The trial of Vincent Ogbulafor, a former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party was on Thursday stalled at an Abuja High Court as the trial judge, Justice Ishaq Bello was absent.
Ogbulafor, Emeka Ebilah and Jude Nwokolo were dragged before the court by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and they are facing a 17-count charge bordering on fraud to the tune of N170 million.
While the ICPC’s team led by Chief Adegboyega Awomolo and the derfence team were waiting for the trial to resume, the Court Clerk announced that the judge was unavailable as he was on a national assignment.
The assignment apparently took him out of the FCT as he was appointed recently as the Chairman of the Election Petitions Tribunal in Anambra State.
Counsels were thus given a new date, that is, February 20, was thereafter given to address the court.
Ogbulafor was accused of conspiring with Ebilah and Nwokolo to float phoney companies and using them to perpetrate fraud in his days as Minister of State for Special Duties.
They allegedly used the names of Henrichiko Nigeria Limited, DHL Consultants and Chekwas Industries, to fraudulently obtain N82.6 million, N11.5 million and N6.2 million, respectively, in 2001.