The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has informed a Federal High Court in Lafia, Nasarawa State, that a former Nasarawa State Governor Aliyu Akwe Doma and six others have a case to answer. The EFCC added that their applications seeking to quash the case before the court lacked merit and should be struck out.
The EFCC is prosecuting Doma and six others accused persons on a 17-count charge of alleged Involvement in N15 billion money laundering before Justice Marcel Awokulehin.
The other accused persons are Senator John Dangoyi, Abdulmumin Jibrin, Timothy Anthony Anjide, Dauda Egwa, Suleiman Ibrahim, Broworks Ltd and Green Forest Investment Ltd.
When the matter came up on Monday, lawyer to the EFCC, Mr. Dele Adesina (SAN), who stood in for Mr. Kemi Pinhiero (SAN), told the court that the EFCC was opposing eight applications by Doma and six other co-accused persons seeking to quash the case against them.
But the lawyer to some accused persons Mr. S.I Ameh (SAN), had earlier moved an application, seeking to quash the charges preferred against them. Lawyer to Doma and Jibrin, Chief Charles Edosonmwan (SAN), had urged the court to discharge the accused persons on the grounds that prosecution did not disclose the element of crime in the charge.
But the EFCC’s lawyer argued that the accused persons’ lawyer ought to have brought the application to quash the case before their plea was taken.
In his verdict, Justice Awokulehin held that the accused had a case to answer and adjourned the case till June 11.