Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Thursday, February 3, 2022, adjourned the trial of Grace Taiga, a former Director of Legal at the Ministry of Petroleum Resources till March 31, 2022 owing to absence of her lead counsel, Ola Olanipekun, SAN.
Taiga is facing prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for allegedly collecting bribes to facilitate awards of contract in the infamous Process & Industrial Development (P&ID) scam.
At the resumed trial today, prosecution counsel, Abba Muhammed told the court that the matter was slated for continuation of trial, adding that the prosecution had a witness in court but was informed of the defence counsel’s absence.
B.N. Igbor, who held the brief of the lead defence counsel, Ola Olanipekun, SAN, asked for an adjournment.
“Learned counsel asked me to plead with this court to give us another date. The case file is with him, he communicated with the counsel for the prosecution and he suggested 21st or 28th subject to the convenience of the court,” she stated.
Justice Egwuatu adjourned the matter till March 31, 2022, for continuation of trial.