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Published On: Thu, Feb 15th, 2018

N450m fraud: Court adjourns ex-minister’s case till March 8

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From Ado Abubakar Musa Jos

The Federal High Court sitting in Jos has adjourned the alleged N450 million money laundering case against a former Minister of Water Resources Mrs. Sarah Reng Ochekpe and two others till 8th March this year.
Ochekpe and former acting Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State, Raymond Dabo as well as Goodluck Jonathan campaign coordinator Leo-Sunday Jitong were arraigned before the Federal High Court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a three-count charge of money laundering and conspiracy which was said to have amounted to N450 million.
At yesterday’s sitting, the EFCC’s prosecuting counsel; Ahmad Yakub Muntaka was about to present three witnesses out of 11, but the counsel to the defendants, Sunday Oyawole objected the move arguing that all the EFCC’s witnesses’ statements should be detailed and not in summary as said by the EFCC.
However, the judge presiding over the matter, Musa Kurya adjourned the case to 8th and 9th March, 2018 for ruling on the application and continuation of hearingN450m fraud.
Recall that the court had on Tuesday seized the International passport of former Minister during the Tuesday’s sitting.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), at the proceedings filed an amended three count charges, against the former Minister and two persons, Evangelist Leo Sunday and former PDP chairman in Plateau State, Mr. Raymond Dabo.

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