Justice Okong Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, referred the application seeking permission to travel outside the country brought before his court by the former Governor of Adamawa State, Honorable Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, to Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed.
The application was assigned after Mr Aliu Husenni, counsel to Fintiri, moved the application, of August 11, 2016, praying the court to grant leave for the defendant to travel outside the country.
“The substantive matter had already been assigned to Justice Mohammed, who made the order to drop his international passport and, “so, it is not in my power to grant the defendant leave to travel”.
The ex-governor was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on a-five count charge bordering on money laundering to a tune of N2 billion.
The former governor was alleged to have defrauded the state government of N970million and another $4.830 million during the three months period he managed the state as acting governor.
However, Fintiri, denied all the charges when read to him on July 2, 2016.