Absence of EFCC witness stalls Nyame’s trial

Jolly Nyame

Jolly Nyame

The trial of former governor of Taraba, Jolly Nyame, was stalled on Monday in an FCT High Court Gudu, due to the absence of EFCC prosecution witness.

The prosecution was to produce its witness in court to testify against the ex-governor.

Nyame, who is facing trial on a 41-count charge of money laundering, criminal breach of trust and gratification of N1.64bn Taraba fund was present in court.

Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), counsel to the EFCC told the court that he could not get in contact with his witnesses due to the fact that they changed their addresses.

Jacobs, however, promised the court that on the next adjourned date, he will appear with his witnesses.

“These witnesses are no longer with the Commission, that’s what makes it difficult to contact them.’’

He said he shall contact the Commission’s chairman in order to facilitate the process.

Mr Ahmed Yusuf, the defence counsel asked the court for a date for the next hearing after the court’s vacation.

Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria Correspondent, Yusuf said they did not object to the case being adjourned.

“The prosecution intends to continue the case by calling their last witness. We did not object to the case being adjourned,’’ he said.

The judge, Justice Adebukola Banjoko, lamented that the case is up to ten years.
She adjourned the date for the next hearing to June 28.

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