Thu. Nov 21st, 2019

N30m Fraud: Herbalist Sacks Counsel, as Court Sends Him Back to Prison till Sep 23

A self-acclaimed herbalist, Jamiu Isiaka who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC before a Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin has been sent back to prison till September 23, 2019, even as he disengaged the services of his counsel.

Isiaka is standing trial on a six-count charge bordering on impersonation, conspiracy and fraud. He is accused of impersonating a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru, Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adeshina, among other prominent Nigerians to defraud a Korean, Keun Sig Kim to the tune of N30million.

His trial took a new dimension at the resumed hearing on July 9, 2019 as his counsel, R.A. Kamal, told the court that he had been instructed to withdraw from the case, following his inability to secure his bail before the court.

“At the last adjourned date, after the Court overruled his bail application, his relatives told me that they no longer need our services as legal practitioners, in view of the above, we shall be withdrawing our appearance from the case,” he said.

Counsel for the EFCC, Andrew Akoja, kicked against the application, arguing that Kamal ought to have informed the prosecution about the development after the last sitting.

However, Justice Abdulgafar granted the application and adjourned the case to September 23, 2019.

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