A Federal High Court in Lagos wednesday ordered the remand of the senator representing Delta North senatorial district, Peter Nwaoboshi, in Ikoyi Prisons till Friday, when ruling would be delivered on his bail application.
The court presided over by Justice Mohammed Idris, ordered his remand in Ikoyi Prisons after the hearing of his bail application, on alleged N806 million fraud.
Prior to the hearing of his bail application, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned the senator alongside his two companies, before the Court, on charges bordering on fraud.
Nwaoboshi’s companies arraigned with him are: Golden Touch Construction Projects Limited and Summing Electricals Limited.
In the charge, the EFCC alleged that the senator popularly called Oshimele, had committed the offence between May and June 2014.
To be precise, Nwaoboshi and his companies were alleged to have conspired and acquired a property described as Guinea House, Marine Road, Apapa-Lagos for the sum of N806 million, which they reasonably ought to have known that the sum of N322 million, cut of the purchase price transferred to the vendors by order of Suiming Electricals Limited formed part of the proceed of an unlawful act.
The EFCC also alleged that the senator’s company, Suiming Electricals Limited, had on or about May 14, 2014, aided him, his company, Golden Touch Construction Project Limited, to commit money laundering offence.
The offences according to the prosecution led by Salisu Abubakar, are contrary to sections 15(2)(d) and 18 (a) the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011, (as amended) and punishable under section 15(3) and 15(2)(d) of the same Act.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Following his plea of not guilty, his lawyer, Dr. Azinge (SAN), told the court that they had filed a bail application, and same had been served on the prosecution.
Abubakar confirmed being served with the bail application, but told the court that he needed time to respond.
Justice Idris, however stood down the matter for the prosecution to file and serve its counter to the senator’s bail application.
Upon resumption of hearing of the application, and after hearing both parties, Justice Idris ordered that the senator be remanded in Ikoyi Prisons till Friday when ruling would be delivered on the bail application.