EFCC secures early conviction of criminals as Magu vows to redouble efforts

Atek’ojo Usman-Ejima, Abuja

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), barely a few days in the new year, secured convictions of three suspects for financial crimes in the FCT High Courts.

In a statement which was made available to CAPITALWATCH in Abuja by the Acting spokesperson of the Commission, Mr. Tony Orilade, he said, the Acting Chairman of the EFFC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu vowed to redouble efforts at combating corrupt elements in the system.  He said the early convictions in the year was a sign of success story at tackling corruption, noting that the Commission would continue to bring corrupt culprits to justice within the ambit of laws.

Justice D.Z. Senchi

The EFCC egghead said Justice D.Z. Senchi of the FCT High Court, Apo on January 2, 2019 convicted Augustine James and Cyrinus Valentine Richard and sentenced them to 14 years imprisonment without an option of fine.

The culprits were prosecuted on a six-count amended charge of conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretenses and forgery.

Mr Edwin Ogbomwan (alias Thomas Jerry Stars) was also convicted by the presiding Judge. The sentenced Edwin Ogbomwan was prosecuted by the Advanced Fee Fraud unit of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.  He was convicted for internet related fraud and sentenced to two months imprisonment with an option of N1,000,000.00 only.

The convict is to forfeit his Toyota 2006 model Camry, and iPhone X to the Federal government of Nigeria.

Reacting to the development, Magu said, it was a good way to start anti-corruption war in 2019, revealing that the Commission secured 312 conviction in 2018 alone. “We are strategizing to redouble our concerted efforts aimed at ensuring that the negative narrative of pervasive corruption in the system is changed for the better and the perception that some persons are above the law, remains altered”, Magu insisted.

He said the, “EFCC remains committed to carrying out its duties in conformity with the law establishing it to the best international practice.”

The EFCC boss commended the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onoghen for his exemplary leadership, noting that for the success recorded in the past years, the judiciary was highly instrumental.  Magu expressed:  “Let us have it at the back of our minds that we are only prosecutors; without the support of the judiciary and other heads of courts across jurisdictions, we couldn’t have succeeded in past years.”


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