The absence of Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday, again stalled the continuation of the fraud trial of a former Head of Service (HoS) of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita.
Although counsel to the parties in the matter, including the defendants, were in court, the judge, Mr Taiwo, was not in court.
The case could not also hold on October 20, 2020, because the judge, who sat during the annual vacation of the Federal High Court, proceeded on leave.
The matter was, however, fixed for December 1.
When the matter came up on December 1, 2020, counsel to the former HoS, Paul Erokoro, and other defendants’ lawyers, urged the court to adjourn the trial sine die over alleged abuse of court process by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The judge then adjourned the ruling on the application by the defendants’ counsel until December 3, 2020, but the matter could not hold, and was later fixed for January 13.
However, the matter did not come up as scheduled and the lawyers involved in the case took another date after the court registrar informed them that the court would not be sitting.
The case was then fixed for January 28.
Mrs Oyo-Ita was arraigned before Mr Taiwo, on March 20, 2020, by the EFCC on an 18-count charge bordering on fraud to the tune of about N471.6 million
Her Special Assistant, Ubong Effiok, and a businessman, Garba Umar, are among the defendants.
Other defendants are Frontline Ace Global Services Limited, Asanaya Projects Ltd, Garba Umar Slopes International Ltd., Gooddeal Investments Ltd, U & U Global Services Ltd, which is linked to Mr Effiok and Prince Mega Logistics Limited.
They all pleaded not guilty to the charges.
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