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N25bn fraud case against Igbinedion suffers yet another adjournment due to judge’s vacation

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N25bn fraud case against Igbinedion suffers yet another adjournment due to judge’s vacation

By Tersoo Achineku

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission would have to wait a bit longer to learn the judgement of their suit against Michael Igbinedion and Charles Eboigbodi, as the case has once again been adjourned.

Micheal Igbinedion, brother of former Governor of Edo State, Lucky Igbinedion, was charged to court alongside Mr. Eboigbodi by the anti-graft body over an alleged money laundering, misappropriation of funds to the tune of N25 billion, conspiracy and abuse of office.

The reason for the adjournment is due to an extended Easter break for judges. Hearing of the case will continue on April 20 when Justice J. Liman of the Federal High Court in Benin, will be back from vacation.

Justice Liman promised that there would to be no further delay in determining the suit which has suffered several adjournments since January 30 when the case was first fixed for judgment.

On March 10, counsels had to re-adopt their earlier adopted written addresses in line with the constitutional provision that, “after 90 days of adopting written addresses, if judgment is not delivered, the judge can summon the parties to re-adopt”.

Igbinedion and Eboigbodin and their companies – Gava Corporation Limited; Romrig Nigeria Limited; PML Securities Company Limited and PML Nigeria Limited were also joined in the case.

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