The Federal High Court, Abuja on Thursday adjourned the ongoing trial of Sen. Shehu Sani until October 19 to allow the Economis and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) produce a vital exhibit in the matter.
At the resumed trial on Thursday, the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Abba Mohammed, told the court that his next witness was in court, but that he did not have an essential exhibit he intended to tender in evidence.
“I have a witness in court and I am ready to proceed, but I can only open with the witness and will not be able to conclude his evidence. This is because the witness told me that the monetary exhibit of $25,000 has been taken from the EFCC custody to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for safety, which is in line with world best practices,” the counsel informed the court.
Mohammed then prayed the court for an adjournment to enable him retrieve the money from the CBN to tender as an exhibit in court. The trial judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo said that he would not allow a witness give piecemeal evidence.
By consent of counsel, Justice Ekwo adjourned the matter until October 19 to 22 for continuation of trial.
Daiy Times recalls that the EFCC had dragged Sen. Sani to court for alleged bribery and advanced fee fraud.
The anti-graft agency slammed a two-count charge on Sen. Sani bordering on name-dropping, influence-peddling and obtaining $25,000 from the Chairman of ASD Motors, Alhaji Sani Dauda, under false pretences.