BY Innocent Orok
At last two staff of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, MAN, Oron and a company Enys International Resort and Hotel Limited has been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Uyo Zonal office for illegal diversion of N17million.
The trio of Yvonne Edet Effiong, Bassey Okon Bassey and Enys International Resort and Hotel Limited, were arraigned by the commission on Monday February 17th, 2020 before Justice Agatha Okeke of a Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on a nine-count charge bordering on Forgery, Conspiracy, Stealing and Diversion of funds to the tune of N17million.
Effiong and Bassey, being staff of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Akwa Ibom State, allegedly conspired and diverted the said sum belonging to the Academy, using Enys International Resort and Hotel Limited on the pretence that the company executed a non-existent contract.
The anti graft agency disclosed this on its official Twitter handle @OfficialEFCC.
According to the commission’s Media and Publicity team : “One of the counts reads; “That you, Yvonne Edet Effiong ‘F’, Bassey Okon Bassey ‘M’ and Enys International Resort and Hotel Limited on or about 7th day of May, 2015 at Oron, Akwa Ibom State within the jurisdiction of this Court did transfer the sum of N7,000,000.00 (Seven Million Naira) only, property of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, in order to disguise its genuine origin which said sum you caused to be transferred to an account belonging to Enys International Resort and Hotel Limited and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (As Amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.”
The defendants pleaded not guilty to all counts.
In view of their plea, Usman Shehu, the prosecution counsel, prayed the court for a trial date and for the defendants to be remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service.
The matter was thereafter adjourned to February 28, 2020, for hearing, while the defendants were remanded at the detention facility of the Nigerian Correctional Service in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
Mr Bassey Okon is presently the acting bursar of the academy since the retirement of the former bursar in 2O19. He is also believed to be the owner of Enys International Resort and Hotel limited.