EFCC arrests Cubana ‘prime minister’ on money laundering charges – Entertainment SA

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The economic and financial crimes commission (efcc) has arraigned Lucky Uchechukwu Ndukwe, a Manager with Cubana Group, on charges of conspiracy and money laundering.

He was arraigned alongside Precious Omonkhoa Ofure before the Special Offences Court in Ikeja, Lagos, according to a statement by EFCC’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, on Wednesday.

The commission said Mr. Ndukwe, also known as Cubana Prime Minister, and Mr. Ofure were arrested recently by its operatives, “following credible intelligence received about their involvement in the fraudulent activity”.

Head, Media & Publicity, EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwajaren, said items recovered from them include $164, 000, iPhone mobile devices, and laptops.

The charge against them reads: “That you, Precious Omonkhoa Ofure and Lucky Uchechukwu Ndukwe, sometime in 2021, in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did conspire amongst yourselves and laundered an aggregate sum of $164,000 , which form part of $256,314 fraudulently obtained by false pretense from one Elena Bogomaz, a Canadian Citizen, and converted the fraudulent money into the United States Dollars with the help of a Bureau De Change operator, which was then credited into the bank account of Casa Cubana Estate Limited and Lucky Uchechukwu Ndukwe, respectively, for the purchase of two landed properties and committed an offense contrary to Section 330 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.”

Casa Cubana Estate, under the Cubana Group, is owned by popular socialite Obinna Iyiegbu better known as Obi Cubana.

During their arraignment, Ndukwe “pleaded not guilty”, while Ofure, arrested late last year pleaded “guilty” to the charge.

The prosecution counsel, M. K. Bashir reviewed the facts of the case and prayed that Ofure be sentenced accordingly.

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