The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has revealed that after making a false allegation of over $8.5 million in fraud against businessman, Ikenna Kingsley-Onwuzuruike, widely known as Nwanta Anayoeze, it has no proof to back up the claim.
Under cross-examination, EFCC witness Abbas Suleiman stated that the commission merely apprehended the accused of the crime based on a statement retrieved from his bank account.
The EFCC had brought the defendant to court on an eight-count charge of advanced fee fraud, charging him of getting a $6.5 million Egyptian man and a $2 million lady through deception, despite the fact that there was no proof to back up the claim.
Suleiman, who was probed for proof by the defendant’s lawyer, Barr. Reuben Wanogor, said the EFCC’s letters to the embassies of the United States of America and Thailand yielded no positive results.
In his words: “We only arrested Chief Ikenna Kingsley-Onwuzuruike because we suspected his statement of bank account”.
Meanwhile, the EFCC, has launched an App called the Eagle Eye, created to facilitate the reporting of alleged economic and financial crimes in Nigeria.
The Executive Chairman of the Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa explained that the App, which is the first of its sort by any security agency in Nigeria, was regarded as a product of inventiveness by EFCC personnel, as an application that was created, built, and produced by the Commission.
He also added that there are penalties clearly dictated in the laws for making false statements that could misinform the Commission.