Alleged vote shopping for plot: EFCC arrests Imo Accountant-Normal over unusual withdrawal of N1.05bn – The Nation Newspaper


The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), Enugu Zonal Workplace, has arrested the Appearing Accountant-Normal of Imo State, Mr. Uzoho Casmir, on suspicion of laundering the sum of N1.050 billion.

The money was allegedly withdrawn in three tranches between Tuesday and Thursday.

EFCC believes that the cash was meant for vote shopping for.

The suspect, who was arrested on Thursday, was in custody at press yesterday.

The EFCC, it was additionally gathered, is probing whether or not the money was mopped up on the orders of the governor of the state, Owelle Rochas Okorocha.

An EFCC supply mentioned: “Now we have intelligence report that money was withdrawn by a brand new technology financial institution to be used by the state authorities.

“Casmir’s arrest adopted intelligence report that the state authorities meant to make use of the cash for vote shopping for in favour of a selected candidate in Saturday’s gubernatorial election.”

He mentioned intelligence additional revealed to the EFCC that Casmir withdrew the quantity in three tranches between Tuesday and Thursday this week within the following order: N200 million on Tuesday, N500 million on Wednesday and N350 million on Thursday.

The supply claimed that the EFCC had taken pre-emptive steps to cease additional withdrawal from the affected accounts.

“Now we have blocked the traced accounts whereas the arrested Accountant Normal has been offering helpful data to the Fee,” he mentioned.

Casmir, he mentioned additional, was earlier than his appointment a Director of Finance in Okorocha’s authorities and was “in 2016 questioned over N2 billion bailout fund given to the state by the Federal Authorities for the fee of wage arrears of civil servants.”

The Appearing Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr. Tony Orilade, confirmed the arrest of the Imo State Accountant-Normal.

In the meantime, the EFCC, Benin Zonal Workplace, has arraigned Bishop Ginika Obi James, Kingsåey Ibe Francis, Amaka Janet Okafor, Lokwutor Tina and Reward Ochei, earlier than Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal Excessive Court docket Asaba, Delta State, on a six-count cost of acquiring cash by false pretence.

In response to an announcement by the Appearing Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr. Tony Orilade, the defendants have been alleged to have fraudulently obtained varied sums of cash from their victims underneath the pretence of investing the cash in a phony ‘Gideon Basis Mission’.

The assertion mentioned: “The defendants have been additionally alleged to have promised to share 40 per cent dividend from the funding along with his victims which turned out to be pretend.

“One of many depend reads: ‘That you simply Ginika Obi James, Kingsåey Ibe Francis, Amaka Janet  Okafor, Lokwutor Tina and Reward Ochei, generally in Might, 2018, in Agbor inside the jurisdiction of this honourable courtroom did with intent to defraud conspired with yourselves to commit an offence to wit: receive cash by false pretences and thereby dedicated an offence opposite to Part a (1) (a) of the Advance Price Fraud and different Fraud Associated offences Act and punishable underneath Part 1(3) of the identical Act.’

“The defendants pleaded not responsible to the costs when it was learn to them.

“The prosecution counsel, Moses Arumemi, primarily based on the plea entered by the defendants, prayed the courtroom to repair a date for trial and to remand the defendants in jail custody.

“Nonetheless, counsel for defendants, Eli Elugwu, advised the courtroom that he has filed an software for bail and prayed the courtroom to grant bail to the defendants, arguing that the offence was a bailabåe one.

“After listening to the submissions of counsels, Justice Dimgba granted the defendants bail.

“The primary defendant, Bishop Ginika Obi, was granted bail within the sum of N500,000 and one surety in like sum, and that the surety have to be a civil servant of not lower than grade stage 10.”

“Nonetheless, the 4 different defendants have been granted bail within the sum of N200,000 and a surety in like sum. The surety have to be a civil servant of not lower than grade stage 7.

“Justice Dimgba adjourned the case until Might 7, 2019 for graduation of trial and ordered that the defendants must be remanded in jail custody pending the perfection of their bail situation.”

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