Court Denies Iwu’s Application To Transfer Fraud Case To Abuja
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Court Denies Iwu’s Application To Transfer Fraud Case To Abuja

David Ugbabe

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday dismissed an application by a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Maurice Iwu, seeking the transfer of his N1.23bn fraud trial from Lagos to Abuja.

Iwu, who is being arraigned over four counts of money laundering and fraud, had submitted an application through his lawyer, Mr Ahmed Raji (SAN), seeking for the case to be transferred from Lagos to Abuja on the basis of his old age.

However, the court, under the auspices of Justice Nicholas Oweibo, denied the application, explaining that it lacked merit.

According to justice Oweibo, justice will be better served for the trial to proceed in Lagos, because the list of witnesses provided by the anti-graft agency showed that most of the witnesses were in Lagos, with some retired.

Mr Raji had argued that at the age of 70, Iwu was too old to be coming from Abuja to the Federal High Court in Lagos to stand trial, while emphasizing that the transactions leading to the charges against Iwu took place in Abuja.

This claim was opposed by the prosecuting counsel for the EFCC, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo.

Meanwhile, the case had been adjourned till April 28 for trial.

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