Monday, June 6, 2011

Federal court discharges Lucky Igbinedion of corruption charges

1 June 2011

Former governor of Edo State, Lucky Igbinedion yesterday received a breather from his legal troubles as the Federal High Court sitting in Benin discharged him in the 66-count charge of money laundering and corruption brought against him and others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

It was, however, a different stroke for the other accused persons as the oral application for the bail of Michael Igbinedion and Patrick Eboigbodin was turned down by the judge, Adamu Hobon, who then proceeded to commit the two men to prison custody till June 8 and 13, when their written bail application would be taken.

Patrick Eboigbodin and Michael Igbinedion, - younger brother of the former governor - are 2nd and 3rd accused respondents in the 66-count charge brought against Mr. Igbinedion and six others by the EFCC

In the case of the former governor, Mr Hobon ruled that it would amount to double jeopardy and abuse of court process to try the former governor again as he had in 2008 entered into a plea bargain with the EFCC.

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