ANTI-CRIME: Court Orders Former DG Of NBC, Emeka Mba To Report To EFCC
A Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday ordered the immediate past Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission, Mr Emeka Mba to report at the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Abuja for an amended criminal charge sheet to be served on him and his co-defendants.
The trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole gave the order on Monday following complaints by the counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commis¬sion, Mr Salisu Majidadi over difficulties he experienced in effecting service of the amended charge sheet on the defendants.
Emeka Mba, Patrick Are, Basil Udotai and Babatunji Amu who are 1st to 4th defendants respectively are being prosecuted on a 15-count amended charge bordering on money laundering and diversion of public funds.
Monday’s sitting was meant for the arraignment of the defendants, but was stalled due to the inability of the prosecuting counsel to serve the amended charge sheet dated and filed on October 14 and 21, 2016 on the defendants.
The prosecuting counsel, Salisu Majidadi had on Monday informed the court of the difficulty he had been having in serving the defendants with the amended charge, and consequently requested for five days within which the defendants will be served with the amended charge.
However, the defendants’ lawyers led by Mr Sunday Ameh (SAN) in their contribution said the issue of service or non-service of the amended charge should not be an issue for the court’s consideration because, each of the defendants, for instance, the 1st and 4th defendant had been served, while the 2nd and 3rd defendants had obtained copies of the amended charge from the third defendant’s counsel.
All the defendants’ counsel had respectively informed the court that their respective clients had waved the issue of service because they were already in possession of the amended charge, and they were ready for the arraignment of the defendants who had all filed applications for bail pending the determination of the criminal charge against the defendants.