— Says Court Proceedings Based on Law, Not Opinions/Sentiments
— Describes Frequent Change of Counsel By Graft Agency As Worrisome
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been scolded for its frequent inaccurate report of court proceedings on its official Twitter page.
Justice Inyang Ekwo who presided over the ongoing trial of Senator Shehu Sani involving the alleged $25,000 on Tuesday expressed his disappointment that the agency of government wouldn’t report what actually transpired in court.
He said this is “an open Court’, which its proceeding are recorded ‘verbatim’, seeing that inaccurate report of the case before me on the official Twitter of EFCC is worrisome.”
Ekwo said proceedings of court were not about opinion of anyone or sentiments, but about what the law says.
The Judge frowned at the EFCC’s inconsistency in the change of prosecution counsels, noting that it was the third time the anti-graft agency changed its counsels since the beginning of the case.
Justice Ekwo’s comment was as a result of another counsel who stood in for EFCC on Tuesday at the continued hearing different from a defence counsel who prosecuted the case on Monday, 15th March, 2021.
“Court proceeding is not about someone or public opinion, but about the standpoint of the law.”
recall that on Monday Ekele Iheanacho prosecuted the case on behalf of EFCC on Monday, while, one Barrister Mshelia introduced himself as the counsel to the EFCC on Tuesday, a situation that didn’t go down well with diligent prosecution of cases.
Meanwhile, the EFCC’s prosecution witness (10 PW10), Bako Aliyu was cross-examined on the evidences he had previously tendered by the defence counsel, A.A. Ibrahim.
Having listened to the cross-examination which lasted for 20 minutes, the presiding judge adjourned the matter till 24th and 25th of May, 2021.
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