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Court Remands 2 In Prison Over Alleged N50m Bribe

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Justice Mojisola Dada of the Lagos State Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja yesterday remanded two men, Dandy Eze and Solomon Johnson in prison  for allegedly demanding a bribe of N50 million to withdraw a petition against Wahum Nigeria Limited from Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Justice Dada ordered that Eze and Johnson be kept behind bars after they were arraigned by the EFCC on a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy to commit a felony and acceptance of bribe.

According to the anti-graft agency, Eze being the president of Path of Peace Initiatives and Johnson did conspire amongst themselves to solicit for bribe from Wahum Nigeria Limited to assist it write a letter to EFCC, for withdrawal of a petition written against the company.

The commission also claimed that the that the accused persons also accept the sum of N1,000,000 (One million naira only) as part payment of the bribe through the account operated by Solomon Johnson.

One of the counts reads: “Dandy Eze, being the president of Path of Peace Initiatives and Solomon Johnson on or about the 23rd November 2018, at Lagos within the jurisdiction of this honourable Court, solicited for the sum of N50, 000,000 (Fifty Million Naira Only) as bribe, in order to facilitate the withdrawal of a petition written against Wahum Nigeria Limited from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)”.

They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to them.

In view of their plea, the EFCC counsel, George Chia-Yakua, urged the court for a trial date and an order remanding the accused persons in prison.

Chia-Yakua also objected to the defence lawyer, Terry Adeniji request that the two men be kept in EFCC custody pending the hearing and determination of their bail applications.

Adeniji had told the Court that he was just briefed on the case, and that he had not filed any applications before the Court.

The lawyer then asked the court for a short date for him to filed a proper bail application.

Justice Dada adjourned the case to February 14 for hearing of the accused persons’ bail application and for the commencement of trial.


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