Friday, 12 February 2016

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday
convicted one James Onwuso who was caught
printing fake naira notes.
The judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba, sentenced
Onwuso to seven years imprisonment and ordered
the forfeiture of the machine used by the convict to
print the fake naira notes to the Central Bank of
Nigeria.
He also gave an order that the fake N200, N500
and N1,000 notes recovered from him be
destroyed.
The convict had, in 2012, been arraigned on three
counts bordering on the offence by the Attorney
General of the Federation.
The state prosecutor, Kehinde Bode-Ayeni, told the
court that Onwuso was arrested on November 15,
2011, in the Gbagada area of Lagos State.
He said the convict was found in possession of the
machine, printing papers and fake N200, N500 and
N1,000 notes.
According to Bode-Ayeni, the offence was contrary
to sections 1 (1) and 2 of the Counterfeit Currency
(Special Provision) Act Cap C35 of the Law of the
Federation of Nigeria 2004.
Justice Buba convicted Onwuso on the strength of
his confessional statement tendered in evidence
by the prosecution.
The convict had in his confessional statement told
investigators that he went into the illegal venture
after retiring from the Nigerian Army, adding that
he had a supplier who brought him printing papers.
In his judgment on Thursday, Justice Buba said the
prosecution proved its case against the convict
beyond reasonable doubts, adding that the court
had no difficulty in arriving at its verdict.
“In view of the facts before me, you are hereby
sentenced to seven years, imprisonment for count
one and another seven years for counts one and
two, to run concurrently beginning from the time of
arrest.
“The counterfeit notes and machines are to be
forwarded to the CBN for destruction,” Justice
Buba held.

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