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N700m fraud: Ize-Iyamu’s case postponed due to Judge’s absence

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A Federal High Court sitting in Benin City, Edo State, on Thursday adjourned till July 7 the trial of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the September 19 election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and four others.

Recall, Inside Report Ng, had reported yesterday that Ize-Iyamu, the APC governorship candidate for the September election in Edo state faces trails on Thursday for an alleged N700 million fraud along with four others for case preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The other accused are a former state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dan Orbih; the incumbent chairman, Tony Aziegbemi; a former deputy governor of Edo State, Lucky Imasuen, and Efe Erimuoghae-Anthony.

According to a report from Punch, the presiding Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Umar Garba, was absent in the Thursday sitting.

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Although Ize-Iyamu was also absent in court, his counsel, Mr Peter Uwadiae was present. The former deputy governor, Imasuen, was also present.

Counsel for the 2nd defendant (Tony Aziegbemi), Mr Pascal Ogbome, told journalists that parties in the suit picked July 7.

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