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Police Pension Scam: Court adjourns trial-within-trial until July 10

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Atolegbe had told the court that his third witness was no longer in the service of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

An FCT High Court on Monday adjourned the trial-within-trial in the N24 billion Police Pension Fund scam until July 10.

The judge, Hussien Baba-Yusuf, adjourned the case following an application filed by the prosecuting counsel, Mr Leke Atolegbe.

Atolegbe had told the court that his third witness was no longer in the service of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He said that he needed time to produce him to court to give evidence.

Esar Dangabar, Atiku Kigo, Ahmed Wada, Veronica Onyegbula, Sani Zira, Uzoma Attang and Christian Madubuke, are standing trial for complicity in the over N24 billion scam in the Police Pension Fund.

Onyegbula, claimed that she was forced to make confessional statements to EFCC.

Her counsel called for trial-within- trial to prove the veracity of the statements she made to EFCC, which the prosecution sought to tender as exhibits before the court.

At the resumed sitting on Monday, an operative of EFCC, Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, testified as the second witness.

He told the court that he was the one that signed the document which Mustapha Gandaniya, who investigated the matter brought.

When cross-examined by Hakeem Afolabi (SAN) counsel for the fourth defendant, Bawa said that the document speaks for itself and that it was not a mere speculation.

 

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