By ONOZURE DANIA
Justice Lateefat Okunnu of a Lagos High Court, sitting in Ikeja yesterday ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to produce some documents for the trial of a former Managing Director of Bank PHB, Francis Atuche.
Justice Okunnu who had on October 2 issued a subpoena on the EFCC, gave the anti- graft agency one week to produce the documents before the court on November1.
The documents are the board resolutions of three companies:Integrated Services Ltd, Futureview Financial Services Ltd, Tradjeck Ltd. and Extra Oil Ltd.
Atuche and his wife, Elizabeth, were brought before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), alongside a former Chief Financial Officer of the bank, Ugo Anyanwu.
The defendants are standing trial over alleged stealing of N25.7 billion belonging to Bank PHB (now Keystone Bank).
At the resumed trial yesterday, Atuche’s counsel, Chief Anthony Idigbe (SAN), asked the court to order the EFCC to produce the original documents.
Idigbe said they were relevant to the charge as they relate to a N10.9 billion credit facility Atuche had allegedly granted to the companies, without their knowledge.
He claimed that the original copies of the said documents were in the custody of the EFCC.
An EFCC official, Mr Boniface Uzoechi, said the documents were at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja. Uzoechi said:” I got to know about today’s adjournment last night on my way from Osun State.
”I was unable to get through to the Abuja office to produce the documents.”
The court admitted as exhibits, Bank PHB Annual Reports for the years 2006,2007 and 2008.
Also admitted as exhibits were minutes of Bank PHB Board of Directors meetings between May 2007 and September 2009.