Embattled Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, representing Delta North, vows he is heading to the Supreme Court to challenge the 7-year money laundering Appeal Court sentence handed down on him on Friday, July 1.
Sen Nwaoboshi, who heads Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, made this known via a statement issued by one of his aides in reaction to the money laundering verdict delivered by the appellate court.
Sen Nwaoboshi was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in 2018 over an alleged laundered N322m, alongside his two firms-Golden Touch Construction Project Ltd and Suiming Electrical Ltd.
Initially assigned to a judge who was later elevated, Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke took over the two count charge, marked FHC/L/117C/18, on October 5, 2018. They were alleged to have laundered N322 million in 2014. However, Justice Aneke ruled that the anti-graft agency failed to prove the elements of the offences for which it charged the Senator, a position the appellate Court disagree with.
Indeed, the Appeal Court also ordered two of the senator’s firms wound.
But in a statement issued in response to Friday’s Appeal Court judgment, one of Sen Nwaoboshi’s aides, Philip Elueme, stated that the lawmaker is challenging the ruling and is confident that the apex court “will subject the judgment to critical review”.
“The attention of SPON Media has been drawn to the news making rounds about the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Lagos over a matter which EFCC filed against Chief, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, the Senator representing Delta north at the senate,” the statement read in part.
“It is not unusual to have judgments that astound the parties, depending on where the pendulum swings.
“The judgment, the news of which is in the media, arose from an appeal by EFCC against the judgment of the Federal High Court, Lagos, which discharged and acquitted distinguished senator and co-defendants at the trial level.
“Steps are being taken to challenge the court of appeal judgment immediately and we are confident that the supreme court will subject the judgment to critical review accordingly,” Elueme added.