Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Abuja ordered yesterday that three men, including Air Vice Marshall Tony Omenyi (retired) be remanded in Kuje prison.
Also to be kept in Kuje prison are an employee of Diamond Bank Plc, Babatunde Faro, and Sada Adamu.
The judge ordered their remand after they were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on two separate charges.
Omenyi and his company, Huzee Nigeria Limited, on a three-count charge of abuse of office and money laundering involving N136.325.000.00.
Omenyi and his firm are being prosecuted for their alleged roles in the diversion of funds meant for the purchase of arms by the military.
Omenyi pleaded not guilty when the charge was read, following which his lawyer, Wahab Olatoye, urged the court to dismiss the claim of the prosecution, to the effect that he (prosecution lawyer) was ready for trial.
Olatoye argued that he was yet to be served the statements of the defendants and the prosecution’s witnesses as recommended under the ‘Practice Direction Act, 2013’.
He applied for his client’s bail orally, arguing that the defendant, under the law was presumed innocent until proved otherwise.
In a brief ruling, the judge noted that all the necessary materials have been filed by the prosecution and adjourned to November 14 for the hearing of the defendant’s formal bail application.
Faro and Admu were arraigned separately on a four-count charge of money laundering, false declaration of assets and fraud to the tune of $1million.
Adamu was alleged to have made cash payment of the said sum being an amount exceeding the stipulated N5million threshold stipulated by law, to Faro.
The offence is said to be punishable under Section 1(a) of the Money Laundering Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under Section 15(2)(b) of the same Act.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge, following which their lawyers, W. Y. Maman and W. T. Iorshe prayed the court to grant their clients bail pending trial.
Justice Dimgba adjourned to November 14, 2016 for ruling on the bail application and ordered the accused persons to be remanded in Kuje prison. (The Nation)