The Federal High Court in Lagos has dismissed an application filed by a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Maurice Iwu, seeking the transfer of his N1.23bn fraud trial from Lagos to Abuja.
Justice Nicholas Oweibo who gave the judgement on Friday said the application lacked merit.
In his ruling, Justice Oweibo said a look at the list of witnesses submitted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission showed that most of the witnesses were in Lagos, with some retired, hence “justice will be better served for the trial to proceed in Lagos”.
Iwu, who was arraigned on four counts of money laundering and fraud, had through his lawyer, pleaded that the case be transferred from Lagos to Abuja on the basis of his old age.
The former INEC chairman was on October last year arraigned on four counts, wherein he was accused of laundering N1.23bn in the build-up to the 2015 general elections.