EFCC Charges Nigerian Federal Lawmaker, Mutu Over N320Million Alleged Money Laundering

 Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has charged a member of the House of Representatives, Nicholas Mutu to court over alleged money laundering and gratification to the tune of N320 million.

 

Justice F. Giwa Ogunbanjo of the Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday, January 22, 2024, told Mutu that he had a case to answer in an alleged N320 million money laundering case brought against him by the EFCC.

 

A statement issued by the EFCC said Mutu alongside Airworld Technologies Ltd. and Oyien Homes were dragged before the court by the anti-corruption agency on an amended 13 counts bordering on money laundering and gratification to the tune of N320 million between August 2014 and August 2016.

 

He was arraigned before the court while serving as the Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

 

The prosecution, at the last adjourned date, closed its case after presenting four witnesses, while the defence team made a no-case submission.

 

Justice Ogunbanjo while ruling on the no-case submission on Monday, January 22, 2024, told the defendant to enter his defence, ruling that the prosecution had presented sufficient evidence to establish a prima facie case against Mutu.

 

The EFCC counsel, Ekele Iheanacho, in his objection to the ‘no-case submission’ by the defence, argued that the money paid to the defendants by Starline Consultancy, a contractor to NDDC, was gratification.

 

Iheanacho further told the court that Mutu used his official position, as the chairman of the House Committee on NDDC, to influence the payment of money paid by the NDDC contractors, using Airworld Technologies Ltd.

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After ruling that Mutu had a case to answer, Justice Ogunbanjo adjourned the case till February 21 and 22, 2024.

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