EFCC Hands Over Recovered N67. 5m To Emmanuel Onah

EFCC hands over recovered N67. 5m to Emmanuel Onah a trader who resides in Onitsha after he was scammed of his hard-earned money.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu Zone on Thursday the 15th of April, 2021, recovered the sum of N67,523,000 that belongs to Mr. Emmanuel Onyekachukwu Onah, a trader who lives in Onitsha, Anambra State.

Onah’s story began sometime in 2019 when he sent the sum of N75, 760,540.00 (Seventy-Five Million, Seven Hundred and Sixty Thousand, Five Hundred and Forty Naira), to two individuals named Tega Esinone and Obiajulu Umeagukwu for onward transferring to his business partner, Crecedor Industrial Co. Ltd located in Hong Kong.

Rather than doing as intended, the suspects converted the money for their own use. After efforts to recover his money from the suspects failed, Onah reported to the EFCC.

In the course of investigating the scam, the Commission initiated a non-conviction-based forfeiture process which built up to a December 1, 2020 ruling by Justice I.N Buba of the Federal High Court, Enugu.  The court ordered the return of the sum of N67, 522,831.55 in a new generation bank account that belonged to Tega Esinone to the victim.

The cheques were presented to the victim on Thursday the 15th of April.  Oshodi Johnson, the head of the Enugu Office said the gesture demonstrates the Commission’s commitment to ensuring justice for all.

“EFCC is for everybody and all that the EFCC is focused on is justice. We will continue to work within its mandate to ensure that Nigeria becomes a nation that is free of corruption. We will not relent until this is achieved.”

He also cautioned fraudsters of the Commission’s readiness to fish them out anywhere they are, saying that it would be better they repent from their criminal activities because it was only a matter of time before the law will catch up with them.

In his remarks after receiving the cheques, Mr. Onah expressed how grateful he was to the Commission for helping to recover his money.

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