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EFCC arraigns couple for alleged money laundering, forgery



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday arraigned a couple, Ruth and Oriyomi Idowu at the Lagos Special Offences Court, Ikeja, for alleged money laundering and forgery.

The couple were arraigned alongside four companies belonging to Ruth on a 20-count charge of obtaining money by false pretence, money laundering, stealing, retention of stolen property and forgery.

The firms are – Food Commodity Processing Enterprise, Bonway Food Processing Company Limited, Samee Idowu Company Limited and Farmex Integrated Companies Limited.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The EFCC counsel, Mrs. Bilikisu Buhari, prayed the court to pick a trial date following the defendants’ not guilty plea.

She also asked the court to remand the defendants to a correctional facility,

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The first defence counsel, Mr. Gabriel Onwubuya, informed the court of his clients’ bail application.

However, the application has not been served on the prosecution.

Onwubuya urged the court to remand the defendant in EFCC custody and grant a short adjournment for the hearing and determination of the bail application.

In her ruling, Justice Mojisola Dada ordered that the defendants be remanded in the correctional centre pending the hearing and determination of their bail application.

She adjourned the case till December 15 for the hearing of the bail application.

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