The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recouped 67.5million from suspected fraudsters through a non-conviction order issued by the Federal High Court in Enugu and returned to the victim of the fraud, Emmanuel Onah on Thursday.
Spokesperson of the Commission, Wilson Uwujaren, said on Thursday that the money was recovered by the zonal office of the anti-graft agency in Enugu through a non-conviction based forfeiture.
Mr Emmanuel was said to have in 2019 transferred N75, 760,540 to Tega Esinone and Obiajulu Umeagukwu for onward transmission to his business partner, Crecedor Industrial Co. Ltd in Hong Kong but the suspects converted the money to their own use.
According to Wilson,the commission investigated the matter, and subsequently initiated a non-conviction based forfeiture process.
He added that the anti-graft agency culminated in a December 1, 2020 ruling by a judge of the Federal High Court in Enugu, Ibrahim Buba, ordering the forfeiture of the sum of N67, 522,831.55 in a new generation bank account belonging to Tega Esinone, to the victim.
While reacting to the development, head of EFCC in Enugu, Oshodi Johnson, said “the gesture demonstrates the commission’s stance on justice for all.”