Wonder there say shall never end! I never knew the meaning of the short statement until I read the interview recently granted by one George Uboh, a convicted fraudster who specializes in raising false alarms against innocent people just to reap them off their hard earned fortune through crude blackmail.
His exposed trick is to serve as front for high profile personalities whose cases are being handled by relevant government agency or ministry. For Instance, last year, it was reported by Sahara Reporters that Mr. George Uboh, a serial fraudster was recruited by an influential politician who is standing trial for corruption related offences before a relevant government agency to scandalize the head of the outfit for daring to investigate his wife in line with the ongoing war against corruption waged by President Buhari’s Administration.
Under normal circumstances, one would have expected that anyone engaging in such venture must be clean or above board, but to the consternation of the reading public, the said George Uboh was recently convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment by Justice S. E Aladetoyinbo of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja with an option of N4 million fine for his role in converting the properties of the defunct Police Equipment Foundation to his own personal use.
Before his conviction, he was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC on three count charges bordering on Criminal Breach of Trust involving the sale of the Police Equipment Foundation vehicles, where he abused his position as former Head of Security and Communication Department.
The charges read:That you George Uboh, some times in 2007 in Abuja, the judicial division of the high court of the Federal Capital Territory, being a servant in the employment of the Police Equipment Foundation, and in such capacity entrusted with certain property to wit: six units of operational vehicles, did commit criminal breach of trust by selling one Toyota Hilux pick-up van through one Egbon Blessing and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 314 of the Penal Code.
That you George Uboh, sometimes in 2007 in Abuja, the judicial division of the high court of the Federal Capital Territory, being a servant in the employment of the Police Equipment Foundation, and in such capacity entrusted with certain property to wit: six units of operational vehicles, did commit Criminal Breach of trust by selling one Toyota Hilux pick-up van to Muha Motors and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 314 of the Penal Code.
Lastly, that you, George Uboh, sometimes in 2007 in Abuja, the judicial division of the high court of the Federal Capital Territory, being a servant in the employment of the Police Equipment Foundation, and in such capacity entrusted with certain property to wit: six units of operational vehicles, did commit Criminal Breach of Trust by selling two units of Toyota Hilux pick-up vans and therefore committed an offence punishable under section 314 of the Penal Code.
It will be recalled that the said George Uboh, a certified fraudster was once convicted of wire fraud in the United States. According to reports by the FBI, Mr. George Uboh was convicted after a US Law Enforcement Agency carried out a major raid on a credit card and bank fraud ring led by George Uboh in the American State of Georgia in 1992. He was later released from jail on January 16, 2001.
For a man who has committed such grievous offence in the past and currently shows no respect for decorum as seen in his conducts so far, it will be a taboo to assign any official task to him until he is granted state pardon by the President of the country, but he hided his background information and lied to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN claiming that he had special information or requisite capacity, competence and professional skills to render asset recovery services to the Federal Government and that he had already traced certain banks and financial institutions and other listed Ministries, Agencies and Departments MDA’s with firm assurances to recover and remit same to the coffers of the Federal Government if engaged by the government through the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation.
Persuaded by Mr. Uboh’s claims and assurances that he had actually traced the funds trapped in certain banks and MDA’s with capacity to recover and remit same to the Federal Government, the AGF decided to test his ability and claims by restricting the scope of his operation to 13 banks alone and subsequently issued a Letter of Engagement in favor of Mr. Uboh’s firm, Panic Alert Security Systems PASS for asset recovery services on behalf of the Federal Government with specific mandate to trace and recover funds allegedly trapped in 13 banks.
The banks are; Access Bank PLC, First Bank of Nigeria PLC, Zenith Bank PLC, Diamond Bank PLC, Fidelity Bank PLC, United Bank for Africa UBA PLC, Union Bank, Spring Bank now known as Enterprise Bank, Afribank now known as Mainstreet Bank, Oceanic Bank-Eco Bank, Bank PHB now known as Keystone Bank, First City Monument Bank FCMB and finally Wema Bank. The idea behind the test despite Mr. Uboh’s sugarcoated mouth was because of past experience backed by research that demagogues often fail to translate their claims to reality. This was why he was subjected to what can be described as acidic test.
For records, below are some of the terms of engagement issued him! That a success fee of five percent of actual recoveries made and remitted to the designated accounts of the Federal Government of Nigeria shall be paid to Mr. Uboh’s firm as professional fees. This fee shall be paid in respect of each recovery as soon as possible after effective receipt of same by the Federal Government.
That Mr. Uboh’s firm shall request and obtain the express approval of the undersigned before entering in to any settlement, compromise or bargain involving a financial claim with any party involved in any proceeding or processes connected with this brief.
That without prejudice to the powers of the AGF to demand a report of Uboh’s activities at any time, Mr. Uboh shall furnish the AGF with a monthly report not exceeding the fifth day of the succeeding month detailing the activities and progress made for the month in question.
But in a manner that will make even the most cynical person on earth to believe that Mr. Uboh is a proverbial saint, he responded in a letter to the AGF accepting all the terms contained in the Letter of Engagement, pledging and assuring the AGF of due diligence and professionalism in the discharge of the duties and obligations contained in the letter.
After accepting all the terms as stated earlier, the said Mr. Uboh sought and got other supports from the AGF to bestow authority on his firm to execute the task, but little did the AGF knew that the ”TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN” letter he would issue him was for different transactions he would carry out using the Office of the AGF as decoy.
It should be noted that the AGF issued him the letter with the firm understanding that Mr. Uboh’s firm had already identified or traced specific Federal Government Funds trapped in the aforementioned banks and that his firm would promptly embark on processes that would lead to actual recovery and remittance of the traced funds in the designated accounts of the Federal Government which was clearly stated in his proposal.
But in what will latter betray Mr. Uboh’s pretentious demeanor and having noticed that his firm is now fully armed with the paraphernalia of government powers, subsequently embarked on what the AGF noticed as ”Voyage of Information and Window Shopping,” as Uboh’s firm went to town and unilaterally expanded the scope of his company’s brief. He started issuing subtle threats to all Nigerian Banks, some private persons and entities solely to shop for data and information to execute his own agenda instead of the task assigned to him by the Federal Government.
Using all manner of tricks in his employ, he went to some private individuals, corporate bodies, multinational organizations, Ministries, Agencies and Departments demanding for data, information, official records, remittances, funds and stocks.
Some of the organizations, persons and entities harassed by Mr. Uboh are; all Ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, all the Managing Directors of the 25 Money Deposits Banks, Managing Director of Asset Management Company of Nigeria AMCON, Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Services FIRS, Inspector General of Police IGP, Alhaji Dikko Inde, Senator Esther Nenadi Usman, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Mohamed Bellow Adoke, Julius Berger Nig Ltd, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN among many others.
With the above sharp practices and startling revelations that Mr. Uboh is an ex-convict, the AGF as the Chief Law Officer of the nation revoked the Letter of Engagement earlier issued him.
Having noticed that his dubious scheme to defraud has been busted, he started waging unrelenting media war against the AGF! And in collaboration with his fellow gangs and folks in the media, several narratives intended to lower the estimation of the current occupier of the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami before the right thinking members of the public has been sponsored and is still ongoing as his foreign counterparts of Nigerian extraction have joined the scheme by maliciously incriminating the AGF in certain craftily fabricated stories like the Abacha’s loots.
With the latest development, no one is in doubt of their goal; which is to truncate the ongoing war against corruption waged by President Buhari’s Administration.
Therefore, as a responsible Civil Society Organization dedicated to championing noble causes and promoting corruption-free society, we call on the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN to ignore the ranting of a confused and serial fraudster and get focused with the task of lawfully recovering every kobo stolen from the nation’s coffers.
We call on President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR to disregard all antics of an ex-convict Mr. George Uboh as his conducts have shown that he is allegedly fronting for some unpatriotic and corrupt Nigerians who are trying all means to frustrate his government.
Finally, we call the unsuspecting members of the public to disregard all Machiavellian narratives being spewed by Mr. Uboh and the rest as that is a calculated attempt to deny them their rightful dividends of democracy.