EFCC drops N6bn fraud charges against former Works minister

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(m) at 26-09-2014 12:36PM (5 years ago)

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday dropped the 47 counts of N6bn fraud charges against a former Minister of Works, Dr. Hassan Lawal, and nine others, before a Federal High Court, Abuja.

The accused were to be arraigned again before Justice Ahmed Mohammed on Thursday when the EFCC prosecuting counsel, Wahab Shittu, informed the court that he had “a firm instruction” of the commission to discontinue the charges.

The charges had been amended three times and was to start afresh after former trial judge, Justice Adamu Bello, retired from the bench in December 2013.

Justice Mohammed, upon the oral application by Shittu, discharged the accused and discharged them. Other accused persons who were discharged along with Lawal are Dr. Adeola Ademola, Dave Enejoh, Okala Yakubu and Thahal Paul.

Five others who were accused are companies: Digital Toll Company Ltd, Swede Control Intertek Ltd, Proman Vital Ventures Ltd, Wise Health Services Ltd and Abbey Building Society.

Lawal and others were being prosecuted for fraudulently obtaining a total sum of N6.41bn from the Federal Government, Kogi and Nasarawa State governments between 2006 and 2009 under a public-private partnership concession scheme for the construction of a bridge across River Benue.

The bridge projected to cost N24.36bn and was due for commencement on 21 May 2007 and completion on May 20, 2009 and was to link Guto and Bangana in Nasarawa and Kogi states respectively.

The federal and the two other state governments were said to have contributed N6.14bn to the joint account as stipulated by the agreement while the private partners in the scheme made no contribution.

Over 130 exhibits had been tendered while it was being heard by the retired Justice Adamu.

Shittu gave no reason for the withdrawal of the charges on Thursday. “I have firm instruction that the case against the accused persons, all of them, be discontinued.

“To be assure you that I did not make the application out of my own volition I asked them to put it in writing and they did. So, as an obedient servant, I have no other choice than to carry out the instruction. I hereby apply that the charges be discontinued and the accused persons be discharged”.



zeigbo (m) at 26-09-2014 01:01PM
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this country is messed up hausa and yoruba don milk this country dry Roll Eyes 

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morgrawl231 (m) at 26-09-2014 03:02PM
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CRAZY EFCC,,,,,
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beneno (m) at 26-09-2014 03:26PM
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i hate this EFCC pass Nigerian Police,them too fake  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes
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Dahsilva (f) at 26-09-2014 03:34PM
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It's all about people deceiving people
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dareper (m) at 26-09-2014 03:35PM
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B4 nko? As usual
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Larry28 (f) at 26-09-2014 04:17PM
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Na them be real thief
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osarobo62 (m) at 26-09-2014 05:21PM
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Jonah Jonah....desperate bid to hang on after 2015. Shameless iniquitous administration Angry
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christianity (m) at 26-09-2014 05:27PM
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what is the dif b/w the so called EFCC with those criminals?its just a case of 2 thieves with dif names and dif ''modus operandi''
WASTED ENTITY.
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Wysetots (m) at 26-09-2014 06:07PM
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inEfficient FCC !!
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zeigbo (m) at 26-09-2014 06:15PM
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Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked

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chizzyG (m) at 26-09-2014 08:09PM
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But it's normal in that country,who have they ever convicted?.there system na just go loot the money come give us our own jeje,na national cake for who fit bribe himself reach up.as a matter of fact efcc is the most corrupted sector of nigerian government,i don't kn why it was introduced.smh
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benbellabiz (m) at 26-09-2014 08:16PM
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if it where to be poor fishermen looking for their daily bread, they will remind them in prison for fishing in the so called illegal waters. EFCC my foot.
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Lil_grin (m) at 26-09-2014 08:45PM
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$9.3million still ringing bell in ma hear oo!!! South africa #bringbackourmoney
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Bj1st (m) at 26-09-2014 08:51PM
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Jonathan has finished this country, after all this visible corruption of Jonathan the stupid south south will still dey talk say Jonathan na the best president. Thunder go strike u all of Jonathan's supporters
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Abubu86 (m) at 27-09-2014 06:35AM
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Quote from: osarobo62 on 26-09-2014 05:21PM
Jonah Jonah....desperate bid to hang on after 2015. Shameless iniquitous administration Angry
U have said it all,he is just too desperate for him 2 return 2 office come 2015 either by crook
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Abubu86 (m) at 27-09-2014 06:37AM
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Quote from: Bj1st on 26-09-2014 08:51PM
Jonathan has finished this country, after all this visible corruption of Jonathan the stupid south south will still dey talk say Jonathan na the best president. Thunder go strike u all of Jonathan's supporters
Ameen
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elchymo (m) at 27-09-2014 07:02AM
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EFCC are as useless as tissue paper wey dem don use clean shit from nyash hole... Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry
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allenspike (m) at 27-09-2014 07:34AM
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Na fisher men dem dey see oppress
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Nicksam (m) at 27-09-2014 09:13AM
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RUBBISH
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