Judge Warns Defendant To Stick To Order In EFCC Suit




From Yakubu Busari, Jos


The Plateau State High Court sitting on Wednesday issued a warning to an accused person against delaying proceeding on charges of money laundering and criminal conspiracy, preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The accused is Saviour Chikwado Etiri and defendant, Agu Clement.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, arraigned Etiti for defrauding Clement of the sum of N33.6 million through a fake company, Emmanuel Mbak Imoedo, under the disguised to supply Taiwan rice and assorted foodstuffs

The prosecution counsel Barr Matiyak, said sometimes in 2015 the accused allegedly perpetrated the crime through his business name Pinnacle Genius Multi Business enterprises

He explained to the court that Clement met with one Umar who is a land agent that usually bought rice from him and Umar introduced the complainant to Hajiya Adama Ahmed Lare, who in turn introduced the complainant to Etiri.

Etiti and his collaborators, who are now at large showed the complainant a fake letter of credit to the tune of 25 million dollars that convinced him to release the sum of N33.6million.

The EFCC arrested and parade the accused person charged with committing cyber crime punishable under section 263 of plateau law with fault pretends to obtain money .

The graft agency’s prosecution counsel, Barr Y J .Matiyak said he presented the witnesses from two banks before Justice Christine L .Dabup and told the Court that he was ready to proceed with the hearing .

He urged the court to consider revoking the bail of the defendant, (Mr saviour Chikwado Etiti ) for inability of the counsel to appear in court and thereby delaying proceedings .

According to prosecution counsel Barr Matiyak the letter sent before Justice Christine Dabup seeking adjournment is a total disregard to court order when there is no attachment of the counsel health report.

He urged the Judge to use her discretion to expose the unnecessary delay by allowing speedy proceeding to end this case which started in 2017 but due to none appearance of the defendant counsel had continue to drag.

Justice Christine Dabup adjourned the case to 28th and 29th of October for definite hearing and warned the defendant to appear on those days.