EFCC Re-Arraigns Former FIRS Director, Eight Others

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has on Wednesday re-arraigned the former Coordinating Director of Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, Peter Hena and eight other officers of the agency.

The others are Mohammed Bello Auta (Director of Finance), Amina Sidi (Finance and Account Department), Umar Aliyu Aduka (Internal Audit), Mbura Mustapha (Deputy Manager), Obi Okeke Malachy (Services Group), Obaje Napoleon Adofu (Head of Budget), Udo-Inyang Effiong Alfred (Officer II) and Benjamin Jiya (Assistant Director).

They were arraigned before Justice Toyin Bolaji Adegoke of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

But they pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.

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They had to be re-arraigned because the former trial judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, was transferred.

The defendants were slammed with a 42-count charge bordering on corruption, fraud and criminal misappropriation of N4,558,160,676.9 (four billion, five hundred and fifty-eight million, one hundred and sixty thousand, six hundred and seventy-six naira, nine kobo).

Count one of the charges read, “That you, Peter Hena, Mohammed Bello Auta, Amina Sidi, Umar Aliyu Aduka, Mbura, Mustapha, Obi Okeke Malachy, Obaje Napoleon Adofu, Udo-Inyang Effiong Alfred and Benjamin Jiya, while being staff of the Federal Inland Revenue Services between January 2017 and December 2018 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired together with the other officials of FIRS to conceal funds which are proceeds of unlawful activities to wit: corruption, fraud and criminal misappropriation of funds and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18 and punishable under Section 15(2) (a) and (3) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 ( as amended by Act No. 1 of 2021).”

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