There are strong indications that Justice Ahmed Liman of the Federal High Court, Benin City in Edo State, will this week deliver judgement on the case of alleged money laundering and abuse of office filed against former state Governor Lucky Igbinedion, his brother, Michael, an aide, Patrick Eboigbodin and their four companies by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in 2013.
The accused, alongside their companies: Gava Corporation Limited, Romrig Nigeria Limited, PML Securities Company Limited and PML Nigeria Limited, were arraigned by the EFCC on an 81-count charge of money laundering, misappropriation of funds, conspiracy and abuse of office in 2013.
Justice Liman had on March 10 this year reserved ruling on the matter till April 17, 2015 and attributed the delay in delivering his judgement to the protracted strike embarked upon by the judiciary workers, which however ended in February.
And last week he said through a court official that the postponement of the ruling from April 17 was due to his ill- health.
Liman said: “Let me express my apology for the delay in giving judgment in this case. Judgment has been adjourned for about three or four times on this matter and the delay is not for want of attention or lack of diligence on the part of the court but for unwarranted circumstances occasioned by my ill-health.”
Nigerian Pilot however learnt at the weekend that the judge was set to give judgement on the suit this week.
The Federal High Court in Benin had since 2013 heard how Michael, the former governor’s younger brother and his personal assistant, along with Mr. Patrick Eboigbodin, another aide, allegedly used the four companies to launder state funds while Igbinedion was in office.
Igbinedion, who was joined in the case, was earlier discharged by the court but an Appeal Court ruling returned the case to the lower court, insisting that he had a case to answer along with his younger brother, Patrick, and the four companies.
A member of staff of the court had last week said Justice Liman travelled out of the state and told the litigants that a new date “to be determined by His Lordship” would be communicated to them.
There was an air of expectation in the court premises last week with huge crowd of interested members of the public and the litigants who stormed the court but later left the premises disappointed when judgment was not delivered.

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