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$9.6BILLION P&ID FRAUD: COURT ORDERS ARREST OF BRITON

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has ordered the arrest of a British national, James Nolan for jumping bail and failing to appear for trial.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed gave the order in an interlocutory ruling in Abuja.

Nolan, a Director in the Process and Industrial Development Limited, P&ID, is standing trial, alongside Lurgi Consult Limited and others, in a money laundering case to the tune of $9.6 billion.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed observed that Nolan has broken the terms of his bail conditions offered him and therefore revoked the bail and issued a bench warrant .

The Court also ordered his surety to appear in court on the next adjourned date, to justify why the bail bond should not be forfeited.

Prosecution counsel, Bala Sanga, had earlier prepared to proceed with the cross examination of one of the witnesses when the court was informed that the second defendant was nowhere to be found and efforts to ascertain his whereabouts proved abortive.

He also told the court that, investigations by the EFCC showed that the property given by the surety, in Gwagwalada, Abuja, was not worth N100m.

Responding to the absence of Nolan in court, defence counsel, Micheal Ajara claimed that his sudden disappearance was strange.

He prayed the court to grant the defence time to ascertain his whereabouts”.

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