N32.8bn pension scam: Court adjourns hearing to June 25

An Abuja High Court has adjourned to June 25, the hearing in the suit filed against former Permanent Secretary, Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Atiku Kigo.

Mr.Kigo and five others – Esai Dangabar, Ahmed Wada, John Yusufu, Veronica Onyegbula and Sani Zira, were charged with complicity in the illegal diversion of N32.8 billion from the Nigerian Police Pension Funds.

They had pleaded not guilty to a 16-count criminal charge preferred against them by the EFCC.

The anti-graft agency alleged that the accused persons perfected the act in Abuja between January 2009 and June 2011.

The EFCC alleged that six of them conspired and sequentially withdrew money from Police Pension Funds in an account domiciled at First Bank of Nigeria and shared it among themselves.

According to the EFCC, their offence borders on conspiracy, fraud and criminal breach of trust. 

At the resumed hearing on Monday before Justice Mohammed Talba, the court adjourned the matter in order to hear an application to quash the charges.

He had ordered the defense counsel to duly serve the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs with the motion before June 25.

Earlier, counsel to Mr. Dangabar (first accused), Adeboyega Awomolo, told the court that he filed a motion challenging some of the names on the proof of evidence of the EFCC.

He also asked the court to quash the charges against his client.

Also the counsel to the other five, told the court that he had filed a motion praying the court to dismiss the charges.

The court had granted leave to EFCC for an interim seizure of over 108 properties of the six accused persons.


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