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Prisons clerk has fraud case to answer

11 June 2015, 17:30Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - Imaobong Akon Esu-Nte, the Nigeria Prisons Service Accountant, has failed in her bid to have a myriad of charges bordering on fraud against her dropped by the Federal High Court, Maitama, Abuja.

Justice Chukwu has dismissed the application seeking to quash the 11- count charge of money laundering, conspiracy, forgery and abuse of office.

Esu-Ente’s legal team argued the court did not disclose a prima facie case against her.

Her team said Esu-Nte, was also standing trial on a similar charge before another court and added that the charge before Justice Chukwu amounted to an abuse of court process.

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Justice Chukwu held that the court retains jurisdiction to adjudicate on the matter and ordered the continuation of the trial.

The case has subsequently been adjourned to July 9 for further hearing.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission seeks the prosecution of Etsu-Nte 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.

During the trial, which began in March, the court has heard how the Abuja socialite, Esu-Nte, used her position as Prison Accountant, in connivance with other suspects, to launder money from the accounts of the Nigeria Prisons Service to their companies named as Royal Mall Nigeria Limited, Transferase Ventures and I.D Integrated Petroleum on the guise of executing non-existent contracts.

- CAJ News

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