Federal Court To Rule On Robert Azibaola EFCC Case On May 27

Federal Court To Rule On Robert Azibaola EFCC Case On May 27

By Wires | The Trent on March 31, 2019
Robert Azibaola
Robert Azibaola

A Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed May 27, 2019, to rule on the alleged $40 million fraud case against Mr Robert Azibaola, cousin to former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba fixed the date at the resumed proceedings, a statement from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, said on Friday, March 29, 2019.

The EFCC had charged Azibaola and his company, One Plus Holdings, with two counts bordering on money laundering, criminal breach of trust, and corruption.

They were alleged to have received $40 million from the Office of the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd), without any contract agreement.

On June 7, 2016, the anti-graft agency charged Azibaola, his wife, Stella, and the company to court on an amended nine-count bordering on money laundering, criminal breach of trust and corruption.

They, however, pleaded “not guilty” to the charges, which subsequently resulted in the commencement of their trial.

The EFCC had through its counsel, Sylvanus Tahir, closed the case of the prosecution on January 23, 2017, calling 10 witnesses and tendering several documents.

The defence, on the other hand, filed a “no-case” submission on March 19, 2018.

Ruling on the application, Justice Dimgba had sustained two of the nine counts and held that there was no prima facie case established against Stella.

Subsequently, Azibaola and One Plus were ordered to open their defence on the remaining two counts, as Stella’s name was struck off the charge sheet.

He, thereafter, took to the dock to testify in his defence and denied the allegation that he diverted money to his personal use.

On February 6, 2019, Azibaola’s his defence team led by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chris Uche, closed its defence after calling two witnesses, including Azibaola, and presented several documents.

At the resumed sitting on Friday, March 29, 2019, both parties adopted their final written addresses after which Justice Dimgba adjourned till May 27, 2019, for “judgement”.

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