Alleged N2b Fraud: Defence Counsel’s Ill Health Stalls Trial Of ex-Gov Aliyu, Nasko



Justice A.B. Aliyu of the Federal High Court, Minna, Niger State on Monday, November 23, 2020 adjourned till January 18 and 19, 2021 for continued trial of former Niger State governor, Muazu Babangida Aliyu and his then chief of staff, Umar Gado Nasko.

Their trial could not hold today as it was noted that the representative of Nasko’s counsel, Mamman Mike Osman had on Thursday, November 19, 2020 filed an application for adjournment based on Osman’s ill health, which he served on the prosecution and first defence counsel.

Though the counsel disclosed that he was in possession of Osman’s medical report, he declined reading it in court, stating that it was confidential.

Prosecution counsel G.O Adebola objected to the application, noting that it was “bereft of reasons why adjournment has to be granted,” especially as the prosecution he said, went to a great length to bring witnesses from Abuja and Port Harcourt and other places to the court, noting further that the defence was wasting the time of the court and that of the defendants.

Aliyu’s counsel, Musa Sulaiman, however, supported the application, saying he was not aware of any human being that is immune to sickness.

Justice Aliyu ruled the matter in favour of the defence lawyer.

Aliyu and Nasko are facing prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on amended three-count charges of breach of trust and money laundering to the tune of N2billion. Though the matter was struck out on June 19, 2020, it was relisted on Tuesday, 27 October and adjourned till today for hearing.



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