- The EFCC has returned the sum of $4,040 to a Brazillian victim who was defrauded in a romance scam
- Debora Moreira, the victim of internet fraud, has acknowledged the receipt of the sum of $4,040 which was recovered on her behalf by the EFCC
- The money was recovered by the anti-graft commission after investigation of the scam in March 2019
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has returned the sum of $4,040 to a Brazillian victim who was defrauded in a romance scam.
Debora Moreira, the victim of internet fraud, has acknowledged the receipt of the sum of $4,040 which was recovered on her behalf by the Port Harcourt zonal office of the EFCC.
The anti-graft commission disclosed that the money was recovered after investigation of the scam in March 2019.
A suspect, Emmanuel Tope, was prosecuted for the scam and the proceeds of crime were remitted into the victim’s account with Bank Itau S/A, Rua Ameirico Brasiliense, through the Central Bank of Nigeria.
In another report, the EFCC has declared that a former Abia state governor, Orji Kalu, would face immediate retrial for money laundering.
The EFCC made the statement after the Supreme Court voided Kalu’s conviction on Friday, May 8.
The senator had been sentenced to 12 years in jail by a Federal High Court before the apex court nullified his conviction.
Although the Supreme Court did not acquit him of the charges of money laundering, the court upturned the verdict of the trial court on the grounds that Mohammed Liman, the judge who heard the case, was no longer a judge of the Federal High Court at the time he handled and delivered judgment on the matter.
But the anti-graft agency said that it considered the judgment of the apex court as quite unfortunate, adding that the verdict was a technical ambush against the trial of the former governor.
The commission noted that it was prepared for a fresh and immediate trial of the case because its evidence against Kalu and others is overwhelming.
The EFCC added that the corruption charges against Kalu still subsist since the Supreme Court did not acquit him of them, saying that the entire prosecutorial machinery of the EFCC would be launched in a fresh trial where justice is bound to be served in due course.
To another news on financial crime, the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, on Friday, May 8, ordered the final forfeiture of the sum of N426.7m belonging to a retired Army general, Brig.-Gen.
John Onimisi Ozigi to the federal government. Legit.ng reports that the presiding judge, Justice Muslim Hassan, had earlier ordered the interim forfeiture of the money following an ex parte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Joined as respondents are Diamond Head Ventures and Dev. Company Ltd.
In granting the interim forfeiture order, the judge directed interested parties to show cause why the sum of money should not be permanently forfeited to the government.
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