Justice Abang gave the order on Monday as he ruled on the no-case submission filed on the matter by former Adamawa Governor, his son Abdul-Aziz and other defendants.
The other defendants are Zulkifik Abba, Abubakar Aliyu, Blue Opal Ltd, Tower Assets Management Ltd and Crust Energy Ltd.
The judge said he carefully examined the evidence of the 21 prosecutors and believed that The public prosecutor’s office had initiated prima facie proceedings against the defendants.
“I calmly, carefully and carefully examined the evidence presented by the 21 main witnesses and cross-examined including the oral and written arguments of all the defendants.” / p>
“I have carefully and carefully re-examined the evidence of the 21 witnesses and the extensive documentary evidence and extrajudicial statements of the defendants.
” I have carefully practiced sets out the legal arguments of all defense counsel for the defendants, their written and oral arguments and the arguments of the prosecution in this judgment.
“In my humble but firm view, the prosecution has initiated prima facie proceedings against the defendants and they are required to defend themselves immediately. ”
The judge found the no-case filing filed by the defendants to be unfounded and dismissed them accordingly. He adjourned the matter until October 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th to allow the defendants to open their case.
The EFCC is prosecuting the former governor and his son Abdul-Aziz; two companies, Sebore Farms and Extension Ltd and Pagado Fortunes Ltd, for money laundering offenses.
The EFCC had them charged with 37 criminal conspiracies, theft, abuse of office and money laundering.
The trial began on July 7, 2015, and the anti-The Graft Agency closed its case on November 3, 2019 after calling 21 witnesses to substantiate their case against the defendants.