Abuja Court Remands ex-Mint Boss, Emmanuel Okoyomon, In Prison

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered that former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company (NSPM) Emmanuel Okoyomon be remanded in prison.
Okoyomon has been in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) since May 4 when the court ordered his extradition to the United Kingdom (UK) for trial for alleged corruption and money laundering.Ehidiamhen-Emmanuel-Okoyomon
The court gave the Federal Government 30 days within which to extradite Okoyomon to the UK.
The court’s order for Okyomon’s extradition was informed by an application to that effect by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mohammed Adoke (SAN), who hinged his application on an extradition request by the UK government.
Okoyomon is said to be wanted by the UK government over his alleged role in the bribery allegation involving officials of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company (NSPM) and Securency International Pty of Australia between 2006 and 2008.
Yesterday, Okoyomon’s lawyer B. Abu told the court that the Court of Appeal in Abuja has fixed hearing in his client’s appeal for May 28, 2015.
He contended that by the development, the trial court no longer possessed the jurisdiction to conduct any hearing in the case, including a pending motion filed by his client for stay of execution of the judgment, pending the determination of the case at the Appeal Court.
AGF’s lawyer Muslim Hassan denied being served with any process regarding the purported applicant’s appeal at the Court of Appeal.
Ruling, Justice Evoh Chukwu ordered the parties to await the outcome of the proceedings at the Court of Appeal and further ordered that Okoyomon be remanded in prison custody.
He adjourned indefinitely.

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