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Crime suspect Okoh cleared travel to UC

12 May 2014, 19:02

Lagos - A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission  (EFCC) to release the international passport of Alex Okoh, who is standing trial alongside the chairman of Bicourtney Service, Wale Babalakin over the alleged money laundering.

Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo ordered the commission to release Okoh's passport to enable him attend a business meeting in the United State of America between Tuesday and the end of May.

At Monday's hearing, counsel to Alex Okoh, Tayo Oyetibo urged the  court to compel the EFCC to release his client's international passport to allow him attend a business conference.
Justice Lawal-Akapo granted the request but ordered that the defendant must return back to the country before June.

Earlier in the matter, the court had announced that the hearing of the defendants application challenging the competence of the charge would not proceed due to a request by the EFCC Prosecution Counsel, Rotimi Jacobs for adjournment.

Okoh is standing trial alongside Babalakin and his companies-Stabilini Visioni Ltd., Bi-Courtney Ltd. and Renix Nigeria Ltd for allegedly aiding former Delta State Governor, James Ibori to launder more than 4 billion.

They are facing a 27-count charge bordering on conspiracy to commit felony, corruptly conferring benefit on account of public action and retention of proceeds of a criminal conduct.

Both defendants have since filed objection to charge and are also challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the matter.

They  also challenged the competency of the charge, arguing that the EFCC lacked the power to prosecute them before a state high court without a valid fiat from the state Attorney General.

- CAJ News


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