N5.2Bn REA Scam: Senator Ugbane And Ndudi Elumelu, To Be Re-Arraigned

By SaharaReporters, New York

Former Chairman, of the Senate Committee on Power, Nicholas Yahaya Ugbane; his former House of Representatives counterpart, Ndudi Elumelu; and Jibo Mohammed, are to be re-arraigned before a Federal Capital Territory High Court in a case of breach of due process, criminal conspiracy, diversion, and misappropriation of N5.2 billion in public funds.


The men, who are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), are expected to make a fresh plea before Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi of the FCT High Court in Abuja on February 1, 2013.


The commission said in a statement today that their re-arraignment follows the re-assignment of the case following the withdrawal of former trial judge, Justice Adebunkola Banjoko.


Ugbane and his co- accused were initially arraigned on October 30, 2009, on a 130 count charge together with six senior officials of the Rural Electrification Agency.  The charges were subsequently separated with the lawmakers jointly facing a 62-count charge and the other six accused facing a 68-count charge.


At today’s session, however, the accused persons could not be re-arraigned owing to the absence of the third accused, Mohammed.  He was neither represented nor was a reason made available for his absence.  As a result, the prosecution counsel, Onjefu Obe, asked the court for a bench warrant to effect his arrest.


According to Obe, “When an accused person in a criminal case as in the one at hand fails to appear and nothing to show why he was not in court, irrespective of who the person is, the prosecutor has the right to ask the court to issue a bench warrant against such accused for him to come and explain why he was not present at the court”.


But Defence counsel, Mr. Ikwueto (SAN) who appeared for the second accused, offered an explanation in favour of Jibo, saying that the third accused person was not aware of today’s adjournment. “Since the date was not communicated to him, it would be wrong for the court to issue a bench warrant against him,” he said. 


After ascertaining that the third accused may not have been informed about the new date, the judge asked the EFCC counsel whether he was going ahead with his earlier application to which Mr. Obe replied: “EFCC is not in court solely to prosecute but to promote justice”. 

He thereafter withdrew the application for a bench warrant on the third accused person.


The case was adjourned to 1 February 1, 2013.



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Nigerians at home and in diaspora are watching. Christiane Amanpour, CNN, US Dept. of State et al are watching. No power (electricity)yet those who stole the money are UNTOUCHABLES.
Guess what they may be untouchable in the hands of man but not that of God.

u are right. thank u o.

u are right. thank u o.


Me I don tired to dey read EFCC and corrupt politicians in Nigeria. The president is not ready for a fight, the politicians can do whatever they want and the EFCC can bark till next day. I agree totally with Collins. Me I dey laugh.


All our legislators are criminal armed robbers. That is why they refuse to creat special court for EFCC to try corrupt people in Nigeria, because they are rogues. Anyway, That is the end of the case. Ogbulafor and Kalu can confirm this.

Efcc should stop wasting tax

Efcc should stop wasting tax payers money. They case has no bases


they will set them free, EFCC can only arrest yahoo boys and always set senators and governors free, all we here is they dont have enough evidence, how was Ibori jailed

I hate d Nigerian politicians

I can't stand all d shits , d stupid politicians in Nigeria are doin wit our money nd d national wealth we'v gotten..........u av no pity on d poor , evry damned week 2 or more minister a bein charged 2 fraud 'f billions where by an average Nigerian can't afford a three tyms square meal.........may thy Lord punish u all accordin 2 ur inniquites

We all know there is no

We all know there is no justice in the country. Let the case be transferred to England and see the verdict after all, England is the hospital they all registered and frequently used.

This may just be a case of

This may just be a case of using corruption cases as instrument of political blackmail in the hands of occupants of Aso Rock and their agents in EFCC. 2015 is in focus and these accused persons must be whipped into line. Why not try these persons once and for all, pronouce them guilty or free as the case may be? Let justice take its course. They take us to be fools in this countrty.
Think of long list of similar cases:
-Haliburton Susupects
-Oil Subsidy suspects
-Siemens bribery suspects

The Earlier the Better!

The earlier the better to enable Elumelu, who called himself the only man of God, defend himself!

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