EFCC Press Release:
Extradition: Court of Appeal Turns Down Okoyomon’s Bail Application
The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja has thrown out the bail application brought before it by Emmanuel Okoyomon, former Managing Director of the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company, NSPMC, whose extradition to the United Kingdom, UK, has been ordered by a Federal High Court, Abuja.
The Justice Datti Yahaya-led panel of the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal had on November 4, 2015 heard Okoyomon’s bail application seeking his release from detention pending his extradition to the United Kingdom.
Okoyomon is wanted in the UK over his alleged role in the bribery scandal involving officials of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, the Nigeria Security Printing and Minting Company, NSPMC, and Securency International Pty of Australia, between 2006 and 2008.
Justice E. S. Chukwu of a Federal High Court, Abuja, had on May 4, 2015 ordered that Okoyomon be extradited to the UK to face charges of corruption and money laundering. He was also ordered to be remanded in prison custody pending the extradition.
Dissatisfied by the ruling, Okoyomon had at the time through his counsel, Alex Izinyon, SAN, approached the Appellate Court seeking for a stay of execution of the order of the court.
It will be recalled that Justice Valentine Ashi of the FCT High Court sitting in Apo, Abuja had on Friday, September 11, 2015 also ruled as an abuse of court process, the bail application brought before it by Okoyomon’s counsel, Mike Enaharo.
Head, Media &Publicity
19th November, 2015