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Abuja court rejects EFCC’s plea to confiscate PEF’s vehicles

By Ise-Oluwa Ige

ABUJA — An Abuja High Court sitting in Gudu has refused a request by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to issue an order empowering it to take over the control of fleet of vehicles belonging to the Police Equipment Foundation (PEF).

The anti-graft agency had prayed the court to to allow it temporarily take over the control of the vehicles being products of fraud.

But the presiding high court judge, Justices Abubakar Talba, while ruling on EFCC’s request, said that there was no evidence before the court to show that the vehicles either belonged to the accused persons standing trial in the case or  products of fraud.

The judge further held that his hands were more tied because the PEF which is the owner of the vehicles was not charged along with the three accused persons.
He consequently threw out the anti-graft’s motion on the ground that the sought order was unnecessary and unwarranted.

Meanwhile, EFCC had closed its case in the prosecution of the criminal charge brought against the National Co-ordinator of PEF, Chief Kenny Martins, his Deputy, Ibrahim Dumuje and Dr Yaro Gella.

EFCC counsel, Chile Okoroma who led a team of other lawyers, informed the court that the commission has exhausted its witnesses. He said they were now waiting for the three accused persons to open their defence.

But lead counsel to the accused persons, Chief Mike Ozekhome said he intended to enter a no-case submission in the matter.


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