The Court of Appeal in Lagos has affirmed the conviction of a Congolese, Kutumisana Mbutu Blaise and the forfeiture of $551,225 (Five Hundred and Fifty One Thousand Two Hundred and Twenty Five Dollars) only to the Federal Government.
EFCC had arraigned the convict on April 21, 2015 before Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court, Lagos. Lawyer to the EFCC, Abba Muhammed had urged Justice Buba to convict Blaise, following his failure to declare the said $551,225 in his possession to the men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) at the point of entry into Nigeria.
According to Abba, Blaise’s action is contrary to Section 2 (3) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No 1 of 2012. In his judgement on July 7, 2015, Justice Buba upheld the argument of the EFCC’s lawyer and sentenced Blaise accordingly.
The judge further directed that the said $551,225, which Blaise failed to declare, be forfeited to the Federal Government. Dissatisfied…