Lagos - A Lagos High Court has ordered the release of an international passport to an Indian national facing fraud charges to enable him receive medical attention abroad.
Ashok Isran is under investigation for bank fraud involving N850 million after he was arraigned earlier this year by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
He was arraigned alongside his company, Nulec Industries Ltd, Bank PHB Plc (now Keystone Bank) and three management staff of the bank — Anayo Nwosu, Olajide Oshodi and Sunny Obazee.
Ruling on an application seeking the court permission to travel, Justice Harrison of the Ikeja High Court granted permission to Isran to travel to Geneva for medical treatment.
The nature of his sickness was not disclosed but the court ruled that he must return to the country before September 12.
Isran and his co-accused are facing a two-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money through pretence.
The EFCC alleged that the suspects between July, 2008 and August, 2008 in Lagos defrauded a businessman, Daniel Chukwudozie, of the said amount.
The commission said the bank had collected the money from Chukwudozie as payment for preference shares of Nulec Industries in an upcoming initial public offer.
EFCC further said the public offer never took place and added that it was a ploy by the defendants to defraud the complainant.
- CAJ News