N5bn fraud: Court grants ex-Nasarawa Governor, Doma, leave to travel abroad for treatment

Doma is accused of money laundry by the EFCC.

Muhammad Ahmad

The Federal High court sitting in Lafia has granted permission to the former governor of Nasarawa state, Aliyu Doma, to travel abroad for medical treatment.

Mr. Doma and two others were brought before the Federal High court on a 10-count charge by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over allegations of money laundering of over N5 billion during his tenure as governor of Nasarawa State.

Justice Agatha Okeke, while ruling on the application brought by the counsel to the former governor, said the seized international passport of the first accused person should be returned to him to enable him undergo medical treatment abroad.

She, however, stated that Mr. Doma must return to Nigeria and deposit the passport at the court registry before the next court dates on September 26 and 27.

Meanwhile, counsel to the accused, Charles Edosowan, brought an application before the court seeking to restrain the EFCC from harassing and interrogating the second accused person, Timothy Anjide, over the case already before the court.

Mr. Edosowan noted that EFCC had invited and interrogated Mr. Anjide, former Secretary to the State Government under Mr. Doma on an issue bothering on count 7 of the 10 count-charge already before the court, adding that the action of the EFCC was a violation of section 36 of the 1999 constitution.

The counsel to the EFCC, Kemi Pinheiro, however, posits that the issue for which the second accused was interrogated was different from the charges. He maintained that the EFCC has the right to interrogate anybody including governors who enjoy immunity by the constitution.

Mrs. Okeke, after listening to both counsels, adjourned the case to September 26 and 27 for ruling on the application and continuation of the case.

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