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$.5m bribe: FG faults transfer of Lawan’s case to new judge

The Federal Government on Wednesday asked Justice Yusuf Halilu of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Jabi, Abuja to refuse to hear the bribery case involving a former Chairman of the House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy, Mr. Farouk Lawan.

Justice Halilu is the fourth judge to whom the case would be assigned within the four years of its commencement.

The private lawyer prosecuting the defendant on behalf of the Federal Government, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), contended in a new motion that the case was transferred by the Chief Judge of the FCT High Court, Justice Ishaq Bello, to Justice Halilu, in violation of the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

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