Saturday, July 13, 2013

Nigeria: N5 Billion Pension Fraud - Ex-Director Protects N500m Bail

Having spent thirty nine days at Kuje Maximum prison, a Federal High Court in Abuja, yesterday, granted bail to the former Director of Pension Accounts in the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, OHCSF, Dr Sani Teidi Shaibu, to the tune of N500 million.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola further directed the ex-pension boss who was simply said to own connived with a former manager with the defunct Oceanic Bank Plc, Mr Udusegbe Omoefe Eric, and diverted about N5 billion designed for pensioners across the federation, to make two sureties in like sum..
Likewise, the court also released his alleged accomplice, Eric, on a single bail terms, stressing that the sureties should be owners of landed property with the jurisdiction of the court. Besides, the sureties are to deposit the title deeds of the property with the Deputy Chief Registrar of the court.

Based on the judge, "The accused persons should equally deposit their travelling documents with the court registrar and mustn't travel without the permission of the court. If the travelling passports already are with the court, they must be used in the registrar with this court."
Before adjourning hearing on the substantive case against them till October 23, Justice Adeniyi directed that in the case the accused persons fail to meet up the conditions upon which these were granted bail yesterday, they must be returned to Kuje prison.

It is going to be recalled that the court had earlier suspended ruling on the bail application indefinitely sequel to a petition the ex-pension boss wrote from the presiding judge.  Teidi, who was simply said to own acted without the consent of his lawyer, wrote the Chief Judge of the High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, accusing the trial judge of deliberately allowing him to stay in prison custody despite he had filed his application for bail.

It had been the contention of the accused individual that the judge had on several occasions thwarted efforts by his legal team to secure his release.
Consequent upon the petition, Justice Adeniyi adjourned the case in order to answer to react to the petition as he was directed to do by the CJ.

Part 2 Nigeria: N5 Billion Pension Fraud - Ex-Director Protects N500m Bail

 Part 1
The duo who are answering to a 22-count criminal charge bordering on conspiracy, fraud, breach of public trust and obtaining by false pretense, were on June 7, arraigned before the high court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. EFCC had maintained that the accused persons used nine companies and siphoned pension funds.

It gave names of the businesses accused of complicity in the pension scam as Gozinda Enterprises, Bashinta Nigeria Ltd, Haleath Enterprises, Uthatak Nigeria Ltd, Krasiva Nig Ltd, Badawulu Ventures Limited, Ebunu Attah Investment, Muha Millennium Motors Limited, Ribaile Petroleum Ltd.
EFCC had earlier revealed before the court how the accused persons used seven Bureau De Change operators and stole pension funds, adding that throughout the investigation process, one Mohammed Muhamud, owner of Muha Motors, who it said volunteered statements on 16/2/2011 and 31/5/2011, confessed that Dr Shaibu, at various times, used his bank accounts to transfer huge sums of money to another account operated by one Chief Anthony Azewaputa, who EFCC said facilitated the purchase of "Brifina Hotel", for the 1staccused person.

The agency told the court that the offence which it said ran unlike sections 1(1) (a), 7(1) (b) (i), 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under sections 1(3), 7(2) (b) (i) of the exact same Act, was committed between 2009 and 15 March 2010.
Much more, EFCC, alleged that the remanded pension boss, siphoned money from the pensions department and purchased plot B59 Dawaki Extension Layout in Abuja in one Stanley Obioma Iwu, with the intent to disguise the ownership of the proceeds of the illegal transaction, along with, looted monies and purchased 100 units of Lifetime 32-LCD Television, 100 units of Samsung Refrigerators, 70 units of Samsung 1.5 HP Air-Conditioners, 30 units of Samsung Split unit 1.5 HP Air Conditioners, 15 units of 3HP Package unit Air-Conditioners from Iwu, Chikwado Ezenwoye and Essential Gadgets Ventures

Lagos flags-off certification of house agents

AS section of its decision to wash up the rot in the estate organization area, the Lagos State through its True House Purchase Regulatory Power, a week ago revealed that it had started issuance of validation permits to customers of Lagos State part of House Rent and Commission Agents Association of Nigeria (ERCAAN).

The shift came almost a year following the team began procedures to checkmate the activities of some estate brokers who often gather income from simple customers beneath the guise of having accommodation for them.

  Talking at the unveiling of a taskforce group and one year anniversary of the ERCAAN professionals, the agency's Assistant Common Manager and Mind, Control Tracking and Administration, Mrs. Linda Patunola-Ajayi, disclosed that the organization has already began supplying permits to brokers even while it would soon start enforcement.

Patunola-Ajayi further stated that ministries and agencies in Lagos had recently been given directives never to patronize unregistered brokers putting that the human body would start enforcing the laws with special help from enforcement officers drafted to the agency.

According to her, high property demand in their state has created the field vunerable to punishment by people who take part in a number of un-salutary practices to the detriment of the citizens.

  A source hinted that the enforcement group would move into the area in September.

Earlier in the day, Chairman of ECRAAN Lagos section, Mr. Godwin Alenkne, said the association is a key supporter for regulation of the real estate profession in Lagos State even while the association had received the highest amount of forms.

Alenkne also referred to as on the Lagos state organization to speed up the process of certification to ensure that enforcement can start immediately. 

He explained that the create of the taskforce was to spot fake real estate brokers and enforce standards.

He explained, “For people discipline must begin within and our customers must attain the highest level of discipline before the typical public. The marshals are to coordinate and pronounce our signal of perform as within the structure of the association at all times&rdquo ;.

 According to Alenkhe, ERCAAN customers across their state have initiated subscription in 42 areas in 52 Local Council Growth Region and happen to be obtaining LASRETRAD subscription forms.

The procedure of pinpointing people suitable to be licensed as estate brokers involves creating a repository that may metamorphose in to a special House Representative identification quantity (EAIN) in the State.

The Database Administration may ultimately result in issuance of permits to apply as House Agents in the State through an automation process.

A compendium of principles and regulations has been created to guide the practice of True House in Lagos State, while preliminary information regarding practicing estate brokers, licensees and different applicable companies can be tested on the Office internet website which is start soon. 

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