- A Nigerian Senator from Delta State, Peter Nwaoboshi, was convicted of money laundering by the Lagos Court of Appeal
- The Court of Appeal sentenced the senator to seven years in prison and ordered his two companies to be liquidated
- Senator Nwaoboshi, representing the Delta North Senatorial District, had previously won the EFCC conviction in federal court before the Court of Appeals< /strong>
Lagos, Nigeria – The Lagos Court of Appeal has found the senator guilty and sentenced Senatorial District Representative Peter Nwaoboshi Delta North, to seven years.
The EFCC said in a statement via Facebook that the Court of Appeals rendered the verdict on Friday, July 1.
Peter Nwaoboshi: How EFCC secured the conviction
The Anti-Graft Agency r had accused the three defendants of acquiring a pr business called Guinea House, Marine Road, in Apapa, Lagos for N805 million.
“Part of the money paid to the seller, exactly a sum of 322 N million transferred by Suiming Electrical Ltd on behalf of Nwaoboshi and Golden Touch Construction Project Ltd is said to have been part of the proceeds of the scam.” said the EFCC.
But in his ruling, Judge Chukwujekwu Aneke of the Federal Court of Justice ruled that the EFCC failed to subpoena key witnesses and to present concrete evidence to establish the elements of the crime prove offenses alleged against the defendants.
He said PW2’s evidence “proved that the third defendant received a 1.2 billion from Zenith Bank for the purchase of additional equipment and as a provision of working capital.
“It also proved that the loan of N1.2 billion together with interest of 24 Million N was duly granted to the third party. Nothing else was proved by the complainant or the prosecutor in this case,” the judge said.
He claimed the prosecutor’s office received a fatal blow for failure to do so, officials calling Sterling Bank to “testify and probably offer Exhibits F and F10”.
Consequently, he dismissed and acquitted the defendants.
Appeals Court upholds verdict auf
However, the Court of Appeal ruled Friday on the EFCC’s appeal that the trial judge wrongly dismissed the charges against the defendants.
She added that the prosecution proved the ingredients of the crime and consequently found the defendants guilty as charged.
Mohammed Aliyu said on Facebook:
“Good EFCC. Please follow these publicly en looters continue, they are the course of the current phase of the country.”
Attahir Abdullahi commented:
“May GOD the Chairman of the EFCC and all EFCC -Bless staff and I wish you extend your efforts to other corrupt politicians.”
Bashiru Jika said:
“Hope to see more. Kudos to the judge for his excellent work without fear and favour.”
Anthony Chukwunweike Chinye said:
“Good job, please follow everyone and don’t be choosy in your law enforcement. God bless you all for a job, Weldon .”
Country Fraud: EFCC Arrested, Charges Another p Ex-Government Official
In another report, the EFCC arrested Kayode Odeyemi, a former Deputy Comptroller of the Correctional Service , arrested and charged in a high court in Bwari, Abuja.
According to the commission’s director of media and public relations, Wilson Uwujaren, Odeyemi has been charged with crimes related to land fraud bordered.
In the charges brought against Odeyemi, the commission alleged that he defrauded a certain Joseph N. Emelieze of N6,500,000 in 2019.