Again, court adjourns Ehindero’s N16m fraud trial

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An FCT High Court has again adjourned hearing in the alleged N16 million fraud filed against a former Inspector-General of Police, Sunday Ehindero, to March 12.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, filed a six-count charge against Ehindero and John Obaniyi, the suspended Commissioner of Police-in-charge of Budget

According to ICPC, the amount is the interest generated from N567 million donated to the Nigeria Police by the Bayelsa Government for the purchase of arms, ammunition and riot control equipment.

It will be recalled that on Nov. 26, 2013, the court could not sit because the appeal filed by Ehindero was pending in court, Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi had then fixed today for hearing.

At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, however, the case could not go on again, as ICPC counsel, Mr Okwor John-Paul holding brief for Paul Bassi, informed the court that Ehindero`s appeal was still pending before the Court of Appeal.

John-Paul said, “we are glad to inform the court that the appeal had been heard on Dec. 2, 2013 and the the Justice Aminu Sanusi-led panel has reserved its judgment. No date has been fixed for the judgment,” he said.

Justice Oniyangi, then fixed March 12 for continuation of trial.

Ehindero is challenging the ruling of Justice Oniyangi delivered on Sept. 22, 2012 in which the trial judge held that, the ICPC had, by the proof of evidence before the court, successfully established a prima facie evidence against the accused to warrant their being put to trial.

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