ABUJA HIGH COURT ORDERS EXTRADITION OF LAGOS BUSINESSMAN “SURAJUDEEN LASISI” TO U.S. FOR ALLEGED FRAUD
A Federal High Court in Abuja, on Thursday, May 26, granted the application by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) for the extradition of Lagos businessman, Adesina Surajudeen Lasisi to the United States (US).
Lasisi is wanted in the US in relation to his alleged involvement in criminal activities.
To this end, a 17-count charge has been filed against him in a court in Texas, according to reports.
He is charged with offences including conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, actual commission of mail and wire fraud, money laundering, among others.
Lasisi’s accused co-defendants are claimed to be on trial in the United States.
Justice Emeka Nwite backed the position of Akutah Pius Ukeyima, the AGF’s counsel, that his client had followed all relevant requirements of the Extradition Act in filing the application.
Justice Nwite rejected the objection raised by Lasisi’s lawyer, Victor Okpara (SAN), against the competence of the application and its accompanying documents.
The judge held that the entirety of the counter-argument proffered by respondent’s lawyer was merely on technicality.
He said, “I have carefully perused the application for extradition and the accompanying address and find that they are in substantial compliance with the rules.
“The Honourable Attorney General of the Federation has complied with the requirement of the Extradition Act.
”The applicant has met all the requirement and deserves to be granted,” he added.
He stated that the respondent is wanted for extraditable offenses such as conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, and other connected offenses.
The judge went on to say that rejecting his extradition request would not be in the best interests of justice.
He stated that the victims of Lasisi’s alleged crimes are pleading for justice, and that it was in his best interests for him to travel to the United States to defend himself against the charges.
The judge ordered that Lasisi should be held in the custody of the EFCC preparatory to the directive of the AGF for his surrender to the US after 15 days of the judgment.