The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, AGF Abubakar Malami has been authorized by the Federal High Court to release two Nigerians on the United States’ wanted list for trial.
Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, in a sitting on Monday, June 1 endorsed the defence of Pius Akutah of the Central Control Unit, Federal Ministry of Justice over the trial of two Nigerian men, Princewill Ugonna Anuegunwa and Lateef Alade Alagbada who are both wanted in the US on a different count of charges.
Inyang ordered the AGF to surrender the duo reportedly involved in an alleged “wire fraud” and “conspiracy of distributing and import of heroin into the US from Nigeria respectively.
The FCT judge ordered the surrender of both Nigerians in judgments in two extradition cases filed and argued before the Abuja Federal High Court.
According to Inyang, sufficient materials have been provided by the applicant to warrant the exercise of the court’s discretion in its favour.
Speaking on the case; FHC/ABJ/CS/505/2019, Inyang said, “I am satisfied that the evidence of the applicant in this case is in compliance with Section 17(1)(a) & (b) (3)(a) & (b) and (4) of the Extradition Act, and I hereby admit and rely on same.”
“I find that the applicant has made a case to warrant the issuance of the order sought in the application. The application succeeds on the merit.”
He added, “Consequently, order is hereby made for the surrender of the respondent – Princewill Ugonna Anuegunwa – by the Hon. Attorney General of the Federation to the United States of America to answer for the criminal charges against him in that country after 15 days thereof.
“The respondent is hereby committed to the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service until the order of this court for his surrender is carried out.”
Meanwhile, the former Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Abdullahi Dikko has finally gained freedom after three years of intensive trial for allegedly inducing the Managing Director of Cambial Limited, Yemi Obadeyi, to pay N1.1 billion (N1,100, 952,380.96) into the account of Capital Law Office, Naija News reports.
Source: Naija News