EFCC indicts lawyer and six others for allegedly robbing deceased police officer
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Uyo Zone Command has indicted Barrister Samuel Ebitu alongside six others, for allegedly stealing the sum of N13,171,415.25 from the account of a deceased policeman.
They were arraigned before Federal High Court Judge Agatha Okeke sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on two counts bordering on conspiracy, forgery and obtaining by false pretence.
The other six are: Etimbuk Godwin Edet, Michael Jeremiah Isong, Sunny Isong, Godwin Ekanem, Emmanuel Jackson Isong and Harrison Ofuomah Emamoke.
Specifically, the widow of a late Chief Superintendent of Police, Godwin Edet Umoren, filed a petition against the defendants for allegedly embezzling the said sum of money from her late husband’s account.
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One of the counts read: “That you Etimbuk Godwin Edet, Michael Jeremiah Isong, Sunny Isong, Godwin Ekanem, Emmanuel Jackson Isong, Harrison Ofuomah Emamoke, Samuel Ebitu in September 2020 in Uyo within the jurisdiction of this honorable court with intent to defraud, have conspired between you to commit a crime namely: obtaining money by false pretense by inducing the United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) to confer a benefit in the amount of 13,171,415, 25 naira (thirteen million one hundred and seventy-one thousand, four hundred and fifteen naira, twenty-five kobo only) on a single Sunny Isong (3rd defendant), a sum which was withdrawn from the account of the late CSP Godwin Edet Umoren, domiciled at United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA), on the pretext that you knew to be false and thereby committed an offense contrary to section 8(a) of the Advance Charges Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offenses Act 2006 and punishable under under Article 1 (3) of the same law”.
All seven defendants pleaded “not guilty” to the charges brought against them by the EFCC, and given their pleas, EFCC lawyer Adebayo Soares begged the court for a trial date and for the defendants be returned to the Nigeria Correctional Centre.
Judge Okeke then adjourned the case until May 24, 25 and 26, 2022 for hearing, while the defendants were remanded to the Nigerian Uyo Correctional Centre.
According to EFCC media and publicity chief Wilson Uwujaren, investigations into the case revealed that lawyer Samuel Ebitu allegedly conspired with other defendants to obtain a probate registry administration letter. , Akwa Ibom State Judiciary, which they used to embezzle the sum of 13,171,415.25 naira (thirteen million one hundred seventy-one thousand four hundred and fifteen naira, twenty-five kobo), through the 3rd accused, Sunny Isong, who claimed to be the only surviving brother of the deceased.
They were then arrested at different locations in Akwa Ibom State and brought to justice.
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