The trial of two officials from the office of the Accountant General of the Federation on allegation of fraud was stalled Tuesday because the defence counsel, Abubakar Oderiku, was unprepared.
The officials, Dogonyaro Audu and Yahaya Ayodeji, were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on May 26 on a 10-count charge bordering on criminal conspiracy and complicity in the award of the Economic Reforms and Governance Project Contract.
They were alleged to have abused their offices by floating companies through which they cornered contracts emanating from the Economic Reform and Governance Project domiciled in the office
of the Accountant General of the Federation.
Mr. Oderiku had sought an adjournment on the grounds that he had not been able to confer with his clients in prison due to ill health.
This forced the trial judge, Yusuf Halilu, of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Jabi, to adjourn the trial to June 25.
The accused persons were also granted bail on the following terms – two sureties each of who must be a director in a Federal Government agency with evidence of his or her letter of last promotion.
In addition, the sureties are expected to deposit a documentary evidence of ownership of a property valued at N100 million located either in Garki or Wuse 2 district of Abuja.
After the ruling on bail application, the prosecuting counsel, Cosmas Ugwu, informed the court that the matter was slated for commencement of trial and that he had his witnesses in court.
Mr. Halilu, however, ruled on the bail application of the accused persons who had been in prison custody since they were arraigned on May 26.
The court had refused an oral application by their counsel, insisting that the application be formalized.