Money Laundering: Igbinedion, Others Know Fate April 17

A Federal High Court sitting in Benin City has reserved judgment on April 17 in the case of alleged N25bn money laundering and abuse of office leveled against former governor of Edo State, Chief Lucky Igbinedion and five others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The judgment was earlier fixed for January 30th but was postpone over ill-health of the trial Judge, Justice A.M Liman.

Other accused are Michael Igbinedion, a younger brother to Lucky who served as his personal assistant, Patrick Eboigbodin former Accountant-General and four companies naming Gava Corporation Limited, Romrig Nigeria Limited, PMI Securities Company Limited and PML (Nigeria) Limited.

The EFCC had slammed a 66-count charge against the accused.

Justice Liman who gave the date after counsels to both parties adopted their final written addresses apologized for delay in delivering judgment in the case.

Liman explained that the delayed was due to his ill-health and not by want of attention or diligence on the part of the court.

“Let me express my apology for the delay in giving judgment in this case. Judgment has been adjourned for about three or four times on this matter and the delay is not for want of attention or lack of diligence on the part of the court but for unwarranted circumstances occasioned by my ill-health,” he said.

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