By Innocent Anaba
LAGOS—ATTEMPTS by counsel to stall the trial of a former House of Representatives member from Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State, Mr Anthony Akala and three others, standing trial on alleged N240 million fraud, before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, was, yesterday, frustrated.
The court held that in a criminal matter it is not for the defence to determine who represents the Attorney General of the Federation or the Inspector General of Police.
Trial judge, Justice Hadiza Rabiu-Shagari, consequently ordered the defendants to commence the cross-examination of the first prosecution witness since a member of the prosecution team was in court to continue with the trial.
The four accused persons are Anthony Alaka, a former member of the House of Representatives representing Eti-Osa federal constituency, Saidi Oke, Bashir Mohammed and Alhaji Umar Ali.
The court had, on the last trial date, renewed its earlier bench warrant issued against Dr. Chukwuemeka Anyanwu, 50: Agboola Gbade, 67: Nkechi Nwafor, 43: and Larry Otunba, 51, who were also mentioned in the charge.
Justice Rabiu-Shagari adjourned the matter till July 2 for further trial.
The four accused persons were arraigned before the court by the Federal Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, FCIID, Alagbon, Lagos.
Investment Limited, a BDC company, were the one that delivered the $29, 900 paid to him out of the S1,000,000 expected from them.