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Court adjourns Emefiele’s trial till May 9 as EFCC files additional evidence


An Ikeja Particular Offences Courtroom, on Friday, adjourned till Might 9, for defence to check further proof of proof submitted by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) on the previous Central Financial institution of Nigeria, CBN, Governor, Godwin Emefiele.

Emefiele was charged with $4.5 billion and N2.8 billion fraud.

Justice Rahman Oshodi, in his brief ruling, mentioned he had thought of the submissions of each the events and was happy with the explanations given by the defence for adjournment

He mentioned: “I’ve thought of the conflicting submissions concerning whether or not I ought to adjourn for additional continuation of trial or not. I’m happy with the explanations given by the defence. For the adjournment sought, I grant it. I adjourned till Might 9 for continuation of trial.”

Earlier, counsel for the ex- CBN governor, Olalekan Ojo, had knowledgeable the court docket that the prosecution had filed a further proof of proof and he wanted sufficient time to undergo it.

Ojo argued that Emefiele had not seen the doc and that justice rushed was justice crushed.

“I’m constrained at this level to ask your lordship to do justice, the proof have to be served early sufficient however I used to be being served this morning.

“Defence could discover something helpful within the further proof of proof to cross-examine the witness within the field.
“I humbly urge the court docket to adjourn this matter in order that I can completely undergo it and research it,” he mentioned.

The second defence counsel, Mr Adeyinka Kotoye (SAN), additionally aligned himself with the submission of the primary defence counsel.

Kotoye argued that it was solely on this a part of the world that prosecution can be conducting investigation, whereas a case was already ongoing in court docket.

He, due to this fact, urged the court docket to adjourn the case within the curiosity of justice and satisfactory alternative to check the extra proof of proof.

The EFCC Counsel, led by Rotimi Oyedepo, had knowledgeable the court docket that the second prosecution witness was in court docket for the continuation of cross-examination and that he had served the defence of the assertion of 1 Mr John Adetola, as a further proof of proof.

Oyedepo, whereas opposing the submissions of the defence counsel, had prayed the court docket for the continuation of the cross-examination of the second prosecution witness.

He mentioned it was unfair for a Senior Advocate of Nigeria whom he held in excessive esteem to explain his staff and its actions as prosecutorial unfairness.

In accordance with him, Adetola was a fifth prosecution witness within the proof of proof.

Oyedepo mentioned Adetola’s assertion was contained in Quantity Two of what was served on defence on April 4.

He mentioned: “In preparation for his testimony that shall be developing not right now, not even on Might 9, the prosecution, quite than await the defence to formally place a requirement on us on what’s within the system, diligent prosecution made me make the system obtainable to defence.

“My lord, how does that quantity to prosecutorial unfairness? I plead with the defence to not delay this case unnecessarily as we have now a witness within the field who has given proof and he’s being cross-examined by the primary defence counsel.”

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