UK jails Nigerians for laundering N440m for cult leader


Three Nigerian siblings in the United Kingdom have been sentenced to 16 years in prison for laundering £1m Pounds, or N440 million naira, for Delta State politician and suspected occultist, Augustus Eyeoyibo.

According to UK Crown prosecution, the siblings; Okemiorukaye Nakpodia, 56; Esther Nakpodia, 35; and Unuakpotovo Nakpodia, 46, were found guilty. were found guilty of laundering the proceeds of fraud between 2007 and 2015.

Police identified 174 suspicious transactions entering bank accounts.

Money from a number of the victims of the original frauds ended up in the defendants’ bank accounts and was then laundered by the siblings.

The counsel for the CPS, Philip Slough, said the prosecution was able to show that Bemigho-Eyeoyibo, who ran for Warri-North Constituency on the platform of the Labour Party, directed the convicts on how to launder the funds.

Slough said, “We were able to show the Nakpodias were talking to Augustus Bemigho-Eyeoyibo, the leader of Black Axe, based on conversations found on their devices.  They talked about the amounts and what to do with the funds after they arrived, including how much to keep for themselves.

“This strong evidence confirmed that the Nakpodias had been actively involved for a number of years in a conspiracy to launder money which had been stolen by others using phone and email scams.

“This prosecution will play a role in starving a dangerous criminal gang of funds and we will seek to recover their proceeds of crime at a later hearing.”

This prosecution says they will seek to recover their proceeds of the crime at a later hearing.

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