Court : why ex-Mint chief Okoyomon can’t get bail

By 11:45 Fri, 20 Nov 2015 Comments



DETAINED ex-Managing Director and Chief

Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nigeria Security

Printing and Minting Company (NSPMC) Emmanuel

Okoyomon has, again, lost in his bid to secure

freedom.

The Court of Appeal in Abuja yesterday rejected his

application for bail.

The High Court in the Federal Capital Territory

(FCT), Federal High Court, Abuja and Court of

Appeal had, on different occasions, rejected

Okoyomon’s bail application for lack of merit.

Okoyomon, who is wanted in the United Kingdom

for corruption charges, is being detained at the

Kuje Prison, Abuja, following a May 4, 2015,

judgment by Justice Evoh Chukwu of the Federal

High Court, Abuja.

Justice Chukwu had granted the Federal

Government’s application for Okoyomon’s

extradition to the United Kingdom.

Okoyomon was accused of complicity in the bribe

allegation involving officials of the Central Bank of

Nigeria (CBN), NSPM and Securency International

Pty of Australia between 2006 and 2008.

In a unanimous ruling yesterday, a three-man

bench of the Court of Appeal dismissed his bail

application.

Justice Mohammed Mustapha held that Okoyomon

did not provide sufficient evidence to enable the

court grant bail in his favour.

He said the evidence on the application hinging on

the applicant’s deteriorating health did not present

any special circumstance warranting bail.

Okoyomon’s lawyer Alex Iziyon (SAN) had

presented medical reports by the Asokoro District

Hospital, Abuja, to support his claim that his client

had challenges requiring him to be granted bail to

enable him attend to his health.

Justice Mustapha upheld the argument by the

state’s lawyer, Muslim Hassan, that his ailment was

not beyond what could be treated in the country.

With yesterday’s ruling, Okoyomon’s only option is

ensuring that his substantive appeal is promptly

heard and determined.

No date has been fixed yet.


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