EFCC Press Release - N20Bn Police Pension Scam: EFCC Arraigns Former Accountant, Six Others

By Wilson Uwujaren

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today April 10, 2013 arraigned one Mrs. Uzoma Cyril Attang, a major suspect in the Police Pension scam before Justice Husseine Baba of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja. Mrs. Uzoma a former chief accountant in the Police Pension Office is standing trial for theft and abuse of office.

Also re-arraigned were six other accused persons: Esai Dangabar, Atiku Abubakar Kigo, Ahmed Inuwa Wada, Mrs. Veronica Ulonma Onyegbula, Sani Habila Zira, and Christian Madubuke. The accused persons took their plea on an amended 20-count charge that borders on criminal breach of trust and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 315 of the Penal code Act Cap 532 Laws of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria in 2007.

Counsel to EFCC, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, had sought the leave of the court for the amended charge to be read to the accused persons stating that the matter was transferred to the present court and that the 8th accused person, John Yakubu Yusuf, had been convicted. Justice Husseini granted his request and ordered that the charge be read to them.

One of the charges reads; “That you Esai Dangabar, Ahmed Inuwa Wada, Atiku Abubakar Kigo, Mrs. Veronica Ulonma Onyegbula, Sani Habila Zira, Mrs. Uzoma Cyril Attang and Christian Madubuke between January 2008 and June 2011 at Abuja Division of the High Court of the Federal Capital territory, being public officers in the service of the Government of the Federation and in such capacity entrusted with certain property, to wit: the sum of N20, 154, 728, 660. 18 (Twenty Billion, One Hundred and Fifty Four Million, Seven Hundred and Twenty Eight Thousand, Six Hundred and Sixty Naira and Eighteen Kobo) which sum formed part of the Nigeria Police Pension funds in the account domiciled at First Bank of Nigeria Plc, committed criminal breach of trust in respect of the said property, and you thereby committed an offence punishable under section 315 of the Penal Code Act Cap. 532 Laws of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria 2007.”

However, all the seven persons pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Jacobs then asked the court for a trial date in view of the plea by the accused persons. However, Patrick T. Akan, counsel to Mrs. Attang who was arraigned for the first time asked the court to grant his client bail. Justice Baba granted bail to Mrs. Attang on the same bail terms as the other six accused persons. He also ordered that the other six accused persons who were re-arraigned continue to enjoy the terms of the bail granted them by Justice Mohammed Talba.

Justice Talba had granted them bail in the sum of N10 million with two sureties in like sum, one of whom must not be less than an officer on grade level 14. The sureties, the judge also said, must live within the jurisdiction of the court. The sureties must however depose an affidavit of means which must be verified by the EFCC. The accused persons are also to deposit their national passports before the court.

Justice Baba adjourned proceedings to June 3 and 4, 2013 for trial of the accused persons.

Wilson Uwujaren

Ag. Head, Media & Publicity

10th April, 2013

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Nigeria is stinking.The worst country on earth.

The presidency stinks,the governors and their commissioners,except but Fashola OF lagos,Adams of Edo,Amechi of Rivers are rogues and thieves.The entire society or masses are docile and there are all FOOLS.The project call NIGERIA is the worst project on the entire earth.I reg rate being a NIGERIAN.Imagine the nonsense in the judiciary!we should be ashamed of ourselves.

efcc should goand rest.They

efcc should goand rest.They are being mocked by our courts,their government official suspects always laught in courts to show that the case is going nowhere.

@DERI

@DERI SHOULD THEY BE LEFT OFF BECAUSE OBASANJO DID NOT CATCH THEM?

You Be Thief

You be thief!

I no be thief...

You be pen-robber

No, I no be pen-robber...I be Accountant

We are waiting.

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They all amount to N250,000/count charge. Rubbish.....

They all amount to N250,000/count charge. Rubbish nigeria Judiciary. What none sense. Is it not the same Justice Talba that delivered that infamous judgement of N250,000/count charge? If so then expect nothing significantly different.
Oloshi, Onyoshi, Danbanza, Allah ze tsine ma'a wofi.

Poetic Justice?

Is this a case of poetic justice, where the thief got robbed? Or could it be the years of corruption and bribery is now coming back to hunt the force? some would say it is the law of Karma, but i say you reap what you sow. Pure Anarchy and Chaos when the center no longer holds.

Had it being the police were doing their duties without prejudice, this scam would have been uncovered years ago.

ribadu, ibb buhari ati obj did not see them abi

OBJ was there for 8 sold years but could not arrest a single thief from the pension scam--neither was he able to nab any from the fuel scam-headed by buhari-while in PTF with Abacha-All the while he was there these thieves from the old regions of 9ja-were busy stealing money meant for retirees-so it was until Jonah came from the lions den to open their smelly flood gate of corruption-yet they pay reporters to paint him black-when we cry for our freedom-they tell us to wait for anoda 52 yrs-for the oil wells to dry-yet rogues like amaechi and dickson would not learn from the mistakes of odili, Alams and sylva-that is why governors from the SS are easily fooled into thinking-they can be considered for the post of VP after jonah-tell dem aso rock is over for the south south-most especially d ijaw nation --so time to say good bye is now

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