Alleged $167,000 money laundering: Court remands 2 suspects in Enugu prison

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Alleged 7,000 money laundering: Court remands 2 suspects in Enugu prison

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday‎ arraigned one Ojinnaka Emmanuel and Nwoke Juventus Uchenna before
Honourable Justice Dugbo Oghoghrie of the Federal High Court Enugu.

The duo were docked on a three-count charge of conspiracy, under declaration of currency and Procurement.

They pleaded not guilty to charges preferred against them.

The accused persons were arrested at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu during a routine check of outward passengers of Ethiopian Airline to China.

Ojinnaka, the first accused procured the second accused, Nwoke to transport in cash to China, the sum of $167,900,000 (One Hundred and Sixty Seven Thousand, Nine Hundred US Dollars) which were undeclared before the Nigerian Customs Service operatives at the airport.

Nwoke had earlier declared the sum of $10,000 (Ten Thousand U.S Dollars) as the only amount in his possession before the undeclared sum was found on him.

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When the case was called up, the prosecution counsel Barr. Mainforce Adaka informed the court that he was ready with his case and had his witness in court.

However, the defence counsel Bar. I.U Chukwudebere opposed the issue of proposing for a trial when the case was slated for arraignment.

He had argued that the business of the court for the day was not hearing of the matter.

The court adjourned the case to 10th of May 2017 for the hearing of bail application of the defendants. They are to remain in prison custody within the period.

One of the counts reads: “That you Ojinnaka Emmanuel C. and Nwoke Juventus Uchenna on or about 12th day of December 2015,at Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu within the Jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria conspired to do an illegal act; namely while transporting in cash the sum ($167,900) One Hundred and Sixty Seven Thousand ,Nine Hundred United State Dollars only from Nigeria to China, falsely declared to the Nigeria Customs Service the sum of ($10,000) Ten Thousand United Stated dollars only, instead of ($167 ,900) One hundred and Sixty Seven Thousand, Nine Hundred United State Dollars only and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 18(a) and punishable under section 2(5) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011 as Amended by section 2 of the money Laundry Prohibiting Act 2012.‎”

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