Presidential panel refers Senator Nwaoboshi to FG’s prosecutor for trial

Presidential panel refers Senator Nwaoboshi to FG’s prosecutor for trial

- Senator Peter Nwaoboshi's case of alleged failure to declare assets has been brought before the Director of Public Prosecutions of the Federation

- The case was forwarded to the DPPF in furtherance of inter-agency and collaborative efforts of federal government’s agencies

- The Court of Appeal in Abuja earlier annulled a judgment of a lower court that favoured Ned Nwoko and sacked Nwaoboshi as candidate of the PDP in Delta

The Special Presidential Investigation Panel (SPIP) for recovery of public property has transferred Senator Peter Nwaoboshi's case of alleged failure to declare assets to the Director of Public Prosecutions of the Federation (DPPF).

In a letter accompanying the case file, dated June 7, 2019 the SPIP said it forwarded the case to the DPPF in furtherance of the inter-agency and collaborative efforts of federal government’s agencies involved in the anti-corruption war.

The letter signed by Celcius Ukpong, read: “1 am directed to forward to you above named case file for further action.

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"The above suspect is under investigation before us for possession of suspicious assets far and beyond his legitimate earnings.

“He has refused to declare his assets before the panel after lawful demand by the special presidential investigation panel. This refusal is contrary to and punishable under section 3(i)(a) of the Recovery of Public Property (Special Provisions) Act 2004.

“It shall be appreciated if a charge is brought against him for this offence pending the conclusion of the investigation. We hereby attach a draft charge against him, for your perusal and further action, please.”

Legit.ng previously reportedly the Court of Appeal in Abuja on Thursday, May 30, annulled the judgment of the Federal High Court which favoured the senator-elect, Ned Nwoko, and sacked Nwaoboshi as candidate of the PDP in Delta.

In its verdict given by a three-man panel, the Court of Appeal ruled that the Federal High Court lacked jurisdiction to hear the suit filed by Ned Nwoko.

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The presiding judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, in the lead judgment, held that the suit by Nwoko was statute barred and that Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja should not have heard the case nor given the judgment which favoured Nwoko.

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