EFCC to settle out of court with dud cheque issuer

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The accused person allegedly issued dud cheques to some of his clients to the tune N1.1 million.

An Abuja High Court on Wednesday adjourned a suit filed by the EFCC against the Chairman of Nichim Group of Companies, Ntatuboh Idemeto, to enable parties explore means of settlement out of court.

Mr. Idemeto was arraigned by the EFCC on a one-count charge of allegedly issuing dud cheques to some of his clients amounting to N1.1 million.

The Presiding Judge, Abubakar Umar, adjourned the suit to April 30 for either report of settlement or continuation of hearing.

Mr. Umar granted the prayer for adjournment sought by the EFCC Counsel, Hussaina Gambo.

He, however, warned the prosecution not to enter into any plea bargain with the accused without the court knowing.

“The prayer to enter into a plea bargaining is not the directive of the court,” he said.

Earlier, Counsel to the accused, Daniel Akomolafe, also prayed for an adjournment to enable him meet with the EFCC counsel to discuss the terms for settlement.

“My Lord, we were unable to meet with the nominal complainant to discuss the terms of settlement as earlier planned.

“We pray that by the next adjourned date, we will be able to work out something,” he said.

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