Court Orders Malami To Surrender Two Nigerians For Trial In US

 Court Orders Malami To Surrender Two Nigerians For Trial In US

The Federal High Court has ordered the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, to surrender two Nigerian men for trial in the United States of America (USA).

The men – Princewill Ugonna Anuegunwa and Lateef Alade Alagbada – are wanted in the for trial in the USA for cases bordering on fraud and drug trafficking.

In a judgment on June 1 this year, Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja upheld that argument by Akutah, to the effect that the applicant provided sufficient materials to warrant the exercise of the court’s discretion in its favour.

The judgment was on an extraction application marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/505/2019.

Justice Ekwo held: “I am satisfied that the evidence of the applicant in this case is in compliance with Section 17(1)(a) & (b) (3)(a) & (b) and (4) of the Extradition Act, and I hereby admit and rely on same.’’

“I find that the applicant has made a case to warrant the issuance of the order sought in the application. The application succeeds on the merit.’’

“Consequently, order is hereby made for the surrender of the respondent – Princewill Ugonna Anuegunwa – by the Hon. Attorney General of the Federation to the United States of America to answer for the criminal charges against him in that country after 15 days thereof.’’

“The respondent is hereby committed to the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service until the order of this court for his surrender is carried out.”

Justice Muslim Hassan of the Federal High Court, Lagos, gave similar verdict in an earlier judgment in the case against Alagbada.

Anuegunwa  is wanted in the US in relation to his alleged involvement in “wire fraud,” while Alagbada is wanted in relation to the offences of “conspiracy to distribute and import of heroin into the US from Nigeria.”

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