- The EFCC has recorded another victory in its fight against corruption
- The spokesperson of the agency, Wilson Uwujaren, detailed an impersonator was arrested and convicted
- The EFCC has intensified its prosecution of fraudsters in recent times
A fake army officer identified as Henry Mfon Asuquo has been sentenced to eight years in prison by the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo for fraud.
Asuquo was prosecuted by the Uyo zonal office of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The spokesperson of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, disclosed in a statement that the convict arrested on January 3, 2019, at Ayara Street, Nungu Uko in Ibesikpo local government area of the state following a petition by one Itoro Tom.
He was accused of swapping the SIM card of the complainant and fraudulently withdrawing N700,000 from her account domiciled at a new generation bank.
The anti-graft agency also discovered that the convict was parading himself as a military officer.
According to the EFCC spokesperson, a search executed in his apartment upon arrest led to the recovery of military uniforms, boots, and bulletproof jackets.
During his trial, the accused pleaded guilty to the charges against him and the court sentenced him on Wednesday, March 24.
The presiding judge, Justice Okeke, sentenced Asuquo to 4 years imprisonment, noting that each of the two counts preferred against him are to run concurrently without the option of a fine.
The judge also ordered the convict to pay his victim a sum of N600,000 as restitution before he could be released from prison.
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