Osagie Ize-Iyamu

The alleged fraud case brought by the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Edo State, Osagie Ize-Iyamu and four others has been stalled.

The case was stalled due to the absence of the first and fourth defendants in court on Wednesday.

The EFCC through its lead counsel had filed an eight-count charge of money laundering under the money laundering prohibition act of 2011 against the accused persons including PDP chieftain, Tony Anenih who they claim is at large.

Speaking to Channels Television, counsel to the fourth defendant, Pascal Ugbome said the missing defendants in court had travelled out of the country before the EFCC prepared the case.

He insisted that they would have been available by the May 22 but the date was not convenient for the court.

He added that the defense counsel had already filed a bail application in anticipation of the court case on the instructions of their clients.

In her ruling, at the Federal High Court sitting in Benin City, the Edo State capital, Justice Patience Ajoku fixed June 11, 2018, for hearing on the case.

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