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EFCC suffers court setback on Okorodudu

29 April 2014, 06:48

Lagos - A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja has rejected the request by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to issue a bench warrant against the Managing Director of Cross Country Limited, Bube Okorodudu.

In his ruling on Monday, Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo, dismissed the EFCC's application citing a recent ruling of the Court of Appeal, Sokoto Division, in the case of Dr Attahiru Bafarawa against the State.

‘The Court of Appeal held that the presence of the accused can be dispensed with pending the hearing and determination of the application challenging the charge. The lower court is bound by the decision of the higher court. Therefore, the invitation to issue the bench warrant is declined and the Application is hereby refused,” he ruled.

The EFCC had charged Okorodudu alongside Cross Country and Car Link Limited to court for an alleged N82.8 million theft.

The defendants are facing an eight-count charge of conspiracy, stealing, forgery and uttering.

The EFCC alleged that they stole the money through the fraudulent sale of 17 units of Volkswagen transporter buses belonging to AG Moeller Ltd and Adeloye Olukemi.

The EFCC counsel, Emmanuel Jackson had on March 3 asked the court to issue the bench warrant against Okorodudu to enable him to be produced before the court to take his plea.

Okorodudu's counsel, Robert Clarke (SAN) however objected to the application.

Clarke had argued that Okorodudu had a subsisting application challenging the jurisdiction of the court and the competency of the charge.

The matter has been adjourned till May 7 for hearing of Okorodudu's application challenging the jurisdiction of the court.

– CAJ News

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