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N5bn scam: EFCC alleges plot to scuttle trial

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri

ABUJA—The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday, decried what it called a calculated attempt by some of the indicted officials of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, to frustrate the criminal proceeding it initiated against them for allegedly participating in the diversion of about N5billion belonging to the Federal Government.

Lead prosecutor for the anti-graft agency, Mr. Godwin Obla, made this allegation yesterday, after the scheduled re-arraignment of the seven indicted officials of the NERC, which has already suffered several adjournments, was once again aborted yesterday owing to an application filed by two of the accused persons, challenging the jurisdiction of the trial court to prosecute them on the basis of a petition which they contended was written to the EFCC by a fictitious person.

The court had earlier fixed yesterday to take plea of the seven indicted officials over an 83-amended criminal count charges preferred against them by the EFCC.

They were alleged to have appropriated monies to themselves at various times as estacodes and traveling allowances, to the tune of about N5billion, from the Federal Government coffers.


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