June 18, (THEWILL)- The Federal High Court in Lagos a few hours ago on Friday exonerated Senator Peter Nwaoboshi of the N322 million money laundering charge brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
EFCC had in October 5, 2018, re-arraigned Nwaoboshi, alongside two companies, Golden Touch Construction Project Limited and Suinming Electrical Limited, on a two-count charge bordering on conspiracy and money-laundering to the tune of N322 million.
According to the charges, “That you, Peter Nwaoboshi and Golden Touch Construction Projects Limited, between May and June, 2014, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did acquire a property described as Guinea House, Marina Road, Apapa, Lagos, for the sum of N805million, when you reasonably ought to have known that the sum of N322 million out of the purchase price transferred to the vendors by order of Suinming Electricals Limited formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful activity of fraud and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2) (d) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act of 2011(as amended) and punishable under Section (15)(3) of the same Act.
“That you Suiming Electrical Limited on or about 14th May 2014 aided Peter Nwaobosi and Golden Touch construction Project Limited to commit money laundering contrary to section 18(a) of the money laundering prohibition Act 2011 and punishable under section 15(3) read in conjunction with section 15(2)(d)of the same act Peter Nwaoboshi and the companies who pleaded not guilty to the charge is currently on bail.”
However, delivering judgement on Friday, Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke, held that the EFCC failed to prove the elements of the offences for which Nwaoboshi was charged.
The court therefore discharged and acquitted the lawmaker for want of evidence.
Also discharged on the same ground were the two firms –Golden Touch Construction Project Ltd and Suiming Electrical Ltd.