The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has asked a Federal High Court in Lagos to dismiss a motion filed by a former Minister of State for Finance, Nenadi Usman, seeking to commit the Information Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to prison for alleged contempt.
Usman is standing trial alongside former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani -Kayode, a former Chairman of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria Yusuf Danjuma, and a company, Joint trust Dimension Limited, over money laundering charges.
In a motion on notice brought through her lawyer, Ferdinand Orbih (SAN), the former minister argued that the inclusion of her name on the looters’ list released by the Information Minister during the course of an alleged fraud case against her was contemptuous. However, responding to the arguments on the motion, EFCC’s lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, urged the court to decline Nenadi’s request.
Oyedepo insisted that Nenadi was never referred to as a looter by the information minister, arguing that what was published by some newspapers only bordered on allegations which could not be said to be prejudicial to the applicant’s case in court. Justice Mohammed Aikawa reserved his ruling on the motion until the sixteenth of November.