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Extradition: Asemota’s Trial Commences June 3

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The extradition process initiated against Franca Asemota, by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation before Justice A. Kafarati of the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja came up for mention on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.

Asemota is wanted by the UK government for trafficking of minors to Europe using London Heathrow airport as a transit hub.

The suspect was arrested by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, March 24, 2015 in Benin , Edo State on suspicion of money laundering offences.

On arrest, checks on Asemota’s profile revealed that, she had been on the wanted list of the National Crime Agency, NCA.

When the case was called, Asemota’s counsel, Ugochukwu Ezekiel told the court that he had a pending application for bail of the respondent.

He urged the court to admit his client to bail.

Responding, Muslim Hassan from the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, told the court that the application cannot be heard because the case was just for mention.

He urged the court to fix a date for hearing of all pending applications.

Consequently, Justice  Kafarat adjourned the case to June 3, 2015 for hearing of the bail application and ordered the accused to be remanded in EFCC custody.

Wilson Uwujaren

Head, Media & Publicity

2nd June, 2015

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