Edo: Ize-Iyamu accused of N700m fraud by EFCC, to appear in court on July 14

Ize-Iyamu, APC gubernatorial candidate
Tochi Juliet

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has been accused of embezzling N700M by EFCC.

Osagie Ize-Iyamu is expected to appear in court on July 14, for the continuation of the hearing of the alleged N700m money laundering case preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He may be arrested if he fails to appear before a Federal High Court in Benin City, Edo State.

EFCC alleged that Ize-Iaymu took possession and control of the N700m without any contract award.

Federal High Court in Benin City had on Tuesday, July 2, adjourned the matter to July 14 due to the absence of Ize-Iyamu, who was said to be indisposed.

The trial had been delayed due to Ize-Iyamu’s absence, even as the presiding judge, Justice Mohammed Garba, had earlier validated the charges against him.

Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is the first defendant in suit No. FHC/BE21C/ 2016 filed by the EFCC, who accused the defendants of conspiring among themselves to commit the offense in March 2015, alleging that they took possession and control of the funds without any contract award.

The EFCC also said that the defendants and one Chief Tony Anenih, now at large, allegedly made a cash payment of N60,650,000 to one Henry Tenebe of the Estako West Local Government Area and N61,647,000 to one Momoh Andrew Ojo of the Akoko Edo Local Government Area “without going through a financial institution.”

The judge rejected the oral request for a prolonged adjournment of the case by the counsel to Ize-Iyamu, who argued that his client would not disobey the order of the court.

Justice Garba stated that the last time somebody was here, he (the judge) made an order for the accused person to appear in court or face arrest.

The accused persons, including former Deputy Governor of Edo State, Mr. Lucky Imasuen, Mr. Efe Erimuoghae-Anthony, and others, are facing an eight-count charge of money laundering to the tune of N700 million meant to prosecute the 2015 general elections.

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