New Judge To Take Over Trial Of Suspended Accountant General, Idris, 3 Others

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The Chief Judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory has reassigned the trial of the suspended Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, and three other defendants to a new Judge.

Idris will now stand trial before Justice Yusuf Halilu along with his Technical Assistant Godfrey Olusegun Akindele, a Director in the AG-office F’s named Mohammed Kudu Usman, and a company associated with Idris called Gezawa Commodity Market and Exchange Limited.

They were charged with 14 counts that included theft, money laundering, and criminal breach of trust on July 22 in front of Justice Jadesola Adeyemi-Ajayi, who was on vacation.

At the last hearing on August 10, the prosecuting lawyer, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) told the court that the defendants have approached the prosecuting agency – the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) – indicating their willingness for a plea bargain arrangement.

Following the above development, Justice Adeyemi-Ajayi adjourned till October 4 for a possible report on the plea bargain issue or commencement of trial.

However when the parties got to court on Tuesday, it was gathered that the case was reassigned to Justice Halilu.

On getting to Justice Halilu’s court, the judge acknowledged the reassignment of the case to his court.

The judge said since the case was being mentioned before him for the first time, he would adjourn till later date for the defendants’ re-arraignment.

The case was adjourned till October 26.