The trial of a former Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Executive Director of Projects, Mr Tuoyo Omatsuli, for allegedly receiving N3.6billion bribe from a contractor, was on Tuesday stalled at the Federal High Court in Lagos.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned him along with Don Parker Properties Limited, Francis Momoh and Building Associates Limited before Justice Saliu Saidu on 45 counts.
It accused Omatsuli of conspiring with the others “to disguise the illegal origin of a total sum of N3,645,000,000, being proceeds of unlawful activity, to wit: corruption and gratification.”
They allegedly committed the offence between August 2014 and September 2015 in Lagos contrary to Section 18 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act No. 1 of 2012 and were liable to be punished under Section 15(3) of the same Act.
The defendants pleaded not guilty.
Defence counsel Mr. Norrison Quakers (SAN) told the court on Tuesday that Momoh was yet to be released by the EFCC despite fulfilling his bail conditions.
According to him, the third defendant was granted bail due to a “serious health challenge”.
He wondered why the anti-graft failed to release him.
But, prosecuting counsel Ekene Iheanacho said Momoh was yet to meet all the bail terms.
He said EFCC was yet to get clearance from the ministry which the defendant’s surety claimed to be working in.
“It’s true that the defendant has submitted all the documents for his bail.
“We have confirmed the title documents from the Bureau of Land.
“However, we received a letter dated December 31, 2018, from the Ministry where the surety claimed to be working in.
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