Court adjourns Ex-Customs CG arraignment to May third

By John Ofikhenua, Abuja

Justice Ijeoma  Ojukwu of the Federal High courtroom, Abuja on Monday adjourned the arraignment of the the ex-Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Abdullahi Inde-Dikko to third May, 2020.

Her choice adopted the failure of the prosecutor, Ebenezer Shogunle to arrest the primary defendant, who had allegedly travelled in another country for medical consideration and evaded earlier sittings on the cost of fraud introduced towards him and two others by the Independent Corrupt Practices and different associated offences Commission (ICPC).

Ojukwu mentioned because the final sitting she endorsed the bench warrant for ex-Customs boss arrest however the prosecutor failed to gather it.

She informed the prosecutor that : “Usually, the next thing they do before I leave at 4 or 5:00pm, they bring those warrant for my endorsement. I have endorsed the warrant but you have never come for it. Is that not the position? So, you know you  are not serious.”

The warrant was necessitated by  Dikko’s continued failure to attend courtroom to defend the cost that the Independent Corrupt Practices and different associated offences Commission (ICPC) had introduced towards him.

Earlier, Shogunle  recalled to the courtroom that on the day the issues was adjourned, he was requested to confirm the whereabouts of Dikko. He mentioned “we confirmed that the first defendant left Nigeria February 14, three days before the sitting of the court.  His destination was Dubai. Currently, the first defendant is reportedly in Lodnon.”

He pleaded with the courtroom to increase the period of the bench warrant and sought an additional date for the arraignment.

With this, the choose informed him that the directive was for him to arrest the primary defendant and arraign him. She mentioned the prosecutor appeared to be unserious with the matter and if that was the case, he ought to permit her to discharge the accused.

Her phrases: “I am not adjourning this matter for the sake of it. If you are not interested in it, let me discharge it. Whenever you are ready to prosecute the first defendant we will re-arraign him.”

Meanwhile, the counsel to the primary defendant,  Solomon Akuma  pleaded to the courtroom that the prosecutor had failed to research totally to know whether or not his consumer was within the hospital.

He objected to the issuance of any bench warrant on the primary defendant, questioning why the prosecutor was insisting on an extension for him to serve the bench warrant regardless of the earlier time he was given to to so to no avail.

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