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Graft: You must face trial, court tells UBEC boss, others

ABUJA—A Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja  has ruled that former Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, Prof. Bridget Omotunde Sokan and three directors facing trial on a 63-count charge, bordering on fraudulent inducement, criminal conspiracy and subversion of due processes in the award of contract among others,  have a case to answer and should be ready to face trial.

Justice Adamu Bello gave this ruling on yesterday while dismissing an application brought before him by the accused persons praying the court to quash the charges leveled against them. The other accused persons are: Molkat Manasseh Mutfwang,
Michael Mtonga Aule and Dr Andrew Ekpunobi. Three other firms: Intermarkets USA; Intermarkets Nigeria Limited and Alexander John Cozman, a foreign contractor who is also standing trial with  them.

Sokan and his co-accused had sought the quashing of all the charges preferred against them, saying  that the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the suit instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,  EFCC.


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