In Akwa Ibom: Court jails Archibong over N28m fraud

An Akwa Ibom State High Court, sitting in Uyo, the state capital, Wednesday convicted Archibong Effiong Edem to seven years imprisonment over alleged N28, 234, 735 fraud.

The convict was arraigned by the Port Harcourt’s Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, at a Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt.

EFCC spokesman , Tony Orilade disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.
He said Edem was charged with two-count charges bordering on obtaining by false pretence and that the case was later transferred to an Akwa Ibom State High court in Uyo owing to issues of jurisdiction.

Edem’s journey to jail, according to Orilade began when a petitioner, Godwin Utumude, alleged that sometime in 2004, in the United States of America, he met the convict who showed him a property in Texas that was up for sale.

Further, It was gathered in the course of trial, the Commission called three witnesses: Godwin Utumude, the petitioner (PW1); Michael Adukwu, an operative of the EFCC (PW2) and Chukwuma Ekezie Amadi, Deputy Compliance Officer, Zenith Bank (PW3).

Also, the EFCC also tendered several documents which were all admitted in evidence.

While delivering judgement, the court was said to have noted that the prosecution had overwhelmingly established a case of obtaining by false pretence against the defendant through the evidences tendered before the court by the three witnesses.

In his ruling, Justice Archibong Archibong said, “That the prosecution has satisfactorily proved his case beyond reasonable doubt against the accused person to warrant his conviction in counts 1 and 2 of the charge against him.

“The defendant is hereby found guilty as charged and is accordingly convicted on counts 1 and 2 of the charge”.

But before the convict was sentenced, the judge reportedly asked him if he had anything to say.
Still, the convict without showing any remorse was said to have maintained that he never admitted to have collected the said amount.


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