Justice Mohammed Leman, the presiding judge of a Federal High Court sitting in Benin City, the Edo State capital on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, failed to deliver judgement on the former governor of the state, Chief Lucky Nosakhare Igbinedion.
Igbinedion was arraigned before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), at the end of his tenure in 2007 on an 81 count charge bordering on money laundering, misappropriation of funds, conspiracy and abuse of office between 1999 and 2007. the former governor was arraigned alongside six others.
Although Igbinedion was earlier freed by the court, an appeal court ruling reverted the case back to the lower court insisting that the former governor had a case to answer.
Others standing trial with him are Micheal Igbinedion, younger brother of and personal assistant to the Lucky Igbinedion during his tenure, Patrick, the former Accountant general of the state, and their four companies namely; Gava Corporation Limited, Romrig Nigeria Limited, PMI Securities Company Limited, and PML (Nigeria) Limited.
The judgement which was initially to be delivered on January 30, 2015 was moved due to the presiding judge’s ill health to April 17 and was later moved to April 20.