Recently, the Lagos Zonal office of EFCC summoned Tuoyo Omatsuli, a previous Executive Director on Projects, Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, and one Francis Momoh before Justice Salisu Saidu of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos on a 45-tally charge verging on connivance and illegal tax avoidance to the tune of N3, 645, 000, 000.00 (Three Billion, Six Hundred and Forty-five Million Naira).
Omatsuli and Momoh, who were charged nearby their organizations, Don Parker Properties Limited and Building Associates Limited separately, were said to have demonstrated individual premiums in the consultancy contract granted to Starline Consultancy Services Limited by the NDDC, accordingly advancing themselves unlawfully.
Examinations uncovered that the respondents got monies in tranches from Starline Consultancy Services Limited through their organizations and utilized the assets to buy properties the nation over.
The offense is in opposition to Section 15(2) (b) of the Money Laundering Act 2011 as altered by (Act No. 1 of 2012) and culpable under Section 15(3) of a similar Act.
One of the tallies peruses: “That you, Engineer Tuoyo Omatsuli, Don Parker Properties Limited, Francis Momoh and Building Associates Limited, between August 2014 and September, 2015 at Lagos inside the locale of this Honorable Court, planned to camouflage the illicit cause of the aggregate entirety of N3, 645, 000, 000.00 (Three Billion, Six Hundred and Forty-Five Million Naira) being continues of unlawful action to mind: defilement and satisfaction and subsequently commited an offense.”
Another tally peruses: “That you, Engineer Tuoyo Omatsuli, Don Parker Properties Limited and Francis Momoh at some point in March, 2017 at Lagos inside the purview of this Honorable Court, transferred by offering the enthusiasm of Don Parker Properties Limited in the property known as Block 4, Plot B25 Lekki Peninsula private Scheme 1, Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State estimating roughly 587.195 square meters to Redline Properties Limited, which property you had procured from Jide Tinubu with the returns of defilement and delight credited into the Diamond Bank Plc record of Building Associates Limited by Starline Consultancy Limited and in this way commited an offer.”
The respondents, be that as it may, argued not liable to every one of the tallies when they were perused to them.
In perspective of their requests, the indictment guide, Ekene Iheanacho, approached the court for a preliminary date and supplicated the court to remand the litigants in jail guardianship to guarantee that they go to preliminary.
Nonetheless, advice to the second, third and fourth litigants, Norrison Quarkers, SAN, educated the court that his customers had recorded and served safeguard applications on the indictment.
Quarker likewise educated the court that the third litigant, Momoh, was doing combating with “genuine wellbeing challenges”, including that he was at first conceded an authoritative safeguard by the EFCC on wellbeing grounds.
He, in this manner, encouraged the court to concede the third litigant to safeguard. Guidance to the main litigant, Bode Omoboriowo, told the court that his customer still couldn’t seem to record and serve his safeguard application on the indictment.
Omoboriowo, along these lines, supplicated the court for a brief timeframe to set up the safeguard application.
He likewise supplicated the court to remand the principal respondent in the EFCC authority pending when the safeguard application will be recorded and served. Arraignment guide, Iheanacho nonetheless, did not restrict the supplications of the safeguard.
He likewise expressed that he was simply presented with the safeguard use of the third respondent in court today. He, consequently, approached the court for time to react to the applications. Iheanacho additionally encouraged the court to remand the litigants in jail guardianship, including that the EFCC confinement facilitiy was at that point blocked.
Subsequent to tuning in to the two gatherings, Justice Saidu remanded the litigants in the EFCC care and suspended the issue to November 16, 2018 for becoming aware of the safeguard application.