Seven people, including a lawyer, have been arrested by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after they were accused of removing the sum of N13.171 million from the account of a dead police officer, the commission announced on Friday, May 13.
It was gathered that the seven people were arraigned on Friday before Justice Agatha Okeke of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State by the Uyo zonal command of the commission.
The name of the lawyer was given by the commission as Samuel Ebitu while the names of the six others arraigned were given as Etimbuk Godwin Edet, Michael Jeremiah Isong, Sunny Isong, Godwin Ekanem, Emmanuel Jackson Isong and Harrison Ofuomah Emamoke.
It was gathered that the money, said to be the entitlement of a dead Chief Superintendent of Police (name withheld by me), was allegedly diverted from the bank account of the police officer by the seven people.
According to a statement by the anti graft agency posted on its Facebook wall on Friday, the widow of the late police officer discovered that the money had been removed from the account when she went to the bank, causing her to write a petition to the Uyo zonal command of the EFCC.
The statement added that upon receiving the petition, operatives of the commission began investigation and after some time, the seven people were arrested.
So on Friday, they were brought before the judge on two-count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery and obtaining by false pretence.
The statement added that the judge adjourned the case and ordered their remand at the EFCC custody.