By Osahon Osahon
The Federal High Court sitting in Benin, Edo State, has ruled that it has jurisdiction to hear the money laundering charge instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against Pastor Osagie Ize -Iyamu and four others.
The four others standing trial in the N700mn money laundering case are Lucky Imasuen, (a former deputy governor of the state), Chief Dan Orbih, then PDP chairman in the state; Tony Aziegbemi and Efe Erimuoghae.
Presiding judge, Justice M. G. Umar, Federal High Court, Benin City, delivered the ruling on Tuesday in the money laundering charge brought against Pastor Ize -Iyamu, who was PDP governorship candidate in the 2016 governorship election in the state.
In his ruling, Justice M. G. Umar, who dismissed their application, said the matter before the court was money laundering which the federal high court has exclusive jurisdiction over.
He berated the defendants for filing the motion which he said was intended to waste the time of the court.
Justice Umar adjourned the case till May 18, 2021 for further hearing.