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Ex-MINT boss Okoyomin’s extradition case deferred

06 August 2015, 09:48Okoro Chinedu

Lagos – The hearing into the bail request by Emmanuel Ehidiamhem Okoyomon, former Managing Director of Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company, against his extradition to the United Kingdom, will be heard next Wednesday.

The Federal High Court in Abuja has demanded his extradition.

Justice ES Chukwu had in May ordered the extradition of Okoyomon to the UK to face charges of corruption and money laundering.

The judge also ordered him to be remanded in prison custody pending his extradition.

At the resumed sitting on Wednesday, counsel from the Attorney General of the Federal's office, MS Hassan responded with a preliminary objection. 

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In the supporting counter affidavit deposed to by Abdallah Mohammed, counsel from the Central Authority Unit of the Federal Ministry of Justice, he affirmed that the applicant was being detained lawfully on the orders of the Court of Appeal.

“This honourable court’s discretionary powers are subordinate to the order of the Court of Appeal.”

“There was nothing to suggest that the medical condition of the applicant cannot be taken care of while in prison custody. Inmates who are sick while in custody are taken to hospital for treatment if need be.” 

- CAJ News

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