The extradition process initiated against Abdul Adewale Kekere-Ekun, before Justice A. R Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja could not hold today after all.
Kekere-Ekun is wanted by the UK government for the murder of one Marcus Hall, an 18 year old who was beaten and stabbed to death 14years ago following a fight outside a night club in Luton, England. The rest of the culprits have been prosecuted and jailed in the UK, but Kekere-Ekun has been on the run.
The UK Police had difficulties tracking him down because he frequently disguises himself with several aliases (Adebayo Dalvin James Ekun, Adeba Yo Kekere-Ekun, Adeba Yo Muta Lito Kekere-Ekun, James Dalvin, James Adebayo, Dave Bell, David Aaro Hall, Anthony Higgins, Lavelle Holder, Dalrin James, Dalvin James and Gary Edwin Plummer).
The suspect was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in Lagos on February 12, 2015 with the support of the National Crime Agency. He was picked up for identity theft related offences only for checks by the agency to reveal that he is on the wanted list of the U.K Police.
Announcing his appearance, counsel to the respondent, B. Salihu, told the court that he was served with the process this morning in court. He pleaded with the court for a short adjournment to enable him respond.
Responding, the prosecuting counsel, P. U Akuta from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation told the court that he has no objection, but prayed the court to grant him an order to transfer the respondent from the EFCC custody to prison custody.
After listening to both counsel, Justice Mohammed ordered the respondent to be transferred to Kuje prisons and adjourned the case to March 31, 2015 for hearing.
Media & Publicity
20th February, 2015