The trial of the convicted former Director of the Police Pension Office, Mr. John Yakubu Yusuf, who is being prosecuted before Justice Adamu Bello of the Federal High Court in Abuja, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was stalled yesterday, following his application seeking to quash the charges against him on the grounds that he had been tried and convicted on similar charges.
A statement signed by the Head of Media and Publicity, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said Yusufu is facing a four-count charge bordering on failure to make full disclosure of his assets and liability in his Assets Declaration form and declared his interest in a company known as SY-A Global Services Limited.
At the resumed hearing of the case yesterday, the defence counsel, F. C Ibeh, informed the court he had filed a fresh application last Friday seeking to quash the charges against his client.
But the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), opposed the application on the grounds that it was not ripe for hearing.
He urged the court to allow the first prosecution witness, Mustapha Sanni, an operative of the EFCC to continue his testimony as the application by the defendant was intended to stall the proceedings.
However, the defence counsel argued that the application was fundamental to determining the direction of the case.
“My Lord, the proper disposal of this application will help steer the ship of this matter either to proceed or stop; I, therefore, urge the court to pause and determine this application which is supported by an affidavit, exhibits and a written address,” Jacobs said.
Justice Bello consequently adjourned the case to May 16 for the filing and adoption of all written addresses on the motion to quash the charge.