Alleged N6bn fraud: Court grants lawyer’s wife permission to travel abroad on medical grounds

 A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, granted leave to Mrs Cecilia Osipitan, wife of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, to travel to United States (US) on health grounds. Justice Inyang Ekwo granted Osipitan’s plea after her

counsel, Tayo Oyetibo, SAN, moved motion on notice, which was not opposed to by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)’s Lawyer, Christopher Mshelia.   judge then adjourned the matter Oct. 18, Oct. 19 and Oct. 20 for trial continuation.  application, marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/9/2021 dated July 6 and filed on July 7, had eight grounds in support. senior said Osipitan, who was billed to undergo a medical examination on July 25 at South Georgia Urology Clinic, Albaby, Georgia, was expected to travel between July 15 and Aug. 30. He said he sought “an order granting the release of the applicant’s International Passport No. A10430040 to the applicant to enable her to travel of the country subject to the condition that the said international passport shall be returned to registrar of this court within five days of the return of the applicant to the country.” He said the application was brought pursuant to sections 33(1), 35, 36(1) and 41 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the inherent jurisdiction of the court.  Oyetibo, in the application urged the court to grant the request on the grounds that, prior to Osipitan’s arraignment, she had been diagnosed of interstitial cystitis of the bladder along with severe urethral stenosis at the US hospital.“

conditions require continuous monitoring and care from her physicians in U. S.,” he said. 

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Osipitan, who was arraigned on March 26 alongside her company, PJO Ventures Limited, was admitted to bail in sun of N200 million with a surety in like sum. While the EFCC is the complainant, Osipitan and her company are 1st and 2nd defendants respectively in a nine-count money laundering charge to the tune of N6 billion.

She was alleged to have received money through her company to acquire choice property in parts of country.(NAN)