N544m Grass-cutting Fraud: Court rejects EFCC exhibits against ex-SGF

29/01/2022 10:42:00 AM

N544m Grass-cutting Fraud: Court rejects EFCC exhibits against ex-SGF

N544m Grass-cutting Fraud: Court rejects EFCC exhibits against ex-SGF

The EFCC charged them with 10 counts of fraud relating to contract awarded by the Presidential Initiative for the North-East (PINE) for the removal of evasive plant species to the tune of N544 million.

Justice Charles Agbaza of an FCT High Court in Friday rejected evidence by a witness of the EFCC in the trial of a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal.Delivering a ruling, Justice Agbaza agreed with the defendants that the court in 2021 rejected some exhibits on the said phone.

“I have carefully examined the foundation of arguments for and against the admissibility of the evidence in dispute and found only two issues for determination.“I have carefully examined the foundation of arguments for and against the admissibility of the evidence in dispute and found only two issues for determination.

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N544m Grass-cutting fraud: Court rejects EFCC exhibits against ex-SGF | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World NewsJustice Charles Agbaza of an FCT High Court in Friday rejected evidence by a witness of the EFCC in the trial of a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal.

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by January 29, 2022 3 min read Justice Charles Agbaza of an FCT High Court in Friday rejected evidence by a witness of the EFCC in the trial of a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal.Babachir Lawal Lawal is charged alongside his younger brother, Hamidu, who is a director of Rholavision Engineering Limited; an employee of the company, Suleiman Abubakar; Managing Director of Josmon Technologies Limited, Apeh John Monday; the two companies: Rholavision Engineering Limited and Josmon Technologies Limited.Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Dr Babachir Lawal in his trial on alleged N544m contract scam.in Ikeja, Lagos.

Mr Lawal is charged alongside his younger brother, Hamidu, who is a director of Rholavision Engineering Limited; an employee of the company, Suleiman Abubakar; Managing Director of Josmon Technologies Limited, Apeh John Monday; the two companies: Rholavision Engineering Limited and Josmon Technologies Limited. They all pleaded not guilty. They all pleaded not guilty. Delivering a ruling, Justice Agbaza agreed with the defendants that the court in 2021 rejected some exhibits on the said phone. Ruling in an objection by Babachir Lawal against a set of computer-generated exhibits, Justice Charles Agbaza threw out the exhibits on the reason that the provisions of the Evidence Act on such documents admissibility were not met. He added that the EFCC was only attempting to bring into the court records, exhibits already marked rejected. He added that the EFCC was only attempting to bring into the court records, exhibits already marked rejected. The judge held that any oral evidence of the EFCC’s witness on the rejected exhibits would amount to hearsay since he was not the maker and did not sign them. Phillips pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.

“I have carefully examined the foundation of arguments for and against the admissibility of the evidence in dispute and found only two issues for determination. “I have carefully examined the foundation of arguments for and against the admissibility of the evidence in dispute and found only two issues for determination. Olujimi asked the court to reject the exhibits on the ground that what the EFCC wanted to do through Folarin was to smuggle into the court, exhibits earlier rejected by the same court when it ruled against admitting a Compact Disc on the said iPhone. “The first issue is on whether the evidence of the prosecution witness falls on hearsay in respect of the exhibits, while the second issue is on whether this court has once rejected the exhibits sought to be tendered. The judge held that any oral evidence of the EFCC’s witness on the rejected exhibits would amount to hearsay since he was not the maker and did not sign them. “On issue one, the witness on his own informed the court of how he was invited into the EFCC laboratory and was shown information extracted from a iPhone7. “I have carefully examined the foundation of arguments for and against the admissibility of the evidence in dispute and found only two issues for determination. Apart from the exhibit not conforming with law, the Judge held that any oral evidence of EFCC’s witness will amount to hearsay since he was not the maker and did not sign them. “The first issue is on whether the evidence of the prosecution witness falls on hearsay in respect of the exhibits, while the second issue is on whether this court has once rejected the exhibits sought to be tendered. They were only shown to him according to his oral evidence here. Justice Solebo adjourned till February 14 and 15, 2022 for trial and ruling on the bail application.

“On issue one, the witness on his own informed the court of how he was invited into the EFCC laboratory and was shown information extracted from a iPhone7. “On this, I am satisfied that the witness is not the maker of the exhibits in dispute. “On the second issue, there is no dispute that the exhibits were earlier sought to be tendered but they were turned down and marked rejected and even, the rejection is a subject of appeal at the Court of Appeal. “On issue one, the witness on his own informed the court of how he was invited into the EFCC laboratory and was shown information extracted from an iPhone 7. They were only shown to him according to his oral evidence here. “Therefore, anything said or to be said by the witness is nothing but hearsay and for this reason, I resolve this issue in favour of the defendants. The former SGF had on Jan. “On the second issue, there is no dispute that the exhibits were earlier sought to be tendered but they were turned down and marked rejected and even, the rejection is a subject of appeal at the Court of Appeal. “Therefore, anything said or to be said by the witness is nothing but hearsay and for this reason, I resolve this issue in favour of the defendants.

“For this reason, I agree that the evidence cannot be admitted having been earlier rejected and marked rejected,” Justice Agbaza held. Olujimi said that EFCC wanted to smuggle in an evidence earlier rejected by the court when it ruled against admitting a compact disc on the said iPhone. The former SGF had on January 13, through his lawyer, Akin Olujimi, objected to the line of evidence being given by the witness, Dare Folarin, on an iPhone seized from one Musa Bulani. Mr Olujimi said that EFCC wanted to smuggle in an evidence earlier rejected by the court when it ruled against admitting a compact disc on the said iPhone. Counsel for the third defendant, Mr Napoleon Idelana, said that EFCC filed an appeal against the ruling of the court on the rejection of the disc. However, the trial of the defendants could not proceed as the EFCC counsel told the court that his witness, Dare Folarin was indisposed and could not make it to court and applied for an adjustment. Other defendants counsel aligned themselves with Mr Olujimi’s submission. Counsel for the third defendant, Napoleon Idelana, said that EFCC filed an appeal against the ruling of the court on the rejection of the disc. Uket argued that the witness, who is the eighth prosecution witness (PW8), was only saying what he and other investigators saw and did at the EFCC laboratory on the iPhone.

READ ALSO: Grass-cutting Contract Scam: Ex-SGF, Babachir Lawal’s lawyer questions EFCC’s phone evidence The Prosecution Counsel, Ofem Uket, urged the court to discountenance the defendants’ objection, arguing that Folarin’s evidence was not a hear saying evidence. The charge borders on alleged diversion of funds, criminal conspiracy, and official corruption. Mr Uket argued that the witness, who is the eighth prosecution witness (PW8), was only saying what he and other investigators saw and did at the EFCC laboratory on the iPhone. Justice Agbaza adjourned the case until Feb. Advertisements The case could, however, not process due to the information given to the court that the PW8, who ought to continue with his evidence-in-chief was not present in court as he was indisposed and therefore, sought an adjournment. Justice Agbaza adjourned the case until February 16 and 17 for continuation of hearing. 17 for continuation of hearing. ( .