BY IKECHUKWU NNOCHIRI
ABUJA-A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday, adjourned till December 12 to rule on the application by former Minister of Works, Housing and Urban Development, Dr Hassan Lawal,seeking to quash two separate charges preferred against him by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The former minister is facing charges on conspiracy, money laundering, fraud and illegal diversion of public funds for personal use.
Trial judge, Justice Adamu Bello, adjourned for ruling after he listened to arguments by defence counsel, Mr. M.A Magaji and prosecuting counsel, Dr Wahab Shittu, on the application to quash.the charge.
Lawal, who was accused by EFCC of conniving with eight persons to launder over N75.5 billion through 16 corporate entities while he was in office between January 2006 and March, 2009, contended that the proof of evidence failed to establish either a prima-facie case or a convincing nexus between him and the alleged fraud.
The first charge against him and 15 others contained a 29-count charge. However, EFCC filed another nine-count charge against him and a staff of UBA, Mr. Adesanya Adewole, who allegedly facilitated the illicit transaction.