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EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by dustmalik: 12:43pm On May 24, 2020

* One allegedly made 129 withdrawals worth N70b in three years
* State declines release of three top officers for interrogation, citing court order


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is requesting, for its interrogation, the release of three officials of the Rivers State Government, who are implicated in the alleged illegal withdrawal of N118billion public funds.

Their action is said to be a contravention of the Money Laundering Act.

The cash was allegedly withdrawn by the Director of Finance, Government House, Fubara Siminalayei, Tonye Uranta, and Harisonba Princewill over the counter in suspicious manner.

One of the officials allegedly withdrew over N70billion in cash, about 129 times over a period of three years.

The Rivers State Government is alleged to be shielding them from reporting to the EFCC for interrogation.

The state government cites a perpetual injunction obtained in 2007 barring the EFCC from probing its accounts.

It was gathered that the cash withdrawals were made between 2015 and 2018 with Siminalayei alone allegedly collecting over N70billion over the counter about 35 times in 2016 and 94 times in 2017.

The same suspect allegedly withdrew N16.297billion from the bank in cash in 2015.

Some of the withdrawals from the counter include the following cash payments by Siminalayei: N750m((9/1/16); N830m(11/4/16); N930m(11/7/16); N980m(10/11/16); N850m(7/11/2016); N980m(10/11/16); N550m(11/11/16); N700m (13/1/17); N680m(7/3/2017); N630m (12/5/17); N800m (2/1/2018);N500m(15/5/17); N750m(18/1/18); N760m(22/1/18); and N925m(3/2/2018) among others.

Suspicious withdrawals linked to Uranta are: N522m on May 9, 2016; N1.3b (9/6.16); N500m (20/9/16); and N600m (22/9/16).

About N150million cash withdrawal was traced to Princewill on May 31, 2017.

A source said all the withdrawals were beyond the threshold set for cash transactions in the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011.

The source said the huge cash payments were made from the Government House account and the Federation Account Allocation remittances account domiciled in Zenith Bank.

Investigation revealed that Fubara Siminalayei was the Director of Finance in Government House when all these transactions took place.

The EFCC had requested for the accounts of the state government and profiled all those involved.

A top official of the EFCC, who spoke with our correspondent, said: “We went to the houses of these three officials to serve them invitation letters but they refused to collect it. The security guards in their personal residences said they were under instructions not to collect any letter from EFCC.
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“Our team has been searching for them but we are yet to locate them.”

Asked why the officers have not reported for interrogation, the source added: “The state government has been referring to the March 23, 2007 ruling by Justice Ibrahim Nyaure Buba who granted all declarative and injunctive reliefs sought by the State Government.

“Rivers State claimed that the court order was explicit that the EFCC cannot probe the accounts of Rivers State Government and its officials. The state has remained adamant in its decision not to release the three suspects. It also claimed that it has filed a suit in court against the EFCC over the ongoing investigation.

“So far, our investigation continues. But we have interacted with some officials of Zenith Bank. We are probing whether or not the bank made Suspicious Transaction Report in line with Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011.

The Act reads in part: “Special surveillance on certain transactions.

“6. (1) Where a transaction –

(a) involves a frequency which is unjustifiable or unreasonable;

(b) is surrounded by conditions of unusual or unjustified complexity;

(c) appears to have no economic justification or lawful objective; or

(d) in the opinion of the Financial Institution or Designated Non-Financial Institution, involves terrorist financing or is inconsistent with the known transaction pattern of the account or business relationship, that transaction shall be deemed to be suspicious and the Financial Institution involved in such transaction shall seek information from the customer as to the origin and destination of the fund, the aim of the transaction and the identity of the beneficiary.

(2) A Financial Institution or Designated Non-Financial Institution shall within 7 days after the transaction referred to in subsection (1) of this section –

(a) draw up a written report containing all relevant information on the matters mentioned in subsection (1) of this section together with the identity of the principal and where applicable, of the beneficiary or beneficiaries;

(b) take appropriate action to prevent the laundering of the proceeds of a crime or an illegal act; and

(c) send a copy of the report and action taken to the Commission.

(3) The provisions of subsections (1) and (2) of this section shall apply whether the transaction is completed or not.

(4) The Commission shall acknowledge receipt of any disclosure, report or information received under this section and may demand such additional information as it may deem necessary.

(5)(a)The acknowledgement of receipt shall be sent to the Financial Institution or Designated Non-Financial Institution within the time allowed for the transaction to be undertaken and it may be accompanied by a notice deferring the transaction for a period not exceeding 72 hours.

(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (a) of this subsection, the Chairman of the Commission, the Governor of the Central Bank or their authorized representative shall place a Stop Order, not exceeding 72 hours, on any account or transaction if it is discovered in the course of their duties that such account or transaction is suspected to be involved in any crime.

(6) If the acknowledgement of receipt is not accompanied by a stop notice, or where the stop notice has expired and the order specified in subsection (7) of this section to block the transaction has not reached the Financial Institution or Designated Non-Financial Institution, it may carry out the transaction.

(7) Where it is not possible to ascertain the origin of the funds within the period of stoppage of the transaction, the Federal High Court may, at the request of the commission, or others persons of authority duly authorized in that behalf, order that the funds, accounts or securities referred to in the report be blocked.

(cool An order made by the Federal High Court under subsection (7) of this section shall be enforced forthwith.

“Limitation to make or accept cash payment.

1.No person or body corporate shall, except in a transaction through a financial institution, make or accept cash payment of a sum exceeding –

(a) N5,000,000.00 or its equivalent, in the case of an individual; or

(b) N10,000,000.00 or its equivalent in the case of a body corporate.

(1) A transfer to or from a foreign country of funds or securities by a person or body corporate including a Money Service Business of a sum exceeding US$10,000 or its equivalent shall be reported to the Central Bank of Nigeria, Securities Exchange Commission or the Commission in writing within 7 days from the date of the transaction.

(2) A report made under subsection (1) of this section shall indicate the nature and amount of the transfer, the names and addresses of the sender and the receiver of the funds or securities.”
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Re: EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by slivertongue: 12:47pm On May 24, 2020
the drama that efccc keeps putting up is the reason for there constant failure in court
each time magu's position is called to question, he either discovers money abandoned in a particular location or he leaks contents of efcc's supposed investigations to the press so as to divert the peoples attention from the ills going on in efcc.

if efcc is serious it should investigate the spendings in the ministry of humanitarian affairs

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Re: EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by Karlifate: 12:48pm On May 24, 2020
This "COVID-19 holiday" is really exposing many illegal withdrawals being made by some corrupt entities.
From Ondo 4.3B Naira to Rivers 118B Naira. This is getting interesting!
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On the flipside, Zenith Bank has alot of Federal money in their "customers" accounts in every of their branches o!

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Re: EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by jlinkd78(m): 12:49pm On May 24, 2020
Following

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Re: EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by mykelkay: 12:50pm On May 24, 2020
It will bless 118,000 families if they distribute it by #1,000,000.

I hope they face trials, just the way they condemn mere street thieves and Yahoo boys...

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Re: EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by Juliusmalema: 12:51pm On May 24, 2020
Ok...How many did buhari withdraw?

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Re: EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by Wiseandtrue(f): 12:51pm On May 24, 2020
dustmalik:


A source said all the withdrawals were beyond the threshold set for cash transactions in the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011.

https://thenationonlineng.net/how-rivers-officials-withdrew-n118b-in-cash-efcc/amp/
Don't set a wrong antecedent, it will come back to hunt you!!!

Wike is only following the footsteps of Buhari!!! cheesy grin grin

What has happened to the Abacha's loot

Didn't he (Buhari) shield Ganduje, Baru, Babachir Lawal, Tinubu

Or does 2 bullion vans in ones resident not violate any rule

What this is telling us is that this government is not fighting crime but the opposition!!!

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MANNABBQGRILLS:

What
Short of words @ the moment!
Chisos!!
shocked


The thread is talking about how your people are withdrawing monies meant for you and your future kids giving to them by the FG to better your lives in the Oil producing state,
BUT, all you can type is OK and asking about how much did the president withdrew.


It is drama to you because it concerns the people thieves and criminals y'all worship 24/7.
But If it was a northern governor, or his officials, they should be hanged outright and immediately.
E dey una body, na there una dey so.
Kontinue.


Sane and right thinking Nairalanders,
can you see why some people will remain the way they are till they grow old?

What manner of kids are these for krissake?!

So Pathetic.

With youths like these ones, the future of this nation looks so fvcking bleak!!!

We Rise!
Where was this your typing skills when the youth of this country wrote a petition against Tinubu Has anything come out of it

Couldn't it have served as a deterrent to people like Wike

The truth is that if Wike and Co don't loot, the FG will reloot it, FG is just pained because they don't have share in it!!!

People like you and I cannot do anything cause those who are supposed to represent us are just there doing nothing!!!


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Nairobi33:

Who suffers this in the end? Definitely not Buhari nor Daura people but people of rivers. Turn blind eye on your governors & put all the blames on Buhari looting going on in your state. Turn blind While your governors loot your state dry. Las las Buhari go dey alright & oil go finish & we shall see who pays for it. Zombie!
When we didn't turn blind eye, what happened

Or are you not aware that a Nigerian wrote a petition against the one they caught red handed undecided

What happened

How much has Buhari borrowed Can you show me the evidences/project that equate the money he has borrowed

They are all the same!!! They are all looting Nigeria jare

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Re: EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by MANNABBQGRILLS: 12:51pm On May 24, 2020
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is requesting, for its interrogation, the release of three officials of the Rivers State Government, who are implicated in the alleged illegal withdrawal of N118billion public funds.
What
Short of words @ the moment!
Chisos!!
shocked

Juliusmalema:
Ok...How many did buhari withdraw?
The thread is talking about how your people are withdrawing monies meant for you and your future kids giving to them by the FG to better your lives in the Oil producing state,
BUT, all you can type is OK and asking about how much did the president withdrew.

salbis:
EFCC and drama are inseparable.
It is drama to you because it concerns the people thieves and criminals y'all worship 24/7.
But If it was a northern governor, or his officials, they should be hanged outright and immediately.
E dey una body, na there una dey so.
Kontinue.


Sane and right thinking Nairalanders,
can you see why some people will remain the way they are till they grow old?

What manner of kids are these for krissake?!

So Pathetic.

With youths like these ones, the future of this nation looks so fvcking bleak!!!

We Rise!

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Re: EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by Deola2020: 12:51pm On May 24, 2020
grin grin...Alexa play me Portharcourt first son tongue

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Re: EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by Passionate888: 12:51pm On May 24, 2020
Na so.. Opposition

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Re: EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by lyriclekidd(m): 12:52pm On May 24, 2020
All the best

Re: EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by NwaNimo1(m): 12:52pm On May 24, 2020
Nigeria......was rich!

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Re: EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by Deola2020: 12:52pm On May 24, 2020
This people don milk Nigeria dry

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Re: EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by Tomide007: 12:52pm On May 24, 2020
Their are levels to stealing.....this is a senior level.

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Re: EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by iamwizzle(m): 12:52pm On May 24, 2020
Y
Re: EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by salbis(m): 12:52pm On May 24, 2020
EFCC and drama are inseparable.

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Re: EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by reliavendel: 12:52pm On May 24, 2020
From this report Wike is clearly trying to protect the thieves by shielding them from interrogation. I know EFCC is one of Buhari's dog, but they should go to EFCC if they are not guilty of any financial crime.

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Re: EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by Sonnobax15(m): 12:52pm On May 24, 2020
shocked


wait,and lets be factual on this one...i think EFCC is only voicing this out simply because those rivers officials in question failed to play along as planned.

however,it is and will only be a crowned fool that'd mistake the EFCC for an organisation of saints,but every sensible nigerian in-here and out-there knows they aren't better off than their corrupt counterparts,the NPF..

nevertheless,this issue is an issue of thieves and would be judged by thieves...so,i'll be expecting it's total burial,as nothing will be done.

GOD BLEX NIGERIA.

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Re: EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by FemiMaduka(m): 12:52pm On May 24, 2020
Tm
Re: EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by paulolee(m): 12:52pm On May 24, 2020
bad..all dis kain news de vex me bcoz dm jus de list n mention money lyk say na nothing...people really they enjoy this country oo, some don leave n enjoy this life n na thier generations them they hustle for..one person de mk all this withdrawals?? and me de find 10k tp sub...na wah oo
Re: EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by Deola2020: 12:52pm On May 24, 2020
"Nigeria is broke" Gbogbo yin e'ni ku're....

If Nigeria die,na corruption kill am cry

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Re: EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by ProfAmaben: 12:52pm On May 24, 2020
Hmmmm
Re: EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by Szkpytqgdcvx925: 12:52pm On May 24, 2020
Wiki the Abacha of Rivers State

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Re: EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by 24kmagic: 12:52pm On May 24, 2020
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Re: EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by TsaTrinity(m): 12:53pm On May 24, 2020
I'm not surprised!
David Cameron once said " If the amount of money taken from Nigeria was in UK, UK will seize to exist"

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Re: EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by Deola2020: 12:53pm On May 24, 2020
Effc,shut up!!!! Despite the evidences,you are yet to prosecute bullion van,your presecution is selective and political...

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Re: EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by joelag: 12:53pm On May 24, 2020
Exercise in futility. Next please!

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Re: EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by STREETSAN(m): 12:53pm On May 24, 2020
The same Old story we've been hearing since kingdom come, just new characters

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Re: EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by mariodko190(m): 12:53pm On May 24, 2020
See Taking shocked, Oluwa I must take block dis year oh
Re: EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by Deola2020: 12:53pm On May 24, 2020
Wike witch-hunt is written all over this,I swear....

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Re: EFCC: Rivers Officials Withdrew ₦118 Billion In Cash by Tomide007: 12:53pm On May 24, 2020
Passionate888:
Na so.. Opposition
118 billion oo

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