Thursday, May 6, 2021

Court in Benin reserve Jurisdiction to hear money Laundering allegation on Ize-Iyamu

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The Federal High Court in Benin City has ruled that it has jurisdiction to entertain the money laundering charge brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission against, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the 2020 election in Edo state, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.


Ize-Iyamu and the other defendants including; a former deputy governor of Edo State, Lucky Imasuen, former PDP chairman, Chief Dan Orbih; Tony Aziegbemi and Efe Erimuoghae were alleged to have sometime in March 2015 in Benin City directly taken possession of the sum of N700m without any contract award which sum was allegedly part of proceeds of an unlawful act.


The accused had however pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against them.


But the counsel to the first defendant, Charles Edosomwan, had challenged the jurisdiction of the Court to hear the matter arguing that the appropriate Court to try the matter was the Magistrate or High Court of the state.


However, Justice Mohammed Garba Umar in his ruling said the matter before the Court was money laundering which the Federal High Court has exclusive jurisdiction over and therefore dismissed their application adjourning the case till May 18 for further hearing.

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