Supporters and sympathizers of Mr. Peter Nwaoboshi, the senator representing Delta-North senatorial district took over premises of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos early Wednesday morning, ahead of the lawmaker’s arraignment of fraud charges by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The Senator is to be arraigned on a 2-count charge bothering on conspiracy and money laundering before Justice Mohammed Idris.
Drama, however, started immediately the lawmaker, who has been in custody of EFCC, came of the Commission’s bus that conveyed him to court.
His supporters who had been waiting patiently within the court premises, launched into a frenzy, chanting “achuwa che n che mba” loosely translated as “the lion whom the people sent to war”.
The chanting went on for about five minutes as they ran around the court premises while court security and EFCC escorts tried to restrain them.
At the time of filing this report, Mr. Nwaobushi is already in the courtroom, waiting for his case to be called.
He will be arraigned for acquiring a property in Apapa, Lagos with proceeds of unlawful activities, an offense the anti-graft commission said contravene the provision of section 15(2)(d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same act.
The charges read:
“ That you, PETER NWAOBOSHI AND GOLDENTOUCH CONSTRUCTION PROJECT LTD between May and June 2014 within the jurisdiction of this Hon. Court did acquire a property described as Guinea House, Marine Road, Apapa, Lagos for the sum of n805,000,000.00 (Eight hundred and five million naira only) when you reasonably ought to have known that the N322,000,000.00 (Three hundred and twenty-two million naira only) out of the purchase price transferred to the vendors by order of SUIMING ELECTRICALS LIMITED formed part of the proceed of an unlawful act (to wit: fraud) and you, therefore, committed an offense contrary to section 15(2)(d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same act.
Count 2 states “That you, SUIMING ELECTRICALS LIMITED on or about 14th May 2014, within the jurisdiction of this Hon. Court aided PETER NWAOBOSHI AND GOLDENTOUCH CONSTRUCTION PROJECT LTD to commit laundering and you thereby committed an offense contrary to section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act (as amended) and punishable under Section 15(3) in conjunction with Section 15(2)(d) of the same Act.