EFCC Press Release: EFCC Arraigns Fraudster For False Declaration Of Assets

Michael Samuel
By Wilson Uwujaren

The Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, on Friday 15 February, 2013 arraigned one Michael Samuel before Justice J.  Tsoho of a Federal  High Court sitting in Lagos, on a two (2) counts of bordering on false declaration of assets worth over N30 million. ( Thirty Million Naira  only)

Part of the charge reads, “that you, Michael Samuel on or about the 12th day of January 2013 in Lagos Judicial Division of the Federal High Court knowingly made a false declaration when you failed, refused and neglected to declare your interest in the Range Rover Sport Jeep with  registration NO: KJA 728 AW in the Declaration of Assets form of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 27 (3) (b) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( Establishment) Act 2004.”

When the charge was read to him, the defendant pleaded not guilty.
EFCC counsel, N.  Diane, prayed to the court for a trail date and that the defendant be remanded in prison custody. However, counsel to the defendant, A. O Dina informed the court that he had filed an application for bail and prayed the court to grant his client bail on medical grounds.

Justice Tsoho granted the defendant bail in the sum of N10 million naira (Ten Million Naira) and one surety in like sum. The surety must hold a landed property in Lagos State. He must surrender the title document of the property to the court pending the determination of the case.
The judge adjourned the case till April 22, 2013.  

Wilson Uwujaren
Ag. Head, Media & Publicity
15th February, 2013
 

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Why they are fool and

Why they are fool and ignorant. Can you EFCC go to American and arrest American Citizen and slapped him in the face? Everything in Nigeria is with BRUTALITY, with lack of intelligence and lack of cleverness in fishing out Wolf, instead they fish out dogs. the 1s that caught should be handle legally. Thats why after we help foreign countries with all the things they need to build up their country, they still calls us African monkeys, cus EFCC acts like a ZOO GUARD, instead of moving like an intelligence force, NA ZOMBIE MOVEMENT. Govt the money they stealing they should provide jobs for the citizen for more better country.

Fundamental human right issue.

What if he is say the truth. What's their (EFCC) aim and objectives in this case. Is it the house or the Range rover, cos all i can see and read here is just emphasised on the assets.

this is not justice

yes why is the bail ,so high for a crime of 30 million he is ask to pay 10million when so other public office holders steal billions of and get bail for just few millions of naira that not good,please you the judge and the Efcc are not doing the right thing that is cheating,you better change your ways to better this country Nigerian if you care about your country

F*** NIGERIANS GOVERNMENT

I THINK OUR COUNTRY ARE GOING BACK EVERYDAY BY DAY,THE REASON IS THAT EFCC DOES NOT DO THE NORMAL WORK CONCERNING THE BODE WILLIAMS THAT STOLEN 166BILLION NAIRA AND OBANSANJO IS AMONG OF THOSE POWERFUL MEN THAT SHARE THE MONEY AND EFCC SHOULD GO AND ARREST HIM AS WELL AND THEY SHOULD LEAVE THE GUY ALONE I SWEAR NIGERIAN CITIZENS ARE STILL BLIND FUCK OFF EFCC........ALL NA OLE AWON OLORIBURUKU EDA UNA DEY SPEND THE MONEY TOGETHER GOD GO KILL ALL UR ENTIRE FAMILY I SWEAR CAN YOU IMAGINE JUST SOUTH AFRICA THERE CURRENCY 1RAND IN NIGERIA MONEY IS 25NAIRA WERE ARE WE GOING TOO AND WHEN ALL THIS RUBBISH ARE GOING TO STOP I TIRED OOOOOO??

EFCC and Shadow chasing

I dey Laugh. I don't know whether this is as a result of incompetent reporting because the article is not well fleshed out or that EFCC is so incompetent that they are willing to charge anybody for any offense to pretend they are fighting corruption. What is the legal basis for judge to place a bond on a private citizen for failure to declare his assets while the real corrupt politicians are spared. I hope there are more to this article than what we have read if so the intelectual laziness of our press continues.

10 10 Kobo

We have people running around with looted tens of bilions of dollars but the EFCC dey run up and down dey pursue people with 10 10 kobo.

I tire o.

Hmmmm, Small Rat

This one na small rat o.

Na only God know why the EFCC like small small crayfish but dey fear hippos, crocs, gators, sharks and whales.

EFCC

We may need to protest the partial and selective treatment by EFCC. They prosecute common man and leave the main thieves in this country. A politician steals N100 Billion he gets a plea bargain and goes home case closed, by a common man steals N100,000 the flex their muscles on him. Jonathan steals money, even Orubebe, Diezeni, Maina, Farouk, Bankole, all the state governors, Ministers, Commissioners, Ambassadors, AGF, etc. Why is EFCC not going after them. Even all our oil thieves have been forgotten. EFCC, go for the real thieves.

I dont give a damn

EFCC is becoming an embarrasing huge joke. The President of Nigeria, Goodluck mumu Jonathan does not give a damn about declaring his assets, so also other thieving political "leaders" in Nigeria. Yet this useless group of EFCC is chasing and taking a private citizen to court for failure to declare his asset. Are you for real EFCC?

DID JONATHAN DECLARE HIS?

We haven't heard Jonathan,Oritsijapor and other Jet owned pastors declared their assets. Or EFCC has legalized their assets? These people are thieves closing people eyes when praying and taking away their belongings including their wives.

What a Joke???

EFCC and Attorney-General Adoke are nothing but a bunch of LUNATICS.

I couldn't agree more! It is

I couldn't agree more! It is quite ironical that there are people out there in public offices who make falsified declaration of asset or otherwise. It is a common knowledge that the President himself has failed to declare not a thin dime that he own by claiming he reserves the right not to declare anything. Therefore, if a private individual fails to declare or partially declares what they own it should not (or must not) be treated as a crime, otherwise, the justice system is selective and biased.

EFCC stop making an A** out of yourself

Stop chasing shadows . . . go for the politicians, past and present ministers, govs and presidos who have put us in this sorry state we are in. . .

Wow

Nigeria. The last stand of the planet of the apes

Asset Declaration

Did I read this case charge correctly? Since when can the govt charge a private citizen for false declaration of Assets when the defendant in this case is not seeking a govt job or appointment? What a wonderful country. Nigeria. Wow!!! The EFCC should focus its attention to political office holder or public servant that declare false assets rather than wasting public resources on a private citizen. Pls charge the defendant on theft or something and not this nonsense.

EFCC is Sick in the anus

When will EFCC arrest Babangida, Anenih, Obj, Abdulsalami Abubakar and all the real criminals that looted the national treasury dry? They're instead arresting recharge card and Nokia 33 thieves. This is a cover up for their gross ineficiency.It's a deadwood,a toothless bulldog. They should make me the head of EFCC and by next week, all jails will be filled up starting with IBB. I will lock his prison door and throw the key in the middle of the Atlantic.

EFCC, Have You Asked Emir Ado Bayero To Declare His Asset?

Go and ask Emir Ado Bayero, Sultan Of Sokoto, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi etc to declare their assets. Leave these little thieves out. All you need to do is seize their stolen properties and stop wasting tax payers' money to get to the media. Please tell Mallam Nbodejo Umar Mbagea that the Northerners do not know how to read and write. It was the Algerians that came and settled in Nigeria that scramble none sense words on dirty woods call writings. If the Northerners were educated why are they backwards? Why is the North with all the stolen oil money from the South could not develop their country? I do not blame you, Nbodejo Umar Mbagea because you Northern Muslims are blind people. You North are afraid of the success of the Southerners for their innovations in science & technologies. Get Life Mallam Mbagea.

EFCC, I hail you

EFCC stop chasing shadows and go after substance! we have bigger thieves. stop wasting tax payers money on cases like this. You complain you dont have enough resources ( money and personel) but you waste the little you have on petty cases that the police should be going after. Please follow the thieves in government.

what is all this rubbish by

what is all this rubbish by Efcc for? Is Efcc using this childish stories to cover up for thier short comings-what was it set up for-to chase little flies all over the place while the main crooks walk free--we want high flying cases not this baby milk stories-the PR man should also have nose for news--this is no news story

This is a joke. How many

This is a joke. How many politicians, both the current and past, have been tried on false declaration of assets and for stealling public money? Why is The Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, flexing its muscles on ordinary citizens instead of focusing on the chronic illnness, corruption, which has eaten deep into the political class. If people who took 600,000 dollars and never produced it, are granted bail, on what ground would EFCC counsel oppose bail in this case?
Nigeria needs help, and for sure, this is not going to come from EFCC

EFCC, THE NEW COMEDIAN

people with false asset declaration being sued. But Jonathan with ZERO declaration is a free man!!!

We are not saying the guy should be set free, he has gone against the law, and he should be punished. But the law should not be a respecter of persons...Mr. President inclusive.

God save Nigeria.