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EFCC Arraigns Ex-House Committee Chairman Over Alleged N320m Fraud

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned a former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on the Niger Delta Development Commission, Nicholas Ebomo.

Ebomo was arraigned together with three others on Monday earlier than Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo of the Federal High Court in Abuja for alleged abuse of workplace.

The different defendants are Airworld Technologies LTD, Oyien Homes LTD, and one Blessing Mutu who is alleged to be at massive.

Mutu is being prosecuted on 11 counts of alleged monetary crimes.

When the cost was learn to the previous lawmaker, he pleaded not responsible to the monetary crimes.

Upon taking his plea, lawyer to the EFCC, Ekele Iheanacho, requested for a trial date and requested the court docket to remand the defendant in a correctional facility.

But Mutu’s lawyer, P. Nikwueto, informed the court docket that his shopper was prepared for the trial and if the prosecution was not prepared, he would apply for bail.

In his response, Iheanacho opposed the appliance for the bail of the defendant.

He mentioned, “My lord, we cannot take the risk we took in 2018 when we granted him bail. He was released in the name of one Anthony John Ikpoyi.

“From that day till date, the defendant dishonoured the terms and conditions of bail and never showed up to EFCC office. My lord, so many efforts were made, including arresting the sureties, yet he refused to show up.”

Ruling on the bail utility, Justice Ogunbanjo granted non permanent freedom to Mutu, saying she took judicial discover of the executive bail which the EFCC earlier granted to the lawmaker.

The decide, thereafter, adjourned the case till February 25, March 4 and 5, April 22 and 28, in addition to May 5 and 6 for trial.

One of the costs learn, “That you, Honourable Nicholas Mutu Ebomo (M) whilst being the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on the Niger Delta Development Commission between August 2014 and August 2016 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did procure Airworld Technologies Ltd to conceal of the sum of N320,159, 689.63 (Three hundred and twenty million, one hundred and fifty-nine thousand, six hundred and eighty-nine naira, sixty-three kobo) to be paid by Starline Consultancy Services Ltd when you reasonably ought to have known that the said sum of N320, 159, 689.63 formed part of proceeds of corruption, gratification and fraudulent acquisition of property and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(c) (d) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011 as amended by Act No. 1 of (2012) and punishable under section 15(3) of the same Act.”

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