Code of Conduct Tribunal chairman’s aide charged for N10 million fraud

FILE PHOTO: Code of Conduct Bureau Court
FILE PHOTO: Code of Conduct Bureau Court

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned Ali Abdullahi, a personal assistant to the chairman of the Code of conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, for alleged fraud.

Mr. Abdullahi is facing a two-count charge for allegedly providing false information to the EFCC during the commission’s investigation of a case of false asset declaration by a former official of the Nigerian Customs Service, Rasheed Owolabi.

According to the first count of the charge, Mr. Abdullahi told the EFCC that N1.8 million collected from Mr. Owolabi was meant to assist his (Mr. Abdullahi’s) father’s medication.

But during a cross-examination, Mr. Owolabi said he paid the sum to the tribunal’s chairman, Danladi Umar, through a Zenith Bank account belonging to Mr. Abdullahi, with the account number: ‎ 1002849471.

Mr. Owolabi said he paid the money after Mr. Umar demanded N10 million to influence his case before the tribunal.

The charges read: “That you Ali Gambo Abdullahi, sometimes in August 2013 at Abuja within the judicial division of the court did make a statement to one Abdulmajeed Ibrahim, a detective with the EFCC, while in the course of the exercise of the duty of his office that the sum of N1.8m paid into your Zenith Bank Account Number 1002849471 on December 12, 2012 by one Rasheed Owolabi was a payment made to assist you to settle your father’s hospital bill; which statement you knew to be untrue and thereby committed an office contrary to section 39(2)(a) of the EFCC Act, 2004 and punishable under section (39) (2) (b) of the same act.

“That you Ali Gambo Abdullahi, sometimes in August 2013 at Abuja within the judicial division of the court did make a statement dated 13th August 2013 pertaining to N1.8m paid into your bank account by one Rasheed Taiwo, which is inconsistent with the statement you made on August 12th, 2013 to one Abdulmajeed Ibrahim, a detective with EFCC while in the course of the exercise of the duty of his office and thereby committed an offence‎ contrary to section (39) (2) (b) of the EFCC Act 2004”.

The case was adjourned to March 15.

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  • Rommel

    HahahahahahahLol! the fraud never ends,keeps going round and round

    • Cleartruth

      What an average igbo is saying is let those accused of corruption be arrested and prosecuted whether they are in apc or pdp. Simple. By so doing it would be clear to everyone that the anti corruption war is total not a witch hunt against opposition. There are loads of petitions against thieves in apc like amaechi and co with the efcc and they are not been prosecuted. This is why people like you are expending energy trying to convince us that the war is not selective. If dictator buhari does the right thing by going against corrupt people no matter the party, every Nigerian will give him maximum support and you will have less work trying to convince us. We would be convinced by the wholistic anti corruption itself.
      It seems you are one of those employed by liar Muhammed to insult us in this forum. Instead of insulting us, please take this message to your paymasters.

    • Cleartruth

      What an average igbo is saying is let those accused of corruption be arrested and prosecuted whether they are in apc or pdp. Simple. By so doing it would be clear to everyone that the anti corruption war is total not a witch hunt against opposition. There are loads of petitions against thieves in apc like amaechi and co with the efcc and they are not been prosecuted. This is why people like you are expending energy trying to convince us that the war is not selective. If dictator buhari does the right thing by going against corrupt people no matter the party, every Nigerian will give him maximum support and you will have less work trying to convince us. We would be convinced by the wholistic anti corruption itself.
      It seems you are one of those employed by liar Muhammed to insult us in this forum. Instead of insulting us, please take this message to your paymaster.

  • Maria

    Mr. Abdullahi is igbo and a PDP man… his prosecution is meant to humiliate the igbos and PDP….

    • PolyGon2013

      Don’t mind them jare. If they were igbo, you would see them ranting now.

      • Cleartruth

        The problem with you is that you don’t reason properly. What an average igbo is saying is let those accused of corruption be arrested and prosecuted whether they are in apc or pdp. Simple. By so doing it would be clear to everyone that the anti corruption war is total not a witch hunt against opposition. There are loads of petitions against thieves in apc like amaechi and co with the efcc and they are not been prosecuted. This is why people like you are expending energy trying to convince us that the war is not selective. If dictator buhari does the right thing by going against corrupt people no matter the party, every Nigerian will give him maximum support and you will have less work trying to convince us. We would be convinced by the wholistic anti corruption itself.
        It seems you are one of those employed by liar Muhammed to insult us in this forum. Instead of insulting us, please take this message to your paymasters

        • PolyGon2013

          The problem with you and your people is that you only want to hear what you want to hear. Buhari government has said it many times that they will prosecute anyone regardless of party affiliations. PDP was the one in charge in the past 16 years, and they have got abusive over the years. It should not be surprised to you that they will have the largest number of people that the current government will find to be the culprits. If you know of any APC chieftain that is corrupt, submit your petition with some proof, not the one you read on online media!

          • Factsay

            Did u submit petition and proofs against the ones being charged?
            Are majority of APC not part of the 16yrs of PDP?
            So once a corrupt pdp member becomes apc member he becomes a saint and burden of proving his case will become that of me?

            Lets b truthful in our reasoning and comments. Fighting corruption is good but the approach is what matters most. Every corrupt person needs to be in jail not in govt

          • PolyGon2013

            The proof is on you. If you feel that other APC’s are corrupt, it is your responsibility to submit petition against them, not mine. I could care less about who get charged regardless of party affiliation. If they are guilty they should be charged to court and be jailed for a long time. If you don’t like what Buhari is doing , take FG to court then.

          • Cleartruth

            The problem with you is that you know the truth but you are covering it. Who are the apc members? Are they not in pdp before? Also other parties have held sway in different states. Have you forgotten that efcc told Nigerians before that they were going to investigate the corrupt allegations and petitions against amaechi but later turned around to tell us that there is no petitions against him even when those who wrote petitions have told Nigerians they have sent petitions against him. Petitions were sent to efcc by oladokun of coder against Fashola but efcc has ignored them.

            If what you are looking is for someone to write petitions, you need to remember that Nobody has written petitions against metuh or any of the pdp members efcc is prosecuting.

            Let’s champion for a just society at all times. Our stand still remains that so far anti corruption war is witch hunt against opposition. It needs to be total across party lines so that it would be seen to be just. Instead of you wasting your time trying to convince us that anti corruption war is not selective, spend that energy telling dictator buhari to be just and total in the war.

    • Höly Wähala

      Stay thematic, stay focused… Danladi Umar should excuse himself from the Saraki trial bcos he is a corrupt justice. Why would a man scheduled to appear before the CCT suddenly make huge payments into Justice Umar’s personal assistant’s bank account… especially given what we now know about a meeting between Umar and another corrupt old Yoro justice ???

      • Maria

        It doesnt matter anyone who is corrupt should be prosecuted and thrown into jail if found guilty even if it is my father.

    • Cleartruth

      The problem with you is that you don’t reason properly. What an average igbo is saying is let those accused of corruption be arrested and prosecuted whether they are in apc or pdp. Simple. By so doing it would be clear to everyone that the anti corruption war is total not a witch hunt against opposition. There are loads of petitions against thieves in apc like amaechi and co with the efcc and they are not been prosecuted. This is why people like you are expending energy trying to convince us that the war is not selective. If dictator buhari does the right thing by going against corrupt people no matter the party, every Nigerian will give him maximum support and you will have less work trying to convince us. We would be convinced by the wholistic anti corruption itself.
      It seems you are one of those employed by liar Muhammed to insult us in this forum. Instead of insulting us, please take this message to your paymasters.

  • ojays

    The guineafowl has come home to roost. Soon one justice will be docked. Sinking Owoblow take them down with you. You may discover oil down there.
    Yet any corrupt senator must still be tried hopefully govt will find a judge whose yansh them never open.
    Sorry o I doubt if any is clean ni ooooo. But diaris god ooooo.

  • Abiboss

    This is corruption is very deadly like cancer spreading everywhere. It is like Ebola under this government that anyone it touches is going down.

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