4th November, 2010
The convicted former Chief Executive Officer, CEO of Oceanic Bank Plc, Mrs. CeciliaÂ Ibru, who is serving her six months jail term while receiving treatment for aÂ cardiac relatedÂ ailment at Reddington Hospital, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria,Â wants toÂ be transferred to Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Idi-Araba.
Sources told P.M.NEWS yesterday that she is under intense pressure by the management ofÂ Reddington Hospital to be transferred from the hospital due to security reasons.
Consequently, Cecilia asked her lawyer to seek the order of the Federal High Court,Â Lagos, where she was jailed, to be moved out of the hospital to LUTH.
A new counsel, Grace Orakusi, P.M.NEWS gathered, filed the request for her transferÂ at the HighÂ Court on 29 October.
Cecilia, whose healthÂ had allegedly deterioratedÂ before her conviction, had soughtÂ the order of the court to compel the State Security Service, SSS, to release herÂ international passport to enable her travel abroad for medical treatment.
Before her conviction, the court acceded to her request but the passport was notÂ released.
On the day of her plea bargain conviction, Cecilia was accompanied to the court byÂ medical doctors during the entire trial process that day.
In the course of the trial, her lawyer, Professor Taiwo Osipitan,Â SAN, drew theÂ attention of the court to her condition while inside the dock.
Consequent upon this, the presiding judge, Justice DanÂ Abutu, allowed her doctorsÂ Â to have access to her.
Sources said ifÂ Cecilia is eventually transferred, she mayÂ be flown abroad forÂ medical attention.