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Nasarawa court rejects application to transfer Doma's trial

01 December 2014, 21:30

Lagos - The Federal High Court in Lafia, Nasarawa State, has dismissed an application filed by Timothy Anthony Anjide, the second accused person in the ongoing trial of Aliyu Akwe Doma, former governor of Narasawa State.

Doma, Anjide and Dauda Egwe are being prosecuted on a 10 count-charge bordering on money laundering. Anjide had approached the court, asking that the case be re- assigned, alleging bias against the court. According to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which has preferred the charges against the trio, said Olalekan Ojo, who stood in for Charles Edosomwan, brought a notion on notice for an order of the court to transfer the case.

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The defence stated that there had been circumstances in the proceedings that suggest a likelihood of bias by the judge. He stated that the judge has failed to subpoena certain functionaries of the state, and that her lordship compelled the second accused (Anjide Timothy) to appear before the court in spite of his critical health condition.

He argued that the second accused has lost confidence of getting a fair trial before her lordship. Prosecuting counsel, Kemi Pinheiro, SAN, urged the court to dismiss the application. He stated that 'the application does not show that the first and third accused have lost confidence in the court.

The case was adjourned to January 19 and for continuation of trial.

- CAJ News

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