Lai Mohammed must appear as witness in ‘N2.5bn fraud’ case- Court rules

A high court in the federal capital territory (FCT) on Thursday granted the application of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) to list Lai Mohammed, former minister of information, as witness in a “N2.5 billion fraud case”.

The anti-graft agency is prosecuting Ishaq Kawu, director-general of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), for alleged abuse of office and money laundering.

Kawu and two other individuals – Lucky Omoluwa and Dipo Onifade, chairman of Pinnacle Communications – have been accused of misappropriating N2.5 billion in the Digital Switch-Over (DSO) programme.

At the last adjourned date, Alex Izinyon, counsel to Omoluwa and Onifade, had filed a motion prohibiting the prosecution from listing Mohammed and Shuaibu Sabo, a bureau de change operator, as additional witnesses.

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But at the resumed hearing of the case on Thursday, Abayomi Oyelola who held the brief for Iziyon, announced withdrawal of the motion opposing the list of additional witnesses by the ICPC.

Folashade Ogunbanjo-Giwa, the judge, then struck out the application.

The judge also ruled since the prosecution had withdrawn the counter affidavit to the motion, the travel documents of all the defendants should be released to them.

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