THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos zonal office, on Monday, secured the conviction and sentencing of David Obi and Sunday Onuigwe to seven years imprisonment each before Justice Olabisi Akinlade of State High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos for N22.5million fraud.
The convicts were found guilty of the five-count charge preferred against them by the Commission.
They were arraigned sometimes in 2012 by the anti-graft agency on five counts which bordered on conspiracy to obtain money by false pretence and obtaining money by false pretence.
The convicts however pleaded not guilty to the charges.
One of the charges reads: “That you David Obi, Sunday Onuigwe and Anthony Woke (now at large) on or about the 21th July, 2011 at Lagos within the Ikeja Judicial Division with intent to defraud did obtain the sum of N6,900,000.00 (Six Million, Nine Hundred Thousand Naira) from Chris Ubosi, the Managing Director of Megalectrics Limited by falsely representing that you had a property at Old GRA Port Harcourt, Rivers States to sell and the said sum represented part payment of the purchase price of N30,000,000 (Thirty Million Naira) which representation you knew to be false.”
At the sitting, the prosecution counsel, Usman Umar Buhari urged the court to convict and sentence the defendants as charged so as to serve as a deterrent to the members of the public.
Justice Akinlade, while delivering judgement on the case, said the prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt coupled with diligent and thorough prosecutorial skills in accordance with the law.
Justice Akinlade convicted and sentenced the defendants to seven years each as prayed by the prosecution.
She also ordered that the N1million in the custody of the Inspector General of Police, IGP, which was recovered from the second defendant, Sunday Onuigwe during investigation be given to the victim of the offence.
Furthermore, the judge ordered that David Obi make N18.5million restitution to the victim, while Sunday Onuigwe makes restitution of N3million to the victim.
Justice Akinlade in her judgement said the EFCC should trace the assets of the convicts and restitute the assets to the victim of the offence if the convicts were not able to pay N18.5million and N3million as restitution.
They convicts were sentenced without an option of fine.