Court Grants Ex-Imo Governor, Ohakim, Permission To Travel Abroad

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The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday granted
the former Governor of Imo, Ikedi Ohakim,
permission to travel abroad for medical treatment.
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Vacation judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, granted
the permission following an application made by
Ohakim’s counsel, Gordy Uche (SAN).
Mr. Uche had, in the application, asked the court
to release Mr. Ohakim’s passport to allow him
travel abroad for routine medical check up.
The prosecuting counsel, Festus Ukpe, did not
oppose the application and the court granted it as
prayed.
Mr. Ohakim is to return his passport to the
registrar of the court not later than 48 hours upon
his return in August.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the
substantive case against Mr. Ohakim is before
Justice Adeniyi Ademola but he approached
Justice Dimgba’s court because of the court’s
vacation.
Mr. Ademola had on June 30, dismissed a no-
case submission filed by Mr. Ohakim over alleged
corruption and money laundering saying he had a
case to answer.

Mr. Ademola, in dismissing the application, held
that the prosecution, led by Festus Keyamo, had
established a prima-facie case against the
defendant necessitating him to open his defence.
Mr. Ohakim had, through his counsel, Awa Kalu,
told the court that he had no case to answer and
as such, the court should strike out all the
charges brought against him.
Mr. Ohakim was arraigned on July 8, 2015 by the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
(EFCC) on a three-count charge of money
laundering.
The EFCC alleged that Mr. Ohakim purchased a
house in Abuja, with a cash payment of the dollar
equivalent of N270m in Nov. 2008 aa crime
he committed while he was governor of Imo.
He was admitted to bail on July 9, 2015.
The substantive case was adjourned till Oct. 10
and 13 for the defence to call its witnesses.

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