A Federal Excessive Court docket on Monday granted depart to the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) to arraign the spouse of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Cecilia Osipitan, for alleged N6 billion cash laundering.
NAN stories that the EFCC is the complainant, whereas Osipitan and PJO Ventures Restricted are 1st and 2nd defendants respectively within the nine-count cost.
Justice Inyang Ekwo adjourned the matter till March 26 after counsel to the EFCC, Benjamin Manji, admitted serving the defence counsel with the cost on Sunday, March 21,
Osipitan’s counsel, Tayo Oyetibo (SAN) had objected to the graduation of the matter when the prosecution lawyer instructed the courtroom that the matter was for the defendant to take her plea.
“When did you serve the cost on the defendants,” Justice Ekwo requested Manji.
The EFCC lawyer admitted that although the defendant was served the day gone by, it was as a result of the defendant had refused to honour the fee’s invitation till she was arrested.
Counsel to the 2nd defendant, Bode Olanipekun (SAN) additionally opposed the graduation of the case.
Olanipekun recalled he was with the defendant on the EFCC Lagos workplace all through Saturday they usually flew to Abuja on Sunday.
The lawyer regretted that Osipitan was instantly detained by the company’s operatives.
The choose held that the defence counsel needed to be given ample alternative to arrange for the arraignment.
Justice Ekwo made an order releasing Osipitan to her counsel and requested an enterprise to provide her on the adjourned date.
EFCC to arraign SAN’s spouse Cecilia Osipitan for alleged N6bn cash laundering