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N1.23bn distortion: You’ll be tried in Lagos not Abuja, judge tells Maurice Iwu

Equity Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court in Lagos has rejected an application by a previous Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Maurice Iwu, looking for the exchange of his N1.23bn misrepresentation preliminary from Lagos to Abuja.

The appointed authority, in a decision on Friday, said the application needed legitimacy.


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Equity Oweibo said a gander at the rundown of witnesses put together by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission indicated that a large portion of the observers was in Lagos, with some resigned, consequently “equity will be better off for the preliminary to continue in Lagos”.

Iwu, who was summoned on four tallies of illegal tax avoidance and misrepresentation, had through his legal counselor, Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN), argued that the case is moved from Lagos to Abuja based on his mature age.

At the past procedures, Raji had told Justice Oweibo that at 70 years old years, his customer was too old to be in any way originating from Abuja to the Federal High Court in Lagos to stand preliminary.

Moreover, Raji said the exchanges prompting the charges against Iwu occurred in Abuja.

The SAN stated, “My Lord, this respondent is more than 70 years old and he generally goes down to Lagos and books a lodging at whatever point this issue comes up. It will add up to extraordinary distress for him to proceed with this preliminary in Lagos. ”

Be that as it may, the arraigning counsel for the EFCC, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, restricted the petition.

In the wake of declining the application on Friday, Justice Oweibo dismissed till April 28 for preliminary.

The EFCC had October a year ago summoned Iwu on four tallies, wherein he was blamed for washing N1.23bn in the development to the 2015 general decisions, where Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) crushed then-officeholder President Goodluck Jonathan.

As indicated by the EFCC, Iwu, between December 2014 and March 27, 2015, supported the disguise of N1.23bn in the record of Bioresources Institute of Nigeria Limited with number 1018603119, domiciled in the United Bank for Africa.

The EFCC said Iwu should have sensibly realized that the N1.23bn shaped piece of the returns of an unlawful demonstration, indeed: extortion.

The arraignment told the court that the ex-INEC executive acted in opposition to areas 18(a) and 15 (2) (an) of the Money Laundering ((Prohibition) Act 2011 and was subject to be rebuffed under Section 15(3) of a similar Act.

Be that as it may, Iwu argued not blameworthy to the charges.

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