Friday, 3 May 2013

Lawangate Update: Court Fix May 10 For Hearing

An FCT High Court on Thursday fixed May 10 for ruling in an application seeking to quash charges against Farouk Lawan, former Chairman, House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy Regime.
Lawan is standing trial alongside his Vice Chairman, Boniface Emenalo, on a seven-count charge of allegedly obtaining N625 million bribe from Mr Femi Otedola, the Chairman of Zenon Oil and Gas Ltd.

The court, presided over by Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi, had reserved Thursday, May 2 to rule on Lawan's application seeking to quash the corruption charges against him.However, ruling in the application was stalled due to the absence of the judge,who was said to travelled out of Abuja to attend the burial ceremony of his brother who passed away on Wednesday.At the last hearing, Defence Counsel, Mr Rickey Tarfa (SAN), brought an application seeking to quash the charges against Lawan and Emenalo.

Tarfa said the application was brought on the ground that the court lacked the jurisdiction and competence to try and determine the offences in the said charge.

He  argued that the proof of evidence tendered by the Prosecution Counsel, Chief Adeboyega Awomolo (SAN), did not disclose the commission of any offence by the accused in the circumstance of the charge.

Awomolo, however, urged the court to reject the application, describing it as frivolous and an abuse of court process.

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