Court grants Gbenga Daniel leave to travel for medical attention Reviewed by Momizat on . Former Ogun State Governor Gbenga Daniel on Thursday was granted leave to attend to his health issues abroad. The State High Court hearing the case in Abeokuta Former Ogun State Governor Gbenga Daniel on Thursday was granted leave to attend to his health issues abroad. The State High Court hearing the case in Abeokuta Rating:
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Court grants Gbenga Daniel leave to travel for medical attention

Former Ogun State Governor Gbenga Daniel on Thursday was granted leave to attend to his health issues abroad.

The State High Court hearing the case in Abeokuta ordered the release of his international passport which had been in custody of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The order by the presiding Judge, Olanrewaju Mabekoje, was subsequent to a motion filed by the lead counsel to the accused, Taiwo Osipitan, informing the court that Mr. Daniel needs to urgently attend to his health in London.

“We prayed Your Lordship to ask EFCC to release the accused passport to travel for urgent medical attention in London which is his fundamental rights. We attached x-ray and medical report to the application,” Mr. Osipitan pleaded.

“There is need for defendant to go and take care of his health. We need a healthy defendant, we shall return the passport. He would not spend more than two weeks,” Mr. Osipitan held.

In response, Rotimi Jacobs, the EFCC’s lead counsel said the accused should not be allowed to go abroad for medical treatment.

But the judge ordered the anti-graft agency to release the international passport to enable the accused seek medical attention outside the country.

Mr. Mabekoje, however, ordered the accused to return to the country not later than 30th September, 2012 and within three days, return the passport to the EFCC.

Daniel owns an account allegedly used to siphon state funds.

At the hearing, a witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) who also works with the Finbank – Omolara Akiodem – confirmed to the court that the accused is the sole signatory of an account belonging to Masterline Investment and Property Limited.

The EFCC had alleged that the company was one of Mr. Daniel’s sources of siphoning State Government’s money while in office as the governor.

The witness during cross examination told the court that since inception of opening the account in 2000, Mr. Daniel till date remains the only signatory to the account

She said Mr. Daniel between 2003 and 2009 had been signing the cheques assigned to the account, adding that on 9th September, 2005, a GTB cheque number 3037 in the sum of N10million was deposited into the account.

Similarly, on 10th February 2006, cheque number 3962 bearing the sum of N10million was paid into the account by one Adenike Ogundipe, who also on 25th April 2005 deposited N9million with cheque number 5013.

The judge adjourned hearings of the case to 15, 25 and 26 of October, 2012.

Gbenga Daniel has been facing criminal charges filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in an Ogun State High Court.

 

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KCFCIIC2ZIKS5Y5LPUK7JMK7TE Plasma

    What is his medical condition? What does the X ray and scan say? How can the judge release him to go for medical treatment? His medical condition can only get worse when he leaves the country and the court will be getting reports saying he is not yet fit to travel back and face trial. The judge has invariably released him. I bet my five naira that he wont come back in two weeks time. Why then do we blame people who collect petrol subsidy and don’t bring petrol, why do we blame people who swear that they will make Nigeria ungovernable if they are not the ones looting the money, why do we blame our DG who decides to live in a hotel for eight months, why blame FL for collecting a mere taxi fare from Otedola, why arrest James Ibori etc etc. The urge and the ability to cheat may not necessarily just be because we are Nigerians. It might be worth studying. The cheating gene. This gene is everywhere but maybe we have it in high titers. Where are the good ones?

    • omoalao

      you can bet this is a typical naija judge! did not bother to ask for a certified medical report that that his health condition cannot be treated in nigeria

  • Blessing Uwarobehi Amayiyi

    Wow! All I can say is wow! Shocking! How much has the judge been given to make this decision?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1042319936 Gbolahan Obadimeji Philips

    If they said the man is sick then he is sick.  You can only try a living soul anyway and if he did not return he should remember that those that stay put at abroad for fear of prosecution were always worse off for it.  e.g Ibori.  That is even why even Intercontinental bank MD Erastus Akingbola has to return home and fight it out.  For all I know,  and with the lawyer Daniel has, he will win EFCC.  The commission lacks what it really takes to prosecute high flying accused person.

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