By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJAâ€”An Abuja high court sitting in Maitama, yesterday, slated January 25, next year, for the re-arraignment of the indicted former Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Mr. Ransome Owan and six other top officials of the commission, who were charged to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for allegedly diverting about N5 billion from the coffers of the establishment, for their own personal use.
The six other accused persons are Mallam Abdurahman Ado, Prof. Onwuameze C. Iloje, Dr. Abdulrazaq M. Alimi, Engr. Mohammed B.G Bunu, Engr. Abimbora Odubiyi and Dr. Mrs Grace Eyoma.
Their re-arraignment was occasioned after the anti-graft agency secured the leave of the court to amend the criminal count charges preferred against them from 197 to 231.
Counsel to the EFCC, Chief Godwin Obla had maintained that the new charges emerged as a result of further investigation conducted into the matter which he said unravelled more incriminating evidence against all the accused persons that would necessitate them taking a fresh plea.