Court okays service on Oshiomhole, EFCC over alleged fraud
The Federal High Court, Abuja has ordered the service of its processes on All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, over an alleged financial malfeasance during his stewardship as governor of Edo State.
Justice Anwuli Chikere gave the order while ruling on an ex-parte application brought before the court by Bishop Osadolor Ochei.
The application is seeking an order of mandamus to compel the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to arrest and commence criminal proceedings against the ex-leader labour for allegedly diverting state funds for personal use.
The judge, who also ordered service on the anti-graft agency, stressed that the exercise must be done within five beginning from yesterday.
The ex-parte, with suit No FHC/ABJ/CS/628/ 2018, and filed by Dr. West Idahosa on behalf of the plaintiff, has Oshiomole and EFCC as first and second respondents.
Idahosa, had while arguing the motion, urged the court to allow the respondents file their replies to the weighty allegations against them.
On the other hand, Ochei had on October 28, 2016, written the EFCC over Oshiomhole, who was Edo governor between November 12, 2008 and November 11, 2016.
While praying the court to grant the request of his client, Idahosa referred the court to 86 exhibits filed in support of the application, stressing that there were documents and graphics of palatial houses of the ex-governor whose his life earnings, he contended, couldn’t acquire.
He said there were evidence on how the APC national chair allegedly diverted money meant for state projects to his.
The counsel added that there were vouchers of exorbitant airfares that the NLC’s erstwhile boss incurred, which according to him, could get Edo people an air carrier.
The lawyer also claimed that there were receipts of how he used huge state funds to repair his private vehicles, urging the court to grant the sought reliefs.
Consequently, the judge adjourned till October 23 for arguments from parties in the suit.