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The Federal Excessive Court sitting in Benin on Tuesday adjourned the trial of the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Sept. 19 Edo Governorship Election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and four others till Oct 15,
Justice Mohammed Umar adjourned the case to enable the counsels to file a acknowledge to the pending motions tough the jurisdiction of the court docket to strive the case.
The other defendants in the case consist of Chief Dan Orbih, estwhile Explain chairman of Peoples Democratic Birthday celebration (PDP), the narrate Chairman of the receive collectively, Tony Aziegbemi, extinct Deputy Governor of Edo, Mr Lucky Imasuen, and Efe Erimuoghae-Anthony.
The defendants are being tried on payments bordering on alleged N700 million cash laundering case filed against them by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Even though Justice Umar had, on Thursday, June 18, validated the corruption payments against the defendants whose case had suffered a setback on July 7 following the incapacity of Ize-Iyamu to look in court docket as a result of his ailing health.
On the resumed listening to on Tuesday, Ize-Iyamu arrived the court docket as early as 8: 30 am., whereas his licensed knowledgeable, Mr Charles Edosomwan (SAN), objected to the EFCC’s Counsel, Mr Ahmed Imoovba’s ask to proceed with the case when the pending motions earlier than the court docket were yet to be heard.
Edosomwan prayed the court docket to grant the defendants seven day’s extension of time to react to the EFCC’s circulate on level of legislation in accordance with the foundations of the court docket.
Imoovba and counsels to the other defendants did no longer oppose Edosomwan’s software tough the jurisdiction of the court docket to hear the suit.
In the same procedure, Imoovba, in his maintain separate circulate, hunted for extension of time to file his acknowledge to Edosomwan’s objection.
Justice Umar, after taking ticket of the submissions of both counsels, dominated that he had given the total parties seven days interior which to file all relevant paperwork to court docket earlier than the graduation of its vacation on July 27.
Justice Umar adjourned the case till Oct. 15 for further listening to.
The Files Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recollects that the EFCC, in Suit No. FHC/BE21C/ 2016, had filed an eight-rely fee against the defendants over alleged illegal receipt of public funds to the tune of N700 million for the goal of the 2015 popular election.
The EFCC further accused the defendants of conspiring among themselves to commit the offence in March 2015, alleging that they took possession and alter of the funds without any contract awarded.