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Court orders extradition of ex-MINT boss to UK

05 May 2015, 15:17

Abuja - Justice E. S Chukwu of the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja, on Monday ordered the extradition of Emmanuel Okoyomon, a former managing director of the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company [NSPM] to the United Kingdom to face charges of corruption and money laundering.

Okoyomon’s extradition was sought by the UK government over his alleged role in the bribery allegation involving officials of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company, NSPM and Securency International Pty of Australia between 2006 and 2008.

Arguing the matter, Alex Izinyon, SAN, counsel to the accused, had challenged the jurisdiction of the court to entertain and determine the matter saying that there is no extradition treaty between Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

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According to him, Nigeria is not a party to the 1931 Extradition Treaty between Nigeria and United States of America.

Izinyon further argued that, the London Scheme for extradition within the Commonwealth, 2002, does not apply in Nigeria.

He urged the court to dismiss the extradition application.

However, M. S Hassan, who represented the Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke, countered Izinyon’s submission.

He explained that the 1931 treaty became applicable to Nigeria in 1935 and was never repealed by any enactment, stressing that schedule 2 under Extradition law provides that, “the law shall apply to all Commonwealth Nations”

Ruling on the matter today, Justice Chukwu ordered that the accused, Okoyomon, be extradited within 30 days from the date of the ruling to face trial in the United Kingdom while being remanded in prison custody pending his extradition.

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