By Toyin Akinfolajimi
The trial of Col Nicholas S. Ashinze, the aide to the detained former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki was adjourned on Thursday at the federal high court Abuja following a legal fire exchanged by counsel to parties in the case on the admissibility of documents presented by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for the prosecution of the suspect.
The defence on Thursday said the documents presented by EFCC which were crucial to the case could not be admitted.
The defence argued that the documents were full of errors.
Bar and Bench Watch recalls that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Ashinze, a former aide of Sambo Dasuki, alongside Wolfgang Reinl, who is an Austrian, Edidiong Idiong and Sagir Mohammed, on a 13-count charge of corruption and money laundering.
They allegedly diverted a whopping sum of money from the office of the former NSA.
At the resumed hearing of the case, the prosecuting counsel, O.I Uket wanted to present a document as exhibit in the case but the defendant counsel objected to the admissibility of the document.
The first defending counsel, Ernest Nwoye argued that “the document is not authentic as it fails the provision of section 104 of the evidence act”.
“The document has no evidence of payment as approved by the minister of trade, right name and signature of the person who certified the document”.
“The documents fail to meet provisions of Supreme Court decision on such matter”.
However, counsel to the fourth defendant, O. Jimoh admitted having been served with the said documents
He found faults, saying the documents were marred with irregularity and alterations.
Jimoh posited that the covering letter of the documents was a photocopy and not original copy.
He said the copies were not certified and that there were many alterations contained in the documents that could not stand the test of law.
He said “International” in many instance crossed with a pen and “Continental” was super imposed.
Uket, tactically withdrew the document when he realized it was full of errors.
Justice Gabriel Kolawole adjourned till 12 June, for continuation of the testimony of the prosecuting witness.