EFCC, ICPC Mixed Up In Jonathan's Doctor Trial
There was mild drama on Wednesday at the Federal High Court In Abuja where former doctor to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan is on trial.
The prosecution confused the judge as it transformed its identity from the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Dr. Fortunate Fiberesima, who served as the chief physician to Jonathan is facing charges over his alleged abuse of office by awarding contracts to a company in which he has interests.
He is also facing a 6 count charge of money laundering.
When the charge was to be read to the defendant for him to enter his plea, Justice Peter Affen observed all charges were under the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission's Act not the EFCC.
Affen wondered why the EFCC should take over ICPC cases as the two agencies “refused” to be merged upon recommendation in recent years.
He turned down explanations by the prosecution that the EFCC was mandated, empowered and charged to enforce all other law or regulations relating to economic and financial crimes.
Affen has fixed March 25 for arraignment.