By: Egbah Reuben,
The matter between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe, Evang. Leo Sunday and Hon. Raymond Dabo has been again adjourned by a Federal High Court (FHC) sitting in Jos, the Plateau State capital, to the 8th and 9th March, 2018 for a Ruling and Continuation of hearing.The adjournment came, owing to an objection raised by the Defence Counsel, Sunday Oyawole (Esq) leading other seven (7) lawyers that, it would be a breach of the fundamental rights of the accused, if they are not given enough time to prepare for their defence, as provided in section 36(6,b) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
The defence Counsel also argued that the EFCC prosecution has also failed to front load the witness statements of all their witnesses as directed by the law.
The prosecutor, Ahmad Y. Muntaka (Esq), had earlier presented three(s) witnesses, who are Bankers, representing Fidelity Bank PLC and had argued that based on Section 379(3) of the Amended Criminal Administration Act, the statements of the witnesses can only be presented in summary.
“We don’t have their statements, we did not obtain any one and we do not intend to rely on any of these statements”. He said.
Adding that, “the era we are now is for substantial justice and not technicality.”
However, before the heated argument and adjournment, the Defence Counsel in an application, had request that S.G Odey (Esq), who signed the earlier bail bond for the Defendants, be discharged based on the fresh conditions for bail that was granted when the matter came up yesterday.
The presiding Judge Hon. Justice Musa Kurya, had adjourned to make a ruling after listening to the Counsels in the matter.