July 24, 2021

Witness Absence Stalls Jolly Nyame’s Court Trial


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Jolly Nyame, former governor of Taraba

The absence of EFCC prosecution witness has stalled the trial of former governor of Taraba, Jolly Nyame, on Monday in an FCT High Court Gudu.

The prosecution was to produce its witness in court to testify against the ex-governor.

Nyame, who is facing trial on a 41-count charge of money laundering, criminal breach of trust and gratification of N1.64bn Taraba fund was present in court.

Counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN),  told the court that he could not get in contact with his witnesses due to the fact that they changed their addresses.

Jacobs, however, promised the court that on the next adjourned date, he will appear with his witnesses.

“These witnesses are no longer with the Commission, that’s what makes it difficult to contact them.”

He said he shall contact the Commission’s chairman in order to facilitate the process.

Mr Ahmed Yusuf, the defence counsel asked the court for a date for the next hearing after the court’s vacation.

Speaking, Yusuf said they did not object to the case being adjourned.

“The prosecution intends to continue the case by calling their last witness. We did not object to the case being adjourned,” he said.

The judge, Justice Adebukola Banjoko, lamented that the case is up to ten years.

She adjourned the date for the next hearing to June 28.

Source: Vanguard


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