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Abuja court says Prisons accountant has case to answer

12 February 2015, 07:00Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The Federal Capital Territory in Abuja has dismissed the application by Imaobong Akon Esu-Nte, Head of Capital Accounts Unit, Nigerian Prisons Service, seeking to quash the charges against her.

She faces charges of stealing, abuse of office and money laundering.  

Justice Olukayode Adeniyi dismissed the application to have these quashed.

Esu- Nte,  who was arraigned on November 14, 2014, is alleged to have abused her office by stealing over N83 million of prisons funds with which she acquired exotic cars and property across the Federal Capital Territory.

She had pleaded not guilty to the charge and was admitted to bail.

Also Read: FG to introduce e-prison system soon - Moro

However in bid to forestall her trial, the accused person file an application before the court, questioning the competence of the charge. She argued through her counsel, Titus Ashaolu, the the charge against her did not disclosure a prima facie case.

The application by the Abuja-based socialite was also predicated on the grounds that the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the charge.

However, counsel to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Larry Aso, faulted the process filed by the accused on the grounds that it was brought under an unknown law.

In his ruling, Justice Adeniyi dismissed the application sought by Esu-Nte on the grounds that it lacked merit and substance.

- CAJ News


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