Omokore and his companies are standing trial along with Membere, Victor Briggs, former managing director of Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC; and David Mbanefo, manager, Planning and Commercial of the NNPC. They were re-arraigned on November 21, 2016 on a nine-count amended charge,of criminal diversion of about $1.6 billion alleged to be proceeds of petroleum products belonging to the federal government.
He intimated the court that he would not be objecting to the second application, which was also dated June 12 and brought by Omokore’s counsel, R.A. Rabana, SAN, “asking for permission or leave of court permitting him to travel”.
While noting that the court had in April also granted Omokore leave to travel, he hinted that “I’ve spoken with his counsel, and told him that it is better he travels during the vacation period of the court”.
Jacobs, who also told the court that “I want to file additional proofs of evidence, and intend to call more witnesses”, then urged the court to fix a date for hearing of arguments with regards to the application challenging the court’s jurisdiction, brought by Membere’s counsel, Osaro Eghobamien, SAN.