Alleged N29bn Fraud: Absence of lead counsel stalls trial of ex Adamawa gov., Nyako
The trial of a former governor of Adamawa state, Murtala Nyako, has been stalled due to the absence of his lead counsel, Kanu Agabi (SAN).
At the resumed trial on Wednesday, prosecution counsel, Oluwaleke Atolagbe told the court that the case was meant for cross-examination of the 20th prosecution witness.
However, Pat Ogah, who announced appearance for the first, second, sixth and seventh defendants told the court that he was not prepared to go on with the cross-examination.
“I am unable to cross-examine the witness because I have a letter on behalf of the senior counsel, Kanu Agabi who is unavoidably absent due to an engagement at the University of Calabar.
” in the letter, he indicated that he wants to cross-examine the witness personally.
“I beg the court to grant him the opportunity to do so.
” Attached is the invitation letter from the University of Calabar”. Ogah said.
He prayed the court to grant his application for adjournment.
Counsels to all other defendants did not object to the application for adjournment.
Delivering a ruling on the application, Justice Okon Abang noted that he would not grant leave for Ogah to submit the letter before the court because the letter ought to have been brought through a litigation clerk, not a counsel who is robbed in court.
Notwithstanding, Abang granted the request for an adjournment on grounds that the prosecution did not raise an objection.
He also said that the learned silk, “Agabi has been regular in the proceedings and has never delayed progress in the trial”.
The matter has been adjourned to May 13,14 and 15 for cross-examination of the 20th prosecution witness.