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Money laundering: Court Orders Extradition Of Former MINT Boss To U.K. Within 30 Days

Posted: May 4, 2015 at 9:48 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Hassan Zaggi, Abuja

The troubles of the former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company (NSPM), Emmanuel Okoyomon, have increased.

This is as the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja, presided over by Justice E. S. Chukwu, on Monday, May 4, 2015 ordered for his extradition to the United Kingdom to face charges of corruption and money laundering.

He was dragged to the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Okoyomon’s extradition is being sought by the U.K. government over his alleged role in the bribery allegation involving officials of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the NSPM and Securency International Pty of Australia between 2006 and 2008.

Arguing the matter, counsel to the accused, Alex Izinyon (SAN), , challenged the jurisdiction of the court to entertain and determine the matter as according to him, there is no extradition treaty between Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

He further said that  UK is not a party to the 1931 Extradition Treaty between Nigeria and United States of America.

Izinyon further argued that, the London Scheme for extradition within the Commonwealth, 2002, does not apply in Nigeria.

He urged the court to dismiss the extradition application.

However, on his part, the Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke,  who was represented by M. S Hassan countered Izinyon’s submission.

He explained that the 1931 treaty became applicable to Nigeria in 1935 and was never repealed by any enactment, stressing that Schedule 2 under Extradition Law provides that, “the law shall apply to all Commonwealth Nations.”

While ruling on the matter, Justice Chukwu ordered that the accused, Okoyomon, be extradited within 30 days from the date of the ruling to face trial in the United Kingdom while being remanded in prison custody pending his extradition.