The defendants, who were charged before Justice Sherifat Solebo, include Olumide Odumosu, Sule Tegina, Helen Nwafor and Okpalugo Ifeoma. Others are Olu Osmond Nigeria Limited and Jemmy Yus Investment Nigeria Limited. They are facing 14 counts.
In the charge, marked Temp/39698/2018, the EFCC alleged that the defendants stole the N1.3bn from the coffers of the Nigeria Police Force and fraudulently converted it to their own between 2013 and 2014.
According to the anti-graft agency, the defendants conspired with one Ogbadu Joseph and one Hassan Muhammed, who were said to be at large.
The defendants were billed to be arraigned in court on Thursday, but the proceedings were stalled as the 3rd defendant, Helen Nwafor, told the court that she did not understand English language and would require the charges to be translated to her in Igbo language.
The judge adjourned till November 7, 2018 to get an Igbo interpreter.
The defence counsel, A.O. Osinfowora, prayed that the defendants should be returned to EFCC custody, but Justice Solebo turned the prayer down and ordered instead that the defendants should be remanded in prison custody. SHARE THIS STORY USING ANY OF THE BUTTON BELOW ⬇ PLACE YOUR TEXT ADVERT BELOW ⬇⬇⬇