Reprieve came the way of an Igbo blind woman, Mary Rose Ihekanacho, a resident of Enugu the Enugu State capital following the recovery of her N550,000 by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).
The physically challenged lady was allegedly defrauded by one Gift Onyegam to the tune of N550,000.
Presenting a bank draft of N550,000 to Mrs.Ihekanacho, the EFCC Southeast Head of Operation, David Iloyanomo, called on Nigerians to assist the agency to serve them better, saying that the agency stood for justice for the poor and the rich. ‘Our mission is to give hope for the poor and even the rich’.
“We have gone to court, we are also interested in restitution, we are also interested in recovery and we, despite her position, despite her challenge, still pursued the matter to a logical conclusion. We use this medium to call on members of the public just as she did, to assist us by giving us information, by coming to testify because without her testimony in court, we wouldn’t have been able to achieve this”.
Iloyanomo, however, thanked the team for the passion with which they handled the case, while assuring Mrs.Ihekanacho that the balance would be recovered for her.
He said that the agency compelled the bank (name withheld) to pay this N550,000 because the bank was used to carry out the fraudulent act.
Narrating how she was duped, Mrs.Ihekanacho thanked and prayed for the leadership of the EFCC, for allowing God to use them to salvage her situation.
It will be recalled that Hon. Justice M. Shuaibu of the Federal High Court (1) Enugu, now Justice of Court of Appeal had, on February 24, 2014, while delivering judgement on a four count charge prosecuted by EFCC convicted and sentenced the 33yrs old Gift Onyegam to ten years imprisonment without option of fine.
The court also ordered him to pay the victim, Rose Mary the sum of N711,000 (seven hundred and eleven thousand naira) being amount fraudulently defrauded her.