The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC yesterday docked the immediate past Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission, Mr Emeka Mba and three others namely Patrick Are, Basil Udotai and Babatunji Amu over an alleged N15 billion fraud but the trial could not go on based on the difficulties experienced by the counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Salisu Majidadi in serving the amended charge sheet on the defendants.
The trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole gave order that the defendants should visit EFCC so as to be properly served.
Emeka Mba, Patrick Are, Basil Udotai and Babatunji Amu who are 1st to 4thh defendants respectively are being prosecuted on a 15-count amended charge bordering on money laundering and diversion of public funds.
The defendants’ lawyers led by Mr Sunday Ameh (SAN) submitted that the issue of service or non-service of the amended charge is uncalled for because each of the defendants, for instance, the 1st and 4th defendant had been served, while the 2nd and 3rd defendants had obtained copies of the amended charge from the third defendant’s counsel.
The matter was adjourned to December 13, 2016