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‘Yahoo Boy’ Jailed After Failing To Account For N6m In Bank

On Friday, Justice O.A. Egwuatu, presiding over the Federal High Court in Maitama, Abuja, handed down a one-year prison sentence to Ukoh Michael Odeh, finding him guilty.

Michael was jailed on one count-charge of fraud brought against him by the Makurdi Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The convict got into trouble when the command received an intelligence report regarding the suspicious activities of some individuals suspected to be internet fraudsters in Makurdi.

He was subsequently arrested in a sting operation.

The charge reads: “That you, Ukoh Michael Odeh, between 2022 and 2023 in Makurdi, Benue State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did fail to account for the source of N6,000,000 (Six Million Naira only) in your FCMB account No: 4668442010 when you reasonably ought to have known or suspected that the said unaccounted funds formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful activity to wit: Fraud and Money laundering and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 20 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Act, 2022 and punishable under Section 20(b) of the same Act”.

He pleaded guilty when the charge was read to him. In view of his plea, the prosecuting counsel, M. Yusuf prayed the court to convict him accordingly.

Justice Egwuatu, convicted and sentenced Michael to one year imprisonment with an option of N300,000.00 fine. The convict is also to forfeit N300,000.00 as restitution to the Federal Government of Nigeria through the EFCC.

The convict is also to forfeit an Infinix 7 smart phone being proceeds of criminal activity to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

2023 Elections

Federal High Court Suspend Proceedings For Governorship And House Of Assembly Elections

To allow judges participate in the March 18th governorship and the house of assembly polls, the  Federal High Court of Nigeria will postpone proceedings for two working days, Friday, March 17 and Monday, March 20.

Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho, directed the court’s justices to preside over cases up until Thursday, March 16, before proceeding on break.

Federal High Court judges are expected to resume proceedings on Tuesday, March 21. The directive was given in a March 15 circular titled ‘Break for the 2023 governorship and House of Assembly elections.’

It Read;

“Your Lordships are, by this circular, granted a short break in order to perform your civic duties during the Governorship and House of Assembly elections.

“The break shall be from Friday, March 17, 2023, to Monday, March 20, 2023. All honourable judges shall resume work on Tuesday, March 21, 2023.

“The administrative judges in the Abuja, Lagos, and Port Harcourt Judicial Divisions shall ensure that a judge is designated to cater for the North, South-West, and South-South/South-East geo-political areas, respectively, regarding urgent matters during the period.”