A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Gudu District, Abuja, has dismissed a no case submission by former Taraba State Governor, Jolly Nyame.
The court ruled Tuesday that he will stand trial on allegations of N1.64bn fraud preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The court held that henceforth, he will enter his defence in a day to day trial in compliance with the provision of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA).
Justice Adebukola Banjoko, in her ruling, held that the prosecuting EFCC has been able to establish through its evidence that Nyame has a case to answer in court.
With this dismissal, Nyame’s trial will begin on March 8, 2017, the court held.
Justice Banjoko had reserved ruling at the last sitting after listening to arguments of both prosecution and defence counsels, Adebisi Adeniyi and Charles Edosamwan (SAN), respectively, in regards to Nyame’s no-case submission.
When the case came up for hearing Tuesday, Justice Banjoko held that the evidence tendered against him by the prosecution showed that Nyame has a case to answer.
The EFCC had put Nyame on trial for misappropriating N1.64bn state funds while he was Governor of Taraba.
He is being tried on a 41-count charge of criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of state funds when he was Governor of Taraba State between 1999 and 2007.
The prosecution closed its case on November 22, 2016 after presenting 14 witnesses.