After asking for two adjournments in the money laundering case it filed against former President Goodluck Jonathan’s cousin, Azibaola Robert and wife, Stella, the EFCC has now adjusted the charges it earlier preferred against them from seven to nine, apparently to ensure its able to present witnesses on tomorrow’s adjourned date.
In the two new additional charges filed on April 20, 2017, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has now name two companies it may likely bring to serve as prosecution witnesses when the case comes up before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court on Wednesday. None of these companies was listed as witnesses in the earlier seven count charge on which the accused persons were arraigned in June 2016.
In the amended case marked FHC/ABJ/CR/113/2016, the prosecution has added the names of Capital Field Investment and Trust Limited and Teledom International Limited as new firms, which Oneplus transferred forex which the commission alleges money laundering against Azibaola and wife. The commission contends that the transfers form part of proceeds of $40 million, which their company, Oneplus, allegedly illegally got from the office of the National Security Adviser.
But before the amendment of the charges, the EFCC had on the last trial date on March 13, 2017 pleaded with Justice Dimgba to adjourn the case for the second time on the grounds that it could not immediately produce the six witnesses it intended to call.