Posted by Mayowa Okekale, Abuja | 23 November 2018 | 918 times
The letter of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, requesting that all EFCC court cases being handled by Justice Binta Nyako of a Federal High Court, Abuja, be reassigned to another judge was sent to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati, and not the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Samuel Onnoghen.
A statement by the acting Head of Media and Publicity, Tony Orilade, said: “We had erroneously reported yesterday, 22nd November, 2018 that the letter was sent to the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Samuel Onnoghen. The error is regretted.”
EFCC Prosecuting Counsel, Onjefu Obe, had said that the request for transfer of the cases was in a bid to obtain fair trial.
According to Obe, “The concern of the Commission to reassign all EFCC cases before Justice Nyako, borders on likely bias on part of the trial judge, considering the fact that the EFCC is also prosecuting her husband, Murtala Nyako, a former Adamawa State governor for alleged fraud”.
Obe made this known on November 21, 2018 in the course of prosecution of the quartet of Umar Audu Bida, Truth Igogori, Ifenyinwa Nwankwesiri and Ogechukwu Obaji by the EFCC over their complicity in a $1 million fraud.
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