Friday, 17 March 2017

Ex-Nasarawa Gov Doma, Others Ask Court to Discharge Them

By Ige Olugbenga

Former Governor of Nasarawa State, Akwe Doma, and two others have asked a Federal High Court in Lafia to discharge and acquit them in the money laundering charges filed against them by the Federal Government.

The others are the former Secretary to the State Government, Timothy Anjide, and former Accountant General of the State, Dauda Egwa.

The Federal Government through the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had slammed a 10 count charge of money laundering on the defendants. ‎

After nearly seven years of legal fireworks, the prosecution brought its case to a close, after it called  nine witnesses and tendered several documents majorly payment vouchers issued during the tenure of the defendants in the performance of their lawful duties.

Prosecution Has No Case – Defendant

“We, therefore, submit with respect that up to the close of the case of the prosecution, neither the prosecution through any of its witnesses, (PW1 to PW9) nor by documentary evidence has established any prima facie case of criminal conversion of the alleged sums against the 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants.

”All the prosecution witnesses called, did not in any way link the 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants to the alleged offence during their tenure as the Governor of Nasarawa State, the secretary to the state government and the accountant-general of Nasarawa State between May 2007 and May, 2011.

“Indeed, PW9 emphatically stated under cross examination, in the proceedings of 28th February, 2017, that none of the funds that are subject of this case was linked or traced to the personal accounts of the defendants or to the accounts of any company connected to the defendants,” Ojo said.

‎Meanwhile, Justice Okeke adjourned the suit till 27 March 2017, for ruling on the No-case-submission.

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