Wednesday, May 1, 2013

EFCC suffers set-back in Gov Lamido’s son’s trial

KANO  — The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Tuesday, suffered a set-back in its bid to  convict the eldest  son of Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State, Alhaji Aminu Sule, over alleged  money launderingoffences.

This was because the exhibit form  containing graphic details of the hardcurrency allegedly recovered from Sule at the point of arrest last year was not duly signed, forcing  the Presiding Judge, Fatu Riman of Federal High Court, Kano, to throw out a vital exhibit filed by the EFCC.
The Defence Counsel, Offiong Offiong had challenged the propriety of the exhibit, stressing that “the document cannot stand as exhibit in that the process contradicts several provisions of the Evidence Act.”
Ruling on the issue, the judge said, ‘’the court is not a play ground that anything would go; as such the document brought by the EFCC lacks basicrequirements to be accepted as an evidence”, and I have no choice than to throw it out,” and adjourned the matter till May 27 and 28 for continuation and further hearings of other evidences.

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