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‘‘Gary Foxcroft Is A Fraudster, A Leech And A Scavenger…’’ – Barrister Ukutt Spits Fire.

10 Oct

By George Baldwin

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Barrister Victor Ukutt

  In this interview, a Lagos based constitutional lawyer, Barrister Victor Ukutt talks to a USA  based journalist,  George Baldwin, about the activities of British national who fronts multiple organizations in the name of charity, whom he describes as ”a fraudster, a  leech and a scavenger”.

 

Excerpt: 

George: You have written several articles about Gary Foxcroft, in the past years, how do you know him?
… I know Gary Foxcroft as a man who has never worked in his live time except making a living in a fraudulent way while posing as a charity worker. He has never worked before throughout his lifetime. He came to Nigeria through a student link program of the University of Lancaster and the University of Uyo, for O I L and gas studies in Nigeria. My state, Akwa Ibom is an oil producing state in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. That study took him to some of the oil communities in Akwa Ibom, mainly, Eket, Esit Eket and Ibeno in the South East Nigeria. In the cause of that he was staying in one hotel Called, Royalty Hotel in Eket. He could not have money to pay for the bills and the hotel management asked him to leave the hotel. He was then roaming the streets of Eket. He met one Mr. Sam Ita-Uma who runs a school for the less privileged children because Mr.  Ita-Uma is a local teacher who owns a charity school in the area, basically, meant for orphans and some less privileged children.  For instance, if a conventional school was charging $1 Ita Uma will charge like charge 30cents to 40c or less, Foxcroft now came, grudgingly and say okay, I want to take your school for a business; and make it a witch children school, and by then there were isolated cases of child witchcraft in Nigeria. Coincidentally the British government had budgeted about our £500,000,000 for Congo DR, meant handle the persecution of child witch offenders and to support such children in the country. So Mr. Foxcroft wanted to tap into that fund of the British government. So before he can do that, there must be cases of child witchcraft. So if there is no such thing he will not be able to access the fund. So when he couldn’t do that.He now asked Mr. Ita Uma, to permit him to use the centre to tap into the British fund.

 

George: Have you met Foxcroft before?

Yes! You see Foxcroft over stayed in Nigeria and he had no money to pay back to the England. He now came to our church the Liberty Gospel Church, where we contributed money for him to pay back to England. He came through KLM flight, He went back to England he went and registers the organization called Stepping Stones Nigeria to enable him carry out his scam and defraud people of their hard-earned money around the world

He did not have money to register their organization, he had to contact one organization called, the Red Rebel in England owned by one film maker, Mags Gavan’s to help him registered organization. That is how he came about the fraudulent organisation to dupe a lot of people across the globe

George: Who is the head of the church?

Ukutt: Apostle/Mrs Helen Ukpabio. Foxcroft is even using her name to make money via the internet. Last time she was planning to travel to the US for a religious program, he took advantage of that to use her and make money in form of online protest which Foxcroft collected almost a million Dollars. Ask him, where he keeps the money after the lady cut short her travel. He takes advantage of every slight opportunity to hoodwink the public.

He even used that to call for a petition to be forwarded to the American Embassy in Nigeria to stop her. He went as far as organising some hit-men to kill Mrs Ukpabio as soon she gets to the USA. He has a group of some British fundamentalists to do the dirty job for him.

George: What of the allegations levelled against her that she killed children or encourage them to be tortured?

Ukutt: They are not true! How can a woman of God do that kind of thing? He came out with such allegation in order to deceive the public in order to defraud them. The state government under Mr Godswill Akpabio even commissioned a panel to investigate the child witchcraft activities but Gary and his accomplices did not show up. The Witchcraft commission came out with a report that they were using the witchcraft issue to collect money by false pretences. Truly Gary Foxcroft did show up in Nigeria. He claimed Nigeria was no longer safe for him to come. The Governor of Akwa Ibom State wrote an undertaking to the British government that they should release him that the government of Nigeria will provide security for him, he re refused. I have a copy of the letter written by the Akwa Ibom government asking him to come for questioning as there was security for him, he refused to show up.

George: What did Commission do as a result of his refusal?

Ukutt: Eventually, the government said ok, since you have refuse to come to Nigeria. The commission had to move to London just to interview him. He showed up for just one day and the commission had to return to Nigeria without completing their assignment. Foxcroft and his ally are running a documentary from one country to another. They been in New York, Colon in Germany, 
The government discovered that Gary Foxcroft is running a scam with his Nigerian accomplices declared him wanted! A man who could not pay his bill is now flying all over the world on business class and no longer economy class which he was used to, sleeping in 5 Star hotels

George: How will you describe Mr Foxcroft?

Ukutt: Gary Foxcroft is a crafty and a fraudulent man that is just looking for an opportunity to feed on. In short, Gary Foxcroft is a fraudster, a leech and a scavenger.

George: Has there been any action against him from you?

Ukutt: Yes! We took him to court, he ran away. We asked him to come and prove the allegation. In fact there were allegations against him that he was trying to bribe the government officials who went to interview him with about Fifteen Million Naira. A government official confirmed to me that the bribery allegations were true; as they even asked him to come and stand trial for that he refused. He ran away. As I speak with, the Nigerian security agents are looking for him. He is a wanted person as we speak with you. His co-accomplice is also wanted by the police. He is hiding in New York. When the truth now became open, ita-uma has now come out to say the money Gacy Foxcroft was collecting from for the children sake, was not being remitted to them. yes said, look, Gary Foxcroft also undercut them. He never remitted the money as they agreed upon in their agreement. That Foxcroft was not faithful in remitting the money. The government wanted to put Ita-ma too on trial. He ran away. He hiding with his sister called Elizabeth in US who is either a doctor or a nurse. 

 George: How is getting the money?

Ukutt: He uses his fraudulent organization called Stepping Stones Nigeria and other multiple organizations like to solicit for fund. 
 
By the time people start donating hundred pounds, 50 pounds 20 pounds; around the world and money start sending to millions and the money busy smiling to the bank, and he doesn’t mind some people are crying some where’s they cannot come to Nigeria in the water and you.

Ok, why do you say Foxcroft is wanted person?

Foxcroft is a wanted person, for this he cannot come to Nigeria. If he wants to come to Nigeria he will either take the bush track or bribe his way through some winding parts. All he will do so by using   pseudo names or disguise himself with false name and that is the only way he can come to Nigeria.

George: Why is he so interested in Nigeria?

That is a good question! That is the same question many people are asking. He is taking advantage of the situation he saw in Nigeria. There are many cases of witchcraft in UK and other countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria but he cannot go and make his fraudulent money because he knows he will be caught; and they will cut off his hands. Here some criminals like him are hiding him. But I promise you that once he sets foot here, he will be arrested. There are multiple cases against him in court in Nigeria. We took them to court like I said earlier. So he is a wanted person

George: If he comes tonight what will you do?

Ukutt: He will be arrested at the airport, at the point of entry; except is coming you will be under a false name false identity, using false passports. He could be  using a passport with a different name, or trying to take the black market root or coming illegally like people using the Mexico border to enter into US illegally. That’s what I mean by this man entering illegally. If he enters the country, legitimately, he will be arrested at a point of entry. That’s all. I can assure you of this. As I’m talking to you now, the international police is looking for 
Gary Foxcroft; he is hiding; he has changed all his numbers but I have one that I’m going to forward to you.  I got it from one of his friends in Nigeria here.

 

George: As I’m talking you now, there available record here shows that Foxcroft is coming this week or he is in Nigeria; and Nigeria don’t have many roots…?

Ukutt: (cuts in) I know! We’re waiting for him. The EFCC is waiting for him. I and other groups who had early written a petition to that effect; have I recently sent another petition. Look let me tell you, that man called Gary is a notorious criminal and a practicing fraudster, that’s why he can’t come here and advertise himself anymore. We’ve been monitoring him. If he thinks he is not a criminal or a fraudster, let him come here and run any program; he will be arrested immediately. 

George: What’s EFCC again?
Ukutt: Economic and Financial Crime Commission. It’s a special government commission monitor, arrest and prosecutes fraudsters, Internet scam, and money launderers. It’s a commission that deals with fiscal issue that’s gone wrong!

George: About two years, Foxcroft was in Nigeria, why didn’t you arrest him?

Ukutt: Look, George, let me tell you, that man had been hiding when ever comes to Nigeria this time. No body knew he’s around then because he used pseudo names. So this time round, there’s a case against him on fraud related issue in court as I’m talking to you.
George: Can you give detail?
Ukutt: no no! Not at this time.

Has Ita Uma said anything regarding all this scam deal of Mr. Foxcroft?

 

Of course! He has made series of press statements about this but since that Gary is always hiding in United Kingdom; I don’t know what action he is taking.  .

What is mindboggling is that despite the fact that the duo were working in unison supposedly for the interest of the so called stigmatised witch children, investigations had revealed that Foxcroft was not only swindling unsuspecting donors world wide but was also undercutting Ita-uma. Ita uma has come out recently to openly confess that Gary Foxcroft was working hard only run away with the money of the witch children. I will forward some of the links to you. It’s published in different newspapers and internet. Ita-uma said that he didn’t know that Gary Foxcroft was a fraudster. He’s regretting now because Foxcroft went away with three millions pounds (£3 m) meant for the witch children.

 

George: Thank you so much. Nice talking to you.

Ukutt: You are welcome! Call me anytime you need any more information.

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Gary Foxcroft of Stepping Stones Nigeria & WHRIN

 

 

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Charity Racket: How a Briton Defrauds Akwa Ibom Government of $2.5M

20 Aug

By George Baldwin

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A British charity worker, Mr Gary James Foxcroft has been reportedly plotting  a $2.5m fraud on Akwa Ibom State government in Nigeria with  inside accomplices . A high ranking official working in the Ministry of Education divulged this  to our reporter in a recorded  phone conversation.
“Yes I can confirm to you that a senior government official is colluding with Mr Gary Foxcroft to commit a grand larceny and fraud  with the hope of getting his own cut; and some documentations have been procured to that effect so that it will look genuine. They termed it ‘Grant for training of teachers and children.’ Right now, part of the fund will be committed to their hands in a week from now, the rest will be disbursed after three months,” the official said
Under the aegis of  a not-for-profit organization, Stepping Stones Nigeria (SSN),  Mr. Froxcroft fronts his wife, Mrs Naomi Foxcroft  to the volatile Niger Delta region only with one object: to swindle the Akwa Ibom State government of a whooping $2.5 million US Dollars.
Mrs. Foxcroft who uses her maiden name,  Naomi Chapel under the cover and impression that Stepping Stones Nigeria (SSN) was now under a new leadership after it fell apart with Akwa Ibom state government in 2010; and that Mr. Foxcroft resigned from the organization  since 2011. This gesture will be returned in kind by way launching a wide media praise singing once the money is shared
However, a volunteer with SSN  in Lancaster,  United Kingdom who spoke on account of anonymity revealed that Mr. Foxcroft only stepped aside temporarily to enable him fully develop his two new organizations, Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network (WHRIN) and Universal Learning Solution (ULS), a borrowed plumes from Jolly Phonics in the UK,  both equally based in Lancaster (with undisclosed addresses); and in order to douse tension that   has greeted SSN over the N15 million bribe scandal that rocked the organization about two years ago.
“No, no, he did not resign from Stepping Stones Nigeria! He only took a sabbatical to relieve himself of the tension and to use that period to develop the two new organizations I just mentioned to you. Check on their website and Facebook pages I gave you,  you’ll see what I’m trying to say,” the volunteer stated.
Checks confirmed that, apart from SSN which Naomi Foxcroft is now posing as the Acting Director, both Witchcraft and Human Right Information Network (WHRIN) and Universal Learning Solution (ULS) are both headed by Mr. Foxcroft.
Checks also reveal that Mr Foxcroft  is also the head of Jolly Phonics Nigeria, one of the four Foxcroft-led  organizations packaged in the said proposals to defraud Akwa Ibom government.
Though Foxcroft refused to respond to the various overtures including phone calls and emails  for  an interview, an SSN official said  that they applied for grant from Akwa Ibom government and they were in the process of getting it.
“Listen, I don’t know what you call scam or where do you get the version of your own story! We’re registered charity and have the right to apply for funding from any organization,” she fumed.
On why Foxcroft is no longer the spokesperson of the organization, she said.
“Whether it’s Gary or not, it’s  under a charities and  he’s still part of SSN if that’s your problem! Emily Secker is the new spokesperson and Naomi Foxcroft is the acting Head” she explained further.
In 2011, the Nigerian arm of the SSN, called  Stepping Stones Nigeria Child Empowerment Foundation (SSNCEF) based in Eket, Akwa Ibom State won a $150,000 rising star award grant from Star Foundation, a UK charity foundation   meant for 2012 year. But in a swift turn of events, Mr. Foxcroft reportedly pocketed $20,000 from the grant on what he called “one-off payment” for his role and effort to secure the grant.
This development did not go down well with Mr. Lucky-Imo Inyang, the founder and then Program Director of SSNCEF in Nigeria who vehemently challenged Foxcroft  for the pocketing of such a staggering  amount of money, which was never included in the proposals during application. Piqued by this affront, Foxcroft mobilized a few hands of the SSNCEF Trustees in Nigeria with financial inducement to compel Mr Inyang’s resignation on a flimsy ground of what he called “incompetence and lack of qualification” to head such organization.
When Inyang refused to resign, Foxcroft was said to have bribed the Nigerian Mobile Police picked on the roadside  to terrorize Inyang. In order to concentrate with his studies, in the University of Uyo and students union government election which he subsequently won as president, Inyang threw in the towel, and a certain Utibe Ikot whose father is a former secretary  of Esit Eket Local Government Council was horridly drafted as Acting Program Director which gave Foxcroft an easy ride and leeway to  pocket his controversial ‘one-off payment’ without question. But Ikot resigned and skidded to Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) when Foxcroft again accused him of what he called ‘massive fraud and gross misconduct’
However,  within  a year of Inyan’s exit, the SSNCEF suffered a setback and was closed down. A check on its office at #2 Clinic Road Extension, Eket shows that the place is now under locked and keyed with morse and rodents the only official inhabitants of the place. Yet the $150,000 grant from Star Foundation which remained unused was not returned to the grantor as charity law demands, as investigation has revealed.
A former SSNCEF staff, who merely gave his name  as Effiong Umoh, told our reporter that Foxcroft who was the intermediary for collection and release of the fund kept 3/4 (which is 75%) of it, pending reports of the first quarter, before the final collapse of SSNCEF
“If he’s not returned the unused fund to the donor, that means he’s lining his pocket as usual  with the children money, that’s too bad… Even the children who’re abandoned at Eket Stadium did not get a dime from it” the ex-SSNCEF staffer decried.
As the day closes by, the Briton by the name Mr Gary James Foxcroft and his co-accomplices in Akwa Ibom government employ, are waiting to smile their way to the bank using the name of charity work. This is no doubt, a grand charity racket!

Stepping Stones Nigeria’s Director Attempts Corrupt Deal With Ex-AG

27 Oct

Strong facts have immerged indicating that the Programme Director of Stepping Stones Nigeria (SSN) Mr Gary Foxcroft approached the immediate past Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, of Akwa Ibom State, Bar Ekpenyong Ntekim with N15m to assist him to lobby the governor of Akwa Ibom State Chief Goodwill Akpabio to reverse its resolve to blacklist the UK charity organisation which claims to be one of the organisations
that protect the right of children branded witches in Akwa Ibom State and other parts of Nigeria.
An impeccable source in London revealed that cold tremor was in the atmosphere after an investigative report was published in different dailies which showed how Stepping Stones Nigeria kept children in an unprotected, unroofed and filthy abandoned hotel apartment; and an open shack, in the ambience of the Eket sport stadium, while claiming to take good care of them and using them to solicit for funds to line their pockets.
This news did not however go down well with the SSN boss as the Akwa Ibom State government responded swiftly to the report and rescued the children from the hazard prone locations of the Stepping Stones Nigeria. In a press release written by Mr Foxcroft and jointly signed by the SSN attorney, Barr James Ibor and Mr Lucky Imo-Inyang, Program Director of the Nigeria arm of SSN called Stepping Stones Nigeria Child Empowerment Foundation (SSNCEF) accused Akwa Ibom government of abducting children in their ‘care’. This development severely infuriated the government which moved to blacklist the UK charity and distanced itself from the organisation’s activities, in Akwa Ibom State .

‘It is evil for any organisation to keep children in unsafe and unprotected place where those children are abused, raped, impregnated on a daily basis, and trafficked out and without protection while sitting in UK to make money in their name… Government cannot fold its arm and see how this goes on unabated. We have to act and rescue the children from the hands of their predators where Stepping Stones Nigeria claims to care for them,’ the statement said.

In view of the foregoing, Mr Foxcroft therefore approached the former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Ekpenyong Ntekim while in London on a trip with the Commission of Inquiry into Witchcraft Accusation and Child Abuse which went to get testimony from him on his organisation activities with children of Akwa Ibom State . The source said the SSN boss pledged to ditch out N15m if the former AG, now Commissioner for Transportation, succeeded in persuading the governor, and create an enabling environment for him to meet with governor.

Reports strongly indicate that Gary Foxcroft had arrived Nigeria two weeks later to meet the ex-AG for the sordid deal. But the AG’s inability to convince the governor to pave way for the Briton to have a dialogue with the governor is giving serious cause for concern; as it was likely that the ex AG was be very busy in Abuja then jostling for ministerial appointment which did not however, yield dividend. It is therefore unlikely that the fund for the deal was released by Foxcroft as hope to meet the governor finally crashed.

It will be recalled that the child witch Panel which had its sitting in Uyo was already rounding up its assignment when Ntekim strongly persuaded the chairman to relocate its sitting to London . Though the chairman of the Commission, Justice Godwin Abraham had initially asked his members of their opinion, a source from the Commission said the secretary of the then commission, Barr. Theresa Obot, the commission’s secretary had raised a strong objection to taking the Commission to London as there was ‘nothing practical to be done in the overseas trip’ which was widely described as a goose chase by analysts. But the strong persuasion of Ntekim did not allow the good sense of reasoning of Mrs Obot to prevail even as she refused to accept the bogus cheque dangled to each member as hotel and feeding allowance for the four days trip.

A legal practitioner in the State, Barr Jude Ekere, expressed surprise at the arrival of Mr Foxcroft to Akwa Ibom State two weeks after the Commission of Inquiry into Witchcraft Accusation and Child Abuse left London . He argued that ‘‘…for a man who said no place in Nigeria was saved for him to stay even a day for the interview to be conducted could suddenly arrived and stayed for three weeks leaves a lot to be desired.’’
Foxcroft left Uyo for Uquo, in Esit Eket where he visited Stepping Stones Model School (SSMS), a school which was initially built for stigmatised and abandoned children but strategically converted to a private school which charges fees 70% higher than the highest paid private school in the entire area. The Uquo community in a petition letter written to the chairman of Esit Eket Local Government Chairman, Pastor Victor Isanghedighe called on the Chairman to urge Foxcroft to reduce the amount of tuition fees being paid by pupils of the school, even as it described it as ‘‘a huge exploitation,’’ or risk their wrath

The petition states in parts, “The school is advertised in the Stepping Stones Nigeria’s website as a charity school for less privilege children of Esit Eket Community where only a small amount is paid by 30% of the pupils. And the children too are advertised in their website and used to solicit for fund. This is unacceptable!’’ the petition maintained.

As the deal of persuading the governor did not work out, Foxcroft who was accompanied to Nigeria by the Director of Street Invest and new Stepping Stones Nigeria’s Chair of Trustees, Ms Felix Holman headed for Abuja where they organised a Film show for oil exploration and children of Nigeria at a Silver Bird Auditorium which witnessed an abysmal attendance due to the cynicism that is beginning to trail the activities of SSN.

One of such cynics is an Uyo based Mr Victor Umoh, a brother to the former co-ordinator of Stepping Stones Nigeria who said he was becoming pieced off with the activities of the Stepping Stones Nigeria since they stopped supporting the stigmatised children but are still using the children to solicit for funds using video documentaries, pictorial news of the stigmatised and ostracised children.
‘You cannot understand him. He will use Nigerians who work hard for the children, praise them; but as soon as he achieved his aim, he ditched them and looks for another set of Nigerians and children use and dumped when he gets what he wants. He will even use helpless children solicit for fund and still abandoned them. This is crazy using children to make millions of pounds then divert to personal use. We are really sick of hearing about the phantom reports given to the charity commission.” Mr. Umoh charged.

He further revealed that Foxcroft has employed the services of one Ms Grace Ekong fondly called Adia Tom to tour around Europe, US and other parts of the world to launch image laundry for Foxcroft’s Stepping Stones Nigeria and possibly black mail any group and persons that Gary’s SSN has used and ditched including those that disagreed with his views and activities, like the Akwa Ibom government. Ms Ekong, who is in her mid seventies, is a British-Nigerian with Eket descent, married to a Briton and has a female child who has just completed her medical studies in London .
The choice of Ms Ekong for this sordid job is described as ‘well apt and attainable’ given her age as an elderly lady, her soft spoken and persuasive style of approach to people and issues; and her ability to speak, Ekid, Ibibio, Efik and English languages fluently. She is said to have concluded her tours in US and UK , last two weeks and will be heading for Germany in a matter of weeks from now. Though, a trustee of the Stepping Stones Nigeria in UK , the special contract she signed to do an extraordinary image-laundry job, will undoubtedly, earn her much money than her previous job.

Umoh hinted at a plan that is underway: “We are consulting with stake-holders to expose the nefarious activities of Mr. Foxcroft that is using the Nigerian children to enrich himself. Why is he using funds he made from the heads of Nigerian vulnerable children to run a scam campaign against environmental and oil degradation; using Nigerian children to run a private company called Jolly Phonics in UK ? If the Nigerian government cannot do much to investigate him, don’t you think it is wise for individuals or civil society organisation to do so?” Umoh queried.
In the Stepping Stones Nigeria’s website, Foxcroft describe Nigeria as the most fraudulent and corrupt nation in the world. He went further, ‘‘Unfortunately, having the word “Nigeria” in our name has negative connotations with many people associating Nigeria for its less positive traits such as fraud and corruption’’

But recently, the UK Guardian reported that “the anti-corruption group, Transparency International, has issued a “wake-up call” as it believes that key government departments are too complacent or even in denial about the increasing threat of corruption” which is now gripping the Britain. It raises huge concern over the corruption scandal rocking– prisons, parliament, political parties and sport. It specifically took a swipe at the £100m drugs trade scandal within prisons and its officials. This is not leaving behind the phone hacking and police bribery scandal which forces the Britain’s News of The World paper to shut down with its CEO, Rupert Murdoch, a former media chief to British Prime Minister, David Cameron being grilled by the parliament while his aide Rebecca Brooks was arrested by police in London. This the SSN boss does see as brazen corruption in his country, Britain .

Yet, Anie Udofia, a Nigerian based in London thinks differently. “Gary Foxcroft should be investigated without further delay. If proven not guilty, we can now tell him thank you for a job well done; this is the time for you to go and tackle the problem like corruption and child witches or trafficking in your own country, Britain . If otherwise, he should be prosecuted under the law. This is what the new attorney general should be interested in’’ Udofia maintains

A former legal adviser to SSN who is based in Eket but preferred anonimity said more revelations about misappropriation of funds by Foxcroft will be made manifest in no distant time. “We are working towards that and people will be stunned by the revelation….” the legal expert averred.

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