Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court sitting Abuja, on Wednesday October 30, 2019, granted the the request by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for its witness witness, one Mr. Kobis who is based abroad, to testify through video link in the ongoing trial of former governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, and 7 others.
They are being prosecuted on 37 counts of money laundering allegedly perpetrated while Nyako was governor of Adamawa State. Others charged alongside the former governor are Zulkifik Abba, Abubakar Aliyu and four companies: Blue Opal Ltd, Pagoda Fortunes Ltd, Tower Assets Management Ltd and Crust Energy Ltd..
Justice Abang had on Tuesday October 29, reserved till Wednesday October 30, ruling on the application by counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, seeking the permission of court for his witness to testify via video link.Jacobs had told the court that all efforts made by the anti-graft agency to get the witness to testify before the court failed, citing health and security concern.
The trial judge while noting that the request was novel, said, “I intend to carefully conserve the statutory provisions cited by learned counsel representing the parties before the court takes a decision on the issue”