Court fixes March 29 to rule on Jonathan cousin’s no-case submission

The judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, fixed the date after listening to arguments from counsel to the parties.

Azibaola and his wife told the court that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the prosecuting agency, had failed to establish a prima-facie case against them.

They contended through their counsel, Mr Chris Uche, (SAN), that the anti-graft agency was unable to establish a nexus between them and the alleged $40 million contract scam by way of credible evidence.

According to Uche, both the oral and documentary evidence the EFCC brought against his clients were unreliable, adding that no court or tribunal could rely on it to make a conviction.

Mr Francis Jibo, counsel to the EFCC, however, maintained that the defendants had a criminal case to answer.

Jibo said that the EFCC had successfully established a case that would warrant the defendants to open their defence to the charges against them.

According to him, the proof of evidence before the court is sufficient to warrant an explanation from the defendants regarding the role they played in the alleged contract scam.

The News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) recalls that the EFCC closed its case against the Azibaola and his wife after it calling 10 witnesses that testified in the matter.

Azibaola and his wife are facing trial alongside their company, One Plus Holdings Nigeria Limited on a nine-count criminal charge.

They are alleged to have received $40million contract from the detained former National Security Adviser, (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng

Recommended articles

EFCC operatives storm Okorocha’s Abuja residence to arrest him

EFCC operatives storm Okorocha’s Abuja residence to arrest him

Terrorists threaten to starve and kill kidnapped Abuja-Kaduna train passengers

Terrorists threaten to starve and kill kidnapped Abuja-Kaduna train passengers

Osun 2022: APC Chairman condemns attack on journalists, members

Osun 2022: APC Chairman condemns attack on journalists, members

Gov Wike dissolves cabinet, dismisses Chief of Staff, aide

Gov Wike dissolves cabinet, dismisses Chief of Staff, aide

Ex-PDP Chairman’s son clinches party’s Rep. ticket

Ex-PDP Chairman’s son clinches party’s Rep. ticket

Gunmen attack Kwara APC House of Reps aspirant

Gunmen attack Kwara APC House of Reps aspirant

APC approves revised timetable for 2023 primaries

APC approves revised timetable for 2023 primaries

Senatorial Primaries: Adewale emerges PDP candidate for Lagos West

Senatorial Primaries: Adewale emerges PDP candidate for Lagos West

Wike, Makinde, Ortom meet Obasanjo ahead of presidential primaries

Wike, Makinde, Ortom meet Obasanjo ahead of presidential primaries