N314 million fraud : Court orders trial within trial for ex-NIMASA DG

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  • Jauro’s confession reportedly made under duress

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of a Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered a trial-within-trial to determine the voluntariness of a statement made to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by a former Acting Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Haruna Baba Jauro, while undergoing investigations over alleged N314.4 million fraud.
Jauro,  Dauda Bawa and Thlumbau Enterprises Ltd were on April 12, 2016 arraigned by the anti-graft agency on a 19-count charge bordering on the offence before the court.
EFCC’s lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, had in the course of Monday’s proceedings sought to tender Jauro’s statement as an exhibit to prove his case, but his move was vehemently opposed to by Jauro’s lawyer, Olalekan Ojo, on the ground that the statement was made under duress.
Citing Section 29 of the Evidence Act, the lawyer urged the court to order a trial-within-trial to resolve the contending issue. Earlier, a prosecution witness, Orji Chukwuma, had under examination-in-chief narrated how the sum of N176million was transferred to seven beneficiaries through a document signed by one,
Captain Ezekiel Agaba, who is also facing fraud charge before another court.

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