Edo State High Court, presided over by Justice Esther Ikponmwmen in Benin City, has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Philip Shaibu, the APC lawmaker representing Etsako Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, over his absence from court.
Shuiabu is facing six-count charge case instituted against him by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, over alleged forgery of his tax documents in 2006, while contesting for Etsako constituency two seat in the State House of Assembly.
The accused was alleged by ICPC to have in November 2006 lied to officers of the Edo state Board of Internal Revenue that he was an employee of a the firm, Zaknote Nigeria Ventures limited from 2003 to 2006 and fraudulently obtained a tax clearance certificate from the revenue board.
The case, which had been ongoing since 2013 before Justice Esther Edigin of the Benin High Court, was however reassigned to Justice Esther Ikponmwen after the former withdrew from the case.
At the resumed hearing yesterday, counsel to ICPC, GO Igbadumhe in his application urged the court to issue the warrant of arrest for the accused for his failure to appear in court.
In granting the application, Esther Ikponmwen ordered that the accused be produced in court by the authorities of Nigeria police on the next sitting day, which is next week Thursday, January 21, 2016.

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