Alleged N570m Fraud: Court Halts Trial Of Former Head Of Service, Oyo-Ita

A Federal High Court in Abuja has halted the trial of the former Head of Service of the Federation (HOSF) Winifred Oyo-Ita and others over alleged N570million fraud.

The judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo at the ruling on Wednesday, described the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) act of obtaining an ex-parte order for freezing of bank accounts of the defendants in the matter before another court, as an abuse of court process.

Justice Taiwo said the conduct of the anti-corruption agency was reprehensible and condemnable, noting that it was a contemptuous move that must not be allowed in the interest of justice.

The judge has therefore ordered a stay of proceedings in the trial until the EFCC and its lawyer “do the needful” by withdrawing the application before the other court.


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