The planned arraignment of one Julius Ola Peters and four others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, before Justice Ishaq Bello of the FCT High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja on charges of conspiracy, forgery and fraud was again frustrated on Thursday, April 23, 2015 due to the judge’s absence.

It was the third time the arraignment would failed to hold.

Peters and other suspects: Emeka Iloegbunam, Ijeoma David Alanza, Dinijocs Nigeria Limited, Jonathan Wallang and Swift and Hay Limited allegedly conspired and fraudulently used forged document  to defraud the NLNG Staff Co-operative Investment and Credit Society to the tune of N2,070, 000,000.00 (two billion and seventy million naira) on the pretext of buying a parcel of land situated at Plot No.1, Idu-Sabo District, Cadastral Zone D04, Abuja

After three failed attempts by the anti graft agency to have suspects docked, the prosecution became agitated today, when again, the arraignment could not hold as the judge was absent in court, and no reason was given for his absence.

Meanwhile, both the prosecution and the defence counsel met and tentatively agreed on May 26, 2015 for possible arraignment of the suspects having confirmed the date to be convenient for the court.

Wilson Uwujaren

Head, Media & Publicity

23rd April, 2015

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