A former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Nicholas Mutu Ebomo has been arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja on charges of fraud and abuse of office.
Mutu was arraigned on Monday, with two firms – Airworld Technologies Ltd and Oyien Homes Ltd – on an 11-count charge, marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/123/2019 filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Mutu pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him. Pleas of not guilty were also entered for the other defendants.
After the arraignment, the prosecuting lawyer, Ekele Iheanacho requested for a trial date and prayed the court to remand the 1st defendant (Mutu) in prison.
His lawyer, Patrick Ikweto (SAN) said the defence was equally ready for the trial.
o then prayed the court to grant bail to the 1st defendant, noting that he has been on the administrative bail garnted him earlier by the EFCC.
He noted that Mutu attended court on Monday from his home and on his own volition.
Responding, Iheanacho objected to bail for the 1st defendant and said: “My lord we cannot take the risk we took in 2018 when we granted him bail, he was released in the name of one Anthony John Ikpoyi, SAN.
In a ruling, Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo allowed Mutu to remain on the administrative bail earlier granted him by the EFCC.
The judge adjourned till February 25 this year for trial.