Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos has adjourned to June 27, 2018 for additional listening to in a N3.2bn fraud case involving a former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu, and others.
Kalu is being prosecuted alongside his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited and his former Commissioner for Finance, Jones James Udeogu, for cash laundering to the tune of over N3.2bn.
At the final adjourned sitting, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by its counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo (SAN), had sought to additional amend the cost in opposition to the defendants, after closing its case.
However, on the resumed listening to on Wednesday, the prosecution counsel, Oyedepo, knowledgeable the court docket that he was served with copious purposes dated June 6, 2018 and filed on June 7, 2018 by the defence counsel led by Kalu Awa, SAN, in opposition to his software to additional amend the cost in opposition to their purchasers.
He additional advised the court docket that at the moment’s proceedings was meant for the court docket to both hear his software to additional amend the cost in opposition to the defendants or to listen to the no-case submission that had beforehand been filed by the protection counsels on behalf of their purchasers.
In his response, the lead defence counsel, Awa, advised the court docket that there was an extant software on behalf of his consumer, Kalu. Also, Udeogu’s lawyer knowledgeable the court docket that he had filed an software dated June eight, 2018 in respect of the additional amended cost being sought by the prosecution.
He additional advised the court docket that although he had acquired processes by attorneys to Kalu and the third defendant, Slok Nigeria Limited, the prosecution had not replied to any of them.
The prosecution counsel, Oyedepo, nonetheless, advised the court docket that he didn’t know what the defence workforce meant that he had not replied to their processes.
Oyedepo additional advised the court docket that every one the processes have been served on him in court docket on Wednesday.