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Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Fed Govt arraigns businessman, firm for ‘laundering N2.9b’

Fed Govt arraigns businessman, firm for ‘laundering N2.9b’

Federal High Court

The Office of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice has brought a businessman, Kenneth Amadi and IDID Nigeria Ltd before a Federal High Court Lagos on an alleged fraud charge.

Amadi and IDID Nigeria Ltd were arraigned on a five-count charge of alleged laundering of N2.9 billion.

When the  matter was called, Amadi’s counsel, Emeka Etiaba (SAN), informed Justice Mohammed Liman that he had filed a motion on notice for an order quashing the charge and dismissing it for being an abuse of court process.

The grounds for the motion included that the charge was not supported by any proof of evidence or witness statements and that the complainant did not annex any police report, among others.

But the prosecution opposed the moving of the application and prayed the court to order the defendant’s arraignment.

In a bench ruling, Justice Liman ordered Amadi to take his plea, adding that arraignment does not portray guilt.

The defendant was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to the five counts, following which Justice Liman admitted him to bail in the sum of N20 million with a surety in the like sum.

Amadi was, however, released following an undertaking by his counsel

The judge adjourned till March 10 for definite trial.

Meanwhile, Justice Taiwo Taiwo of a Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Deputy Inspector-General (DIG) Michael Anthony Ogbizi (FCID) and Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Augustine Sanomi, to refile the charge and prosecute Chika Ikenga, Suraji Yakubu and Eunisell Chemicals Ltd for offences earlier filed against them on October 5, 2018 but withdrawn on February 26, 2019 by the respondents.

Chika Ikenga and others were charged for offences bothering on false information, forgery and false personation in Charge No CR/361/18.

The judge made the order in his judgement on Suit No FHC/ABJ/CS/1580/19 filed by Mr Kenneth Amadi, Mrs Happiness Amadi and IDID Nigeria Limited (applicants) seeking an order of mandamus for judicial review of the suit and refile the charge against the defendants.

Justice Taiwo held: “Having considered the law and the facts before me, this court hereby grants the prayer sought by the applicant.

“The respondents are hereby compelled to refile the charge and prosecute Chika Ikenga, Suraj Yakubu and Eunisell Chemicals Limited for the offences of false information, forgery and false impersonation as contained in charge No CR/361/18 between Inspector General of Police and Chika Ikenga, Suraj Yakubu and Eunisell Chemicals Limited.

“The charge was filed on the 5th of October, 2018 and withdrawn on the 26th of February, 2019.

“Consequently, the court further orders that the order of court to refile the charge and prosecute the aforementioned persons shall be carried out within 14 days by the respondents on the receipt of the enrolled order of this court. This is the judgment of the court”.

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