N1.64bn Fraud: Ex-Taraba Gov, Jolly Nyame’s Trial Stalled

JOLLY NYAMEThe trial of a former governor of Taraba State, Reverend Jolly Nyame, was stalled on Monday at an FCT High Court, Gudu, Abuja, due to the absence of the prosecution witness lined up by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The prosecution was to produce its witness in court to testify against the ex-governor.
Mr. Nyame, who is facing trial on a 41-count charge of money laundering, criminal breach of trust and gratification of N1.64bn Taraba fund, was present in court.
However, counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), told the court that he could not get in contact with his witnesses due to the fact that they changed their addresses.
Mr. Jacobs, however, promised the court that on the next adjourned date, he would appear with his witnesses.
“These witnesses are no longer with the Commission, that’s what makes it difficult to contact them”.
He said he would contact the EFCC chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, in order to facilitate the process of locating the witnesses.
Ahmed Yusuf, the defence counsel asked the court for a date for the next hearing after the court’s vacation.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria Correspondent, Mr. Yusuf said his team did not object to the case being adjourned.
“The prosecution intends to continue the case by calling their last witness. We did not object to the case being adjourned”, he said.
The judge, Justice Adebukola Banjoko, lamented that the case had been on for 10 years.
She adjourned the date for the next hearing to June 28.