•By Bolaji Yisa
An Abuja based property developer would spend the next three weeks in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after the bail earlier granted to him by an Abuja High was revoked.
The Gazelle News.com can report that Joseph Idoko had his bail revoked for coming late to the court for continuation of his trial.
When his trial resumed on Thursday, 16 January, 2020, the prosecution was about to call a witness when Idoko strolled into the court room and when neither he nor his counsel could offer accetable explanation for Idoko’s lateness to court, Justice D.Z Senchi of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), High Court, Jabi, Abuja revoked his bail.
The EFCC is prosecuting Idoko on a five count-charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery and criminal breach of trust, having allegedly defrauded one Hajiya Halima Babangida in a real estate development deal that went sour.
At Thursday’s resumed sitting, The Gazelle News.com can report that a prosecution witness was about to be introduced by prosecution counsel, Ekele Iheanacho, when the defendant strolled into the courtroom.
No reasonable explanation for the defendant’s lateness was offered by the defence counsel, Julius Atanami Wera.
The infuriated judge had to revoke his bail and ordered his remand in the custody of the EFCC.
He adjourned the matter until February 4, 2020.
It could be recalled that the defendant was arraigned on Friday October 25, 2019, alongside his company, Zamtrac Management and City Investment Limited.
He faced trial, having pleaded not guilty to all the five charges preferred against him.
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