EFCC seeks arrest of former NDDC boss, Tuoyo Omatsuli over alleged N3.6bn fraud

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EFCC seeks arrest of former NDDC boss, Tuoyo Omatsuli over alleged N3.6bn fraud
EFCC seeks arrest of former NDDC boss, Tuoyo Omatsuli over alleged N3.6bn fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has intensified efforts to bring Tuoyo Omatsuli, the former Executive Director on Projects at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), to justice over alleged involvement in a N3.6 billion fraud case.

This was disclosed in a statement by the EFCC on Thursday via a post on X . The EFCC urged Justice Daniel Osiagor of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, to issue a warrant for Omatsuli’s arrest, citing the need for him to attend trial.

The case, initially filed against Omatsuli, Francis Momoh, Don Parker Properties Limited, and Building Associates Limited, alleges a conspiracy to launder N3.6 billion between August 2014 and September 2015 in Lagos. The charges claim an attempt to conceal the illegal origin of funds as proceeds from corruption and gratification.

One of the counts reads: “That you, Engr Tuoyo Omatsuli, Don Parker Properties Limited, Francis Momoh and Building Associates Limited, between August 2014 and September 2015 at Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, conspired to disguise the illegal origin of N3,645,000,000 (Three Billion Six Hundred and Forty-Five Million Naira), being proceeds of unlawful activity to wit: corruption and gratification; and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18 of the Money Laundering Act 2011 as amended by Act No 1 of 2012 and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.”

Another count reads: “That you, Engr Tuoyo Omatsuli, between August 2014 and September 2015 at Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did procure Francis Momoh and Building Associates Limited to use the total sum of N3,645,000,000 (Three Billion Six Hundred and Forty-Five Million Naira) paid by Starline Consultancy Services into the Diamond Bank Plc Account No. 0023785116 operated by Building Associate Ltd, when you reasonably ought to have known that the said sum formed part of the proceeds of your unlawful activity to wit:
Corruption and Gratification; and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18 of the Money Laundering Act 2011 as amended by Act No 1 of 2012 and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.”

They pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.