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Man lands in trouble for issuing death threat against EFCC chairman on Instagram



A man identified as Kayode Cole has landed in trouble for issuing a death threat against the executive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ola Olukoyede.

Cole was said to have been arrested in the Lugbe area of Abuja after making the threat via his Instagram handle, “1billionsecretss,” in response to an Instablog9ja post on February 1.

The agency announced the arrest in a statement shared on its X account on Wednesday.

Cole, reacting in the comment section of Instablog9ja, stated that the EFCC chairman would be dead in six months.

“He will be dead in six months. This man will be dead in 6 months remember I said it,” he wrote.

In the course of interrogation, the suspect claimed that he was just “chasing clout.”

He will be handed over to the appropriate authority for further investigation and prosecution.

The statement recalled: “The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ola Olukoyede, had on Wednesday, January 30, 2024, at the Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, during a one-day dialogue on “Youth, Religion, and the Fight against Corruption,” revealed that the Commission had uncovered how a religious sect in Nigeria is laundering money for terrorists.

“The EFCC boss also stated that another religious body was found to be protecting a money launderer after some money suspected to have been laundered was traced to the organisation’s bank account.”

Earlier, The Lagos Zonal Command of the EFCC, on Wednesday, March 18, 2024, secured the conviction and sentencing of one Iliyasu Garba and Joseph Ude before Justice K.O. Ogundare of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos for offences bordering on counterfeiting and possession of counterfeit currency.

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They were arraigned alongside one Benjamin Opara on a five-count charge bordering on counterfeiting and possession of counterfeit currency.

One of the counts reads: “That you, Benjamin Opara, Iliyasu Garba and Joseph Ude on or about the 10th November 2023 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, conspired amongst yourselves to deal in counterfeit currency, to wit, the sum of $10,000.00 (Ten thousand Dollars) denomination numbered MK43968653A contrary to Section 6(2)(b) and punishable under section 4 (1)of Counterfeit Currency (Special provisions) Act cap.C35,Law of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.”

However, while Garba and Ude pleaded “guilty”, Opara, however, pleaded “not guilty”.

Thereafter, prosecuting counsel, T.J. Banjo, called Adamu Yakubu, an operative of the EFCC, to review the facts of the case.

Yakubu told the court that the Nigerian Customs Service handed over one Ifeanacho Ugbor Marcellinus to the EFCC following his arrest for being in possession of counterfeit United States dollar bills to the tune of $10,000 (Ten Thousand United States Dollars).

According to him, upon interrogation, Marcellinus said that he was not aware that they were counterfeit notes. “He confessed that the counterfeit currency was given to him by Joseph Ude for onward delivery to someone in Brazil,” he said.

Yakubu further told the court that Ude was subsequently arrested and he confessed that he purchased the counterfeit dollars from Garba at the rate of N1,500 per $100 at a time in November 2023 when the dollar was going at N132,000 for $100. “During investigation, Iliyasu Garba also admitted that he was into currency counterfeiting, but he claimed that he bought the counterfeit money from Benjamin Opara,” he said.

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He testified further that Opara was the one printing the counterfeit currency. “He sold it to Iliyasu Garba at N800 for 100 dollars, who In turn sold to Joseph at N1,500 per $100,” he said.

He added that forensic analysis by the Forensic Department confirmed that they were counterfeit dollar notes.

The prosecution thereafter, sought to tender, in evidence, their extrajudicial statements, printouts of the forensic analysis and the counterfeit currencies.

Justice Ogundare admitted and marked them as exhibits and declared the second and third defendants guilty as charged.

Counsel to the second defendant, AbdulMalik Ibrahim and counsel to the third defendant, Gideon Igwebuike, prayed the court to temper justice with mercy and to grant a non-custodial sentence or an option of fine.

Justice Ogundare convicted and sentenced Garba and Ude guilty to six months imprisonment from the day of arrest with an option of fine of N100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira).

The court adjourned till April 22, 2024, for the bail hearing of Opara. The judge remanded him at the Correctional Centre.

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