N2.9bn Fraud: EFCC gets fresh date for arraignment of ex-NBC boss, Emeka Mba

efcc-operativesA Federal high court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday gave the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) a fresh date to arraign former Director General of Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

Trial could not hold Tuesday due to absence of counsel to EFCC at a Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday.

The EFCC counsel, Salisu Majidadi, was not in court and was not represented when the case was called.

Mr. Mba is facing trial on an amended 15-count charge bordering on alleged N2.9 billion fraud.

He is facing trial alongside the Director of Finance and Accounts, Patrick Areh, Basil Udotai and Babatunji Amure.

The counsel to Mr. Mba, Sunday Ameh (SAN), said he was not informed on why the EFCC was not represented in court.

The counsel said he would have asked the court to strike out the case if the defendant was already arraigned.

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“We are surprised they are not in court. We are also not aware of reason of their absence”, Mr. Ameh said.

The counsel to the other defendants aligned themselves with Ameh’s submission.

The judge, Gabriel Kolawole, adjourned the matter to January 24, 2017 for arraignment.