Prosecution stalls trial of Ex-President Jonathan’s cousin

Azibaola Robert
Azibaola Robert

The trial of former president Goodluck Jonathan’s cousin, Azibaola Roberts, and wife, Stella, stalled on Thursday, following the inability of the prosecution to present a witness in court.

Mr. Roberts and his wife are facing trial on a seven-count charge brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

They are accused of diverting $40 million meant for the supply of tactical communication kits for Nigeria’s Special Forces.

The funds were allegedly transferred from the account of the Office of the National Security Adviser, domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria to the account of their company, One Plus Holdings.

The case was adjourned to October 6 for the cross-examination of the prosecution witness, Olabode Fanilola.

But at the resumed hearing on Thursday, prosecution counsel, SylvanusTahir, informed the court that Mr. Fanilola was out of the country to attend to his wife’s ill health.

He prayed the court to adjourn the matter to allow the witness return to Nigeria.

The case was adjourned by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba to November 14 for continuation of trial.


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