Absence of Prosecution Witness Stalls Fintiri’s Trial

The trial of a former Governor of Adamawa State, Admadu Fintiri, was stalled on Thursday at a Federal High Court in Abuja, due to the absence of prosecution witness.
The witness, Ibrahim Andrew, who testified at the last adjourned date, was to be cross examined by the defence counsel but he was absent in court.
Larry Aso, counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), told the court that the witness was unavoidably absent for reasons beyond his control.
Aso however, pleaded for an adjournment and promised the court that on the next adjourned date, he would appear with the witness to be cross examined.
Fintiri’s counsels, M. A Magaji, did not object to the application of the prosecution for an adjournment.
The judge, Justice A. R Mohammed, adjourned the matter till May 3, for cross examination
Fintiri was arraigned on June 30, 2016 alongside Mayim Construction and Properties Limited for allegedly laundering money to the tune of N2.9bn through his naira and dollar accounts domiciled at Ecobank Plc.
He was also arraigned for making large cash payment for the purchase of a property at plot number 7, Gana Street, Maitama, Abuja when he held sway as the acting Governor of the State.

The offence is in contravention of Section 15(2)(a) of the Money laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011as amended in 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) and (4) of the same Act.

Author: News Editor

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