An Abuja High Court on Wednesday ordered the Independent Corrupt Practices and other-related offences Commission to arraign a former Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Sunday Ehindero, on June 28 for allegedly laundering N557m.
Ehindero was the IG from 2005 to 2007.
Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi gave the order after the ICPC could not produce the accused in court. The anti-graft agency had failed to serve the charges and court processes personally on him.
Ehindero’s co-accused, Mr. John Obaniyi, a former Commissioner of Police in charge of budget during his (Ehindero’s) tenure, could also not be arraigned for the same reason.
The ICPC on Monday filed six counts of money laundering against Ehindero and Olaniyi.
At the resumption of the matter, the prosecution counsel, Mr. Elijah Akaakohol, informed the court that he was having difficulties serving the processes on Ehindero and Olaniyi.
According to him, when the officers of the ICPC went to serve Ehindero with the papers at his law chambers, located at NICON Plaza, Central Area, Abuja, they were told that the former IG was in Asaba, Delta State, attending the NBA Conference on Criminal Justice Reforms.
He further told the court that a lawyer, Mr Olufemi Ogunleye, offered to receive the court processes on behalf of Ehindero.
Akaakohol admitted that it was not proper to serve the processes by proxy, and as a result, the papers were not left with the said lawyer.
He said, “Since under the law, service of court papers, especially in such a serious matter should be effected on the suspect personally, we could not leave the papers with the lawyer since we were told that the suspect had travelled.”
Akaakohol gave similar reasons for the inability of the prosecution to serve the processes on Olaniyi.
He told the court that Olaniyi could not be reached at the Force Headquarters, Louis Edet House, Abuja, which he gave as his address, because he (Olaniyi) has since been suspended from the police force.