Advertisement

‘N700m fraud’: Absence of judge stalls Ize-Iyamu’s trial

‘N700m fraud’: Absence of judge stalls Ize-Iyamu’s trial
July 02
17:45 2020
Advertisement

The trial of Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Edo governorship election, has been stalled due to the absence of Umar Garba, the trial judge.

Although Ize-Iyamu was also absent from court, Peter Uwadiae, his counsel was present.

Lucky Imasuen, former deputy governor of Edo state who is the second defendant in the case, was also seen in court.

Speaking to journalists on Thursday, Pascal Ugbome, counsel to the third defendant, explained that it is not uncommon for a judge to be absent.

“It is nothing unusual and nothing unnatural for the court to adjourn the matter. The court has said that their hands are full, and so they have to reschedule the matter according to their convenience,” he said.

Ize-Iyamu is standing trial alongside Imasuen, Dan Orbih, the state PDP chairman; Tony Aziegbemi and Efe Erimuoghae.

The defendants were first arraigned on an eight-count charge bordering on money laundering in May 2018.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alleged that the defendants, sometime in March 2015, directly took possession of public funds to the tune of N700 million without any contract award.

The commission alleged that the accused persons contravened the provisions of the EFCC Act and Section 15(2)(d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act.

The court had on June 18, 2020, validated the corruption charges against the defendants and adjourned the case to July, 2, 2020, for further hearing.

The matter has now been adjourned to July 7 for hearing.

RECEIVE ALERTS FROM THECABLE

WHATSAPP 08113975334
TWITTER @thecableng
Copyright 2020 TheCable. All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from TheCable.
Tags
Advertisement

Social Comments

0 Comments

No Comments Yet!

Let me tell You a sad story ! There are no comments yet, but You can be first one to comment this article.

Write a comment

Write a Comment

Your email address will not be published.
Required fields are marked *

*

Advertisement
Advertisement
NOTE: The black market rates represent the most prevalent. They could be slightly higher or lower among different sellers.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement