EFCC Arraigns Six For ‘Swallowing $115,000’


According to The Nation, The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission yesterday arraigned Onwuasonya Augustine and five others at the Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly swallowing $115,000 in a bid to conceal it.

He was charged for alleged money laundering with Christian Okoli, Kingsley Nwokenta, Nwokenta Emmanuel, Ezenwa Ikenna and Ezenwa Uzoma.

The EFCC prosecutor, Ayokunle Fayanju, alleged that Onwuasonya and the others committed the offence on August 25 in a bid to avoid declaring the money to the Nigeria Customs Service at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

The alleged offence, he said, was contrary to Section 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012 and were liable to being punished under Section 2(5) of the same Act.

Uzoma was accused of obstructing an NDLEA official, Bello Tsanya, in the discharge of his duty.

According to Fayanju, the offence runs foul of Section 22 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012).

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the allegations.

Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke adjourned till December 11 for hearing in their bail applications.

He ordered that they be remanded in prison.

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