Monday, February 3, 2020

EFCC arraigns Reps member for N320m fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday arraigned the member representing Bomadi/Patani Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Nicholas Mutu, for alleged abuse of office and fraud involving about N320m.

Mutu, a former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on the Niger Delta Development Commission, was arraigned before Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

He was arraigned on 11 counts, alongside Airworld Technologies LTD, Oyien Homes LTD, and one Blessing Mutu, said to be on the run an alleged abuse of office.

The EFCC alleged, among others that Mutu, while being the Chairman of the House Committee on NDDC, between August 2014 and August 2016 “did procure Airworld Technologies Ltd to conceal of the sum of N320,159, 689.63 to be paid by Starline Consultancy Services Ltd when you reasonably ought to have known that the said sum of N320, 159, 689.63 formed part of proceeds of corruption, gratification and fraudulent acquisition of property”.

The particular offence was said to be contrary to section 18(c) (d) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011 as amended by Act No. 1 of (2012) and punishable under section 15(3) of the same Act.

He pleaded not guilty to the 11 counts preferred against him and his co-accused by the EFCC.