Ex-MINT Boss, Emmanuel Ehidiamhen Okoyomon, To Be Extradited To UK For Trial


Emmanuel Ehidiamhen Okoyomon- Fomre MD of Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company (NSPMC)

Emmanuel Okoyomon, a former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company (NSPM), is to be extradited to the United Kingdom to face charges of corruption and money laundering.

Justice E. S Chukwu of the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja, gave the order on Monday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said in a press statement.

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Okoyomon’s extradition is being sought by the United Kingdom over his alleged role in a bribery allegation involving officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria, NSPM and Securency International Pty of Australia between 2006 and 2008.

Alex Izinyon, counsel to the accused, had challenged the jurisdiction of the court to entertain and determine the matter, arguing that no extradition treaty exists between Nigeria and the United Kingdom, and that the 2002 London Scheme for extradition within the Commonwealth does not apply in Nigeria.