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Court issues arrest warrant for former naval chief Jibrin

Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the arrest of a former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin, and two other officers on charges of money laundering worth N1.5 billion.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC) hauled the trio to court over allegations of N1.5 billion fraud.

The court issued the arrest warrant after hearing an exparte motion marked FHC/ABJ/CR/158/2023 and filed by the ICPC lawyer, Osuobeni Ekoi Akponimisingha.

In the motion, the lawyer stated that Usman Jibrin Oyibe, Adam Imam Yusuf, Brigadier Ishaya Gangum Bauka (first to third defendants), were investigated over allegations of money laundering and false statements regarding the diversion of funds in their respective institutions military and paramilitary. , in companies in which they supposedly had participation.

According to him, at the beginning of the investigation into the accusations, the accused were released on administrative bail on self-recognition due to their status as serving public figures and former personalities and have since refused to appear for possible court appearance.

The lawyer applied to the court for an injunction against the first, second and third respondents (Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin Oyibe, Adam Imam Yusuf and Brigadier General Ishaya Gamgum Bauka) in charge No. FHC/ABJ/CR/158/2023, which is pending before the court for the purpose of arresting them and bringing them to court for arraignment and trial.

Among the first to sixth defendants in the 17-count charge are Usman Jibrin Oyibe, Adam Imam Yusuf, Brigadier General Ishaya Gangum Bauka, Lahab Integrated & Multi Services Limited, Gate Coast Properties International Limited and Ummays Hummayd Energy Ltd .