A Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Apo, Abuja, has refused to hear the preliminary objection by former Nigerian minister for power, Olu Agunloye who aims to challenge his prosecution on corruption allegations by the EFCC regarding $6 billion mambilla Hydroelectric Power Station fraud.
Olu Agunloye last month was charged with fraud and abuse of office regarding the stalled Mambilla hydroelectric station. But his lawyers now argue the charges are invalid and Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) action illegal.
At a recent hearing, Agunloye’s team sought an injunction barring further EFCC pursuit of the case on grounds his role was strictly as a public official.
The indictment stems partly from allegedly granting the Mambilla contract without proper approvals or budgeting. Another focus is the claims that Agunloye defied and forged documents from the President regarding the venture.
Citing the preliminary matters, the ex-minister holds the anti-graft body cannot try him for policy decisions made in office.
Presiding on the matter, Justice Jude Onwuegbuzie held that the application was not ripe for hearing. The case was therefore adjourned till February 26, 2024.