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Federal high court adjourns Saraki, Okorocha’s corruption case until July

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THE Federal High Court, Abuja has adjourned the case filed by past Senate President, Bukola Saraki and former Governor, Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, challenging the Economic and Financial Commission, (EFCC) for their probe of alleged corruption.

The judge, presiding over the case, Justice Taiwo Taiwo had on Tuesday adjourned the case till July 2nd, which was originally scheduled for 24th and 25th of June respectively.

Saraki’s case was on Monday adjourned till July 2nd, and Okorocha was on Tuesday adjourned till the same date.

The case was to await the decision of the outgoing Chief judge of the Federal high court,  Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati, following a letter from the EFCC requesting that the case be reassigned to another judge of the court.

The letter signed by the EFCC’s acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu on May 21, accused Justice Tawio of being biased about the case, following his ex parte orders on May 9 and 14, restraining the commission from proceeding its investigation on alleged corruption against Saraki and Okorocha.

The plaintiff’s lawyer, alongside five of the six respondents, were present at the proceedings on Tuesday, with the Inspector-General of Police as the 2nd respondent who was not represented by a lawyer.

Other respondents included – the Attorney-General of the Federation, the State Security Service, the EFCC, the Independent Corrupt Practices and lawyers representing other anti-graft Commission.

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The EFCC had earlier in 2019, set up a committee to probe certain governors after May 29, hand over of their financial dealings, of which Okorocha was included.

Okorocha was allegedly accused of moving over N1 billion from the state government to aid the campaign activities of Uche Nwosu, his son-in-law, and had arrested Uzoho Casmir, Accountant-General of Imo State, for facilitating the flow of the said funds.

However, Saraki probe was concentrated on the case of conspiracy, abuse of office theft, money laundering and misappropriation of public funds.

The probe backdated, to his administration as Kwara State governor, between 2003 and 2011, also, before his election into office as Senate President in 2011.

 

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