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Kenny Martins: EFCC appeals judgment

…files fresh charges against Finbank boss

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri

ABUJA–The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday appealed against the judgement of a trial court discharging the former National Coordinator of the Police Equipment Foundation (PEF), Chief Kenny Martins and three others from any complicity on the alleged diversion of monies belonging to organization.
Other respondents in the appeal filed by the EFCC included Mr. Ibrahim Dumuje, Mr Yero Gella and the Nigerstalg Ltd.

This was coming just as the anti-graft agency got the Federal High court’s approval to file fresh charges against Finbank ex-CEO, Mr Okey Nwosu. The Federal High court sitting in Lagos gave the nod following the EFCC counsel, Mr Mr Rotimi Jacobs prayers asking Justice Dan Abutu on his intention to withdraw the earlier charges and substitute them with new ones.

He informed the court that the new charges had already been assigned to another judge.

At the Court of Appeal, the anti-graft agency contended that trial Justice A.M Talba, erred in facts and misdirected himself on eight grounds, when on November 24, 2009,  he quashed the criminal charges preffered against the accused persons for want of prima facie nexus, linking them to the alleged fraud.

Consequently it sought for an order setting aside the judgment as well as an order remitting the case back to the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) , Abuja , for re-assignment to another judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, other than Justice A.M. Talba, for re-trial.


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