Atawodi: EFCC Loses Again, Appeal Court Dismisses Case
The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu and lawyers representing the commission need an URGENT retreat to restrategize.
The prosecution's performance over the last 12 weeks have moved from bad to worse and is now knocking on the WORST door.
They go to court to submit case files while investigation is still ongoing and they lack sufficient evidence to support their allegations.
In this case, here is what happened -
An Abuja Division of the Appeal Court has dismissed a case of N600 million fraud brought against the former chairman of the Presidential Implementation Committee on Maritime Safety and Security, Saliu Atawodi.
Mr. Atawodi, who is a retired air vice marshal, was accused of diverting the sum, meant for the purchase of gun boats to end cases of oil bunkering in the Niger-Delta. He was charged alongside Rabiu Hassan by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC in May, 2016.
A Federal High Court in Abuja had refused a no-case submission of the defendants in March this year.
After the ruling at the lower court, the accused approached the appeal court, arguing that the prosecution failed to prove its allegation against them.
A three-man panel of justices at the appeal court led by Justice Tani Hassan-Yusuf upheld the application of the accused, and discharged the case against them.
Another one bites the dust!