N650m Fraud: Akinjide’s Co-defendant’s Can Travel For Medical Treatment- Court
Justice Nicholas Oweibo of a Federal High Court, Lagos, Thursday, refused an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to stop Mrs. Olanrewaju Otiti, a chieftain of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from embarking on foreign medical treatment.
Otiti’s application was argued by her lawyer, Akinola Oladeji, who pleaded with the court to grant his client permission to travel abroad because of her failing health.
In urging the court to grant the application, Oladeji said: “we attached her medical report dated July 11 2018, from the University College Hospital (UCH) as well as her medical history from 2009 up till 2019 to prove the urgency of her the matter”.
In a counter affidavit deposed to by one of its operatives, John Micheal Idoko, the anti-graft agency while arguing that the court’s jurisdiction does not extend beyond the shores of Nigeria also maintained that there was no referral note from any hospital for Otiti to travel for any medical treatment.
It was further averred that the applicant (Otiti) has not placed any evidence before the court to show that she cannot be treatment of her ailment in Nigeria.
“There is no fact within the content of this application and the supporting documents filed by the applicant did not state reasonable ground for this Honourable Court to grant her application but only to cast doubt in the mind of the court due to its variation.
“Should the Honourable Court be inclined to granting the application, conditions that will ensure the applicant return to face her trial must be attached”, the deponent averred.
Ruling on the applicatio, Justice Oweibo held that: “I don’t see any serious opposition from the complainant (EFCC) to convince the court not to grant this application.
The money was said to be part of the $115 million allegedly shared by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, to influence the outcome of the 2015 general election.