Lagos - The Ikeja High Court has insisted on the arrest of Bube Okorodudu, the managing director of Cross Country Limited, for his failure to attend court to stand trial for an alleged N82.8 million theft.
Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo has refused to vacate an earlier bench warrant issued for the arrest of the businessman whose conduct he said amounted to disrespecting the court.
“The absence of the first accused has stalled today's (Tuesday’) proceedings. The order of arrest of Okorodudu still stands,” he said.
Prior to the court's ruling, lawyer to the Cross Country executive, Robert Clarke, had informed the judge that the absence of the suspect was consequent upon the fact that there was a medical report last week indicating the medical status of Okorodudu was unwell.
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, through its counsel, Jackson Emmanuel insisted that the said medical report did not disclose in any form, that the Okorodudu could not show up in court for the purposes of standing trial.
The EFCC lawyer also charged the court to direct Okorodudu to appear before the court for arraignment while also rejecting the medical report.
EFCC charged the businessman and his two companies -Cross Country Limited and Car Link Limited – on an eight-count charge of conspiracy, stealing, forgery and uttering.
The anti-graft agency had alleged the suspects stole the said sum through the fraudulent sale of 17 units of Volkswagen transporter buses belonging to AG Moeller Limited and one Adeloye Olukemi.
– CAJ News
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