18 December 2012

Nigeria: EFCC Arrests Dangabar Over N32.8 Billion Police Pension Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has announced the arrest of Esai Dangabar for interfering with the properties which the court had earlier ordered forfeited to the federal government.

Dangabar is one of the six accused persons standing trial before an Abuja High Court for defrauding the Police Pension Office to the tune of N32.8 billion.

In a press statement signed by the EFCC's acting head of media and publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, he said Dagabar was arrested on Thursday, December 13.

EFCC had on April 2, 2012 arraigned the director of the Police Pension Office, Atiku Abubakar Kigo and five others on 16 count-charge for allegedly defrauding police pensioners to the tune of N32.8 billion.

The other five accused persons are Ahmed Inuwa Wada, Esai Dangabar, John Yakubu Yusufu, Mrs. Veronica Ulonma Onyegbula and Sani Habila.

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on July 24, 2012 dismissed the appeal seeking to reverse forfeiture order granted by an Abuja High Court to the EFCC to attach and take possession of the asset of all the six accused persons who allegedly defrauded the Police Pension Office to the tune of N32.8 billion .

Esai Danbaba had appealed against an interim order granted by the Chief Judge of an Abuja High Court, Justice Lawal H. Gumi saying the order violated his right to fair hearing as guaranteed by the 1999 constitution.

The Judge further ordered the freezing of the bank accounts of all the accused persons pending the hearing and final determination of the corruption case against them.

On November 12, 2012, Justice Mohammed Talba of an Abuja High Court sitting in Gudu, Abuja dismissed Dangabar and his co-travellers' applications to quash charges on the grounds that there is prima facie evidence for their trial.

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