Mutilated Currency Scam: Suspect Accuses EFCC of Frustrating Plea Bargain

Suspect in the case of N8bn Central Bank of Nigeria mutilated currency scam, Tope Akintade, Tuesday, told Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was frustrating his plea bargain arrangement.
This is as the court adjourned till December 14 to give for further negotiation in the plea bargain plan between the banker, Akintade and the EFCC.
Akintade’s counsel, Femi Edema, at Tuesday’s hearing accused the anti-graft body of deliberately frustrating his client’s efforts on the plea bargain arrangement.
Edema told the court that the EFCC Head Office in Abuja had initially certified that all the necessary processes of the plea bargain concerning his client had been completed.
The counsel also lamented the worsening health condition of his client and prayed the court for a short hearing date.
But the prosecutor, Sola Obaribirin, submitted that the plea bargain processes were yet to be fully completed.
He, however, gave an assurance that all necessary steps would be taken for the plea bargain deal to be sealed before the next adjourned date.
The prosecutor further stated that the commission was determined to combine all the plea bargain processes and hearings at once instead of considering them in bits.
Justice Ayo-Emmanuel consequently adjourned the case, which was earlier slated for hearing, over the inability of Akintade and EFCC to conclude all processes involved in the plea bargain arrangement.
Akintade, alongside others are facing trial over multiple charges bordering on conspiracy, forgery, theft and recirculation of mutilated N8bn currencies at the Ibadan branch of CBN.

Author: News Editor

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