Popular transporter, Bube Okorodudu is still a wanted man, the court insists.
Here are the revelations that back this assertion.
'A Lagos High Court, Ikeja, yesterday heard that the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) has directed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to hands off the prosecution of Cross Country Transport Limited chief, Bube Okorodudu.
The frontline transporter is on trial before Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo, with his firms, Cross Country and Car Link Limited, for allegedly stealing N82.8 million by fraudulently selling 17 units of Volkswagen transporter buses belonging to AG Moeller Limited and Adeloye Olukemi.
At the resumed hearing yesterday, a lawyer from the office of the AGF, D. E. Kaswe, told the court that the AGF took over the matter from the EFCC on September 8, while the court was on vacation.
The lawyer added that the case was taken over because of a sister criminal case before a Federal High Court in Lagos.
Praying the court for an adjournment to enable the AGF’s office collect the original file it requested from the EFCC, Kaswe said it would enable them examine the files and reach a conclusion.
'But defence counsel Taiwo Taiwo said Okorodudu voluntarily turned himself in to the police, as directed by the court on July 1.
He said: “The first defendant (Okorodudu) was in their (EFCC) custody and came to court on July 14. But the court could not sit due to the strike by Judiciary workers.
“He was thereafter granted administrative bail by the police. The reason he is not here today is because I was not aware that the matter would come up today.”
'After hearing the submissions of both counsel, Justice Lawal-Akapo averred that the practice directive by the National Judicial Council (NJC) was that judges should give priority to high profile criminal cases.
He said:”I am not in any way impressed by the explanation given by the prosecution counsel that the AGF Office is still trying to take over the original case file from the EFCC since September 8. Counsels from both sides should assist the court in dealing speedily with the matter'
He held that the bench warrant issued against Okorodudu was still in force.
Justice Lawal - Akapo ordered the police to arrest and produce him in court at the next adjournment fixed for December 2 2014.'
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