- EFCC has arraigned Nicholas Ebomo for alleged fraud and abuse of office
- Nicholas, a former chairman of the House of Representatives committee on NDDC was arraigned in Abuja
- The ex-lawmaker, however, pleaded not guilty to the financial crimes
In its efforts to rid Nigeria of corruption and corrupt practices, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned, Nicholas Ebomo, an ex-chairman of the House of Representatives committee on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Legit.ng reports that he was arraigned at the Federal High Court in Abuja along with three others on Monday, February 3, before Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo for alleged abuse of office.
The other defendants are Airworld Technologies LTD, Oyien Homes LTD, and one Blessing Mutu who is said to be at large.
According to the report, Mutu is being prosecuted on 11 counts of alleged financial crimes.
Ebomo, however, pleaded not guilty to the financial crimes when the charge was read to him.
Counsel to the agency, however, opposed the application for the bail of the defendant.
Upon taking his plea, the anti-graft agency's counsel, Ekele Iheanacho, requested a trial date and asked the court to remand the defendant in a correctional facility.
Mutu’s lawyer, P. Nikwueto, in his argument, told the court that his client was ready for the trial. He added that if the prosecution was not ready, he would apply for bail.
Mutu was granted temporary freedom by Justice Ogunbanjo.
A Facebook user, Philemon Isaac, commended EFCC for the arraignment of Ebomo, urging the anti-graft agency not to allow the sinner to go unpunished.
He said: "This man has been in that house of Rep. For years... There is nothing good to write about him. All he does is to gather tugs to surround himself. No tangible infrastructure in my constituency which he represents.
"When elections come, he always knows how to buy himself in. Satanic politicians. So! EFCC una even knows where to channel una power to before una begin dey chase all those small small boys for street anyhow. Forgetting that na these politicians push those boys into Yahoo Yahoo work."
The judge, thereafter, adjourned the case until February 25, March 4 and 5, April 22 and 28, as well as May 5 and 6 for the trial.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the EFCC nabbed a Sokoto-based baker, Abdurazak Adamu, over the alleged fraud.
It was reported that the suspect was arraigned on Tuesday, January 28, before Justice Mohammed Mohammed of the high court 7, in Sokoto state.
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