The defense counsel to former Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, Jibrin Samuel Otutekpa, SAN, on Monday prayed a Federal High Court in Kano to dismiss the case against the former Minister of Education, and two others over failure by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC’s) prosecuting counsel to appear before the court for the commencement of trial.
According to him, the letter, seeking for adjournment received yesterday by the Counsel was served by the Prosecutor on November 30, 2018 describing the move as a deliberate attempt to further stall the trial.
He therefore prayed the court to proceed under Section 351, sub section 1 of the administration of Criminal Justice Act and dismiss the six count charge against the defendants, as well as make an order to discharge the defendants.
He added that in pursuant to Section 353 sub section 1 of the same Act, the Defendant should not be arrested or arraigned before another court.
”We came up for hearing and the Prosecution wrote a letter, which we were not happy about. We made our position known to the court and the matter was further adjourned to tomorrow (today). So, by tomorrow, (Tuesday), we will see what will happen.”
Responding, Justice Lewis Allagoa, noted that the prayer of the Defendant is premature, as the initial trial date was scheduled for December 3 and 4, 2018, respectively.
He however adjourned the case to December 4, 2018 for hearing.