EDO, Nigeria – Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele, of the Benin high court, Criminal Court Division on Friday adjourned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) case against an official of the Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) over non-appearance of the plaintiffs, counsels and witness.
The court is presiding over the alleged fraud case of N1.5billion against the officials of the board.
The court had October 5, 2017, remanded the officials for allegedly using their offices while serving as board members of the Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to award contracts to their cronies after collecting N1.5 billion from them, an act punishable under section 26 (1) and other relevant section of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offenses Act of 2000.
The accused persons are Dr Aisosa Amadasun, Adams Osabuohien, Prince Stephen Alao, Dove Momodu and Mallam Ali Sulayman.
The court however, granted the accused persons’ bail on 13 October 2017.
Justice Ohimai, however, foreclosed witness hearing schedules for today and adjourned to December 13 for definite hearing.
Counsel to the 3rd and 4th defendants, Barr. Candid Ohio, earlier argued that the absence of the plaintiffs and his parties were deliberate, adding that he ought to have called to notify the court of their absence rather than deliberately avoiding the court.
Aligning himself with the argument of Counsel to the 3rd and 4th defendants, Ken Mozia (SAN) said the court has had two counsels pursuing the same case but both have failed to appear in court.