A former chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) was on Monday, the 3rd of February 2020 arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission before a High Court in Abuja.
Mr. Nicholas Ebomo was arraigned alongside three others before Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo at the Federal High in Abuja for alleged misuse of office and misappropriation of funds.
Airworld Technologies LTD, Oyien Homes LTD, and one Blessing Mutu who is said to be at large are the other defendants in the case.
The case was read out before the court and the former lawmaker pleaded not guilty, leading to the lawyer of the EFCC Iheanacho Ekele requesting a trial date for the said offenders and praying the court to reprimand the defendant in a correctional facility.
The judge, upon hearing from both parties, adjourned the case until February 25, March 4 and 5, April 22 and 28, as well as May 5 and 6 for trial.
One of the charges read, “That you, Honourable Nicholas Mutu Ebomo (M) whilst being the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on the Niger Delta Development Commission between August 2014 and August 2016 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did procure Airworld Technologies Ltd to conceal of the sum of N320,159, 689.63 (Three hundred and twenty million, one hundred and fifty-nine thousand, six hundred and eighty-nine naira, sixty-three kobo) to be paid by Starline Consultancy Services Ltd when you reasonably ought to have known that the said sum of N320, 159, 689.63 formed part of proceeds of corruption, gratification and fraudulent acquisition of property and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(c) (d) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011 as amended by Act No. 1 of (2012) and punishable under section 15(3) of the same Act.”