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Edo leader in court for corruption charges

26 March 2014, 08:39Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Majority Leader of the Edo State House of Assembly, Philip Shaibu, has appeared at the Edo State High Court sitting in Benin City where he is facing corruption-related charges.

The lawmaker is standing trial on a six-count charge instituted against him by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) over alleged forgery of his tax clearance papers he used to contest election into the Edo State House of Assembly in 2007.

The reading of the charges and plea by the All Progressives Congress (APC) legislator representing Etsako West Constituency II was deferred to April 14 to enable counsel to the accused, Ken Mozia, reply to his bail application when the matter came up for hearing.

Counsel to ICPC, Igbadume Godson, had argued that the bail application should be heard along with the charges, adding that efforts to serve Shaibu proved abortive hence the delay.

Mozia opposed the application, saying that his client was served at the court premises on Tuesday.

Consequently, the trial judge, Justice Esther Edigin, adjourned the case to enable counsel to the accused respond to the charges and reply to the bail application.

– CAJ News

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