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Court orders arrest of Ex-Naval Chief, Army General over N1.5bn laundering charges

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Court orders arrest of Ex-Naval Chief, Army General over N1.5bn laundering charges

Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has issued an arrest warrant for former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin, and two other officers on charges of laundering N1.5 billion.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) brought the trio before the court on allegations of fraud involving N1.5 billion.

The arrest warrant followed a motion exparte, marked FHC/ABJ/CR/158/2023, filed by ICPC counsel, Osuobeni Ekoi Akponimisingha.

In the motion, the lawyer alleged that Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin Oyibe, Adam Imam Yusuf, and Brigadier General Ishaya Gangum Bauka, were investigated for money laundering and making false statements about diverting funds from their military and paramilitary institutions to companies in which they had alleged stakes.

The defendants, who were initially released on administrative bail on self-recognition due to their status as public figures, failed to appear in court for possible arraignment.

The lawyer requested a bench warrant against the defendants in charge No. FHC/ABJ/CR/158/2023 to arrest and bring them to court for arraignment and trial.

Named as the first to sixth defendants in the 17-count charge are Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin Oyibe, Adam Imam Yusuf, Brigadier General Ishaya Gangum Bauka, Lahab integrated & Multi Services Limited, Gate Coast Properties International Limited, and Ummays Hummayd Energy Ltd.

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