By Onozure Dania
Lagos- The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has filed an amended 12-count criminal charge before a Lagos High Court against two citizens of Republic of Benin, Gnanhoe Sourou Nazaire and Senou Modeste Finagnon over alleged N630 million.
The defendants standing trial for allegedly defrauding one Rachidatou Abdou and her company to the tune of N630 million.
At the resumed hearing of the case Wednesday, EFCC counsel, Kayode Oni informed the court of the amended charge and urged the court to allow it to be read to the defendants.
Defence lawyer, Rickey Tarfa (SAN) told the court that he had no objection but requested for an interpreter since the defendants only speak French language.
However, the trial judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo directed the prosecution to provide an interpreter but none was available.
‘’we cannot proceed without an interpreter. The prosecution needs to expedite action in this case’’, Justice Taiwo said.
The matter was further adjourned till October 31 for fresh arraignment.
The defendants were first arraigned on February 17, on a seven-count charge of forgery, stealing and conversion of funds.