The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has indicated its intention to close its case in the trial of former Abia State Governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu and two others over alleged fraud. Lawyer to the EFCC, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), told Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court in Lagos today that he would like to carry out a thorough examination of everything that has been done by the prosecution to prove its case against the accused persons before closing his case.
“My lord, I ought to have closed my case today, but I want to plead that the court give me a day to look into all that we have presented so far in proving our case against the defendants before doing so”, he said.
Earlier, the prosecution has called its last witness in the matter. The witness, Nonye Eghene, a compliance officer with Diamond Bank Plc, tendered a document containing the statement of accounts of one of the defendants, Slok Nigeria Limited with the bank.
The witness, who was summoned by the court to appear in the matter said the transactions on the firm’s statement of accounts were carried out before she joined the bank in 2008.
Under cross-examination by Kalu’s lawyer, Chief Gordy Uche (SAN), the witness denied knowledge of a facility of $10 million from US Exim Bank to Slok Nigeria Limited which was guaranteed by Diamond Bank Plc.
She was later asked by the lawyer to read out a letter from Diamond Bank to the EFCC which contained details of the transaction. The witness also read out narratives of transactions carried out in the Slok’s loan account with Diamond Bank which indicated how the facility among others guaranteed by the bank were being returned.
The witness later admitted that Slok Nigeria Limited is a high network customer of Diamond Bank.
Further hearing in the matter has been adjourned to April 16 by 10am.