Corruption trial of Kingsley Kuku’s aides adjourned

Kingsley Kuku
Kingsley Kuku

An FCT High Court on Monday adjourned the trial of Lawrence Pepple and Henry Ogbulue, to October 21. Both men were aides to Kingsley Kuku, a former adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta.

The Judge, Mamman Kolo, adjourned the cases at the instance of the counsel to the defendants, Jay Jay Ezeuko.

Messrs. Pepple and Ogbulue were separately arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for criminal conspiracy and fraudulent acquisition of property while in office as public servants.

Their offences contravened Section 26(1)(b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and punishable under Section 12 of the same Act.

The EFCC Counsel, Farouk Abdullahi, called Reuben Ajibade, a retired Acting Head of Administration in the Office of the Special Adviser to the former President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta.

Mr. Ajibade told the court that Mr. Pepple was the technical assistant to Mr. Kuku and was employed to provide specialised advise on the amnesty issues.

“When Mr. Pepple was engaged by the special adviser, letter of his appointments was issued to the defendant and I can identify the documents when shown to me.

Mr. Abdullahi tended the documents and urged the court to admit the four documents as exhibits.

But, the counsel to the defendant, Mr. Ezeuko opposed the tendering of the documents, claiming that the documents were computer generated.

According to him, it did not conform with Section 84 which requires a certificate to reproduce so that this court will make sure that the documents are not fictitious.

“My submission finds relevance where the witness admitted that they do not have original copies of such documents in the office file,” he said,

He urged the court to reject the documents.

In his response, Mr. Abdullahi argued that the documents were not those contemplated under the law. He said that the documents were duly certified by an officer in the office of the Special Adviser to the former President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta.

The judge admitted and marked the documents as exhibit A, B, C and D.

In a related case, Mr. Ezeuko cross-examined Mr. Ajibade during the hearing of Mr. Ogbulue’s case.

Mr. Ogbulue is also standing trial for the same offence.

The witness also said that Mr. Ogbulue’s original appointment letter was not in the office file because the defendants were given the original.

Mr. Ajibade said further that the original copy of the appointment letter was first shown to him by an EFCC officer Chris Odofi, in the station.

“I did not also have the defendant’s original copy of acceptance letter of appointment in the office file. I was the Head of Administration Department but I cannot employ anyone at my own discretion,” he said.



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  • IZON Redeemer

    Another Ijaw man on trial agains this brings the number to almost 11——————————Not Fulani or Yoruba man has been put on trial since Buhari and the Apes in APC started their witch hunt against the Ijaw Nation—-IT SERVES THE MUMU IJAWS RIGHT————-BORO WILL SOON GO THE SAME WAY–FOR HE FOOLISHLY THINKS HE IS FREE–WAIT UNTIL THE FULANIS FINISH USING HIMN TO KILL HIS PEOPLE IN THE NIGER DELTA

  • vagabonds in power

    These so called Niger Delta—–Youths need to see doctors abroad more frequently than Mrs Jonathan——Sad that for over 70 years that the Ijaw–Nation were enslaved—-by the tripod——–they are yet to understand the type of regional politics being played in Nigeria against them——These same—Ijaw mumus and their brothers and sisters from the SS—-are yet to learn from History—————–Yesterday–Late Alams was the only Ijaw governor sent to prison—by the Yorubas via Obj and the Fulanis through Ribadu—-Then came the turn of Ibori and Madam Ibru———-all went to jail—–As for me I was wondering why Dame Jonathan did not learn from the Fulanis and Yorubas in charge of Nigeria-early enough—————-If she had asked Asare Dokubo why he left Nigeria to establish his University in Republic of Benin– the mumu Niger Deltans—would have understood—him better———–Chief Banigo had his bank–All States Bank seized—Alams the only Ijaw governor to go to prison—–KUKU ANOTHER IJAW GONE ON EXILE—————Dudafa–in jail—Akpobolokeme in jail–chief roberts in jail—–his wife in jail——–Mrs Madueke–properties all seized by the Fulanis-in Abuja——–Chief Robert everyone of his houses is seized in abuja—by the same Fulanis———–Orubebe same–Yes Yesterday Zebulon Abule–had-his bank seized by Abacha and Buhari—–Yet the Niger deltans do not learn from history–That is even after Buhari aided Abacha to hang an Ogoni man–Ken Saro Wiwa—from d SS-Today the man Col Ali who sat in judgement to hang Ken, is the head of Customs—Dambazua was the officer WHO almost shot Jonathan dead–the man who smuggled Yara Adua from Mecca to Abuja- Today Dambazua is a Minister in the government of Buhari——————–Meaning Buhari was part of the deal to make things impossible for Jonathan———The Ijaw Nation are not wanted in Nigeria–period-If Buhari wanted DIALOGUE, he would not be treating Dame Jonathan like an outcast——-That is for Jonathan who handed over peacefully to him——————-see why African leaders hardly ever concede defeat after elections? Because of the likes of Buhari—-and the Apes in APC—who have little or no regard for Niger deltans—– The issue of negotiating with the Freedom Fighters will never happen—until the Ijaws bomb all the oil wells—then celebrate their freedom from Nigeria—————————–without which they will remain slaves—————————-for another 100 years—for the Apes in APC are cursed———————–to be a curse unto Nigeria———————Freedom does not come on a platter of Gold—–It comes with blood tears a lot of sorrows————Animals–