Jonathan’s Cousin Trial Stalled Due to Absence of Witness

The trial of Azibaola Roberts and his wife, Stella, who are facing a-7 count charge of diverting $40m arms funds could not go ahead, Thursday.
This followed the absence of witness in court.
At the resumed hearing Thursday, prosecution counsel, Sylvanus Tahir informed the court that the matter was for the cross examination of the second prosecution witness, Olabode Fanilola.
He however informed the court that the witness is out of the country. He said he called the witness three days ago to remind him of the date and the witness informed him that his wife took ill in the United Kingdom.
The prosecution counsel further stated that the witness will be back in the country latest by Monday next week.
He pleaded with the court to allow them to come back on October 19 and 20.
However, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba said he will be travelling within that period to resume sitting on the 7th of November.
Hence, the matter was adjourned to 14, 16 & 18 of November for continuation of trial.
The former President Goodluck Jonathan’s cousin, his wife and their company, One-Plus Holdings Nigeria Ltd, were arraigned before the Federal High Court in Abuja by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 7-count charge of alleged diversion of $40m purportedly meant for the supply of tactical communication kits for Special Forces.
They allegedly received the money from the office of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), through their Zenith Bank Plc account on September 14, 2014.

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