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Court issues bench warrant against Lagos businessman

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Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of a Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin on Wednesday issued a bench warrant of arrest against a Lagos businessman Isiaka Jimoh following his inability to appear for his trial in criminal charges instituted against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The EFCC had in September 2019 arraigned Jimoh and his company, Chemtech Chemicals Limited on a two-count charge of obtaining money under false pretence to the tune of one hundred and N55 million.

At the resumed hearing, the lead Counsel to the defence, Adeola Omotunde told the judge that the defendant is ‘critically ill’ and was flown abroad on Friday, December 20, 2019, for treatment.

Omotunde urged the court to vacate the proceedings of the day and adjourn the matter for cross-examination of the witness.

However, the prosecuting counsel, Christopher Mschelia told Justice Oyinloye that the defendant violated the bail conditions granted to him to be available for his trial.

Mschelia urged the court to revoke the bail granted to him and order that the bench warrant be issued against him.

The judge Justice Oyinloye said there was no proper notification before the court justifying the defendant’s absence at the proceedings.

“The defendant has violated section 191 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, law of Kwara State, there was no letter informing this honourable Court about the illness of the defendant, Any person on bail is enjoying limited freedom, I see no reason why this Court should not be notified about his whereabouts,” Oyinloye said.

“The bail of the defendant is hereby revoked, the EFCC is also directed to arrest and produce the defendant in court while the sureties should appear in the next adjourned date to show cause why they should not be charged for contempt of Court.”

The judge adjourned the case till 5th February 2020.


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