It would be recalled that just recently the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) came out to complain about how the “big thieves” in the country are very difficult to catch as they have enough resources to frustrate the legal system of the country and subsequently get away with their crimes.
The scenario playing itself out as far as a case of money laundering instituted by the EFCC is concerned seems to confirm this. Chairman, Bi-Courtney Highway Services, Dr. Wale Babalakin, on Thursday failed to appear in court to face charges of allegedly helping the convicted former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, to fleece the state up to N4.5bn in 2006.
Dr. Babalakin’s absence at the Lagos High Court in Ikeja, where the EFCC was scheduled to arraign him, according to his lawyer, Ebun Sofunde (SAN), was said to be due to ill health. However, his co-accused, Mr. Alex Okon, was, however, present in court.
Babalakin’s lawyer told the court presided over by Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo that his client was on admission at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital for an undisclosed ailment. This development shocked the EFCC legal team as there was no indication of Babalakin’s ailment as at the time he was interrogated by the anti-graft agency in Abuja on Monday.
The arraignment was subsequently adjourned till December 12, 2013.