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Court Refuses To Acquit Former Nasarawa Governor Over Fraud Allegations
Former Governor of Nasarawa State and Senator representing Nasarawa West at the Senate, Abdullahi Adamu, has failed in his bid to secure acquittal over a N15 billion misappropriation charge brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Adamu was arraigned in 2010 alongside twelve others for allegedly misappropriating Nasarawa state funds while he was governor of the state.
But on May 28, 2016, Manchi Danji, lead counsel for the EFCC, filed an application for the withdrawal of the case. This was accepted by the lead counsel of the respondents, Yusuf Goodluck, who also sought for an acquittal alongside the withdrawal request.
Delivering her ruling, on Tuesday, at the Federal High Court, Lafia, Justice A.A Okeke, ruled that the case has been discharged following the application of the prosecuting counsel and acceptance of the defendant counsel.
She however explained that the prosecutors had withdrawn the charge prior to the plea of acquittal by the defending counsel.
According to legal practitioners who were present in court, the ruling means that the EFCC can file a fresh charge against Adamu and the other accused persons.