The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday granted the former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Umar Dikko, consent to travel Overseas for his medical checkup.
Dikko, who had been the head of Nigeria Air Force from September 9, 2010 to October 4, 2012, is confronting a seven-count charge of money laundering before the court.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, alleged that he used looted funds to buy six different properties in Abuja, Kano and Kaduna.
In the resumed hearing of the case, the defendant, through his counsel Ibrahim Bawa, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, pleaded for the court to permit the defendant to travel overseas for his medical checkup.
Bawa also urged the court to order the release of his client’s international passport that was deposited with the Deputy Chief Registrar of the court as part of the bail conditions. Counsel to the EFCC, Fatima Addo, stated that she wouldn’t object to the application because it was based on health ground.
In his judgment, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, stated that he was disposed to granting the motion as it wasn’t opposed by the prosecutor.
Before adjourning the trial until Oct. 19, Dimgba directed Dikko to surrender his international passport to the Deputy Registrar of the court on his return to the country.