Emmanuel Okoyomon Bail Application Denied

800px-Flag_of_Nigeria.svgOn 19 November 2015, it was reported that the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, in Nigeria, rejected the bail application made by Emmanuel Okoyomon, whose extradition to the United Kingdom has been ordered by the Federal High Court.

A report is here. Previous blogs are here.

Background

On 4 May 4 2015, Justice Evoh Chukwu of a Federal High Court, Abuja, ordered that Mr Okoyomon be extradited to the UK to face charges of corruption and money laundering. He was also ordered to be remanded in custody pending extradition.

Mr Okoyomon is wanted in the UK for his alleged role in the bribery scandal involving officials of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Nigeria Security Printing and Minting Company (NSPMC), and Securency International Pty of Australia, between 2006 and 2008. Mr Okoyomon denies the allegations.

Bail Hearing, 4 November 2015

On 4 November 2015, a panel of judges, led by Justice Datti Yahaya, heard Mr Okoyomon’s bail application seeking his release from detention, pending his extradition to the UK.

On 19 November 2015 it was announced by a spokesperson for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Wilson Uwujaren, that this application was rejected. No reasons were publically reported.