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Court issues bench warrant against businessman

Kwara state High court presided over by Justice Sikiru Oyinloye has ordered the arrest of a Lagos based businessman, Alhaji Isiaka Jimoh following his inability to appear for his trial in a criminal charges instituted against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) in Ilorin.

The EFCC had sometimes in the month of September 2019 arraigned Jimoh and his company on a two count charge of obtaining money under false pretence to the tune of one hundred and fifty five million naira.

In the charge brought before the court, the accused person was alleged to have obtained the sum of #155,000,000.00 ( one hundred and fifty five million naira) from one Azeez Taiwo under the false pretence that the money represents part payment for supply of 1,000,000 litres of base oil which was false and contrary to section 1 (1) and punishable under section 1 of the Advance Fee fraud and other fraud offences act.

When the matter came up for mention today,  Lead Counsel to the defence, Mr Adeola Omotunde told the court  that the matter was slated for cross examination of the first prosecution witness,  but that the witness was on admission at a hospital abroad.

Mr Omotunde urged the Court to vacate the proceedings of the day and adjourn the matter for cross examination of the witness. 

However, the Prosecuting Counsel,  Christopher Mschelia told Justice Oyinloye that the defendant had violated the bail conditions granted  him.

He urged the Court to revoke the bail granted him and order that a bench warrant be issued against him .

In his ruling Justice Oyinloye said there was no proper notification before the Court to show why the defendant would not be present at today’s proceedings. 

The  court held that defendant had violated section 191 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, law of Kwara State,  as there was no letter informing the Court about the illness of the defendant, adding that any person on bail is enjoying limited freedom.

Justice Oyinloye also revoked the bail of the defendant and directed the EFCC to arrest and produce the defendant in court while the sureties should appear in the next adjourned date to explain why they should not be charged for contempt of Court.

The case has been adjourned till 5th February 2020 for cross examination of witness.

Rabiu Muhammad

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