EFCC files additional ‘evidence’ in lawsuit against Malabu Oil over money laundering allegations

EFCC files additional ‘evidence’ in lawsuit against Malabu Oil over money laundering allegations

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday, October 27, filed an additional proof of evidence against Malabu Oil & Gas Limited before Justice I.E. Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

1st News reports that this is in relation to the alleged money laundering case involving the company to the tune of $875,740,000.

EFCC prosecution counsel, Bala Sanga had at the sitting announced the readiness of the prosecution to proceed with the day’s business as well as the presence of Prosecution Witness One (PW1), Temitope Erinlomo in court.

Sanga further disclosed to the court the filing of additional proof of evidence against the first defendant, Malabu Oil & Gas Limited.

According to him, this was necessary in order to prevent complications; but for further assistance to the court to reach its conclusions.

However, defence counsel declined cross-examination of the witness on account of the prosecution’s new proof of evidence; which the defence team said was served on them at a short notice; arguing that they needed no less than 24 hours to go through the application.

They further submitted that it was beyond the prosecution to determine whether the additional proof of evidence will be helpful in the matter or not.

Justice Ekwo adjourned the matter till November 28, 2020, for a continuation of trial.

The EFCC prosecution had on September 10, 2020, concluded its evidence-in-chief with PW1; giving way to the defence to proceed with the cross-examination of the witness.

Meanwhile, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Worldwide has reaffirmed its commitment and support to a united Nigeria.

This was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday, October 27, by the president of its youth wing, Arthur Obiora in Awka, Anambra State.

According to the statement by Ohanaeze, this was in response to the activities of pro-Biafra groups like the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB); who have intensified their separation demands; following the #EndSARS protest.

According to Ohanaeze youths, Nigeria would become great; when all the regions of the country work together as one people.

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“We state categorically that we are in total support of the #EndSARS protest demanding an end to police brutality; extortion; fortune; and also killings of innocent citizens’; especially young persons by different units of the police force; with special emphasis on SARS.”

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