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Acting Chairman of
the Economic and Financial Crime Commission yesterday accuse some doctors
issuing dubious medical reports to evade some criminals from prosecution.
                                               
Magu handed dawn this accusation while
briefing journalists in Abuja on far the commission has gone so far with
criminal prosecutions
.


Hear him; “medical doctors of issuing
dubious medical reports to criminals who were facing trials will soon face the
wrath of the law, lamenting that the reports were truncating so many corruption
cases.
He said the Commission was on the verge
of clamping down on such doctors, adding that the Commission would also summon
some lawyers to explain why corruption cases were dragging in court.
Magu said that Operation Rewired, which
the Commission embarked on, has resulted in the seizure of nearly $2.4 million,
and the disruption/recovery of approximately $14 million in fraudulent wire
transfers.
He added: “Also worthy of mention is
the Operation Triangle, which saw Italian police and EFCC working closely to
dismantle a transnational criminal group operating in all the five continents.
“EFCC is in close cooperation with the
Italian National Police as well as Spanish, Polish, English, Belgian, Georgian,
Turkish and Cameroonian police, with the support of Europol and Interpol, and
the coordination of Eurojust carried out extensive investigations which
resulted in the arrest of 62 individuals, seizure of 40,000 euros, 30 smart
phones, 10 tablets and 15 personal computers.
“Some of the Nigerians mentioned in the
infamous FBI list of cyber fraudsters have been tracked, arrested and are being
prosecuted in courts across the country by the Commission.
“But more fundamental than these
international collaborations are the sustained effort of the Commission to
comprehensively tackle the menace of internet-related frauds in Nigeria. I am
happy to report that we are recording a series of breakthroughs with almost daily
arrests of suspected fraudsters across the country.”
Continuing, the EFCC boss revealed that
in October alone, the Commission recorded over 200 arrests of internet fraud
suspects in carefully coordinated operations across its offices.
“However, the major talking point for
us was the recent arrest of celebrated social media personality and alleged
internet fraudster, Ismaila Mustapha, also known as Mompha and his Lebanese
accomplice, Hamza Koudeih. They were picked up in Abuja and Lagos respectively,
through credible intelligence which flagged the suspects as kingpins of
Organised Cyber Syndicate Network (OCSN).
“Five wristwatches valued at over N60
million were recovered from Mompha at the point of arrest. 
“An investigation has
also revealed that he operates 51 bank accounts in Nigeria with which he
acquired properties in Dubai and had laundered about N14 billion through
Ismalob Global Investments Limited. His accomplice, Koudeih, also has two firms
namely, THK Services Limited and CHK Properties Limited with which he has
allegedly laundered about N19 billion. Koudeih lives in a $5million per annum
suite at the Eko Atlantic Pearl Tower, Victoria Island Lagos,” he said.

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