At present it’s not unusual that high-profile public officers take sick as quickly as they’re charged with corruption, particularly with the anti-corruption marketing campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari and the concern of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC).
Even some senior attorneys now conceal below their beds because of the dreaded anti-graft companies. In actual fact, nearly all public servants dealing with trial on one event or the opposite have their trial stalled on account of alleged ill-health. Among the circumstances the place the “ill-health” of the defendants has stalled the trial embody:
The trial of the retired Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, was stalled on the Code of Conduct Tribunal, owing to his ill-health. Justice Walter Onnoghen’s lead counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, defined to the tribunal that his absence was occasioned by a tooth-ache and hypertension which was mentioned to be round 210/121.
He tendered a medical report from medical centre in Abuja the place the defendant was mentioned to have been handled. The medical report signed by one Dr Francis Uche, the Medical Director of the hospital really helpful amongst others that Justice Onnoghen should observe 72 hours mattress relaxation for his blood strain to be correctly monitored. Onnoghen was ultimately convicted for non-disclosure of his belongings.
Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode as soon as failed to look in courtroom for his corruption trial as a result of, in line with Norrison Quakers (SAN), his counsel, he had been recognized and hospitalized with a heart-related ailment.
Norrison pleaded with Justice Rilwan Aikawa to adjourn the listening to to allow him furnish the courtroom with medical information proving Fani-Kayode’s sickness.
Former Minister of Petroleum Sources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, who’s dealing with a number of corruption circumstances valued at as much as $6bn is alleged to be out and in hospital in the UK receiving therapy for cancer-related illnesses.
The previous Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP) is dealing with prison trial earlier than the Federal Excessive Court docket, Abuja, for allegedly receiving N400 million from the workplace of the Nationwide Safety Adviser (NSA) popularly often known as “Armsgate trial”.
In Could 2016 Justice Okon Abang refused to grant Metuh depart to journey overseas for medical therapy, and later threatened to revoke Metuh’s bail if he continues to leap bail on the excuse of ill-health.
“This court shall henceforth not accept any other medical report issued by any medical doctor in Nigeria until the trial is concluded,” Abang dominated.
Metuh’s ‘ill-health’ assumed dramatic dimensions when he slumped in courtroom in Could 2018, he was rushed to the Nationwide Hospital in an ambulance by the courtroom’s medical workforce. Subsequently, he continued to look in courtroom both on a wheelchair or crutches.
The previous Minister of Finance, Nenadi Usman is standing a joint trial alongside Fani-Kayode for allegedly embezzling N4.6 billion. Usman utilized for depart to journey to the USA of America to obtain therapy for most cancers.
Her prayer was granted by Justice Rilwan Aikawa on December 5, 2017, who ordered the courtroom’s registrar to launch Usman’s passport.
The EFCC charged former decide, Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia and Godwin Obla (SAN) with 18-counts allegations bordering on conspiracy, illegal enrichment, retention of crime proceeds and cash laundering.
Throughout one in every of her trials, she collapsed earlier than a Federal Excessive Court docket in Lagos State. At one other time, she appeared with a damaged leg.
The EFCC arraigned former nationwide chairman of the Peoples Democratic
Get together (PDP), Haliru Bello and his son, Mohammed over an alleged fraud earlier than a Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja over alleged N300m fraud with the previous NSA, Sambo Dasuki.
Haliru was arraigned on a wheelchair. And in the middle of trial, he has utilized for medical therapy abroad, which have stalled the speedy conclusion of the case.
The previous Taraba State governor, Jolly Nyame was tried and convicted by Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the FCT Excessive Court docket in Gudu.
His trial was additionally stalled on account of reported ill-health on his half earlier than his eventual conviction.
The EFCC docked Nyame for allegedly misappropriating N1.64 billion state funds throughout his tenure because the governor from 1999 to 2007. He was convicted Could 2018 and sentenced to 14 years in jail. He was requested to refund the monies he diverted.
Senator Dino Melaye has been arraigned with fees bordering on tried culpable murder, obstruction, and gun-running. However in the middle of his travail within the palms of safety companies, Melaye was seen hospitalized for various illnesses. In a dramatic present, Melaye was placed on a neck bandage after he allegedly broke his neck.