20 June 2016
Absence of EFCC witnesses stalled the trial of former governor of Taraba, Jolly Nyame, before an Abuja High Court on Monday.
Nyame is facing a 41-count charge of money laundering, criminal breach of trust and diversion of N1.64 billion state fund.
The prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), told the court that his witnesses were absent because they changed addresses and promised to produce the witness at the next adjourned date.
“These witnesses are no longer with the commission; that’s what makes it difficult to contact them,’’ Jacob said.
He assured that he would contact the commission’s chairman to facilitate the process of contacting the witnesses.
The defence counsel, Mr Ahmed Yusuf, did not oppose the oral application, instead he applied for an adjournment after the court’s vacation.
Presiding Justice Adebukola Banjoko noted that the case had dragged on for too long, but adjourned hearing to June 28.