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Court declares Osita Ojeah wanted

A Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja has issued a bench warrant against the Managing Director of Homeland and Overseas Limited, Osita Ojeah, the company and one Anthony Nwosu who is still at large.

The presiding judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, declared them wanted following their inability to appear for trial in criminal charges instituted against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The EFCC had in 2020 arraigned them for allegedly stealing about N139 million from Virgin Forest Energy Limited.

Upon the arraignment, the matter has suffered several setbacks which have hindered the commencement of trial.

The development made Justice Taiwo serve a note of warning that the court would not tolerate delayed antics from counsels.

At the resumed hearing, when the matter was called neither the prosecutor nor defence counsels and defendants were in court.

Subsequently, Justice Taiwo revoke the bail of the defendant, Osita Ojeah, and adjourned till April 12.

Reporting by Wahab Akinlade; Editing by Omotola Oguneye