Friday, June 18, 2021 2:27 pm
By Akin Kuponiyi
A Federal high court sitting in Lagos, South West Nigeria, today discharged and acquitted Senator representing Delta North senatorial district, Delta State of Nigeria,Peter Nwaoboshi and his two companies. They were alleged to have laundered N805million.
The two Limited liability companies charged alongside the senator are,Golden touch construction Project Limited and Suiming Electrical Limited.
The presiding Judge, Chukwujekwu Aneke,,said Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)failed to prove the elements of the offences for which it charged the lawmaker and his two companies.
Justice Aneke further said that the prosecution’s case collapsed because ” Sterling Bank officials were not called to testify.”
The defendants were re-arraigned before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke on 5th of October,2018. They were initially arraigned before Justice Mohammed Idris who was later elevated to the court of Appeal.
That you Peter Nwaoboshi and Golden Touch construction Project Limited between May and June 2014 within the jurisdiction of the honourable court did acquire a property described as Guinea house Marina Road, Apapa for the sum of N805million when you reasonably ought to have known that the sum of N322million out of the purchase price transferred to the vendor by order of suiming Electrical Limited formed part of the proceeds of unlawful act to wit fraud contrary to section 15(2)(d) of the money laundering Act 2011 and punishable under section 15(3)of the same Act.
That you Suiming Electrical Limited on or about 14th May 2014 aided Peter Nwaobosi and Golden Touch construction Project Limited to commit money laundering contrary to section 18(a) of the money laundering prohibition Act 2011 and punishable under section 15(3)read in conjunction with section 15(2)(d)of the same act.