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Okere, co-accused's theft trial stalled

16 March 2015, 21:57

Lagos - The trial of a former presidential aspirant, Emmanuel Osita Okereke, and co-accused Ishmeal Chinyere has been adjourned to May.

It was slated for Monday before Justice Abubakar Talba of an FCT High Court sitting in Gudu, Abuja but could not proceed as planned as the prosecution's witness was reportedly unfit to be in court.

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Okereke and Chinyere for offences bordering on impersonation, forgery and criminal conspiracy to the tune of N1,145 million.

Also read: Buhari questions EFCC progress under Jonathan

Specifically, the accused persons allegedly forged a document of a government titled ³Restricted, Federal Government of Nigeria, National Task Force² and falsely held public offices as Director-General and Director, FCT Command of National Task Force through which they fraudulently obtained money from sale of employment forms.

The duo who were first arraigned before Justice JY Tukur in November 2013 had their matter transferred to Justice Talba following the elevation of the former judge.

The case started de novo in October with the accused taking fresh pleas.

Justice Talba has adjourned the case to May 4 and 5 for definite trial.


- CAJ News


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