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Alleged $200,000 corrupt offers: Court to begin Shasore’s trial April 4

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An Ikeja Special Offences Court on Tuesday, fixed April 4 for the trial of the former Lagos Attorney-General, Olasupo Shasore charged with alleged 200,000 dollars corrupt.

The the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had on Oct.21 arraigned the former attorney-general on a two-count charge bordering on corrupt offers.

He had pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Justice Mojisola Dada adjourned the case after the lead defence counsel, Chijioke Okoli, SAN, moved and applications, seeking for the adjournment of the case.

Mr Okoli told the court that defence had filed an application dated Dec. 2, to seek for an adjournment.

He added there was need for adjournment because defence needed more documents from the prosecution.

The EFCC counsel, Mr Bala Sanga had informed the court that he was ready to proceed with trial as that was the business of the day.

“The matter was adjourned until today for trial, and we have two witnesses in court and we are ready.

“We, however, confirm the receipt of the defence application and will not be objecting as long as the defence accept that the adjournment is at their instance.

“My lord, on the request of the defence for more documents,  I want to inform the court that this is one case out of about 103 cases on investigations going on around Process and Industrial Developments Ltd, P&ID.

“At the moment, there are roughly at least 21 ongoing criminal trials and what that means is that apart from the trials, we have 153 files, with volume of papers running up to more than 30,000.

“We can only volunteer to give them what we can, because the law says what requires is proof of evidence not proof of defence. We are more than happy to oblige them with documents that are relevant,” he said.

According to the prosecution, the defendant allegedly gave 100,000 dollars to Mrs Olufolakemi Adelore (then Director, Legal, Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources) on account of the role she played in the arbitral proceedings instituted by Process and Industrial Developments Ltd (P&ID) against the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources.

The prosecution also submitted that the defendant allegedly gave the sum of 100,000 USD to one Mr Ikechukwu Oguine (Secretary to the Corporation and Coordinator, Legal Services, NNPC) on account of the role he played in the arbitral proceedings instituted by Process and Industrial Developments Ltd (P&ID) against the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources.

The anti-graft agency said the offence is contrary to and punishable under Section 9(1) (a) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.

NAN

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