Money Laundering Convict Forfeits $86,000 To Nigerian Government

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has got a conviction in a case of suspected money laundering brought against Samuel Duru before Justice M N Yinusa of the Federal High Court, Enugu.

Duru was charged with failure to declare $86,000 of a total sum of $96,000, which contravened Section 12 of the Foreign Exchange (Monitoring and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2011.

He was arrested by officers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu while travelling to China in December 2015 and was subsequently handed to the EFCC for further investigation and prosecution.

Meanwhile, the accused pleaded guilty to the one-count charge preferred against him when the case came up in court today.

Also, counsel for the defence, Ikuka Kennedy, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy since the convict had shown remorse and being a first time offender with no past criminal records.

Consequently, Justice Yinusa convicted and sentenced the accused to six months imprisonment from the date of arrest.

The judge further ordered that the undeclared $86, 000 should be forfeited to the Federal Government, while the $10,000 and the convict's international passport be returned to him.


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