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Court Adjourns N700 Million Money Laundering Suit Against Ize-Iyamu, Others



A Federal High Court sitting in Benin City, Edo State, on Thursday adjourned the money laundering case instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against Edo governorship aspirant, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and four others in 2016.

Ize-Iyamu, who was the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in 2016, was charged alongside a former Minister of Works, Tony Anenih; a former Deputy Governor of Edo State, Lucky Imasuen; the PDP Chairman in Edo State, Chief Dan Orbih; and two others for money laundering to the tune of N700m.

Prosecution counsel, Francis Jibro, told the court that the matter was for ruling on the competence of the eight-count charges preferred against the defendants.

The presiding judge, Justice Mohammed Umar, ruled that the charges filed by the EFCC against the defendants were not defective.

The defendants had, at the last sitting, challenged the charges, on the ground that they contained the name of Chief Tony Anenih, who is now deceased.

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Soon after the ruling, counsel to the first defendant, Charles Edosomwan, told the court that he had filed a motion challenging the jurisdiction of the court.

“Despite the ruling, we have a motion dated June 1, 2020, challenging the jurisdiction of this honourable court to entertain proceedings,” he said.

Counsel to the other defendants canvassed the same position.

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