The Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja has fastened Might 17 for the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee to report on the way it complied with the court docket order within the trial of Diezani Alison-Madueke, ex-Minister of Petroleum Assets.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu fastened the date on Wednesday, following the absence of the EFCC’s lawyer, Farouk Abdullah, in court docket.
Recall that the matter, which was earlier fastened for treport on the arraignment of Alison-Madueke, couldn’t proceed as neither Abdullah nor the ex-minister was in court docket.
Nevertheless, when the matter was referred to as, no lawyer appeared for the prosecution.
Justice Ojukwu, who fastened Might 17 to listen to EFCC’s stage of compliance with the court docket order, instructed the registrar to situation the prosecution (EFCC) counsel with the following listening to discover.
The court docket had, on December 3, 2020, adjourned the matter till March 3, 2021, after the lack of the EFCC to completely adjust to its orders within the trial of the ex-minister.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu fastened the date after counsel to the anti-graft company, Abdullah, prayed the court docket for extra time to allow the anti-graft company to make sure full compliance with the court docket orders.
“The court docket made some orders on the final date that this matter got here up.
“The prosecutions have taken steps to make sure that the orders are complied with; that hasn’t come to fruition but however steps have been taken.
“In view of this, might I humbly apply that this matter be adjourned to allow the prosecution to conform absolutely with the order of the court docket,” Abdullah had mentioned.
The EFCC had accused Alison-Madueke of fleeing the nation for the UK to flee justice, amongst others.