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Court suspends ruling on fraud case

By Innocent Anaba

LAGOS  -  A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, suspended ruling on the admissibility of the seven statements of account belonging to a Nigerian-based Indian businessman, Patrick Fernandez, who is standing trial over alleged attempt to defraud some Nigerian banks to the tune of N32 billion.

Justice Ramat Mohammed based the suspension of the ruling on his earlier decision in respect of the case between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, in which the court had refused to admit the statement of account of the former minister as exhibit.

The EFCC has, meanwhile, appealed against the decision of the court at the Court of Appeal, Lagos and urged the appellate court to admit Fani-Kayode’s statement of account as exhibit.

Mohammed noted that it would amount to an attempt to pre-empt the decision of the Court of Appeal for him to go ahead with the ruling on Fernandez’s bank statement, which was the issue raised in the Fani-Kayode’s case, as the matter was further adjourned till October 7, 2009  for continuation of trial.


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