PHOTONEWS: EFCC Arraigns Malaysia-Based Undergraduate, Three Others over N55m Scam

Hope Olusegun Aroke, a Malaysia-based undergraduate fraudster and three others, Ibrahim Garuba Tafida, Tafida Gano Investment Limited and Hopes and Oyin Limited were today arraigned before Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court, Lagos on two separate charges bordering on false assets declaration, conspiracy and conversion of fund to the tune of over N55million.

The first accused Aroke was arraigned on both charges. He was first docked on a three count charge that borders on false declaration of assets, while all four accused persons were later arraigned on a four count charge of conspiracy and conversion of funds.

 One of the charge reads:  “That you, Hope Olusegun Aroke (m), Ibrahim Garuba Tafida (M),Tafida Gano Investment Limited and Hopes and Oyin Limited between September and October, 2012 at Lagos within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court conspired to convert the sum of N31,000,000 (Thirty One Million
Naira) to the credit of Tafida Gano Investment Limited and Hopes and Oyin Limited account domiciled in Zenith Bank Plc which sum you knew represent the proceeds of crime with the aim of concealing the nature of the proceeds of the said crime and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 14(1)(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition)Act, 2004”.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to all the charges. Consequently, prosecution counsel, Hauwa Abubakar urged the court to give a short date for trial and that the first and second accused persons are remanded in prison custody.

Defence Counsel, T.O Taiwo, told the court that he had filed applications for bail and had served the prosecution since January 18, 2013. He also told the court that the second accused person, Ibrahim Tafida, had been offered administrative bail by the EFCC and did not default. He, therefore, prayed the court to allow him continue with the bail earlier granted him or remand him in EFCC custody should the court decides otherwise.
 Justice Idris consequently offered Tafida bail in the sum of N10million and one surety in like sum. The surety must have a landed property within the jurisdiction of the court. He also ruled that Tafida should be remanded in prison custody until he meets the bail conditions. Justice Idris also ruled that the first accused person, Hope Olusegun Aroke be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the case till January 25, 2013 for hearing of Aroke’s bail application.
Aroke, together with one other Malaysia-based undergraduate, was arrested in the closing week of 2012 by operatives of the EFCC at the elite 1004 housing estate, Victoria Island, Lagos.  His accomplice, Ibrahim Tafida is a Bureau De Change operator through whom Aroke was able to launder proceeds of scam to the tune of N55, 050, 000.00k (Fifty Five million, fifty thousand naira only).
Wilson Uwujaren
Ag. Head, Media & Publicity

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You av shown that u re not

You av shown that u re not adult. And ur parent is abusing you for akkowibg you to comment on this platform. How can you said that yoruba re fraudster. U lack home training. Stupid idiot you are.

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This is definitely one of the best articles I have read in this website! Thanks Mate

This is a very bad and

This is a very bad and disappointing act on the part of the yoruba and hausa people. we Nigerians usually say it the Igbo that like money but now everyone likes money. The rate at which the youth now a days are look for money is very high to the extent that they can do any thing for it. EFCC are doing a great job and they should keep it up. ADELEYE KOYINSOLA,CALEB UNIVERSITY,IMOTA,LAGOS.

it seems your father is rich

it seems your father is rich and has gotten a job for you. the leaders in this country are the main cause. so if you support scam to be taken away then you must be a pathetic fool.

EFFCC Arraigns Malaysia Based Undergraduate, Three Others

Our country is gradually becoming another thing entirely. This country is filled with corruption. Imagine undergraduates being fraudsters and carrying out such operations with all boldness.Something has to be done. Corruption has to be taken away.


Akpos1! stop joining the SS with your mischief making SE... yes long live the SE...I'm with that, but just leave us alone in the SS, we do not need your Greek gift of an alliance!




@ Ndidimagbula or what ever you call yourself, you need to repent from your evil and corruption ways or else, the eagle eye of the EFCC will catch up with you. You must be corrupt to be sympathetic of the corrupt. Dont talk rubbish about the EFCC, allow them to do their job. Those officers are the pride of the nation.

Yoruba - Cowards & fraud stars for life

Yorubas are unrepentant fraudsters. I have said it before on this forum that the Oduduwa descendants will require 7,500 days hot prayers & fasting on Mount Kilmanjaro & another 2,500 days on Mount Everest to get delivered.

From MKO to adenuga to Babalakin to Tinubu(Wale&Bola) to Erasmus Akingbola to Oandoaka to Otedola to Ogunbanbo etc...the list is endless.

Theirs is an incurable blight. It runs in their veins. Remember the head office of forgery otherwise known as "Oluwole". Even if you wash their heads with tortoise dung, they will steal the next minute. Can't u see how many Yorubas are in Boko Haram? Cowards.

Since the Fulani colonized them in Illorin, their lives have never been the same again.

Long live the United Republic of the SS&SE

@Oleku that was y you killed Sardauna n now attempting Mai Kano

The Igbos are the ones with born to rule mentality!! How can Sardauna of Sakoto clothed your brothers, feed them and educated them yet the same people went back and killed Sardauna? Sardauna built the second largest University in Africa. Your brothers and sisters are now benefiting it. Our greatest leader ever, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was killed by your brothers. Now you are at it again trying to eliminated our Ado, the king of kings. Ado is untouchable and I pray to God to continue to protect him InshAllah.

Lucky guys, them go set una free, una be naija, Igbos na slaves

"Justice Idris consequently offered Tafida bail in the sum of N10million and one surety in like sum"

An Islamic judge is always assigned to head any case involving Islamic faithfuls but whenever an Igbo citizen(s) is arrained in court they never allow an Igbo judge stand for them. The partiality and maltreatment of the Hausa-fulanis to Ndigbo is so terrible. We're being treated as slaves by same people who steal and squander the SE oil wealth daily. This case is dead from the beginning. We can't be deceived anymore by Lamorde's EFCC brouhaha. Nothing will happen to these guys for they from the untouchables enclaves. Naija jails are meant for the inyamiris only. By the way why is it that the EFCC has always been headed by northerners. Its time to put a halt to these mallams born to rule mentality. Time to let them know there's no oil in the north, but rather rams and groundnuts.

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See he has not lost possession of his Louis Vuitton shoes...

Shey them be Igbo boys this time?

Abi Yoruba and Hausa people dey always talk say na Igbos only dey do money laundering and fraud. Oya point which one of these boys be Igbo. I state and I maintain that Yoruba boys be the number 1 in yahoo yahoo computer scams. But na Igbo people EFCC dey mostly dey target and report on news to show say them dey work but codedly dem dey take bribe from Yoruba and Hausa boys ,come let them go free on a coded level. Anyway sha that one no be the tori....The koko now be say these boys hustle for this money so make EFCC free these guys side. No be to dey chase all these Sardine when Shark dey do their own dey go free. Na sardine wey EFCC net under Waziri and Ibrahim Lamorde sabi catch compared to Ribadu net wey dey catch better shark. Abeg if EFCC no get any better fish to tell us say them catch , make them sharrap thia. Na for poor people side dem dey always show say them get power but when na big man involve, the story go dey do boju boju till the case evaporate. Funking Commission.

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