N15billion Subsidy scam: Court discharges 4 suspects

Verdict The Federal High Court sitting in Lafia, has discharged and acquitted four accused persons being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged N15 billion fraud.

Justice Agatha Analike-Okeke, on Monday discharged and acquitted Abdulmumin Jubril, John Danboyi, Suleiman Ibrahim and Green Forest Investment Limited after accepting an amended charge brought by the commission.

The EFCC had removed their names from the amended charges which were reduced from 54 to a 10-count charge.

Aliyu Akwe-Doma is standing trial alongside former Secretary to the State Government, Mr Timothy Anjide, Sen. John Danboyi, Dauda Egwa, Suleiman Ibrahim, Broworks Limited and Green Forest Investment Limited for money laundering.

They were accused by the EFCC, in a 17-count charge, of laundering N15 billion and were first arraigned on July 18, 2011.

Analike-Okeke, who sat on the case for the second time following the transfer of Justice Marcel Awokulehin, directed the EFCC to bring its witnesses at the next adjourned date as the court would not entertain further adjournment.

Akwe-Doma, a former Nasarawa governor and the two officials now left in the matter pleaded not guilty and the trial judge adjourned the case to February 18, 2012.

EFCC counsel Onjenfu Obe told the court that he had five witnesses to present, and sought for adjournment till February, 2013.

The judge adjourned the sitting to February 18, 19, 20 and 21, 2013 for cross- examination of the witnesses.

NAN

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