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Graft : Lafiaji, aide know fate April 30

By Innocent Anaba

LAGOS—A Lagos High Court has adjourned till 30 April 2010 to deliver judgment in the suit by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC,  against the former Chairman of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Bello Lafiaji, and his personal assistant, Usman Amali.

Trial judge in the matter is Justice Olusola Williams. The court yesterday adjourned for judgment, after prosecuting and defence counsel adopted their written addresses.

The defence had urged the court to discharge and acquit the two accused person for lack of evidence adding that the prosecution built its case on mere suspicion, and further contended that the charges levelled against the accused persons were destined to fail from inception, as there are variations between the charges and testimonies of witnesses that came to testify in court.

It will be recalled that Lafiaji and Amali are being prosecuted on seven-count charge of alleged corrupt enrichment.

The ICPC had in the amended charges alleged that the accused persons in November 2005 conspired to unlawfully receive 164,300 euro from one Ikenna Onochie, a suspect with the NDLEA, being exhibit seized from the suspect in order to release him and his vehicles from custody.


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