Bawa in Fresh Trouble as Court Orders EFCC to Produce Powerful APC Senatorial Candidate for Trial

Bawa in Fresh Trouble as Court Orders EFCC to Produce Powerful APC Senatorial Candidate for Trial

  • Earlier, the EFCC told a Federal High Court in Kano that Abdulkareem Abdulsalam Zaura, Kano APC senatorial that he is nowhere to be found for the commencement of his trial
  • This disclosure was made by the anti-graft agency, after the defendant was absent in court yesterday just as he was on October 14, the date earlier fixed for the arraignment.
  • Meanwhile, AA Zaura was billed for arraignment on Thursday, November 10, after being absent at the commencement of his trial

An emerging report by Daily Trust has it that a Federal High Court in Kano has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to produce Abdulkareem Abdussalam Zaura better known as AA Zaura, the senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Kano central.

The presiding judge, Justice Mohammad Nasiru Yinusa who gave the order on Thursday, November 10, held that AA Zaura is brought in for arraignment in his fraud-related case by the commission.

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Kano APC senatorial candidate, Federal High Court in Kano, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulkareem Abdussalam Zaura (AA Zaura)
Court orders EFCC to produce Kano APC senatorial candidate, Abdulkareem Abdussalam Zaura for trial. Photo credit: The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
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The judge gave this order after the prosecution again informed the court that the defendant was absent in court as he was at the last two sittings.

AA Zaura was accused of defrauding a Kuwaiti national of $1.3million, and was billed for arraignment on Monday after the Court of Appeal quashed the earlier discharge and acquittal judgment and ordered his retrial.

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Court's verdict on Thursday

During the court sitting on Thursday, his counsel, Ibrahim Waru told the court that the matter was adjourned for the adoption of written addresses in respect of whether or not the defendant must be present in court before an application challenging the jurisdiction of the court can be entertained.

But responding, prosecution counsel, Abdulkareem Arogha told the court that the said application was not ripe for hearing because the defendant was not in court.

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“We are making efforts to bring the defendant to court,” he said, while urging the court to decline to hear the application in the absence of the defendant.

Delivering a bench ruling, Justice Yinusa held that the position of the court was that the defendant should be produced and that where that has not been done, the court has the duty to insist that due process be followed.

Alleged money laundering: EFCC arraigns ex-attorney general of prominent state

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday, November 4, arraigned Olasupo Shasore, a former Attorney General and commissioner for justice in Lagos over alleged money laundering to the tune of N109.8million.

Shashore was arraigned on Friday by the commission before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

The anti-graft agency slammed the former commissioner with a 14-count criminal charge along with his personal firm, Middlesex Investment Ltd.

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Naira redesign: 2 northern governors, 1 southerner planning to pay workers’ salaries in cash, EFCC reveals

Abdulrasheed Bawa, the chairman of the EFCC had disclosed that the commission is monitoring 3 serving governors.

The EFCC boss said the governors plan to stash billions of naira through table payment of workers’ salaries.

The commission also disclosed that the recent raid on Bureau De Change operators would not stop while calling on Nigerians to support the move so the country can move forward.

Source: Legit.ng

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Esther Odili (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Esther Odili is a journalist and a Politics/Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng with 6+ years of experience. Before joining Legit.ng, Esther has worked with other reputable media houses, such as the New Telegraph newspaper and Galaxy Television. She Holds OND and HND in Mass Communication from NIJ, where she was recognized as the best student in print journalism in 2018. Email: esther.odili@corp.legit.ng.

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