mohammed adoke, money laundering

The trial of former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mohammed Adoke, will start on Thursday on charges of suspected money laundering.

Yesterday, the defense objected to the competence of the prosecution witness in the trial.

This prolonged the conviction of the former minister for money laundering.

Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja had scheduled trial for August 11, after Adoke and an Abuja-based businessman, Aliyu Abubakar, were re-arraigned on July 4 on a 14-count amended charge filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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At the mention of the case, the lead prosecuting lawyer, Bala Sanga, called Clement Osagie, a subpoenaed witness from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Shortly after Osagie mounted the witness box, Abubakar’s lawyer, Olalekan Ojo (SAN), challenged the witness’ competence.

Ojo noted that Osagie was unknown to his client as a witness of the EFCC in the trial.

He referred the court to the charge and proof of evidence, saying the prosecution did not list the names of its witnesses and attach summary of their statements, as required by law.

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