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Court fixes date for report on Lawan's appeal

09 July 2014, 06:47

Abuja - An Abuja High Court on Monday fixed October 28 to hear a progress report on an  appeal filed by former Chairman, House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy, Farouk Lawan, at the Court of Appeal.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) filed a seven-count criminal charge against Lawan and Secretary of the Committee, Boniface Emenalo.

ICPC accused them for obtaining $620 000 from an oil magnate, Femi Otedola, in order to doctor the committee’s report in favour of Zenon Oil and Gas Ltd.

Earlier, Lawan and Emenalo filed an appeal challenging the competence of the criminal charges against them.

At the resumed hearing of the case, Counsel to the accused, Akinyemi Aremu, filed a motion seeking for stay of proceedings in the case pending the determination of their appeal.

Aremu urged the court to grant the application to enable both parties to report back to the court on the progress of the appeal.

However, counsel to ICPC, Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), did not oppose the application.

Awomolo told the court that he was disappointed by the accused person’s application for stay of proceedings.

He therefore urged the court to grant a short adjournment.

In her ruling, Justice Adebukola Banjoko, adjourned the case to October 28 and 29, for report of appeal or definite hearing.

 - NAN

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