EFCC Docks Man for Internet Scam, Money Laundering
David Ayomide Raphael
London, Feb. 19, 2018 (AltAfrika)-Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office onMonday arraigned one David Ayomide Raphael before Justice Joyce Abdulmalik of the Federal High Courtsitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, on an eight-count charge of money laundering .
Raphael was arraigned following an anonymous petition alleging that a syndicate of fraudsters who resides at Kola area, Oluyole, Ibadan was into fraudulent activities.
Investigation into the petition by operatives of Commission revealed that members of the syndicate – Davies Ayomide Raphael and two others at large (Oyewole Segun Samuel and Adeyemi Adewumi Segun) were specialized in internet scam through which they defraud innocent people, while using fictitious address to purchase items online such as cars and furniture.
It was also discovered that the defendant also engages in online dating to defraud unsuspecting victims.
One of the counts reads:
“That you, Davies Ayomide Raphael, Adeyemi Adewumi Segun (at large) and Oyewole Segun Samuel (at large) on or about the 4th of January 2016, at Ibadan within the jurisdiction of this Federal High Court, did agree amongst yourselves to commit an offence, to wit: money laundering and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (As Amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act”.
Another charge reads:
In view of his plea, counsel to the EFCC, Sanusi M. Galadanshi prayed the court for a trial date and urged the court to remand the defendant in prison custody.
However, counsel to the defendant, J. A. Sanusi informed the court of a pending bail application on behalf of his client and prayed the court to allow the defendant remain in the EFCC’s custody pending the hearing of the application.
Justice Abdulmalik granted the prayer and ordered that the defendant be remanded in EFCC’s custody pending hearing of his bail application.
The case has been adjourned to February 27, 2018 for hearing of bail application and commencement of trial.
EFCC Presents More Evidence against Alleged SCUML Certificate Forgers
The trial of Ebenezer Joshua and Franca Johnson, two bankers who allegedly forged the certificates of Special Control Unit against Money Laundering (SCUML) continued on Monday at a Kebbi State High Court with the sixth prosecution witness, Joshua Edward Mamza, giving evidence on how the fraud was uncovered.
Mamza, Head of the ICT Unit in SCUML, informed the court that his Unit maintained the online registration platform of Designated Non-Financial Institutions, including car dealers, hotels among others.
He gave insight into the process of registering for a SCUML certificate, stressing that certificates are issued out to applicants only when they meet the necessary requirements.
He said: “Before issuing any certificate, the DNFIU will upload all their documents to Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
“Secondly, before print-out, nine numerical numbers will be generated which are divided into three, the first two digits represent the city where the company is located, the second two digits signify the sector code and the last five digits signifies the serial number of the registered company.”
He further explained that in the instance case, the registration number of the certificate in dispute which was admitted in evidence as exhibit A did not comply with the rules.
According to him, the state code number for Birnin Kebbi was 22 while that of Sokoto was 34.
“The first two digits that was supposed to represent the state on the disputed certificate, is 34 as against 22 and yet the NGO is domiciled in Kebbi,” he added.
Prosecution counsel, Rimamssomte Eziekel, asked the witness if he could see any disparity between exhibit A – the disputed certificate and exhibit H, the one that was allegedly used to forge exhibit A.
He said: “They are one and the same. Exhibit A, Nobel women for better tomorrow initiative with registration number 341600002 is not supposed to have the registration number it was bearing because the NGO is domiciled in Kebbi and the code of Kebbi is 22 as against 34 and sector code should have been 14 as against 16″.
During cross examination, the witness denied that exhibit A, E and H emanated from Nigeria Security, Print and Minting (NSPM) which was shown on the certificates. He however confirmed that exhibits E and H emanated from EFCC.
“Database is not just computer. It is a comprehensive room where all electronic records are saved. A database can be saved in a computer,” he said.
On exhibit D, the witness declined any comment because according to him, the document was just a forensic report which did not emanate from his department.
The witness finally informed the court that, the forensic department of the EFCC had nothing to do with printing of SCUML certificates. He made the clarification while responding to questions put to him by Husain Zakariyya, counsel for the second defendant.
Earlier during the proceeding, the fifth prosecution witness, Effa I. Okim, an EFCC operative, who told the court that his investigation into the fraud revealed that “the certificates in dispute were forged in a business centre in Birnin Kebbi.”
It will be recalled that the defendants were first arraigned on July 31, 2017 before the Kebbi State High Court on a three count charge of forgery. They both pleaded “not guilty”.
The prosecution has so far called six witnesses and hope to close its case with its seventh prosecution witness on March 1, 2018.