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Lawyer’s absence prolongs former boxer’s prison remand

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ENUGU – An Enugu High Court has adjourned the case of criminal conversion filed by the EFCC against former boxer Ikechukwu Okoronkwo to Jan. 26, following the absence of the complainant.

With the long adjournment, Okoronkwo, who was remanded by Justice Enu Oluedo since 2011, may spend the rest of the year in prison custody.

Oluedo gave the adjournement following a letter from the EFCC that its lawyer, Kenechukwu Chukwuma-Eneh, was attending a course.

Okoronkwo’s lawyer, Mr Nnaemeka Okeke, objected to the letter on the grounds that the court had earlier ordered the agency to hand over the case file to another lawyer if the substantive prosecutor was not available.

The former boxer is also pursuing the bail granted him by the Court of Appeal in Enugu which assumed jurisdiction of the bail application from Oluedo.

The appellate court had granted the bail on stringent conditions but also varied the conditions when the case was re-presented.

The former boxer is being tried for allegedly converting the rents of a house enthrusted with him to his personal use. (NAN)

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