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Court refuses to dismiss $1.6bn fraud charges against Omokore, others

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday rejected an application seeking an order dismissing the $1.6bn fraud charges instituted against Jide Omokore, an ally of a former Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, and others.

In a bench ruling delivered shortly after hearing the application on Thursday, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba also specifically refused to strike out an additional proof of evidence exhibiting the statement made to the EFCC by an additional proposed prosecution witness on June 7, 2017.

The application filed by the fifth defendant in the case, Abiye Membere, was anchored on the contention that the act of the EFCC obtaining a witness’ statement about one year into the trial and when two prosecution witnesses had concluded their testimonies, constituted an abuse of court processes.

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