Fresh reports by Sahara Reporters has revealed that Senate President, Bukola Saraki, might have engaged the services of George Uboh to write a petition against the leadership of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alleging that it embezzled about N1 trillion in assets seized in corruption cases.
The report claimed that Saraki had contacted Mr. Uboh and urged him to submit a petition to the Senate blackmailing the anti-corruption agency through Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, a first-term senator from Delta State.
Sahara reporters claimed George Uboh in 1992 had been convicted by a US court in Georgia for engaging in credit card fraud. He was also alleged to have been indicted for dealing in narcotics, but the charges were later dropped.
“US prosecutors identified Mr. Uboh as the ringleader of the syndicate. Doris Uboh’s names appeared as number 7 on the indictment list, and she was charged on four counts of felony charges. She fled the US to Nigeria, later manipulating her way into the House of Reps.
The case against the Ubohs and their co-conspirers was assigned docket number 92-cr-00041-GET-JRS and was listed as USA v. Uboh et al. The Uboh siblings and 27 others were charged with varying degrees of felonious fraud.
The case wound through US courts from 1992 to 1998. Though the U.S. government issued a motion to dismiss the charges with regard to Doris and others in 1998, the case was re-opened in 1999. However, by that time Ms. Uboh had fled the U.S. Her flight led U.S. prosecutors to declare her a “fugitive”, the site reported.
Quoting a senator, the report said the petition which has already been scheduled for hearing, did not follow due process. “They just sneaked the thing in the petition through the backdoor when the entire Senate was on vacation,” the senator said.
It added that Mr Saraki’s had earlier plan to probe the EFCC earlier.
Meanwhile, the EFCC is due to present an annual report to the Senate in September 2015
Meanwhile, a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, said most national investments are done with money gotten through illegal means.