- Senator Peter Nwaoboshi's has been granted permission to embark on a trip to Indonesia
- Justice C.J. Aneke of the Federal High Court in Lagos ordered the release of Nwaoboshi's passport
- The senator representing Delta North is facing charges bordering on conspiracy and money laundering
The Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday, October 5, ordered the release of Senator Peter Nwaoboshi's passport to enable the lawmaker to embark on a trip to Indonesia, The Punch reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that Nwaoboshi representing Delta North, was charged with an alleged fraud of N322 million by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The Delta state senator was re-arraigned before Justice Aneke, who took over the case from Justice Mohammed Idris, who was in June elevated to the Court of Appeal. He pleaded not guilty when the charges were freshly read to him.
Emmanuel Kachukwu (SAN), the defence counsel, urged Justice Aneke to allow the senator to continue with the bail earlier granted him by Justice Idris. He also urged the judge to order the release of Nwaoboshi’s passport to enable him to travel to Indonesia on October 8 and return on October 19, 2018.
Justice C.J. Aneke granted both prayers. The judge said the passport should be returned to the court’s registrar by October 23. He adjourned further proceedings in the case till October 25.
The charges against Nwaoboshi and his co-defendants border on conspiracy and money laundering.
The EFCC in the charges, claimed that Nwaoboshi and his co-defendant purchased a property for N805m between May and June 2014. The anti-graft agency claimed that N322m out of the N805m, which Nwaoboshi and the firm paid for the property, was part of proceeds of “an unlawful act, to wit: fraud.”
The anti-graft agency alleged that the N322 million was transferred to the vendor of the property on the order of Suiming Electricals Limited. Suiming Electricals Limited was accused of aiding Nwaoboshi and Golden Touch Construction Project Limited to commit money laundering on or about May 14, 2014.
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NAIJ.com previously reported that Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja granted a former Head of Service (HoS) of the Federation, Stephen Oronsaye, who is standing trial for a N2 billion pension fraud, the permission to travel to India for medicals and to return for continuation of his trial in January 2018.
A statement by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on its Facebook page revealed that Oronsaye is standing trial along with Osarenkhoe Afe, managing director, Fredrick Hamilton Global Services Limited, and both are alleged to be complicit in several contract awards during his tenure as HoS.
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