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EFCC arraigns ‘Ibrahim Magu’ over alleged bribe demand in Port Harcourt



The Port Harcourt zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday accused a false ‘Ibrahim Magu’ who is said to use the name of the EFCC chief to harass and blackmail senior officials of the Development Commission from the Niger Delta, NDDC, for bribes to ‘kill’ spurious corruption investigations.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that This imitator was prosecuted before Judge M. L Abubakar, of the Federal Superior Court, sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement that the suspect was facing charges of three charges that resulted in obtaining false claims contrary to Section 8 (b) of the Anticipated Law on Rate Fraud and Other Offenses related to 2006 and is punishable by Section 1 (3) of the same law.

Uwujaren said: “Terfa got into trouble when he was arrested at the Juanita Hotel, Port Harcourt, state of Rivers, where he held a meeting with some NDDC directors for a false offer, to remove their names from the list of people who are being investigated by the EFCC He allegedly contacted the Directors claiming to be representing the President of EFCC He reminded them of the forensic audit of the NDDC accounts ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari and assured them that their names would be removed from the audit.

“Investigations revealed that the defendant is a political scammer, who wanders through government ministries and offices in search of information that allows him to defraud relevant personalities.”

One of the counts of the count said: “That Robert Terfa Swem on or about October 24, 2019 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, with the intention of defrauding, tried to obtain money with false Mr. Anselm Agommuoh’s claims, falsely pretending that his name has been shortlisted for investigation by the Commission on Economic and Financial Crimes and that you work closely with an ally of the Acting Executive President of the Commission on Economic and Financial Crimes, and as such, you have the ability to remove your name from the list, which you want to know was false and, therefore, committed a crime contrary to Section 8 (b) of the Anticipated Rate Fraud Act and Other related Infractions of 2006 and punishable according to Section 1 (3) of the same Act. ”

But the defendant pleaded not guilty to the preferred charges against him. It was for this reason that the prosecutor’s attorney, Samuel Chime, prayed to the court to set a date for the trial and held the defendant in custody of the Correctional Service of Nigeria.

However, the defendant’s lawyer, Thaddaeus Dzege, informed the court of a request for bail from his client; what the prosecutor did not oppose.

In his ruling, Judge Abubakar granted the defendant a bond in the amount of N1,000,000.00k and a guarantee in the same amount. He ordered the guarantee to be an officer of level 15 and above.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that He also ordered the defendant to be sent into custody of the Correctional Service of Nigeria while his bail conditions are being met, while the case was postponed until January 13, 2020 to begin the trial.