Nigeria's EFCC Arraigns Four For N36. 8m Fraud in Lagos as An Abuja Court Adjourns Suswam’s Trial Till Feb 25

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office, on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, arraigned four suspected fraudsters, Richard Ironbar Edemdem, Samuel Okpapi, Nelson Ojovbo, Bamigbade Olushola and a company, ISD Technology Limited.They were arraigned before Justice Muhammad Liman of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, on a three- count charge bordering on felony and stealing to the tune of N36, 837, 438.20 (Thirty Six Million, Eight Hundred and Thirty-seven Thousand, Four Hundred and Thirty-eight Naira, Twenty Kobo).

One of the counts reads: "That you, Richard Ironbar Edemdem, Samuel Okpapi, Nelson Ojovbo, Bamigbade Olushola and ISD Technology Ltd and and one Shola (Still at large), sometime in 2017, in Lagos within the Jurisdiction of this honourable court, conspired among yourselves to commit a felony to wit: Tampering with critical mobile Telecommunications network system and thereby committed an offence contrary to Sections 27 (1)(b) and 10 of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under the same section of the Act.”

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against them by the EFCC.

Justice Okon Abang of Federal High Court, Abuja has adjourned the trial of Gabriel Suswam, a former Benue State governor until February 25, 2020.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC is prosecuting Suswam and the Commissioner for Finance in his administration, Omadachi Okolobia on money laundering charges to the tune of N3.1billion. They are alleged to have conspired to launder money, belonging to the state government through the engagement of Abubakar Umar, a bureau de change operator and owner of Fanffash Resources.

At the resumed hearing on February 12, 2020, Umar, the fourth prosecution witness, PW4, under cross-examination by Paul Erokoro, SAN, counsel for the second defendant was asked if he took the money to the former governor in his Kubwa, Abuja residence.

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