The court adjourned the case to July 11.
An Abuja court has postponed hearing in the trial of the seven persons facing prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for complicity in the police pension scam.
Justice Husseine Baba of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja has adjourned the case to July 11 and 12, 2013 on the request of Kanu Agabi, counsel to the sixth accused person, Uzoma Attang.
Mr. Agabi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, asked the judge to grant him more time to study the case file.
“My lord, I am just coming into the matter and have not been able to read the six bulky case files to enable me represent my client fully,” he pleaded.
The EFCC, represented by Rotimi Jacobs, also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, showed its preparedness for the trial.
“My Lord, you have adjourned this matter for more than a month and am surprised that a new counsel is being brought in, I hope that next adjourned date the accused will not come up with a new counsel,” Mr. Jacobs told the judge.
Mrs. Attang, former chief accountant in the Police Pension Office, is standing trial for theft and abuse of office.
She was arraigned with five others – Esai Dangabar, Atiku Abubakar Kigo, Uzoma Cyril Attang, Ahmed Inuwa Wada, Mrs. Veronica Ulonma Onyegbula, Sani Habila Zira, and Christian Madubuke – on April 10, before Justice Baba.
The EFCC believes the accused persons used their offices to divert the sum of N20 billion sourced from the Nigeria Police Pension funds in the account domiciled at First Bank of Nigeria Plc for personal use.