Former Assistant Commissioner of Police, Okpalugo Ifeoma and three others accused of diversion of N1,301,334,108 from the coffers of the Nigeria Police Force have been remanded in prison custody by an Ikeja Special Offences Court sitting in Lagos.
Ifeoma was remanded alongside three others; Olumide Odumosu, Sule Tegina, Helen Nwafor after they pleaded not guilty to a 14-count charge of theft preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC
Also included in the arraignment were two firms: Olu Osmond Nigeria Limited and Jemmy Yus Investment Nigeria Limited.
However, it could be recalled that the arraignment of the police officer earlier was earlier stalled last week on the instance of the third defendant, Helen Nwafor, who claimed she needed an Igbo interpreter to help her understand the charges since she barely understood the English language.
During the arraignment, an Igbo interpreter was produced and duly sworn in by the court.
The presiding Judge, Justice Sherifat Solebo, however, observed that Nwafor responded to all the questions directed to her in English Language and not in Igbo.
The defendants, however, denied the charge against them.
Having taken their plea, the EFCC prosecuting counsel Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, informed the court that the suspects are deemed to have put themselves up for trial and prayed for an accelerated hearing.
He further said that the facts in the affidavit showed that the defendants cannot sustain their application for bail made through their defence counsel.