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Court adjourns Prisons accountant's fraud trial

21 May 2015, 13:02Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The money laundering case against Imaobong Akon Esu-Nte, an accountant with the Nigeria Prisons Service, has been adjourned to Monday next week.

Justice Chukwu of the Federal High Court, Maitama, Abuja has moved the case for hearing of the motion on the court's jurisdiction.

He warned that his court would not tolerate any attempts by the counsel to frustrate the quick dispensation of justice.

This follows delays in the conclusion of the case.

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Etsu-Nte is being prosecuted on an 11-count alongside one Olukolade Olabamiji, a businessman, and Mohammed Abdulkadir, a banker, for allegedly laundering funds from the Nigeria Prisons Service into the accounts of companies where she has interests.

It is alleged she used her position as Prison Accountant, and in connivance with other accused persons to launder money from the accounts of the Nigeria Prisons Service to their companies: Royal Mall Nigeria Limited, Transferase Ventures and I.D Integrated Petroleum on the guise of executing nonexistent contracts.

The defendant is challenging the competence of the court to hear the matter.

- CAJ News


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