Court hands over drug dealer, fraudster to USA

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Court Orders Malami To Surrender Two Nigerians For US Trial
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Court Orders Malami To Surrender Two Nigerians For US Trial
A Federal High Court has directed the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami to surrender two Nigerians for trial in the United States of America.

The orders were made after the hearing of two extradition cases filed and argued before the Federal High Court in Abuja and Lagos by Pius Akutah of the Central Control Unit, Federal Ministry of Justice.

The wanted Nigerians are; Princewill Ugonna Anuegunwa and Lateef Alade Alagbada.

Anuegunwa, who claimed to be a graduate of the Ogun State University, is wanted in the US in relation to his alleged involvement in “wire fraud,” while Alagbada is wanted in relation to the offences of “conspiracy to distribute and import of heroin into the US from Nigeria.”

Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja on June 1, 2020 upheld that argument by Akutah, to the effect that the applicant provided sufficient materials to warrant the exercise of the court’s discretion in its favour.

The judgment was on an extraction application marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/505/2019.

“Consequently, order is hereby made for the surrender of the respondent – Princewill Ugonna Anuegunwa – by the Hon. Attorney General of the Federation to the United States of America to answer for the criminal charges against him in that country after 15 days thereof.

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“The respondent is hereby committed to the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service until the order of this court for his surrender is carried out.”

On April 22, Justice Muslim Hassan of the Federal High Court, Lagos, gave a similar verdict in the case against Alagbada which marked: FHC/L/CS/2212/2029.

Justice Hassan held that the applicant established its case against the respondent.

“I find as a fact that proper procedure for the surrender of the respondent has been adopted by the United States of America and the Attorney General of the Federation.

“I therefore commit the respondent, Alagbada Lateef to Interpol custody for extradition to the United States of America as a fugitive.

“The fugitive is also ordered to await the order of the Attorney General of the Federation for his surrender to the United States of America after the expiration of 15 days from the date of the judgment of this court in accordance with the provisions of Section 10(1) of the Extradition Act,” the Judge ruled.