On Tuesday, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja adjourned its proceedings on the N3 billion alleged fraud against former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam.
It could be recalled that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is presently prosecuting the former Governor , Suswam, along with former commissioner of Finance under his administration, Omodachi Okolobia on money laundering charges involving the diversion of over N3.1bn, allegedly stolen from the sale of shares owned by the state government.
The shift in date for the trial was as a result of the absence of Joseph Daudu, SAN, lead defence counsel to the accused over his ill health.
Announcing appearance for Daudu and the defendant, David Iorhemba told the court that the lead counsel requested a fairly long time of adjournment to enable him recuperate.
In his words, “The counsel asked for a fairly long adjournment to enable him recover”.
However, prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacob, SAN, did not object to the adjournment application.
But said, “We were told that Dauda would not be in court today. And that he would be asking for adjournment. Therefore, we did not come with our Witness”.
It was on this premise that presiding Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed adjourned the case to May 22 and 23 for continuation of hearing.