Ex-NBC DG’s trial stalled

The trial of Emeka Mba, former Director General of Nigerian Broadcasting Commission, could not hold due to absence of counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission at Federal High Court, Abuja on Tuesday.
EFCC’s counsel, Malam Salisu Majidadi, was not in court and was not represented when the case was called.
Mba is facing trial on an amended 15-count charge bordering on N2.9 billion fraud.
Mba is facing trial alongside the Director of Finance and Accounts, Patrick Areh, Basil Udotai and Babatunji Amure.
Counsel to Mba, Sunday Ameh, said he was not informed on why the EFCC was not represented in court.
The counsel said he would have asked the court to strike out the case if the defendant was already arraigned.
Ameh said: “We are surprised they are not in court. We are also not aware of reason of their absence.”
Counsel to the other defendants aligned themselves with Ameh’s submission.
The judge, Gabriel Kolawole, adjourned the matter to January 24, 2017 for arraignment.