Court Hearing Begins Today On Ex-MINT CEO Ehidiamhem Okoyomon Extradition Case

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The last is not heard of the much celebrated polymer scandal blown open by Australian newspaper, ‘The Age’ that rocked and is still very much in the news in international financial circles.The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,EFCC has  said it would  present today, a former Managing Director/CEO of Nigerian Security, Minting and Printing Company, Mr. Ehidiamhem Okoyomon, for extradition before a Federal High Court in Abuja. The ex-mint Boss would find it very hard to get out of this one though as things are not looking good for him on this one.  Yes, he is a highly connected man, but it is unclear at this point if his high connections can get him out of this mess.

The top source at the EFCC told our correspondent on Sunday that the extradition was demanded by the government of UK over his alleged involvement in bribery.

The bribery saga alleged to have taken place between 2006 and 2008 involves officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Nigeria Security, Minting and Printing Company and Securency International Pty of Australia (now Innovia Security Pty Limited)

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The source said, “The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, will on Monday, October 13, 2014 present Ehidiamhem Okoyomon, a former managing director and chief executive officer, Nigeria Security, Minting and Printing Company, for extradition before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

“Okoyomon’s extradition is being sought by the UK government over his alleged role in the bribery allegation involving officials of Central Bank of Nigeria, the Nigeria Security, Minting and Printing Company, and Securency International Pty of Australia between 2006 and 2008.”

The EFCC spokesperson, Mr. Wilson Ujaren, confirmed this to our correspondent on the telephone on Sunday.

A source at the EFCC had said on September 29, 2014, that the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation was facilitating the process of extradition of the former MINT boss to the UK “under a mutual legal assistance request by the British Government.”

Mr. Ehidiamhem Okoyomon who has a dual citizenship, that is British/Nigerian citizenship would be seriously sweating this time around, thanks to the EFCC who on it’s part have worked hard over the years to bring honour and international respect to Nigeria by prosecuting financial offenders.