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Federation Chief Accountant Pension Office, Garba Tahir, Convicted For Fraud



A Federal High Court in Abuja has sentenced a former Chief Accountant, Pension Office of the Office of the Head of Service (HoS) of the Federation, Garba Tahir, to twenty one years imprisonment over pension fraud.

In a judgment delivered yesterday, Justice Inyang Ekwo held that the prosecution proved the allegations contained in the seven-count charge beyond a reasonable doubt.

Justice Ekwo, however temper justice with mercy in the sentencing as the judge ordered that the sentences of three years per count shall run concurrently.

The judge added that it was clear that the allegations of money laundering were premised on conversion of resources derived directly or indirectly from illegal acts.

“In this case, the aim of the conversion is either to conceal or disguise the illicit origin of the resources or property.

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“In this case, I have to agree with the prosecution that the facts of conversion have been consistent in each and every count in being emphatic about the undisclosed origin of the transaction or payment.

“This has given rise to the several cash lodgements into the private bank account of the defendant either in person or by using proxies thereby leading to the conclusion that there is intention to conceal the illicit origin of the cash in question.

“This is what I found in this case. I find that the prosecution has proved the case against the defendant beyond reasonable doubt,” the judge said.

He noted Tahir merely denied the allegations without any concrete evidence to rebut the case of the prosecution.

The judge equally held that Tahir failed to show, even by a shred of evidence, that he utilised any of the money paid to him by the office of the HoS through his private bank for any official duty for which the payments were made.

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“In fact, the defendant was very condescending and rather impetuous in the manner he responded to the questions during cross examination.

“Being a lawyer and an accountant, I expected the defendant to understand the implication of what he was doing in the witness box and the enormity of the allegations in the charge against him but he did not.

“He left the case of the prosecution unchallenged,” he added.

Tahir was accused, in the charge prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), of diverting over N26million through his ECOBANK account, using Charo Bureau De Change Ltd, among others.

The prosecutor called five witnesses, including Mr. Charles Bonat, former Permanent Secretary, Establishment and Records Department in the office of the HoS, to prove the allegations.

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Tahir was the pension accountant when Mr. Stephen Oronsaye was the HoS between 2009 and 2010.

Oronsaye, who is also facing a N2 billion money laundering charge before Justice Ekwo, is awaiting judgment in his case, which has been fixed for April 5.


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Murder Trial of Hilton Hotel Owner, Dr Adedoyin Suffers Set Back




The trial of Hilton Hotel owner, Dr Rahman Adedoyin, and his six workers being prosecuted over the alleged murder of Obafemi Awolowo University student, Timothy Adegoke, has suffered set back as their defence counsel failed to file final written address on time.

Justice Oyebola Ojo, had adjourned till March 16 for adoption of final address by parties.

It was learnt that the counsel to the defendant failed to file their final written addresses on time, which also prevented the prosecution counsel from filing a response to enable the court proceed.

A source told journalists that the court could not seat because prosecution counsel could not respond to the addresses filed by defendants in the matter.

“The court could not sit because the defence counsel could not file their written addresses on time, hence prosecution counsel could not respond. So there are no addresses before the court to warrant it to seat for parties to adopt,” the source said.

Prosecution counsel, Fatima Adesina, who had always represented Femi Falana, SAN, in court, said the parties had agreed to meet and address the court on April 27.

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Alleged Kidnap of Chief James Uduji: Evans Trial Start Afresh




The convicted billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike alias Evans has started afresh over alleged kidnapping and attempted murder of Chief James Uduji before a Lagos State High Court sitting in Tafawa Balewa Square.

Evans was re-arraigned alongside Joseph Emeka, Victor Aduba and Okapara Linus before Justice Ibironke Harrison.

They are facing five count charges bordering on conspiracy, kidnapping, and attempted murder, preferred against them by Lagos State.

The case started afresh after the case file was transferred from Justice Adedayo Akintoye the initial trial judge.

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Evans and his co-defendants, were arraigned for allegedly kidnapping Chief James Uduji and collecting a ransom of $1.2m dollars.

They, and others at large, allegedly committed the offence on September 7, 2015 at 7th Avenue, Festac Town, Lagos.

The defendants were also accused of attempted murder by allegedly firing shots at Uduji, and Donatus Nwoye which hit him on the hand and again shot one Mr. Jereome Okezie on the hand and head.

When the matter came up for re-arraignmemt, Mr H. Owokoniran announced his appearance for prosecution, while Mr Nelson Onyejiaka held the brief of Evans lawyer who was absent and also appeared for the 2nd defendant.

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Mr A. K. Orajiuka, appeared for the 3rd defendant, while Mr Emmanuel Ochai appeared for the 4th defendant.

According to the prosecution the offences committed contravened Sections 411, 271 (3) and 230 (A) , of the criminal laws of Lagos state 2015.

However the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

The case was adjourned till May 3 and 4, 2023 for trial.

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Predator Sentence To Life Imprisonment For Defiling Minor




An Ikeja Sexual offences and Domestic Violence Court, has sentenced a predator, Stephen Francis, to life imprisonment for defiling an 11-year-old minor.

Justice Abiola Soladoye held that the prosecution had sufficiently proved the three essential ingredients of defilement against the convict.

The judge said that the overwhelming narrative of the prosecution witnesses, the two exhibits tendered at Olosan Police Station and at the state CIID Panti, made by the convict voluntarily admitted his guilt.

According to her, the confessional statements of the convict were consistent with the evidence given by the survivor and her mother before the court.

“The survivor, 11 year old primary five pupil, identified the defendant in the dock as the man who sexually defiled her when he told her that his wife was calling her to run errands for her.

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“The defendant took her to his house and had sex with her. She said “he took me to his room and slept with me. I went to my mother and reported to her after that we went to the police station”.

“The survivor’s testimony was consistent and unshaken under cross-examination.

“The survivor’s mother testified that she went to buy drugs for herself on the day of the incident and that she met her daughter crying by the time she got back home.

“The evidence of the prosecution witness 2 (survivor’s mother) that she examined the private part of her daughter and found sperm confirmed the narration of the survivor.

“There is no contradiction to nullify the guilt of the defendant as the evidence before the court is very clear.

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“The defendant stripped her naked and had unlawful sexual intercourse with her,” she said.

The judge further held that slight penetration amount to sexual intercourse and denial by the defendant was an afterthought.

“The defendant claimed he was at work on the day the incident happened but he failed to bring an alibi to buttress his point.

“Parents and guardians should be alive to good parenting in this present day and time.

“I hereby find the defendant guilty as charged of the one-count charge of defilement and he is hereby sentenced to life imprisonment.

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“The defendant should have his name registered in the sexual offence register as maintained by Lagos State,” Soladoye said.

The prosecution team- Mr Olusola Shoneye, Mrs Olufunke Adegoke and Ms Abimbola Abolade called two witnesses while the convict testified as the sole witness for defence.

They said the convict committed the offence on Aug. 12, 2020 on Fagbenro Street, Idi-Araba, Mushin in Lagos

The prosecution submitted that the offence contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.


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