Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arraigned a whistleblower, Lord Edem, before the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja for raising a false alarm over an alleged N700m pension and tax evasion fraud.
Edem was arraigned before Justice Hakeem Oshodi on a one count charge of making a false statement to a public officer. Edem has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
It was gathered that Edem provided false information to a public officer and the EFCC about the involvement of a company, where he was an employee, Starsonic and Sacvin Group of Nigeria, in a pension and tax evasion fraud.
According to the EFCC prosecutor, S. O. Daji, the defendant claimed that the management and staff of the company were involved in massive pension fraud, tax evasion and other fraudulent activities to the tune of N700m.
EFCC added that the defendant committed the offence on August 7, 2019 and the offence contravene Section 96 (a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011. Justice Oshodi, a vacation judge, ordered the remand of the defendant in prison, and ordered that the case file should be returned to the registrar for re-assignment.