Court to hear El-Rufai’s no-case submission in October

Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai

The former minister is accused of abusing his office.

Justice Abubakar Umar of an Abuja High Court on Thursday fixed October 2 for hearing of a no-case submission filed by former Federal Capital Territory Minister, Nasir el-Rufai.

Mr. Umar fixed the date after counsel to Mr. El-rufai, Akin Olujimi, told the court that a prosecution witness, Joseph Makoju, was not in court for the continuation of testimony.

He, therefore, urged the court to give him a date to file a no-case submission, in response to his client’s trial over the alleged charges of misconduct and abuse of office filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Mr. El-Rufai is standing trial alongside Altine Jibrin, former Director-General of the Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS) and its former General Manager, Ismail Iro, for alleged abuse of office.

The EFCC also charged Mr. El-Ruafi with alleged illegal conversion of Plot 1201, a land meant for the construction of a transmitting/injection sub-station for the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) in Asokoro. He was also accused of allegedly allocating 10 plots of land in Asokoro District to members of his family, including his two wives, Hadiza and Hasiya.

The EFCC claimed that they committed the offence between 2003 and 2007.

At the court’s last sitting on June 12, Mr. Makoju, a former Managing Director of the PHCN, while testifying, said Plot 1201, Asokoro District, belonged to the PHCN.

Mr. Makoju, being led in evidence by prosecution counsel, Adebayo Adelodun, told the court that the land was allocated to the company for a specific purpose in the Abuja Master plan.


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