N600m fraud: Absence of documents stall hearing in ex-Naval Chief’s trial

Hearing in the alleged fraud case against former Chief of Naval staff, Vice Adm. Usman Jibrin was on Wednesday stalled due to the inability of the defence team to access relevant bank documents.
Jibrin, Rear Admirals Shehu Ahmadu and Bala Mshelia are standing trial on a four-count of criminal conspiracy and N600m fraud.
At the resumed hearing in the trial, the defence counsel, Mr. Yakubu Mekyau (SAN) demanded for the bank documents to enable him proceed with the defence.
Mekyau alleged that the prosecution team did not make the documents available to him and they were very crucial to his case.
He prayed the court to grant him time to access the said documents for detailed study.
The prosecuting lead counsel, Mr. Farouk Abdallah, told the court that all the required documents were in their custody.
Abdallah, said that his team had no intention whatsoever to delay hearing in the matter.
Justice Sadiq Umar urged the prosecution to quickly make available all the relevant documents to the defence.
He adjourned the trial to March 27 and March 28 for continuation of cross-examination.
EFCC had alleged that the accused persons fraudulently withdrew the N600m from Naval Engineering Account for purchase of a house which was not captured in the Navy budget.

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