EFCC Turns Lawyer To Lai Mohammed, Asks Court To Dismiss Motion Seeking His Imprisonment


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) might have assumed the position of counsel to the Mister of Culture and Information as it asked a federal high court to dismiss a motion filed by Nenadi Usman, ex-minister of state for finance, seeking the imprisonment of Mr. Mohammed, over alleged contempt.

The former minister, through Fedinand Orbih, her lawyer, said the inclusion of her name on the looters’ list released by Mohammed was contemptuous.

But Rotimi Oyedepo, EFCC lawyer, said the motion brought by the former minister was an abuse of court process.

Oyedepo said Mohammed did not refer to her as a looter.

He said: “The minister of information is not a party to the criminal proceedings against the applicant; there is no evidence to show that the alleged contemnor works with the various media houses that published the alleged offensive publication.

“Besides, there were no allegations against the media houses that published the alleged offensive publication.

“There was nothing that connected the ministry of information to the motion which was taken out to annoy the prosecution; the motion is lacking in substance, it is an abuse of court’s process and should be dismissed.”

Mohammed Aikawa, the presiding judge, reserved his ruling on the motion until November 16.

In April, the minister of information had listed Usman among a 23-man looters list over an alleged N1.5bn loot.

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