Suswam’s arraignment stalled due to absence of witness

The trial of former governor of Benue state, Gabriel Suswam, was on Wednesday stalled at the Federal High Court, Abuja, due to the absence of a second defendant, Omadachi Oklobia.

Suswam and Oklobia are standing trial before Justice Ahmed Mohammed on allegations of fraud and money laundering, Guardian reports. 

But, the court was informed that Oklobia could not be at Wednesday’s proceeding because he was in Kuje prison on a remand ordered on Monday by another high court in Abuja.

Both defendants are also facing trial before Justice Gabriel Kolawale on a 32-count charge bordering on fraud.

“My client was remanded on Monday.

“He was granted bail, but he has yet to perfect his bail conditions because one of the sureties we procured for him was rejected,” Oklobia’s counsel, A.I Samson, told the court.

Samson, therefore, prayed the court for an adjournment to enable the defence to perfect his client’s bail conditions so that he would be free to attend the trial.

The prosecuting counsel, A.O Atolagbe, did not oppose the application for adjournment but prayed the court to fix a day for the case before proceeding on vacation.

The judge, however, adjourned the matter until September 28 since there was no free date in the court’s calendar before the vacation.

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