Court Warns Prosecutors Against Delay in Mamu’s Bribery Trial, Adjourns till Nov. 2

An FCT High Court Judge, Justice Salisu Garba, has advised the prosecution not to delay the trial of Air Vice Marshal Alikali Mamu, a former Air Officer Training Command and a member of the Committee for Procurement in the Ministry of Defence, urging them to be ready for the commencement of the trial at the next adjourned date .
He said this Friday as he fixed November 2 for the definite hearing of the case of alleged bribery scam.
Mamu was on June 21 arraigned on a three-count charge of bribery.
The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) had alleged that Mamu collected a cash gift N5.9 million for the purchase of a Range Rover Evoque and also 300, 000 US dollars about N147 million.
He also collected two vehicles -Ford Expedition SUV and Jaguar XF Saloon – valued N15 million and N12 million, respectively from Societe D’ Equipments Internationaux Nigeria Limited, a contractor with the Nigerian Air Force.
These allegations contravened Sections 17 (a) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
On July 1, he was admitted on bail in the sum of N50 million, with a surety in the like sum who must have property within Abuja.
At the resumed hearing, the prosecuting counsel, Sylvanius Tahir, informed the court that the prosecution could not commence the trial because Cosmos Ugwu, the counsel handling the matter was transferred to the Ibadan office.
Tahir informed the court that he just got the case file, and applied for an adjournment to enable him study the case file for the commencement of the trial.
Counsel for the Defendant Joesph Daudu did not oppose the application, adding that Tahir had approached him professionally and he understood his predicaments.
Daudu, however, informed the court that they were ready for the trial.
The Judge however advised the prosecution team against delaying the case, urging them to be ready at the next adjournment.

Author: News Editor

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