Ibori: Supreme Court Strikes out EFCC's Appeal

01 Feb 2013

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James Ibori

Tobi Soniyi

The Supreme Court Thursday struck out an appeal filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against former Delta State Governor, James Ibori, challenging the decision of the Kaduna Division of the Court of Appeal, which ordered the transfer of the criminal charges against the ex-governor to Asaba for trial.

In stricking out EFCC's appeal, the apex court said assigning of cases was purely an administrative matter.

While striking out the appeal, Justice Mahmud Mohammed said the appeal had become  an academic exercise.

Chief Godwin Obla, who announced appearance for the EFCC withdrew the appeal on behalf of the commission, saying the appeal has turned into an academic exercise.

Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Joseph Daudu (SAN), who announced his appearance for Ibori did not object to the application.

The EFCC had gone to the Supreme Court in Abuja, to challenge the decision of the Court of Appeal, Kaduna which held that Ibori should be tried in Asaba over the 107-count  charge of money laundering and not in Kaduna.

At the Federal High Court, Kaduna, Justice Shuaibu assumed jurisdiction to try Ibori even though the offences were allegedly committed in Delta State.

The case went on appeal to the Court of Appeal, Kaduna which upheld the argument of Ibori's lawyers that the case should be tried in Delta State.

It was an appeal against this decision that EFCC took to the Supreme Court, which was yesterday struck out.

The apex court noted that on matters that border on the discretion by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in the assignment of cases were not appealable.

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