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EFFC loses another bribery Case

An Ikeja Particular Offences Courtroom on Wednesday dismissed a N254million-bribery suit filed by the Financial and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in opposition to Albert Bassey, a serving Senator representing Akwa-Ibom North-East, naija news live.

The News Company of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, in a ruling, dismissed the suit on account of lack of jurisdiction and suggested the anti-graft fee to file the suit in Akwa-Ibom the place the alleged bribery occurred.

“The problem of jurisdiction is a fundamental one. In the instant case, the prosecution had failed to present explanation why the suit ought to be heard inside this jurisdiction.

“This courtroom lacks jurisdiction to adjudicate on this matter. I hereby strike out this suit for lack of jurisdiction.

“The prosecution ought to file the fees in Akwa-Ibom the place the alleged fraud occurred,” Justice Taiwo stated.

The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) stories that Bassey, 46, is confronted with corruption expenses most well-liked in opposition to him by the EFCC for receiving alleged bribes of 12 vehicles price N254m from an oil marketer, Olajide Omokore, throughout his tenure (2010-2014) because the Akwa-Ibom Commissioner for Finance.

The anti-graft commission claimed that the car presents were given to Bassey by Omokore in trade for contracts from the Akwa-Ibom Authorities.

The Akwa-Ibom Senator was to face a 14-count corruption charge alongside Omokore at an Ikeja Particular Offences Court docket.

Bassey was to particularly face seven-counts of corruption by a public officer and a public officer inviting bribes because of his alleged action.

Omokore, on his part, was to face a seven-count charge of providing gratification to a public officer and giving bribe on account of the action of a public officer.

The defendants counsels, Solomon Umoh (SAN) and Olatunde Adejuyigbe (SAN), had respectively filed functions contending that the courtroom had no power to listen to the substantive case.

Bassey’s counsel, Umoh, had argued that there was nothing before the court to show that the alleged crime towards Bassey was dedicated outside Akwa-Ibom or in Lagos State.

“There may be nothing in the proof of evidence that advised that any side of the alleged crime in opposition to the primary defendant was dedicated exterior Akwa-Ibom State and in Lagos State.

“Fortunately, the prosecution has narrowed every little thing down that it was vehicles that was delivered to the primary defendant by the second defendant.

“So we wish to ask where had been the vehicles delivered to so we can know what Lagos has to do with Akwa-Ibom State but now we have supplied the solutions in our argument, the cars were delivered in Akwa-Ibom State.

“If he (Bassey) obtained in Akwa-Ibom State, how come they’re coming to try him in Lagos State.

“The prosecution haven’t proven how the primary defendant got here to Lagos to obtain automobiles. They haven’t proven it wherever in the proof of evidence.”

Umoh, who additional argued that Bassey’s title was not mentioned in the petition written to the EFCC, urged the courtroom to grant his application.

Equally, Omokore’s counsel, Adejuyigbe SAN had argued that the contending difficulty was not insufficiency of proof however whether or not they were in the precise court.

He additional argued that in figuring out the issue of jurisdiction, the court was not bound by the place stated in the charge.

He said, “The count against the second defendant relates to receiving gratification or giving bribe.

“The part beneath which these counts had been charged didn’t state time of buy, place of buy, mode of fee so we can’t be asking the courtroom to rewrite the regulation,” he stated.

Nevertheless, the prosecution counsel, Sadisu Abubakar, had argued that the EFCC has the right to try the case before the courtroom.

He stated that the candidates tied the problem of jurisdiction to the problem of insufficiency of proof which he famous was an abuse of courtroom processes.

The offences, according to the EFCC, contravene sections 63 (1)(a), 64 (1)(a) and 98(1), (a), (i) of the Criminal Law of Lagos 2011.

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