Earlier today in Benin city, a Federal High Court sitting in the Edo state capital city adjourned the money laundering case instituted by the EFCC against Pastor Osagie Ize -Iyamu, the leading aspirant of the All Progressives Congress in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state and four others to July 2.
The other four defendants are Lucky Imasuen, former deputy governor of Edo State, Chief Dan Orbih, PDP chairman in Edo State; Tony Aziegbemi and Efe Erimuoghae.
At today’s sitting, prosecution counsel, Francis Jibro told the court that the matter was for ruling on the competence of the eight-count charges preferred against the defendants
The presiding Judge, M. G. Umar, ruled that the charges filed by the Commission against the Defendants were not defective. The defendants, had at the last sitting, challenged the charges on the ground that they contained the name of Chief Tony Anenih, who is now deceased.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu and other defendants were first arraigned before Justice P. I. Ajoku on an eight count charge bordering on money laundering on May 24, 2018.
The defendants were alleged to have sometime, in March 2015, in Benin City directly taken possession of the sum of Seven Hundred Million (N700, 000,000) without any contract award which sum was allegedly part of proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit: fraud and corruption.
It will be noted that the immediate sanctioned National chairman of APC Adams Oshiomole is relentlessly rooting for Pastor Ize Iyamu to dethrone the embattled incumbent governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki.