Adoke’s Bail in Limbo, Jang Has Case to Answer
Ex-AGF Adoke ‘s Bail Bid Suffers Setback. ..Judge returns case file.
The bail application filed by a former Attorney General of the Federation AGF and Minister of Justice, malam Mohammed Bello Adoke SAN suffered a setback as the vacation judge, Justice Othman Musa returned the case file to the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory for reassignment.
The return of the case file is predicated on the inability of the judge to conclude the hearing of the bail application as the counsel representing the former AGF applied for an adjournment to enable him respond to the counter affidavit filed by the Economic and Financial Commission Crimes EFCC challenging the application.
In a short ruling on the propriety of granting the adjournment, Justice Musa explained that the vacation period of the court ends on January 3, 2020 and in view of that, he is returning the case file to the Chief Judge of the FCT for reassignment to another Judge.
The EFCC had filed criminal charges against Adoke over his alleged indictment in the Oil Prospective License OPL 245.
Adoke was in self exile for four years when the criminal charges were slammed on him by the federal government.
Upon his return to the country two weeks ago, the EFCC had secured a court order from Justice Musa to detain him for 14 days to enable the anti-graft agency complete it’s investigation in the level of his involvement in the alleged Malabu oil scandal.
Jang Has Case to Answer over N6.32b-, Court Rules
A former governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang has lost his bid to stop his corruption trial as Justice Daniel Longji of Plateau State High Court, Jos ruled that the ex- governor (now a senator) and a cashier in the Office of the Secretary to the State Government (OSSG), Yusuf Pam have a case to answer in the corruption charges brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to the tune of N6.32billion.
The court had on November 18, 2019 given the defence, 14 days to file its no case submission on the matter, and for the prosecution to respond within 10 days of service. Ruling on the no case submission was however deferred on December 23, 2019 due to a late service of the notice by the defence on the prosecution.
But delivering his ruling today, December 31, 2019, Justice Longji stated that the defendants have a case to answer, particularly on the funds for Small and Medium Enterprises, given to the state by the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN, and that of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) which were allegedly diverted by the defendants.
The defendants are being prosecuted on a 17-count amended charge corruption and misappropriation of funds.
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