Nigeria: Court admits document in N185M scam case against former INEC Commissioner in Rivers
Justice Bilikisu Aliyu of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria on Tuesday admitted several document as exhibits against a former Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Gesila Khan, and one other official, Peter Popnen, being tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for alleged bribery in the sum of N185, 842, 000. 00k (One Hundred and Eighty Five Million, Eight Hundred and Forty Two Thousand Naira only).
According to EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, documents presented by the agency and which were admitted as exhibits by the court are: an architectural plan of two buildings not declared by 1st defendant in her assets declaration form; a response from INEC dated 26 April, 2016; a forensic laboratory report of hand writing specimen of the 2nd defendant; a forensic report of hand writing specimen of the 1st defendant; a response from Fidelity bank dated 21 April, 2016; a Deed of Conveyance of the 1st defendant and an Assets Declaration Form and INEC Identity Card of the 1st defendant
Also, the prosecution counsel, Ademiju Olatunji presented her first witness, Taiwo Idonnuegbe, a staff of Fidelity Bank, before the court.
An attempt to tender the receipt of payment of the money to the 1st and 2nd defendants by the prosecution counsel, was opposed by the lead defence counsel, S. Larry [SAN], who argued that the 1st defendant did not have any contact with the PW1 and the receipt. He also said that the hand writing of his client was not the same on the receipt.
Another prosecution witness, Adoke Usman, an operative of EFCC, told the court, that he was part of an Adhoc-Committee that investigated Rivers State INEC’s staff in April 2016.
Justice Bilkisu Aliyu adjourned the matter to Wednesday, 9 May 2018 and Thursday, 10 May, 2018 for continuation of trial.