EFCC Arraigns Ex- banker, Wife Over Alleged $975,424 Money Laundering
- The couples were arraigned on seven-count charges.
- The received money from illegal activities from one Michael Uziewe, who is at large in the US.
Lagos office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned a couple, Mrs. Ovuomarhoni Naomi Isidoro and Mr. Rowley Isioro, a former Assistant General Manager with of one of the first generation banks (name withheld) and their companies, Multaid Plus Limited and Global Investment Network.
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The couple was arraigned before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, on a seven-count charge bordering on conspiracy to commit a felony with money laundering. The EFCC said the duo receive fraudulently obtained property, transfer of criminal proceed to nominee, and money laundering to the tune of $975,424.
The EFCC alleged that the defendants received monies from illegal activities carried out by one Michael Uziewe, who is at large in the United States of America to assist him in bringing the proceeds made from the illegal activities into Nigeria.
The defendants were said to have used the accounts of their companies domiciled in the bank where the second defendant, Rowley Isioro, was an Assistant General Manager to launder the funds for Michael Uziewe.
Both defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them by the EFCC.
One of the charges reads: “That you Ovuomarhoni Naomi Isidoro, Rowley Isioro, Marhoni General Services Limited, Multaid Plus Limited, Michael Uziewe (at large) and Global Investment Network sometime in 2016, at Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired amongst yourselves to launder money which represents proceeds of illegal activities of Michael Uziewe in the United States of America.”
Another charge reads: ” That you Ovuomarhoni Naomi Isidoro, Rowley Isioro, Marhoni General Services Limited, Multaid Plus Limited, Michael Uziewe (at large) and Global Investment Network sometime in 2017 at Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court laundered an aggregate sum of $975,424 on behalf of Michael O. Uziewe (at large) and Global Investment Network through your bank accounts in order to disguise the origin of the money which represents proceeds of illegal activities of Michael O. Uziewe in the United States of America.”
Upon their pleas, prosecution counsel, M.A. Bashir asked the court for a trial date and to remand the couple in a Correctional Centre.
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The counsel to the defendants, Sam Imoisini, informed the court that he had filed applications for bail of his clients, and served the prosecution.
Justice Dada adjourned the case till December 10, 2019, for hearing of bail application and ordered the remand of the couple at the Correctional Centre pending the determination of their bail applications.