CRIME

EFCC Hands Over Recovered N67.5m To Victim In Enugu

The Enugu zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday handed the sum of Sixty-seven Million, Five Hundred and Twenty Three Thousand Naira to one Emmanuel Onyekachukwu Onah, a trader based in Onitsha, Anambra State.

Onah’s ordeal started sometime in 2019 when he transferred the sum of Seventy-Five Million, Seven Hundred and Sixty Thousand, Five Hundred and Forty Naira, to the duo of Tega Esinone and Obiajulu Umeagukwu for onward transmission to his business partner, Crecedor Industrial Co. Ltd in Hong Kong.

Esinone and Umeagukwu however converted the money to their own use.

But after Onah tried in vain to recover his money from the suspects, he petitioned the EFCC.

Spokesman for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren in a statement said, the anti-graft agency, in the course of investigating the scam, initiated a non-conviction based forfeiture process which culminated in a December 1, 2020 ruling by Justice I.N Buba of the Federal High Court, Enugu ordering the forfeiture of the sum of Sixty Seven Million, Five Hundred and Twenty Two Thousand, Eight Hundred and Thirty-one Naira Fifty-five kobo in a new generation bank account belonging to Tega Esinone to the victim.

Presenting the cheques to the victim,  Head of the Enugu EFCC office, Oshodi Johnson said the gesture demonstrates the commission stance on justice for all.

Johnson said, “EFCC is for everybody and all that the EFCC stands for is justice. We will continue to work within its mandate to ensure that Nigeria becomes a nation that is corrupt free. We will not rest until this is achieved.”

He warned fraudsters of EFCC’s readiness to fish them out anywhere they are, saying that it would be better they repent from their nefarious activities because it was only a matter of time before the long arms of law catches up with them. 

In his remarks after receiving the cheques, Onah expressed gratitude to the commission for helping to recover his money.

“Honestly, I am so overjoyed because today is a day of smile. I came to you people in tears but today my heart is full of joy and my face is full of smiles. I am now a living testimony that the EFCC works and they can bring justice even to the common man,” he said.

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