The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Tuesday, 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 one count of making a false statement to a public officer. He 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. He added that the defendant committed the offence on August 7, 2019. The offence was said to 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, while the case file be returned to the registrar for re-assignment.