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on October 14, convicted and sentenced Mohammed Suleiman to one year imprisonment for dealing in petroleum product without a requisite license.
He pleaded guilty to the two count charge preferred against him by the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The charges bordered on “dealing in petroleum product to wit: loaded illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil without authority contrary to Section 3 (6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act CAP M17 of the Revised Edition (Laws of the Federation Nigeria) 2004 and punishable
under Section 1(17(b) of the same Act”
Based on his guilty plea, prosecution counsel, M.T. Iko, prayed the court to convict and sentence him accordingly. However, defense counsel, E.H Eboh pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy “since the defendant is a first offender without any
previous conviction record”.
Justice Sani subsequently sentenced Suleiman to one year imprisonment,
with an option of fine of N300, 000.00 ( Three Hundred Thousand Naira only)
Suleiman got into troubles when he was intercepted by the Anti- bunkering Team of 6
Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, with a Truck with registration number:
FKJ 217 XP, loaded with Automotive Gas
Oil ( AGO) without an appropriate license. He was subsequently handed over to the EFCC
for further investigation and prosecution
TRAFFIC ROBBERY: POLICE ARREST 10, RECOVER STOLEN ITEMS FROM RECEIVER AS LAGOS CP SPEAKS TOUGH
In its bid to tackle crimes and criminality in Lagos State, particularly traffic robbery, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has rejigged the command’s strategies to suppress, raid and arrest hoodlums at the identified areas/hideouts across the state.
Regularly, the command has been arresting traffic robbers who terrorise and dispossess innocent people of their belongings in the state while many of them are being kept at bay due to the consistency and commitment of the command in tackling the menace and other forms of criminality in the state.
In furtherance of the command’s anti crime measures, the police operatives attached to the Strike Team of the Command, on 1st May, 2021, at 2pm, arrested eleven(11) suspected cultists and traffic robbers who were attacking and dispossessing innocent people of their belongings at Railway Crossing, Ikeja Along, Ikeja-Lagos.
The operatives who responded to a distress call from one of the victims (name withheld), raced to the area and arrested some of the suspects in action while others were arrested at their hideouts around Ikeja Along. They have confessed to the crime. The suspects also revealed that they attack their targets with iron rods, guns, cutlesses and charms during operation.
In the course of police investigation, the suspects revealed one of their receivers, one Idris Adamu, m, 42, who was immediately arrested at Alade Market, Lagos State. A gold neck lace of one of the victims and many other suspected stolen items like phones, neck laces, watches etc were recovered from him.
Other victims of their robbery operation on the said date have been identified and assisting the police in their investigation.
The police operatives are presently interrogating the suspects in order to extract more information on their mode of operations, membership and accomplices so as to apprehend other members of the gang and those who conspire with them in committing the dastardly act in the area and across the state.
The suspects are Sadiq Masaki, m, 22, Oladimeji Olatunbosun, m, 24, Adam Hassan, m, 21, Tunde Afolayan,m, 24, Michael Ademola, m, 22, Olamide Johnson, m, 20, Abiodun Opeyemi, m, 22, Oluseyi Agbaje, m, 21, Daniel Ayomide, m, 20 and Adebayo Tobi, m, 21.
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered that the Strike Team profiles the suspects and go after their gang members and conspirators as the command will not spare anyone who engages in any act of criminality, no matter its magnitude.
The Police boss also directed that the Commander RRS, the Commander Taskforce and other tactical Commanders should sectorise the state for easy operation and get rid of traffic robbers and other criminals in order to accord perfect and excellent service delivery as well as effective security to all and sundry in Lagos State.
CSP OLUMUYIWA ADEJOBI(mnipr)
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
LAGOS STATE COMMAND
Two Arrested for Snatching UNICAL Student’s N88,000 Phone, Selling it for N10,000
Two men have been arrested by the security personnel of the University of Calabar for snatching a phone worth N88,000 from a 100-level Computer Science student of the institution, Godwin Okoro.
The suspects, identified as Kingsley Mathias, 22, and Bassey Edet, 23, said they sold the phone for N10,000.
According to the victim, he was on his way to withdraw money from the bank when he was accosted by the suspects, who snatched the phone, which he claimed was worth N88,000.
One of the suspects, Mathias, confessed that the phone was sold for N10,000, pleaded for forgiveness and pledged to help the victim recover it from the buyer.
Speaking on their arrest on Wednesday in Calabar, the Vice-Chancellor, Unical, Prof. Florence Obi, said it was sad that the suspects had turned to hoodlums, who were harassing people and snatching their phones and other belongings.
She said the suspects were not students of the university, but had been harassing undergraduates on campus, especially in the hostels.
Obi stated, “I want to commend the security men, who apprehended the suspects. This shows that the training sessions we have been organising for them are yielding results.
“The training was organised to sharpen their mental alertness so that they can carry out their duties effectively and creditably.
“I want to advise parents to always know the whereabouts of their children and the kind of company they keep.
“We know that things are hard; I want to encourage parents, who cannot afford university education for their children, to send them to learn a skill and be self-reliant.
“Learning a skill and fending for yourself is more dignifying, because we all pride ourselves when feeding from the dignity of our labour.”
She added that the suspects would be handed over to security agencies for investigation and prosecution to serve as a deterrent to others.
LAGOS POLICE REJECT #500,000 BRIBE, ARREST SUSPECTS WITH STOLEN CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS Arrest 2 Suspected Armed Robbers with Dummy Gun
The Police operatives attached to Area E Command, Festac Lagos State, on 11th April, 2021, at about 3am, accosted five (5) suspects in a Ford Bus with Reg. Number FST 679 XZ, with some 25mm iron rods, property of China Construction Engineering Company (CCEC) between Volks Bus Stop and Iyana Iba, Lagos State.
The suspects, when arrested by the police operatives, were alleged to have offered a bribe of Five Hundred Thousand only (#500,000) to the police operatives who rejected the offer and went ahead to arrest them with the stolen Iron rods.
The suspects include Lawal Saheed, m, 40, Taofeek Adenigba, m, 43, Ope Olowolayemo, m, 28, Azeez Jamie, m, 41 and Omotayo Adewale, m, 34. The items recovered from them are some pieces of 25mm iron rods, one Nozzle, one gas cylinder and Ford Bus with Reg. No. FST 697 XZ. The management of CCEC has been contacted by the police and identified the stolen items to be their property.
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, ordered that the matter be thoroughly investigated and the suspects be charged to court as soon as possible.
In the same vein, the police operatives attached to Sagamu Road Division of Ikorodu, Lagos, on 12th April, 2021, at about 1245pm, arrested two (2) suspects, Awosika Kehinde, m, 24 and Olatilewa Ayomide, m, 18, at Sabo Area of Ikorodu.
The suspects were accosted by the police on a motorcycle in Sabo area of Ikorodu. After preliminary investigation, it was revealed that the suspects were using the dummy gun to scare their victims anytime they were on robbery operation, particularly in the traffic. They are giving useful information to assist the police in the course of their investigation.
Items recovered form them include one dummy berretta pistol and some assorted charms.
The Commissioner of Police has also directed that the suspects be transferred to the Command Special Squad for thorough investigation.
CSP OLUMUYIWA ADEJOBI (mnipr)
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
LAGOS STATE COMMAND
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