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EFCC arraigns Cubana manager, one other for alleged $164,000.00 money laundering in Lagos

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On August 24, 2022, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCCLagos )'s Zonal Command brought Lucky Uchechukwu Ndukwe, a manager with the Cubana Group, and Precious Omonkhoa Ofure before Justice Justice O.A. Fadipe of the Special Offenses Court in Ikeja for an offense that borders on money laundering and conspiracy to launder.

Agents of the Commission recently detained Ndukwe, also known as Cubana Prime Minister, and Ofure after receiving reliable information regarding their involvement in the fraudulent activities.

The charge against them reads: "That you, Precious Omonkhoa Ofure and Lucky Uchechukwu Ndukwe, sometime in 2021 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did conspire amongst yourselves and laundered an aggregate sum of $164,000 (One Hundred and Sixty-four Thousand Dollars), which form part of $256,314 (Two Hundred and Fifty-six Thousand, Three Hundred and Fourteen United Sates Dollars) fraudulently obtained by false pretence from one Elena Bogomaz, a Canadian Citizen, and converted the fraudulent money into the United States Dollars with the help of a Bureau De ChangeOperator, which was then credited into the bank account of Casa Cubana Estate Limited and Lucky Uchechukwu Ndukwe respectively for the purchase of two and landed properties and committed an offence contrary to Section 330 of lhe Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011."

The amount of $164, 000. 00 (One Hundred and Sixty-four Thousand Dollars), iPhone mobile devices, and laptop computers are among the items that were recovered from them.

Ndukwe "pleaded not guilty" and Ofure "pleaded guilty" to the accusation respectively during their arraignment today.

As a result, the prosecution's attorney, M.K. Bashir, went over the case's facts and pleaded for Ofure, the defendant, to receive a sentence that was appropriate.

Justice Fadipe found Ofure guilty of two charges of conspiracy and money laundering and sentenced him to three years in jail, with the possibility of an additional punishment of two million naira (N2,000,000.00) and 100 hours of community service.




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