- The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigns Uyiekpen Osagie-Gigwa and his relative, Erhunse Giwa-Osagie
- Ahmed Raji and Quarkers Norrison, who represented counsels to the defendants in court, asked for an adjournemt
- Justice Chuka Obiozor granted the counsels' plea that their clients should continue to enjoy their bail conditions
Uyiekpen Osagie-Giwa, a lawyer to Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and his relative, Erhunse Giwa-Osagie, have been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
They were arraigned before the Federal High Court in Lagos on a three-count charge of money laundering to the tune of $2 million.
In a statement, the EFCC said the two were re-arraigned before Justice Chuka Obiozor for the first time adding that their counsels, Ahmed Raji and Quarkers Norrison, were represented by Johnson Samuel and Olufemi Anjorin respectively.
According to the statement. Samuel and Anjorin asked the court to adjourn the matter on the grounds that the lead counsel for both defendants were not in the court.
The lawyers further said a letter had been written to the administrative judge of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, for the consolidation of the case since the same charges are filed before both Justice Obiozor and Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke
Kufre Uduak, the prosecution counsel, confirmed receiving the letter and the applications for adjournment.
Uduak, who stood in for Rotimi Oyedepo, argued that the absence of the lead counsels should not stall proceedings since they were represented in court.
“There was no concrete basis for the defence counsel to seek the administrative judge’s permission for consolidation of the case.
“The matter before Justice Oweibo is not in any way related to the case brought before your lordship, and does not require any form of consolidation,” Uduak argued.
It was learnt that Justice Obiozor later overruled the prayers of the defence for adjournment and ordered that the defendants take their plea.
“The court has to wait to hear from the administrative judge on consolidation but, however, the defendants shall take their plea,” Justice Obiozor later ruled.
Justice Obiozor granted the request of the counsel to the defendants that they should continue to enjoy the bail granted them. He also adjourned the case to December 5.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the EFCC on Tuesday, October 8 re-arraigned the son-in-law of Atiku Abubakar, Abdullahi Babalele, before Justice CJ Aneke of the Federal High Court, Lagos.
Babalele, however, sought the court’s permission to proceed abroad to treat a “life-threatening” illness.
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