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Court fixes Feb 2017 to rule on Goodie Ibru’s application to quash charge


 Goodie  Ibru

Goodie Ibru

Justice Raliat Adebiyi of a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja has fixed February 15, 2017 for ruling on an application filed by Mr. Goodie Ibru and others, asking it to strike out the charges filed against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The judge adjourned the matter after the submissions of lawyers to the parties.The anti-graft commission had filed 11-count charges against Goodie Ibru and three companies: Associated Ventures International Limited, IHL Services Limited and Clearview Investment Limited, for allegedly conspiring to fraudulently steal various sums of money belonging to Ikeja Hotels Plc.

They were alleged to have committed the offence between 2010 and 2015.At the resumed hearing yesterday, Mr. O. Akoni (SAN), told the court of his pending application, dated November 28, 2016, praying it to strike out the charges filed against his client by the EFCC.

According to Akoni, the application was supported by a four-paragraph affidavit and written address. He urged the court to grant the application.

Responding, EFCC counsel, Mr. Ayokunle Fayanju asked the court to dismiss the defendant’s application to quash the charge.
Fayanju said the commission had filed a 26-paragraph affidavit, deposed to by one Afolabi Sheu, where he prayed the court to strike out the defendant’s application.

The judge subsequently adjourned ruling to February 15, 2017.The EFCC alleged that Goodie Ibru and the three companies, between January and December 2010, conspired together to steal the sum of N867, 700, 900, property of Ikeja Hotels Plc.

It also alleged that between June and October 2010, within the Lagos Judicial Division, he and the corporate organisations conspired to fraudulently convert the sum of N55.1 million property of Ikeja Hotels to personal use.

The prosecution further alleged that the defendants used another company, Sherwood Limited, as conduit pipe to fraudulently siphon N55 million from Ikeja Hotels.

They were also alleged to have fraudulently received a sum of £10, 075 through Sherwood Nigeria Limited, as profit due to Ikeja Hotels Plc.

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