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Ex-mint boss, Okoyomon to be bundled to UK for trial



A former Managing Director of the Nigerian Security, Minting and Printing Company (NSMPC) Mr. Ehidiamhem Okoyomon, is to be extradited to the United Kingdom, within the next 30 days to face criminal charges.

Giving the order on Monday, Justice Evoh Chukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja also ordered that  Okoyomon be remanded in prison pending the time the extradition processes would be completed. ‎

The court was delivering judgment on the extradition application filed on September 29, 2014 by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke (SAN).

The court had earlier on Monday struck out a separate suit filed by Okoyomon challenging his arrest and detention by the EFCC based on the request of the British High Commission in Nigeria for his extradition.

The court held in its judgment in Okoyomon’s suit that the Attorney-General of the Federation having filed the application for his extradition, his suit had become academic.

The court also dismissed his preliminary objection to the AGF’s extradition application. It held that Akoyomon, through his counsel, Dr. Alex Izinyon (SAN), “has no defence for this application and did not make any attempt to counter it.”


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