Extradition hearing for ex-Mint boss adjourned

Source: Peoples Daily

The extradition hearing of a former managing director, Nigeria Security Minting and Printing Company, NSPMC, Ehidiamhem Okoyomon, was adjourned by the Federal High Court Abuja on Monday.

The process was instigated by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation against Mr. Okoyomon.

The United Kingdom had sought the extradition of Mr. Okoyomon over his alleged role in a bribery scandal involving officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, NSMPC and the Securency International Pty of Australia between 2006 and 2008.

The defence counsel, Alex Iziyon, at the hearing, told the court he had filed a preliminary objection challenging the court’s jurisdiction to decide on the matter.

“There is no extradition treaty between Nigeria and United Kingdom. We want to be shown where this is in the law. What we have is only protocol not extradition treaty,” Mr. Iziyon said.

However, the prosecuting counsel, MS Hassan told the court he had not been served with the application.

He prayed the court to remand the accused in prison custody pending the hearing and determination of the application.

The judge over the case, HS Chukwu, after listening to the submissions by the counsels, ordered the defence served his prosecution duly via necessary processes.

Mr. Chukwu also asked the Economic and Financial Commission, EFCC, to take Mr. Okoyomon into its custody till the next hearing.

The case was adjourned to October 16 for further hearing.


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  • umunnem

    Did PT read over this report before publishing? That second to last sentence was like chewing rice with sand…
    Now to the main case, while there may not be any Treaty, there is a working protocol with EFCC that is used by the US and UK in getting people to their jurisdictions. Am aware it exists as I know of persons who have been taken to these countries under that law. Read the book “America Gives and America Takes” by George C. Udeozor and you will have a better understanding of the workings of this law. As it is, Mr Mind MD is headed to the UK. If I were him, I would not waste money on pricey lawyers and SANS. You need the money for pricey Barristers in the UK.

  • Truthometer

    That’s the price you pay for refusing to join PDP with your loot. If you join PDP today, your case shall be thrown out tomorrow. It shall become “family matter”.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    It’s surprising that Nigeria still has no extradition treaty with the UK, even though the UK law, the Pt.2 of Extradition Act 2003 categorises Nigeria and other countries in Africa, Asia, Pacific, South America, US, W’ Indies, East Europe (minus EU member states here) as Category 2 States to whom the UK might grant extradition, if requested (though conditions apply). But in line with international rule of reciprocity, some special arrangements could still be made between Nigeria and the UK in the present circumstance to effect extradition. It appears this is not ongoing otherwise the UK would have made a request via the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to know whether Nigerian law allows extradition (which of course it does) and what necessary documents to tender in order to prepare a mini-treaty called ‘Special Arrangement’. I agree that this arrangement would be a one-off situation but, all the same, it is doable.

  • Batman

    This articlel is very on point they are quick to make law/policy without first creating an alternative just like the auto policy. No light, no good road/rail for freight, finance from banks e.t.c and you want everybody to buy brand new vehicles, how many can afford the cash payments of this brand new vehicles in a weak purchasing power economy like Nigeria. How many Nigerians can access loans in bank in an economy with about 75pct self employed who can not access loan from bank. In a saner clime brand new vehicles are usually finance by banks. No wonder nothing tend to work in nigeria too May good policy with no good implementation policy.

  • Iskacountryman

    we shall return to trade by barter favoured and understood by boko haram…insha allahu…