Culled from Thisday Newspaper
A Federal High Court monday ordered that the former Managing Director of the Nigeria Security Minting and Printing Plc (NSMP) Emmanuel Okoyomon be remanded in prison custody indefinitely.
The court had earlier in its judgment delivered on May 4, 2015, granted the request by the federal government to extradite Okoyomon to face corruption charges in the United Kingdom.
He has however filed an appeal to set aside the judgment. He also filed an application to stay the execution of the judgment.
When the matter came up yesterday, his counsel, A.K. Abu from the chamber of Alex Iziyon (SAN) informed the court of his readiness to move his motion for stay of execution of the judgment of the court pending the determination of the appeal.
He further told Justice Evoh Chukwu that the appellate court had already fixed May 28, 2015, for the appeal to be mentioned and that the court’s processes had been served on the respondent.
However, in his response, the prosecution counsel, Muslim Hassan said he was not aware of any pending appeal by the applicant neither had he been served with any of such processes.
At that stage, the court directed that he should be served right there in court and it was done.
But the prosecution’s counsel requested for an adjournment to enable him study the processes and file his response.
He informed the court that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had complained that the applicant who was earlier in its custody be moved to prison custody as it has no space to accommodate him.
The court granted the request and ordered that Okoyomon be moved to prison custody. The judge adjourned the case indefinitely.
In a letter of request sent to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, EFCC stated that Okoyomon is wanted in the United Kingdom over his alleged role in the bribery scandal involving officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria, the NSMPC and Securency International Pty of Australia between 2006 and 2008.
Delivering his judgment which had suffered three previous adjournments, the trial judge, Justice Chukwu held that the AGF had fulfilled the necessary steps to warrant the granting of his request for the extradition of the former mint boss to the United Kingdom to face prosecution over findings related to the allegations.