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Lawyer Arraigned For N21m Fraud



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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Makurdi zonal office has arraigned one Benki Iortyom Womboh, a lawyer, for accepting N21m without going through a financial institution.

Womboh was arraigned on two counts of alleged refusal to furnish EFCC with information required in the declaration of assets form, and for accepting cash payment without going through a financial institution, at the Federal High Court, Benue State.

“That you, Benki Iortyom Womboh between 2013 and 2018 in Makurdi, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court accepted cash payment of the total sum of N21,718,000 (Twenty One Million, Seven Hundred and Eighteen Thousand Naira) money belonging to the Nigeria Union of Pensioner (NUP) Benue State Chapter without going through a financial institution and thereby committed an offence, contrary to Section 1(a) of the Money Laundering (prohibition) Act, 2011 (As Amended) and punishable under 16(2) (b) and 16 (3) of the same Act,” one of the charges read

Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon granted the suspect bail in the sum of N2,000,000.00 (two million Naira) with one surety in like sum, who must be gainfully employed.

The case was adjourned till January 15, 2020 for commencement of trial.

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