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Grass Cutting Scandal:  Babachir’s trial resumes June 10

The trial of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, before Justice Jude Okeke of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Maitama has been adjourned to June 10, 2020 for continuation of trial.

The trial was to continue today, May 14, 2020 but could not   due to the absence of the prosecution witness who could not travel to Abuja due to the ban on inter-state travels as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic.

“We have a challenge, securing the attendance of the  witness who is outside the court’s jurisdiction,”  prosecution counsel, Offem Uket told the court, adding that he only got a two day’s notice on today’s case.

Uket, however, apologised to the court for stalling proceedings and asked for an adjournment to enable him provide the witness in court.

Defence counsel, Chief Akin Olujimi SAN did not object to the prosecution’s application for adjournment.

Justice Jude Okeke granted the application and adjourned the matter till June 10 and 15, 2020 for further hearing on the matter.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC is prosecuting Lawal along with his younger brother, Hamidu David Lawal. Others are: Suleiman Abubakar, Apeh John Monday and two companies, Rholavision Engineering Ltd and Josmon Technologies Ltd on a 10-count amended charge, bordering on fraud, diversion of funds and criminal conspiracy to the tune of N1.1 billion.

One comment

  • Abbie C.Okorie

    May 15, 2020 at 3:48 am

    If such gift will make you close your mouth and eyes to the Rudiments of Justice like the Seven Unjust Justices of the Supreme you better be careful. REMEMBER OOOO!”Ihe nkita riri oge odi ime mere isii ji kpue nwa ya oge omuru”. If you remove your eyes when you go to the land of the blind,think of what you will do when you return where people see.However the Government and the money belong to the people. If the dividend of Democracy can only be gotten through greater criminality, we better be careful for the sake of our children and future generations. I have spoken my mind.


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