Alleged N2billion Fraud: Nigeria’s Anti-corruption Agency, EFCC Presents More Evidence Against Pilot, Businessman

The trial of Victor Uadiale and Capt. Everest Nnaji earlier than Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos for an alleged $5 million (about N2 billion) fraud continued on Monday. 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) offered extra proof in opposition to the accused individuals –a businessman and a pilot, based on a press release by Wilson Uwajaren, Head, Media & Publicity for EFCC. 

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Uadiale and Nnaji are dealing with three counts bordering on acquiring by false pretences to the tune of $5 million to which they pleaded “not guilty”, once they have been first arraigned on December 14, 2018.

According to Uwajaren, one of many counts reads: “That you, Victor Uadiale (aka Victor Emeka/Amaka Emeka), Captain Everest Nnaji, and Ismail Lawal (now at large) between 22nd April and 12th day of October, 1998, in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, obtained the aggregate sum of $1, 292, 000. 00 (One Million, Two Hundred and Ninety Two Thousand United States Dollars) from Tawfeeq A. Al-Omar, a Kuwaiti national, by falsely representing to him that the said sum represented payment for Urea Phosphate fertiliser, which you claimed was procured from National Fertiliser Company of Nigeria (NAFCON), Port Harcourt and Bonny Light Crude oil, which pretext you knew to be false and committed an offence contrary to Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, No. 13 of 1995 as amended by ACT No. 62 0f 1999.”

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At the resumed sitting on Monday, prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, who led the third prosecution witness, Danladi Daniel, an EFCC operative, in proof, offered extra paperwork to show the case in opposition to them.

The paperwork embrace pictures taken in the middle of investigation; Certified True Copies (CTC) of letter written to MTN and MTN’s reply; CTC of EFCC’s letter to the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) and NFIU’s response; CTC of EFCC’s letter to the US Consulate-General and the response; CTC of EFCC’s letter to NNPC and the response; EFCC’s letter to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA); EFCC’s letter to the sufferer and the response and EFCC’s letter to Keystone Bank and the response. 

The paperwork have been all admitted in opposition to the defendants by the courtroom as Exhibits P38 to P53.

In his examination-in-chief, Daniel, who recognized all of the paperwork, additional narrated how the EFCC had labored on a petition from the complainant.

He stated: “We confronted the second defendant with our findings, but he said he could not recall because of the length of time; so, he asked for time to contact his bank.

“He later got here again that he had written to the financial institution and was ready for his or her reply.

“However, he came back with an email that the bank declined giving the statement of account on the grounds that the bank had since closed the account.”

According to the witness, he and one other operative, Abdulkarim Chukkol, took it upon themselves to go to the Country Representative of Barclays Bank in Nigeria.

He added: “She was able to view the account in our presence with her laptop computer and confirmed that the account had since been closed and that she did not have any clearance to give a third party details of the account. So, she advised us to either approach the second defendant to approach the bank to release the details or go by the Legal Mutual Assistance to be able to recover the details.”

He additionally informed the courtroom that the EFCC, thereafter, engaged SOCA and the FBI “to facilitate the speedy process and we followed up with the Nigerian authorities, by writing to the NFIU and the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF.

 “The NFIU confirmed that the transaction truly occurred.”

He additional informed the courtroom that so as to set up the fraud case in opposition to the defendants, the EFCC contacted MTN for the decision logs of two numbers, which have been recognized because the cellphone numbers used to speak with the sufferer. 

According to him, “Having studied the bundles of documents submitted by the victim to us through his lawyer, we found that the defendants had done everything to make sure there was no transaction traced to Nigeria and the only thing were the two phone numbers the victim gave us as the recent ones he used to reach the first defendant.

“We, due to this fact, determined to write down to MTN requesting the decision data of those two numbers.

“Going through, we were able, by analysis, to identify frequent callers and individuals who were calling from the same location.

“We acquired two people laying declare to the numbers. 

“One of them resides in the same vicinity with the first defendant. 

“We invited and interviewed him and he confirmed that the primary defendant was the one utilizing one of many cellphone numbers.

“We traced the first defendant to his house and arrested him.

“By the time of arrest, we have been in a position to get well a cellphone with a SIM card bearing the identical quantity.”

The matter was adjourned until Tuesday, June 22, 2021, on the request of the prosecution, for the SIM card and different objects recovered in the middle of the arrest to be tendered earlier than the courtroom.

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