P&ID Director, James Nolan, Bail Revoked As Court Declares Him Wanted

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the arrest of a Director in the Process and Industrial Development Limited, P&ID, James Nolan, for jumping bail and failing to appear for trial.

Nolan, a British national, is standing trial, alongside Lurgi Consult Limited and others, in a money laundering case to the tune of $9.6 billion.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed, stated that Nolan has broken the terms of his bail conditions offered to him by the court and therefore revoked the bail while issuing a bench warrant for his arrest.

He also ordered his surety to appear in court on the next adjourned date,  to justify why the bail bond should not be forfeited to the court.

Prosecution counsel, Bala Sanga, had earlier prepared to proceed with the cross-examination of Prosecuting Witness 1, Temitope Erinomo when the court was informed that the second defendant was nowhere to be found and efforts to ascertain his whereabouts proved abortive.

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The judge expressed dismay with the absence of Nolan in court, saying that the first defendant, Lurgi Consult Limited, has never been represented in court, as a corporate body, since the matter started.

He also told the court that, investigations by the EFCC showed that the property given by the surety, in Gwagwalada, Abuja, was not worth N100 million. He prayed the court to restrain the defence team from further delaying the case.

Responding to the absence of Nolan in court, defence counsel, Micheal Ajara claimed that his sudden disappearance was strange.

He prayed the court to grant the defence time to ascertain his whereabouts.

Justice Mohammed says that the court of law does not act in uncertainty except the lawyer presents facts.


Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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