Presiding judge asks for time to consider Usman’s case
Justice M.S Hassan of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, today, Wednesday, February 8, 2017, began hearing the applications challenging its jurisdiction and temporary release of the International passport of the first defendant, Senator Nenadi Usman to travel outside the country on health grounds in the ongoing trial of
Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Minister of State for Finance, Senator Nenadi Usman and Yusuf Danjuma, a former National Chairman of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria, ALGON and Ex-Chairman of
Kagarko,Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had arraigned Fani-Kayode and others on a 17-count charge bordering on conspiracy, unlawful retention of proceeds of crime and money laundering to the tune of N4.6 billon.
Counsels representing the defendants, Mr. Abiodun Owonikoko, SAN, for first defendant, Mr. Norrisson Quakers, SAN, for second defendant, and Mr. S.I. Ameh, SAN, for third defendant had all prayed the court to
grant the application seeking the temporary release of the International passport of Senator Nenadi Usman to enable her travel.
Prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo opposed counsels’ prayers on the grounds that the court must consider, hear and rule on the application challenging the court’s jurisdiction before the hearing another pending application.
Justice M.S Hassan ruled that he would consider the application challenging the court’s jusdiction before presiding over the second application filed by the first defendant.
The matter was adjourned the matter to March 1, 2017 for hearing of all pending applications before the commencement of trial.