The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu Zone today April 15, 2021 restituted the sum of N67,523,000 (Sixty-seven Million, Five Hundred and Twenty Three Thousand Naira) to one Mr. Emmanuel Onyekachukwu Onah , a trader based in Onitsha, Anambra State. Onah’s ordeal started sometime in 2019 when he transferred the sum of N75, 760,540.00 (Seventy-Five Million, Seven Hundred and Sixty Thousand, Five Hundred and Forty Naira), to the duo of Tega Esinone and Obiajulu Umeagukwu for onward transmission to his business partner, Crecedor Industrial Co. Ltd in Hong Kong.
The suspects converted the money to their own use. After efforts to recover his money from the suspects failed, Onah petitioned the EFCC.
The Commission in the course of investigating the scam, initiated a non-conviction based forfeiture process which culminated in a December 1, 2020 ruling by Justice I.N Buba of the Federal High Court, Enugu ordering the forfeiture of the sum of N67, 522,831.55(Sixty Seven Million, Five Hundred and Twenty Two Thousand, Eight Hundred and Thirty-one Naira Fifty-five kobo) in a new generation bank account belonging to Tega Esinone to the victim.
Presenting the cheques to the victim these days, Oshodi Johnson, Head of the Enugu Office stated the gesture demonstrates the Commission stance on justice for all. “EFCC is for anybody and all that the EFCC stands for is justice. We will hold to work inside its mandate to make sure that Nigeria turns into a kingdom that is corrupt unfastened. We will now not relaxation till that is accomplished.”
He warned fraudsters of the Commission’s readiness to fish them out anywhere they're, announcing that it'd be better they repent from their nefarious sports because it turned into simplest a remember of time earlier than the lengthy hands of law catches up with them.
In his feedback after receiving the cheques, Mr Onah expressed gratitude to the Commission for supporting to get better his money. “Honestly, I am so overjoyed because these days is a day of smile. I got here to you humans in tears however nowadays my heart is complete of joy and my face is complete of smiles. I am now a residing testimony that the EFCC works and they can deliver justice even to the not unusual man, ’he stated.