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Ex-NBC Boss to be arraigned on Jan. 24

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The trial of former Director General of Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC),Emeka Mba, could not hold due to the absence of counsel to the EFCC at Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday.

EFCC’s counsel, Malam Salisu Majidadi, was not in court and was not represented when the case was called.

Mba is facing trial on an amended 15-count charge bordering on N2.9billion fraud. He is facing trial alongside the Director of Finance and Accounts,Patrick Areh, Basil Udotai and Babatunji Amure.

Counsel to Mba, Mr Sunday Ameh, said he was not informed on why the EFCC was not represented in court. He would have asked the court to strike out the case if the defendant was already arraigned.
“We are surprised they are not in court. We are also not aware of the reason for their absence”, Ameh said.

Counsel to the other defendants aligned themselves with Ameh’s submission.

The judge, Mr Gabriel Kolawole, adjourned the matter to Jan. 24, 2017 for arraignment.

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