Alleged Fraud: Trial of Oyo-Ita Stalled
The commencement of the trial of the former Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita was this Wednesday stalled at the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court due to the absence of the prosecution.
Galaxy’s Godfrey Eshiemoghie reports that Mrs Oyo-Ita who is facing an 18-count charge bordering on fraud and embezzlement alongside eight others was granted bail in the sum of 100million on 23rd March upon arraignment.
The trial which was scheduled for this Wednesday could not go ahead owing to the absence of Mohammed Abubakar, the counsel to the EFCC which is accusing the former Head of Service of fraud in relation to duty Tour Allowances, estacodes, conference fees and receiving kickbacks on contracts.
Owing to the turn of events, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, therefore, adjourned till the 8th of July for the commencement of trial, while ordering that hearing notice be issued the prosecution ahead of the scheduled date.
The eight other defendants in the suit are Oyo-Ita’s special assistant, Ubong Effiok; Frontline Ace Global Services Limited; Asanaya Projects Ltd; Garba Umar and his companies, Slopes International Ltd and Gooddeal Investments Ltd.
Others are U & U Global Services Ltd, belonging to Mr Effiok, and Prince Mega Logistics Ltd.