Court acquits ex-President Jonathan’s cousin of $40 million fraud

Court acquits ex-President Jonathan’s cousin of $40 million fraud

- Robert Azibaola has been acquitted by Abuja court of $40 million laundering charges filed against him by the EFCC

- The EFCC had in 2016 filed a seven-count charge against Azibaola, his wife, and their company, saying that they received $40 million worth of illicit contract from Dasuki

- Justice Nnamdi Dimgba ruled that no credible evidence was adduced to establish the offence of money laundering against Azibaola

Former president Goodluck Jonathan’s cousin, Robert Azibaola, has been discharged and acquitted by a Federal High Court, Abuja, of $40 million laundering charges filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Premium Times reports that the judge, Nnamdi Dimgba, on Monday, May 27, ruled that no credible evidence was adduced to establish the offence of money laundering against Azibaola.

Dimgba explained that the prosecutor should have produced former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, as a witness. Dasuki is in the custody of the State Security Service.

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He said: “That the prosecutor failed to provide witness from the Office of the National Security Adviser(ONSA).

“That the EFCC and the prosecutor cried more than the bereaved. That the prosecutor has not been able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the 2-count charge against the defendant. The defendant is hereby discharged and acquainted and not guilty.”

The EFCC had in 2016 filed a seven-count charge against Azibaola, his wife, Stella, and their company, saying that they received $40 million worth of illicit contract from Dasuki.

They were arraigned on June 7, 2016, and were admitted to bail in the sum of N500 million each. They were re-arraigned on April 27, 2017, on a nine-count amended charge.

Recall that Legit.ng reported that the Federal High Court in Abuja ruled that Azibaola had a case to answer in respect of two charges involving $40m which he was accused of receiving fraudulently from the office of the ONSA in 2014.

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The presiding judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, ordered Azibaola and his company, One Plus Holdings Nigeria Limited, to enter their defence in respect of the two counts.

The judge while ruling on the no-case submission filed by the defendants, Justice Dimgba, however, struck out the name of Azibaola’s wife, Stella, from the two charges.

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