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Nigeria News: Rufai faces trial in absentia

 

Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam El Rufai was yesterday arraigned before an Abuja High Court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on an eight (8) count charge of criminal conspiracy and abuse of office.

El Rufai is being tried alongside Altine Jubrin, former Director General, Abuja Geographic  Information (AGIS) and Ismaila Iro, former General Manager of AGIS


The charges include irregular revocation and reallocation to each other of the parcel of land originally belonging to Power Holding Company of Nigeria Plc, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 26 (1) (c) and punishable under Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offence Act,2000.

When the case came up for the accused to take their plea, Counsel to EFCC, A. O. Adelodun (SAN) moved for a motion for adjournment stating that the first and second accused persons, Mallam Nasir El- Rufai and Altine Jubrin had not been served their summons. He revealed that all efforts to contact them proved abortive.

Justice Bello adjourned the case to June 11, 2009 directing that the accused be served with their summons.