Alleged N29bn Fraud: Court rules in favour of EFCC, admits bank documents on ex-Gov. Nyako
Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has admitted as evidence documents tendered by the EFCC’s counsel Rotimi Jacobs in the trial of a former governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako.
Defense counsel, Ibrahim Isiyaku, SAN, had in an earlier adjourned date, objected to the admissibility of the document, tendered by Zakari Uthman, the seventeenth prosecution witness in the case on the ground that the documents sought to be tendered were not signed by the witness. He urged the court to dismiss the document.
The account documents are; Certificate of Identification, signed by one Aisha Balogun and two account opening forms.
The Judge, however, ruled in favour of the prosecution, by admitting the documents as evidence.
The judge said that although the presence of Aisha Balogun (signatory to the document) is desirable, it is not mandatory for her to be in court. He agreed with the antigraft counsel that a bank is a legal person and not a natural person and that any staff can be sent to represent the bank. Justice Abang said the document is relevant, therefore, the objection is overruled.
Nyako is standing trial in N29 billion fraud charge preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
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