The Enugu zonal workplace of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC, on Friday 11th Might, 2018 arraigned the trio of Clementina Ndukwe, Anthony Njoku and Alexander Umunna earlier than Justice Lewis Alagoa of the Federal Excessive Courtroom, Owerri, Imo State on six rely cost bordering on Conspiracy and Foreign money Counterfeiting to the tune of N1, 147, 000 (A million, One Hundred and Forty Seven Thousand Naira) opposite to part 6(2) of the Counterfeit Foreign money (Particular Provisions) Act, Cap C35, L.F.N. 2004 and punishable underneath part 5(1) (c) of the identical Act.
A case of conspiracy and forex counterfeiting was reported to the Fee on 12th April, 2018 by the Division of State Companies, DSS Imo State command, the place it was alleged that some group of individuals had been buying and selling in counterfeit banknotes.
The Fee swung into motion and commenced investigation the place it was found that the prime suspect, Mrs. Clementina Ndukwe who sells bread at a well-liked bus cease in Owerri metropolis, had a hyperlink to different suspects in Lagos the place she usually buys her counterfeit notes which had been recurrently despatched to her by a driver of one of many new technology transport corporations.
Additional investigations additionally revealed that she promote her counterfeit banknotes to the 2nd and third defendants on the charge of N2,500 for each N25,000 counterfeit notes, the 2nd and third accuse will afterward combine the counterfeit notes with real banknotes and thereafter transact regular companies with them.
The sum of 1,147,000 value of counterfeit notes was recovered in her store alongside some papers reduce to U.S dollars dimension which is used for manufacturing of pretend greenback notes in any other case generally known as “Wash-Wash” within the native parlance. They pleaded not responsible to all of the rely prices most popular in opposition to them.
In view of the accused individual’s plea, the prosecuting counsel Barr. Marshal Onome Umukoro utilized for a trial date whereas the protection counsels, Barr. N. B Nwaigwe and Barr. I.G. Nwachukwu utilized for the bail of their respective shoppers. .