Court permits ex-IGP Ehindero to file no-case submission in ICPC suit

ICPC re-arraigns ex-Police IG Ehindero over alleged fraud

Former Inspector-General of Police, Sunday Ehindero, on Wednesday obtained the permission of a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Apo, to file his no-case submission out of time.

Ehindero alongside a Commissioner of Police in charge of finance and budget at the Force headquarters, John Obaniyi, are being prosecuted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on an amended 10 charges bordering on misuse of the sum of N557 million donated by the Bayelsa State Government to the Nigerian Police Force to purchase of arms and ammunition.

They were alleged to have diverted the fund into separate accounts belonging to them.

The duo are being tried before Justice Sylvanus Orji.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge.

During the last sitting on May 8, the prosecution counsel, Zaynab Nass, disclosed that the anti-graft agency was closing its case after calling three witnesses, Justice Oriji, had given counsel for the defendants, 14 days to file a no-case submission.

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But at the resumption of hearing, Luqman Fagbemi, who held the brief of Dr Alex Izinyon, SAN, counsel for Ehindero, informed the court that they filed a motion seeking the leave of Court for an extension of time to file the no-case submission on behalf of the former IGP.

Justice Orji granted an extension of time for the first defendant to file his submission, without objection by the prosecution.

The case was then adjourned until Sept. 16 for the adoption of written addresses on the no-case submission by the parties.

Babatunde Alao …

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