A whistleblower identified as Umoh Edem, was on Tuesday arraigned before an Ikeja High Court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Naija News understands that Eden was arrested and arraigned by the Nigeria’s anti-graft agency for allegedly giving false N700 million pension and tax evasion fraud information about a company.
Counsel of the EFCC, Mr S.O. Daji told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Aug. 7, in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city.
Daji said that the defendant provided false information to the EFCC about the involvement of a company, Starsonic/Sacvin Group of Nigeria, where he was an employee, NAN reports.
“The defendant, claimed that the management staff of the company was involved in a massive pension fraud, tax evasion and other fraudulent activities in the tune of N700 million,” he said.
He said that the defendant committed the crime with an intent to embarrass the company. He said Eden gave the information he knew was false to the EFCC and Mrs Patience Kalu, a public officer.
Deji in his suit, maintained that the offence contravened Section 96 (a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge levelled against him.
However, Justice Hakeem Oshodi, ordered that the defendant be remanded in a correctional facility.
Oshodi also ordered the EFCC to return the case file to the registry for reassignment.